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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 98-02-25

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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

25/02/98


CONTENTS / CONTENU

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Commission endorses proposals on specified risk material and Transmissible and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy surveillance
  • [02] Commission publishes monitoring report on universal service in the telecommunications sector
  • [03] Commission adopts a Communication on the Year 2000 computer problem
  • [04] Préparation des grandes orientations des politiques économiques
  • [05] La Commission approuve un projet de régime d'aide en faveur de l'emploi en Sicile
  • [06] Commission declares aid to Bremer Vulkan incompatible with the Treaty
  • [07] La Commission ouvre une procédure à l'égard d'aides en faveur d'Addinol Mineralölwerke GmbH
  • [08] Commission declares German development aid to Indonesia in breach of the Shipbuilding Directive
  • [09] La Commission nomme deux nouveaux Directeurs Généraux
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [10] Commission proposes a draft reply of the EU and its Member States to the US Green Paper on Internet governance

  • [I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

    [01] Commission endorses proposals on specified risk material and Transmissible and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy surveillance

    The European Commission has endorsed two proposals designed to increase health protection of both consumers and animals in relation to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The first proposal amends the July 1997 Commission decision on specified risk material, which was due to come into effect on 1 April. It proposes that, as of 1 July, an enlarged list of specified risk material (SRM) will have to be removed. However, derogations are granted up to the end of 1998 for Member States and third countries which have submitted a dossier to evaluate their geographical Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) risk, substantiated by data in accordance with the advice of the Scientific Steering Committee. If a derogation is not decided for Member States and third countries before 1 January 1999, the enlarged list of SRM enters automatically into force on that date. For the transitional period, while awaiting the evaluation of the TSE status, the Member States and third countries which have native cases must apply the removal of a shorter SRM list which is in accordance with present recommendations of the International Office of Epizootics. The proposal also foresees, as an alternative to the removal of SRM, the application of a post-mortem test to identify TSE infectivity, once such a test has been validated and approved by the Commission. This proposal does not affect medicinal or cosmetic products which are covered by separate legislation SRM for use in industrial products. The second proposal lays down EU rules for epidemic surveillance for TSE. These proposals will now be submitted to the Standing Veterinary Committee for an opinion, following which the Commission will decide on the proposal. In the absence of an opinion, the proposal is submitted to the Council for a decision which can adopt it by qualified majority or reject it by a simple majority of Member States. Otherwise it is adopted by the Commission.

    [02] Commission publishes monitoring report on universal service in the telecommunications sector

    In the wake of the full liberalisation of most of the European Union (EU) telecommunications market on 1 January 1998, the European Commission has adopted its first monitoring report on universal service in the telecommunications sector. EU legislation obliges National Regulatory Authorities to ensure that in a fully liberalised environment, every citizen whatever his living standard or the region he lives in, should benefit a guaranteed access at affordable conditions to a range of telecommunication services including voice telephony, fax, electronic data, allowing him thereby to participate in the information society. The report confirms the ongoing gradual improvement in service levels, price and quality in the sector and a gradual strengthening of consumer rights. At this early stage in the development of full telecommunications liberalisation across the EU, the Commission sees no need to redefine the legislation underpinning universal service.

    [03] Commission adopts a Communication on the Year 2000 computer problem

    At the turn of the century administrations, enterprises and other users are being affected by the inability of many computer systems and programs to perform correct computations with dates after 31 December 1999, due to the use of only two digits to indicate the year. At the same time, they are being involved in the transition towards a single European currency. Taken together both problems represent a challenge of unprecedented scale for the Information technology sector, a critical business issue for enterprises of all sizes in all sectors and a major challenge for public services. Recent surveys show that the level of preparation is still relatively limited and differs across Member States. The European Commission adopted therefore a Communication on the issue. It stresses that the responsibility for fixing the Year 2000 problem clearly lies with suppliers and users of computer- based systems but announces a number of awareness creating and supporting European actions : the Commission will encourage and facilitate the exchange of information and experience, liaise with organisations that are responsible for crucial infrastructural sectors (telecommunications, energy, transport) and insert the Year 2000 problem as a regular agenda item in relevant ministerial and other meetings.

    [04] Préparation des grandes orientations des politiques économiques

    La Commission européenne a adopté une communication sur la situation économique dans l'Union européenne, intitulée "Croissance et emploi dans le cadre de stabilité de l'UEM". Ce document porte notamment sur les politiques menées en faveur de l'emploi dans le cadre d'une coordination renforcée des politiques économiques au cours de la phase finale de l'union monétaire. Depuis le printemps de 1996, la croissance a repris dans l'économie européenne, ce qui conduira à une réduction progressive des niveaux très élevés du chômage en Europe. Mais il reste encore beaucoup à faire. Dans le cadre orienté vers la stabilité de l'UEM, les Etats membres doivent maintenir leurs efforts visant des politiques macro-économiques saines favorables à la croissance et à l'emploi. Simultanément, les Etats membres doivent persévérer dans la voie des réformes structurelles afin d'améliorer le fonctionnement des marchés de l'emploi, des biens et des services. Le rapport présenté ce jour s'inscrit dans le cadre de la préparation des Grandes orientations des politiques économiques, qui seront approuvées en juin par le Conseil européen de Cardiff, et constituera en particulier le point de départ d'un débat au Parlement européen. Il est essentiellement fondé sur les budgets économiques de la Commission qui ont été publiés en octobre 1997. Des budgets économiques révisés seront publiés le 25 mars, en même temps que le rapport de convergence de la Commission et les recommandations relatives à la liste des pays qui respectent les conditions d'une participation à l'union économique et monétaire dès le 1er janvier 1999.

    [05] La Commission approuve un projet de régime d'aide en faveur de l'emploi en Sicile

    La Commission européenne vient d'approuver un projet de régime d'aide en faveur de l'emploi en Italie. Ce régime prévoit, pour les entreprises opérant en Sicile, des exonérations de charges sociales visant à la création nette de nouveaux emplois ainsi que la transformation d'emplois précaires en emplois stables. L'aide moyenne maximale sera de 22.000 Ecus par emploi créé ou stabilisé. Le budget alloué à ce régime est de +/-76,5 millions d'Ecus. La Commission a constaté que les aides à la création nette de nouveaux emplois sont conformes aux lignes directrices communautaires pour les aides à l'emploi.

    [06] Commission declares aid to Bremer Vulkan incompatible with the Treaty

    In the light of a ruling by the European Court of Justice, the European Commission has adopted a revised decision, in which it confirms its view that aid which the Land of Bremen granted in 1991 to Bremer Vulkan (now in liquidation) towards the purchase of Krupp Atlas Elektronik, a manufacturer of electronic systems for shipping and defence, was incompatible with the common market. By judgment in October 1996, the Court annulled a Commission decision taken in April 1993 which had declared as incompatible with the common market aid awarded by the German Government to Hibeg, a company wholly owned by the Land of Bremen, and by Hibeg via Krupp GmbH to Bremer Vulkan AG. The aid had facilitated the sale of Krupp Atlas Elektronik GmbH by Krupp GmbH to Bremer Vulkan. The Court held that the Commission's decision had, on certain points, contained insufficient reasoning. The Commission was therefore required to take a new decision to close the Article 93(2) procedure which it had opened in May 1992.

    [07] La Commission ouvre une procédure à l'égard d'aides en faveur d'Addinol Mineralölwerke GmbH

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'ouvrir une procédure à l'égard de nouvelles aides versées et projetées en faveur d'Addinol Mineralölwerke GmbH ainsi que la nouvelle société de reprise (Auffanglösung) créée. La Commission avait à deux reprises (novembre 1996 et juin 1997) décidé de ne pas soulever d'objections à l'égard d'aides au sauvetage en faveur d'Addinol (prêts d'un montant de de 28 millions de DM au total, remboursables avec un taux d'intérêt de 7%). Entre-temps, les autorités allemandes ont octroyé une nouvelle aide d'un montant de 3 millions de DM. Un plan de restructuration a été notifié à la Commission comportant un projet de réduction des activités d'Addinol dans le cadre d'une nouvelle société aux activités de blending et additifs. La Commission a décidé d'ouvrir une procédure, y compris à l'égard des deux aides déjà approuvées, en raison des doutes concernant la compatibilité des nouvelles aides avec le marché commun.

    [08] Commission declares German development aid to Indonesia in breach of the Shipbuilding Directive

    The European Commission has taken a negative decision concerning German aid granted to Volkswerft Stralsund in relation to the construction of three dredgers for use in Indonesia. The Commission had approved the aid in 1994 on condition that the vessels be used in Indonesian harbours and waterways only. Following complaints that the vessels were widely used in other countries, the Commission reopened the procedure and received evidence that one of the vessels, the KK Aru II had been deployed for a prolonged period in Malaysia. The Commission has therefore declared the aid related to the KK Aru II incompatible with the Shipbuilding Directive and has ordered that the aid be repaid with interest. The aid related to the other two vessels is still under investigation.

    [09] La Commission nomme deux nouveaux Directeurs Généraux

    La Commission européenne a nommé Philippe Soubestre, de nationalité française, Directeur Général du Service Commun de gestion de l'aide communautaire aux pays tiers. Ce nouveau service rassemblera les services chargés de la gestion de l'aide dans plusieurs Directions Générales. M. Soubestre, dont la carrière à la Commission a débuté en 1963, est actuellement Directeur Général adjoint de la Direction Générale du Développement après en avoir été Directeur Général a.i. pendant l'année 1997. Il a occupé plusieurs postes dans le domaine du Développement et a été Membre du Cabinet du Commissaire Jean-François Deniau et Chef de Cabinet du Commissaire Claude Cheysson. La Commission a également nommé M. Nikolaus van der Pas, de nationalité allemande, Chef de la Task Force pour les Négociations d'Adhésion. M. van der Pas a été, depuis 1995, le Porte- Parole de la Commission et de son Président Jacques Santer. Au service de la Commission depuis 1963, il a été e.a. Porte-Parole pour l'Agriculture, la Pêche et les Relations extérieures, chargé des relations extérieures au sein des Cabinets du Commissaire Willy De Clercq et du Président Jacques Delors et responsable pour les négociations d'adhésion de la Suède, les négociations sur l'Espace Economique Européen et pour les relations avec les Nouveaux Etats Indépendants et la Mongolie.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [10] Commission proposes a draft reply of the EU and its Member States to the US Green Paper on Internet governance

    The United States (US) Administration has published on 18 February 1998 a draft plan in the form of a Green Paper for the future organisation of the Internet. In the view of the European Commission however, the globalisation of the Internet and the importance of an international framework for the long-term organisation of the Internet underlies the need to associate a wide range of international interests with future policy in this area. The Commission recommends therefore that a joint reply of the European Union and the Member States will be transmitted to the US Administration. Among others the Commission's draft reply raises the following issues : the US Green paper proposals appear not to recognise the need to implement an international approach. The current US proposals could consolidate permanent US Jurisdiction over the Internet as a whole. It will be necessary to ensure that the private sector in Europe including users and industry fully participates at all relevant levels in the process. The draft reply will be discussed by the Telecommunications Council on 26 February 1998.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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