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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-09-16

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

16 / 09 / 1996


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] 10,7% de chômeurs dans l'UE en juin et en juillet
  • [02] Padraig Flynn calls for the removal of obstacles to the free movement of workers with supplementary pensions.
  • [03] The liberalisation of the European Aviation Industry benefits aviation companies and consumers
  • [04] Ritt Bjerregaard on environmental priorities, bottlenecks and practical assistance in the enlargement process in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • [05] C. Papoutsis: Renewable energy sources will be a key to our development in the 21st century

  • [01] 10,7% de chômeurs dans l'UE en juin et en juillet

    Le chômage dans l'UE, corrigé des variations saisonnières, a baissé à 10,7% en juin et juillet, après avoir atteint 10,8% au cours des deux mois précédents, selon les chiffres publiés aujourd'hui par Eurostat, l'Office statistique des Communautés européennes à Luxembourg. Le taux s'était élevé à 10,9% en mars; actuellement il se retrouve au niveau de juillet de l'année dernière. Selon Eurostat, le chômage est en recul régulier depuis deux ou trois ans dans plusieurs Etats membres: Danemark (de 10,6% en juin 1993 à 6,3% en juillet 1996), en Espagne (de 24,5% en mai 1994 à 21,3%), au Royaume-Uni (de 10,7% en janvier 1993 à 8,3%) et en Finlande (de 19,6% en mars 1994 à 16,3%). Au cours des derniers mois, il a régressé en outre en Belgique, aux Pays-Bas et au Portugal. Par contre, les taux sont sensiblement supérieurs à ceux enregistrés il y a un an en Allemagne (8,9% en juillet 1996, contre 8,1% en mai 1995) et en France (11,7% en juillet 1996, contre 11,2% en juillet 1995).

    [02] Padraig Flynn calls for the removal of obstacles to the free movement of workers with supplementary pensions.

    Speaking in Brussels today, Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner Padraig Flynn said that as part of its current social action programme, the European Commission is committed to a proposal aimed at protecting the supplementary pension entitlement of workers who exercise their right to free movement. "We see our role as one of establishing a framework of broad objectives, leaving Member States and the social partners to find solutions compatible with their own existing systems of supplementary pensions," he said. The Commission has asked the high level panel of experts, chaired by Simone Veil, to look into this question and report back after six months.

    [03] The liberalisation of the European Aviation Industry benefits aviation companies and consumers

    In a speech in London today, Transport Commissioner Niel Kinnock evaluates the results of a decade of European airlines liberalization and notes that, while the process is far from complete and certain censtraints on its fulfilment still need to be addressed, it is: "bringing considerable benefits to the aviation sector and to consumers and shows potential for the realization of further benefits in coming years if air carriers use the opportunities which have been created."

    [04] Ritt Bjerregaard on environmental priorities, bottlenecks and practical assistance in the enlargement process in Central and Eastern Europe.

    At the second informal meeting with the Ministers of the Environment from the ten associated countries from Central and Eastern Europe in Brussels today, Environment Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard presented the European Commission's view on the bottlenecks for environmental approximation of these countries. Commissioner Bjerregaard empasized the need to agree on clear environmental priorities in the assistance programmes and suggested that priority should be given to issues concerning water- and waste management. Future EU proposals for environmental legislation should include an assessment of the impact of the legislation, not only in the EU, but also in the asssociated countries. In order to provide quick, easy, flexible and direct access to the Commission, an environmental help desk with a "hot line" is about to be set up in DG XI. R. Bjerregaard's services will also start producing a newsletter for the network of correspondents in Central and Eastern Europe in order to facilitate the approximation process.

    [05] C. Papoutsis: Renewable energy sources will be a key to our development in the 21st century

    "We need to mobilize our human and financial resources towards making the renewable energy sources a reality in each and every one of our countries" as these sources will be" a key to our development in the 21st century". This was the main message Energy Commissioner Christos Papoutsis gave with his speech at the opening ceremony of the World Solar Summit taking place in Harare, Zimbabwe today and tomorrow (16-17/09/96). The summit was initiated by UNESCO, organised with the authorities of Zimbabwe and co-sponsored by the European Commission. Commissioner Ch. Papoutsis stressed that the implementation of numerous projects on a global level must be "our first priority", which requires a "great deal of financial resources". Given the significant advantages offered by renewable energy sources, "we must put pressure on the international, national and regional financing mechanisms to allocate a significant part of their resources to the promotion of renewable energy applications."

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