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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-02-14

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

14/02/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Neil Kinnock expresses strong concern about the situation in the road haulage dispute in Spain
  • [02] Prix de vente des voitures neuves dans l'UE au 1er novembre 1996: les plus bas aux Pays-Bas, les plus élevés en Allemagne
  • [03] Commission approves management buy-in of Finnish Chemicals Oy
  • [04] Information society: The Global Inventory Project launches a web site
  • [05] Parution du rapport général sur l'activité de l'Union européenne en 1996
  • [06] Hans van den Broek meets the Slovak Deputy Prime Minister, Katarina Tothova
  • [07] Franz Fischler in Bonn: prospects for European agricultural policy

  • [01] Neil Kinnock expresses strong concern about the situation in the road haulage dispute in Spain

    The European Transport Commissioner Neil Kinnock expressed concern yesterday about the deterioration of the dispute in the road haulage sector in Spain, and especially about the situation of the non-Spanish lorry drivers currently immobilised by road blocks. "My services are in close contact with the Spanish authorities in order to assess the situation, to be informed on developments in the dispute, and to ensure that initiatives are being taken to solve the crisis" said Mr Kinnock. "I remain particularly concerned about the acts of violence that have been reported to me. There is never any excuse for that in any industrial dispute, and I have urged my Spanish colleague to take every possible measure to protect the security of Community hauliers. I am also extremely worried about the situation of non-Spanish hauliers who are being prevented from getting on with their work by a dispute which is none of their making. Urgent action is needed to find a rapid solution, to allow the non-Spanish lorry drivers to get back home and ensure that free movement of persons and goods is guaranteed" concluded Mr Kinnock.

    [02] Prix de vente des voitures neuves dans l'UE au 1er novembre 1996: les plus bas aux Pays-Bas, les plus élevés en Allemagne

    Au 1er novembre 1996, 23 des 75 modèles les plus vendus étaient meilleur marché aux Pays-Bas, suivi par le Portugal avec 21 modèles. L'Allemagne et la France restent les Etats membres où les prix des voitures sont les plus élevés, pour 30 des modèles examinés, suivis par le Royaume-Uni avec 15 modèles. La situation des prix au Royaume-Uni s'est donc détériorée par rapport à la précédente étude. Les disparités de prix ont dépassé les 20% pour 40 des 75 modèles examinés. Cela se marquait particulièrement pour le groupe Fiat, Ford, Opel, Citroën, Volkswagen, Nissan and Mitsubishi. Les constructeurs du groupe BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Volvo, Audi et Seat ainsi que Honda, Mazda et Toyota ont, en évidence, appliqué dans l'Union européenne (UE) une politique destinée à maintenir leurs prix dans une certaine marge. La tendance observée depuis novembre 1995 - le fait que les constructeurs essayent de plus en plus de limiter les disparités de prix à 20% - s'est donc confirmée. Telles sont les principales conclusions du huitième Rapport sur les prix des voitures dans l'UE. Cette étude est réalisée tous les six mois par la Commission européenne sur base des informations mises à sa disposition par les constructeurs européens et japonais.

    [03] Commission approves management buy-in of Finnish Chemicals Oy

    The European Commission has decided to approve the operation by which Prudential Corporation (United Kingdom) and HSBC Holdings (United Kingdom), both engaged in fund management, acquire joint control of Finnish Chemicals Oy (Finland), a manufacturer and supplier of pulping and bleaching chemicals for supply to the pulp and paper industries. Prudential is a supplier of life insurance; HSBC is a supplier of banking and financial services. They are not themselves active in any market of Finnish Chemicals. Nor do any of the funds which they manage confer upon them control of any company which is active in any such market.

    [04] Information society: The Global Inventory Project launches a web site

    The Global Inventory Project (GIP) site has been launched on the World Wide Web. The GIP, one of 11 world-wide pilot projects launched by the G7 Ministers in Brussels in February 1995, and co-led by the European Commission and Japan aims to act as an international reference point for the provision of information that will assist in the promotion of the information society. It will create a multimedia inventory of significant national and international projects, studies and other initiatives pertaining to the information society and providing this information to the public through a Web site. Its search engine will allow to use a multi- lingual search which is unique for contemporary Internet-based databases. Other objectives are: to establish a network for the free exchange of information about national and international initiatives related to the information society (electronic forum); to promote information society activities and gain understanding of their economic, industrial and social impacts; to foster international alliance building and multinational projects and investments.

    [05] Parution du rapport général sur l'activité de l'Union européenne en 1996

    Le Rapport général 1996 sur l'activité de l'Union européenne vient de paraître. Il est structuré par grands thèmes et est doté d'un index analytique. Il comporte des références systématiques au Journal officiel, aux Rapports généraux précédents et aux Bulletins (mensuels) de l'Union européenne. Il contient également un aperçu chronologique des principaux événements de l'année, ainsi que de nombreux tableaux visualisant, par exemple, l'état des procédures législatives et des accords en cours d'élaboration entre la Communauté et les pays tiers, ou encore les différentes étapes de l'adoption du budget 1997. Le rapport général est disponible auprès des différents bureaux de vente des publications officielles des Communautés européennes.

    [06] Hans van den Broek meets the Slovak Deputy Prime Minister, Katarina Tothova

    On Thursday, 13 February 1997, Commissioner Hans van den Broek met Mrs Katarina Tothova, the Slovak Deputy Prime Minister. The encounter enabled parties to assess the state of play of the reform process in Slovakia, with particular reference to the pre-accession strategy actually implemented by the parties. Special attention was given to the political reforms needed, where the Commissioner mentioned in particular legislation concerning minority languages. The economic reform course should be pursued and the approximation of legislation towards EU standards should be consistently completed.

    [07] Franz Fischler in Bonn: prospects for European agricultural policy

    In his address entitled "Prospects for European Agricultural Policy" at the annual conference of the German Association for Agricultural and Environmental Policy in Bonn today, Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler concentrated on three issues which, he said, "will, with certainty, have a decisive influence on European Agricultural Policy at the beginning of the 21st Century": the developments on world markets and the next WTO negotiations, the imminent enlargement of the EU to the East, and finally the demands imposed by society on agriculture and the Common Agricultural Policy in regard to the preservation of rural areas and living space. Mr Fischler said he hoped his speech would underline the number of challenges European agriculture will face in the coming years, and what policy makers should do to meet them. There was no need for resignation or radical experiments, but changes occurring could not be ignored.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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