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Friday, 19 October 2018
Eurobarometer: marked improvement in perception of the European Union and what it does
Eurobarometer 62, conducted between 2 October and 8 November 2004 shows that the climate of opinion has improved since the spring, even though unemployment remains one of the main preoccupations. The public image of the European Union is more positive and two thirds of people are in favour of the idea of a Constitution for the Union. There is broad consensus on the principle of a common foreign and security policy.

Friday, 10 December 2004
This site provides as much information as possible on the legislative codecision procedure (Article 251 of the EC Treaty) and on the roles played therein by the three institutions (Council, European Parliament and Commission). You will also find detailed information on the legislative acts which are in the process of being adopted (dossiers under consideration) or which have already been adopted (dossiers concluded) under the codecision procedure.

Commission appoints new Director General of Eurostat
The European Commission has today appointed Mr.Günther Hanreich to the post of Director-General for Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office. Mr Hanreich, who is Austrian was previously Director for Trans-European Networks at the Commission’s Directorate General for Energy and Transport. He replaces Mr. Michel Vanden Abeele, who was appointed in May 2003.

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union. It produces regular statistics on economic indicators such as inflation, employment and trade and also on more general themes like agriculture, environment, population and social conditions, energy, etc... Eurostat is based in Luxembourg.

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Thursday, 09 December 2004
In order to safeguard Europe’s most important wildlife areas an EU-wide network of nature protection areas is being established under the Habitats Directive – the Natura 2000 network. The reduction and loss of biodiversity in Europe has accelerated dramatically over recent decades. The pressures responsible for this loss are urban, infrastructure and tourism development, agricultural and forestry intensification.

The lists of sites foreseen in the Habitats Directive are divided in seven bio-geographic regions (Pannonian, Boreal, Continental, Atlantic, Alpine, Macaronesian and Mediterranean) within the territory of the Union. The first list for the Macaronesian region (Madeira, Azores and Canary islands) was agreed in December 2001. The second list was adopted in December 2003 for the Alpine region. The lists are established on the basis of proposals made by the Member States, which are subsequently evaluated with the assistance of the European Environmental Agency.

2005 fish quotas: Commission proposes more stability through the application of long-term strategies to rebuild stocks
Today, the European Commission tabled a proposal on fishing possibilities and attendant measures for 2005. The objective is to rebuild severely depleted stocks and protect those in sound biological state while maintaining, as far as possible, the economic activities of the fleets concerned. The proposal takes account of the latest scientific advice from the independent International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and the Commission’s own Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee on Fisheries (STECF), as well as input from stakeholders. The Commission facilitated greater involvement of stakeholders this year by consulting the industry and other interested Parties at an early stage. Essentially, the Commission proposes more stable total allowable catches (TACs), as called for by stakeholders, through the application of multi-annual recovery plans, in line with the long-term approach adopted under the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Thus, the Commission does not systematically follow scientific advice to the letter in terms of TACs, but it builds in additional measures that should deliver the long term sustainability of fish stocks. The biggest cuts in quotas and fishing effort relate to fragile deep-sea species. For depleted cod stocks, the Commission proposes further restrictions on fishing effort mostly through closed areas.