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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-06-21

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

21 / 06 / 1996


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission appuie la reconversion de régions charbonnières en Espagne avec 34,214 millions d'Ecus
  • [02] Accord de coopération entre la Communauté européenne et l'Ancienne République Yougoslave de Macédoine
  • [03] Union européenne/Mauritanie: nouvel accord de pêche paraphé à Bruxelles
  • [04] Commission opens up Chinese import quotas
  • [05] Franz Fischler launches campaign to promote geographical indications and designations of origin
  • [06] Mario Monti confirms that international and Community accounting rules are compatible

  • [01] La Commission appuie la reconversion de régions charbonnières en Espagne avec 34,214 millions d'Ecus

    C'est avec une aide de 34,214 millions d'Ecus (environ 5.500 millions de pesetas) du Fonds Européen de Développement Régional (FEDER) que la Commission des Communautés européennes soutient la reconversion des bassins charbonniers en Espagne. Ce concours fait partie de l'Initiative Communautaire RECHAR-II. Le programme approuvé concerne plusieurs municipalités charbonnières des régions d'Andalousie, d'Aragón, des Asturies, de Catalogne, de Castille et Leon, et de Galice.

    [02] Accord de coopération entre la Communauté européenne et l'Ancienne République Yougoslave de Macédoine

    Les négociations entre la Communauté européenne et l'Ancienne République Yougoslave de Macédoine (ARYM) ont abouti, le 20 juin 1996 à Bruxelles, au paraphe d'un accord de coopération ainsi que d'un accord dans le domaine des transports. Il s'agit du premier accord entre la Communauté Européenne et l'ARYM. Cet accord octroie un régime commercial préférentiel de la part de l'Union et prévoit une coopération dans un grand nombre de secteurs ainsi qu'un dialogue politique.

    [03] Union européenne/Mauritanie: nouvel accord de pêche paraphé à Bruxelles

    La Commission européenne et la Mauritanie ont paraphé un accord de coopération dans le domaine des pêches maritimes qui entrera en vigueur le 1er août 1996, pour une période de cinq ans. Cet accord devient un des plus importants de la Communauté parce qu'il concerne environ 240 bateaux de l'Union. Les possibilités de pêche ont été substantiellement augmentées par rapport à l'accord actuellement en vigueur et le total des emplois directs créés peut être estimé à environ 4.500. La compensation financière à la charge de la Communauté est fixée à 266,8 millions d'Ecus pour les cinq ans.

    [04] Commission opens up Chinese import quotas

    The European Commission is making it easier for traders to import goods from China without disruption by opening up 1997 import quotas seven months before they come into effect. This measure, which is accompanied by a raising of the quotas themselves, will greatly increase traders' ability to negotiate their contracts with Chinese suppliers or European buyers well ahead of schedule. The products covered by the measures are footwear, toys, porcelain, ceramics and glassware.

    [05] Franz Fischler launches campaign to promote geographical indications and designations of origin

    Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, today presented the Commission's campaign to promote the possibilities given within the framework of Community's rules to protect and market products with special characteristics. The legislation for the Protection of Geographical Indications (PGI) and Designations of Origin (PDO) is part of the CAP-reform and aims at guaranteeing a standard income for producers through promotion of high-quality value-added products, generating employment in the agricultural sector, contributing to rural development and - last but not least - protecting consumers. As 77% of the consumers are not familiar with the legislation, the Commission has decided to invest ECU 8.8 million in a three-year, union-wide campaign to promote goods produced in specific areas or under special manufacturing processes. The idea is to encourage producers to apply for this (voluntary) registration, to sensibilise traders to use these special denominations, to inform consumers and to enable them to identify high-quality products.

    [06] Mario Monti confirms that international and Community accounting rules are compatible

    The New Accounting Strategy launched by the Commission in November 1995 was unanimously endorsed by Member States and is largely compatible with international rules, said Internal Market Commissioner Mario Monti in a speech at the European Federation of Financial Institutions (EFFEI) conference in Paris today. Mr Monti announced that an interpretative Communication on this subject will be issued shortly in order to clarify minor points of the Directives. Member States are already in the process of reviewing their national legislation applying the Accounting Directives so as to ensure greater conformity with international rules. However, Mr Monti warned that Member States must continue to ensure that the EU Accounting Directives are respected in all cases and not abandoned in favour of other standards (such as the American). Mr Monti also stressed the importance of the European view making itself heard in the international accounting harmonisation debate. Finally, Mr Monti announced that the Commission would very shortly issue a Green Paper on the Role, the Position and the Liability of the Statutory Auditor in the European Union, intended to raise the awareness of all interested parties and collect their views.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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