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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-06-27

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

27 / 06 / 1996


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission se félicite du renouvellement du programme de recherche HFR
  • [02] Socrates supports language teaching, open and distance learning and adult education
  • [03] La Commission finance un gazoduc dans la région de la "Comunidad Valenciana"
  • [04] Commission to provide ECU 2.6 million for textile areas in Austria
  • [05] La Commission approuve l'acquisitation par Sara Lee d'Aoste Holding et d'Al Ponte Prosciutti
  • [06] La Commission envisage d'aider l'enseignement supérieur en Bosnie-Herzégovine
  • [07] Padraig Flynn on free movement of workers and social security
  • [08] Padraig Flynn defends the social chapter and criticises the way in which it has been misrepresented in the United Kingdom

  • [01] La Commission se félicite du renouvellement du programme de recherche HFR

    Le diagnostic et le traitement des tumeurs cancéreuses par isotopes radio-actifs vont pouvoir continuer à se développer en Europe, grâce notamment au Centre commun de recherche de la Commission européenne. Sur proposition d'Edith Cresson, Commissaire en charge de la recherche, de l'éducation, de la formation et de la jeunesse, le Conseil des Ministres a en effet renouvelé aujourd'hui le programme HFR (High Flux Reactor - réacteur à haut flux) pour la période 1996-1999. Le réacteur nucléaire situé à Petten (Pays-Bas) continuera ainsi à fournir 60% de la production de radioisotopes en Europe au bénéfice de quelque sept millions de patients.

    [02] Socrates supports language teaching, open and distance learning and adult education

    Open and distance learning, language teaching and adult education are the main issues which the 109 cooperation projects between 18 European countries will deal with under the Socrates education programme. Selected following a proposal of Commissioner Edith Cresson, these projects will involve around 700 partners.

    [03] La Commission finance un gazoduc dans la région de la "Comunidad Valenciana"

    La Commission européenne a approuvé une aide du Fonds Européen de Développement Régional (FEDER) pour un montant de 23,81 millions d'Ecus en faveur de la construction du tronçon du gazoduc "Paterna-Callosa de Segura" qui constitue la première phase du gazoduc "Valencia-Cartagena". Le coût total de ce projet, à réaliser par l'entreprise ENAGAS, s'élève à 60,7 millions d'Ecus et prévoit la construction de 205 km de gazoduc, avec les installations annexes nécessaires. Le sous-tronçon "Paterna-Onteniente" (92 km) a un diamètre de 20 pouces et celui de "Onteniente-Callosa" (113 km) de 30 pouces.

    [04] Commission to provide ECU 2.6 million for textile areas in Austria

    Austria is to receive ECU 2.6 million (OS 32.5 million) from the Structural Funds for modernization in the textiles and clothing industry as well as for economic diversification in the regions dependent on the textiles industry. The money will go to projects in Lower Austria, Styria and Vorarlberg which depend heavily on textiles. This assistance is being granted under the Community Initiative RETEX and will concentrate on the introduction of new manufacturing technologies and new products, their proper marketing, the promotion of cooperation schemes between firms and vocational training measures.

    [05] La Commission approuve l'acquisitation par Sara Lee d'Aoste Holding et d'Al Ponte Prosciutti

    La Commission européenne a approuvé une opération par laquelle Sara Lee Charcuterie SA (France) et Sara Lee Personal Products SpA (Italie), entreprises appartenant au groupe Sara Lee, acquiert Aoste Holding SA (France) et Al Ponte Prosciutti SRL (Italie) contrôlés par M. Michel Reybier. Sara Lee est un groupe américain multinational principalement actif dans les produits tout prêts à base de viande et de boulangerie, le café et l'épicerie, les textiles et les produits de soin personnel. Il possède plusieurs marques notoires.

    [06] La Commission envisage d'aider l'enseignement supérieur en Bosnie-Herzégovine

    En plus des mesures qui ont déjà été prises pour aider à la reconstruction et à la réouverture des universités détruites en Bosnie-Herzégovine, la Commission européenne envisage des initiatives concrètes en faveur des étudiants et des professeurs. A l'invitation d'Edith Cresson, Commissaire en charge de l'éducation, de la formation et de la recherche, quatre recteurs d'universités bosniaques étaient à Bruxelles les 26 et 27 juin pour discuter de la mise en place du programme européen Tempus de coopération avec les pays tiers dans le domaine de l'enseignement supérieur.

    [07] Padraig Flynn on free movement of workers and social security

    Speaking at a Conference in Stockholm celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Regulation which coordinates social security schemes in the European Union, Social Affairs Commissioner Flynn said that if this Regulation did not exist "the freedom of movement of workers would not exist in practice .... workers would be very reluctant to move to another Member State if it would jeopardise their social security entitlements or their contributions record". Mr Flynn said that while the Regulation has generally worked well, it will need to be revised to keep up with, for example, the new types of benefits which many Member States have introduced. In this regard and in the context of the IGC, he said that "we will need to look hard at whether we should move to qualified majority voting to ensure that decision-making does not break down and that the Regulation keeps pace with the changing social climate in Europe."

    [08] Padraig Flynn defends the social chapter and criticises the way in which it has been misrepresented in the United Kingdom

    Speaking in Manchester at the Annual Dinner of the Manchester Financial and Professional Forum, Commissioner Flynn said that he is becoming "extremely angry at the way the Social Chapter is misrepresented." He cited a recent study by British economist Patrick Minford which talks about the Social Chapter as though it could lead to the introduction in Britain of a minimum wage and legislation to give new powers to trade unions. The Commissioner pointed out that this is entirely untrue. "In fact there is a specific prohibition in the Social Chapter on any European legislation in the area of pay or trade union rights. How can a statement to the contrary be anything other than a calculated attempt to mislead British public opinion and to falsify the debate in a most unhelpful way?"

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://www.cec.lu/
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