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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 98-10-14

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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

14/10/98


CONTENTS / CONTENU

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

  • [01] Emploi : la Commission prépare le Conseil européen de Vienne
  • [02] Financial services : Commission proposes a new regulatory framework for distance selling
  • [03] La Commission propose une réglementation très stricte des résidus de pesticides dans les aliments pour bébés
  • [04] Energy policy with an environmental approach
  • [05] La Commission approuve sous conditions les aides à la Société Marseillaise de Crédit
  • [06] La Commission conclut que le rachat de PSAG par Nord/LB et HanBG ne contient pas d'élément d'aide d'Etat
  • [07] Commission refuses aid to LiftgmbH
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [08] Sir Leon Brittan in Korea with European Business Representatives
  • [09] Commission strengthens controls on the import of mushrooms with high levels of radioactivity

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

    [01] Emploi : la Commission prépare le Conseil européen de Vienne

    La Commission européenne a adopté trois documents relatifs à l'emploi en vue du Conseil européen de Vienne : le projet de rapport conjoint sur l'emploi pour 1998, le rapport général sur les taux d'emploi pour 1998 et les propositions de lignes directrices pour les politiques de l'emploi des Etats membres pour 1999. Le projet de rapport conjoint sur l'emploi informe le Conseil européen des progrès réalisés dans le cadre de la stratégie pour l'emploi définie en novembre 1997 à Luxembourg. Il se fonde sur les Plans d'Actions Nationaux (PAN) et sur les rapports, présentés en juillet, concernant leur mise en oeuvre. Le projet de rapport conjoint propose également dix exemples de bonne pratique au niveau national en matière de politique de l'emploi susceptibles d'intéresser d'autres Etats membres. Le premier rapport général sur les performances de l'Union européenne (UE) dans le domaine de l'emploi a, quant à lui, pour but de tirer des conclusions sur les moyens par lesquels les Etats membres pourraient contribuer à l'augmentation significative du taux d'emploi de l'UE. Enfin, la Commission propose des lignes directrices pour les politiques de l'emploi pour les Etats membres pour 1999. Ces lignes directrices présentent une série de mesures et d'objectifs politiques qui, selon la Commission, doivent être poursuivis par les Etats membres afin d'exploiter les progrès significatifs déjà accomplis en 1998.

    [02] Financial services : Commission proposes a new regulatory framework for distance selling

    A proposal for a Directive to establish a clear regulatory framework for the marketing of financial services at a distance within the Single Market has been agreed by the European Commission. The aim of the proposal is to ensure a high level of protection for consumers of retail financial services (e.g. insurance, banking and investment services) marketed by telephone, by electronic means such as the Internet or by mail, so as to encourage consumer confidence in such services and provide financial service suppliers with a clearly defined legal framework valid for distance selling throughout the Single Market. The proposal should facilitate the development of innovative forms of trade in financial services within the EU and make it easier for consumers to buy financial services in other Member States, safe in the knowledge that their interests are protected.

    [03] La Commission propose une réglementation très stricte des résidus de pesticides dans les aliments pour bébés

    La Commission européenne a décidé de soumettre au Comité permanent des denrées alimentaires un projet de réglementation stricte des résidus de pesticides dans les aliments pour bébés. Il s'agit d'inclure dans les directives 96/4/CE, concernant les préparations pour nourrissons et les préparations de suite, et 96/5/CE, concernant les préparations à base de céréales et les aliments pour bébés destinés aux nourrissons et enfants en bas âge, de nouvelles dispositions interdisant la présence de résidus détectables dans les aliments pour bébés. Actuellement, il existe des différences entre les législations des Etats membres. A l'avenir, la teneur en résidus de pesticides dans les aliments pour bébés ne pourra pas dépasser 0,01 mg/kg. En raison de légères imprécisions des méthodes de mesure existantes, une valeur de 0 ne peut pas être considérée comme détectable.

    [04] Energy policy with an environmental approach

    The European Commission adopted a Communication outlining, for the first time, the approach for strengthening environmental integration in energy policy. The Communication puts forward specific policy orientations which need to be taken up both at European Union and Member States' level in a complementary way. A range of actions is proposed for an environmentally sustainable energy future focussing on three priority areas : promotion of energy efficiency and energy saving; the increase of the share in the use of renewable energy sources ; and the reduction of the environmental impact of the conventional energy sources.

    [05] La Commission approuve sous conditions les aides à la Société Marseillaise de Crédit

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'approuver les aides à la restructuration en vue de la privatisation de la Société Marseillaise de Crédit (SMC) pour un montant total de FRF 6.291 millions. Les aides sont approuvées à condition que la SMC recentre son activité sur son métier de banque commerciale de réseau et que le plan de restructuration présenté par le repreneur privé, la Banque Chaix, filiale du Crédit Commercial de France, soit mis en œuvre.

    [06] La Commission conclut que le rachat de PSAG par Nord/LB et HanBG ne contient pas d'élément d'aide d'Etat

    La Commission européenne estime, après avoir effectué une enquête approfondie, ne disposer d'aucun élément qui tendrait à démontrer que le rachat de Preussag Stahl AG (PSAG) par Nord/LB et Hannoversche Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (HanBG), deux institutions financières de propriété publique, constitue une aide. En effet, ce rachat correspond à la pratique normale d'un investisseur en économie de marché, principalement en terme de prix payé ( 1.060 millions de DM).

    [07] Commission refuses aid to LiftgmbH

    The European Commission by letter dated 16 December 1997, informed Austria that it had initiated proceedings pursuant to Article 93(2) of the EC Treaty concerning a State aid to LiftgmbH, Austria. LiftgmbH forms part of the Austrian Doppelmayr group, a global player in the ropeway-produding industry. LiftgmbH established a Chinese subsidiary to invest in a production plant in China. Austria intends to provide LiftgmbH with a soft loan to internationalise Doppelmayr's business and to strengthen its competitiveness on the global market. However, Austria failed to demonstrate that the aid would be necessary to encourage the Doppelmayr group to expand its activities in China. Commission has therefore declared the aid incompatible with the common market.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [08] Sir Leon Brittan in Korea with European Business Representatives

    Sir Leon Brittan, Vice President of the European Commission, today met with President Kim Dae-jung, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Hong Soon- Young and other Korean political and business leaders. The main purpose of the visit was to extend support for far-reaching economic restructuring and to stress the need for scrupulous respect of IMF commitments. Sir Leon was accompanied by a high-level delegation of 21 business leaders who will explore new business opportunities arising from Korea's current reform process. The visit is in response to an appeal by Korea's President, Kim Dae-jung, for investment missions from Europe, delivered at the second Asia- Europe Meeting (ASEM II) last April. Sir Leon said : "I welcome the reform measures the Korean government is pursuing in order to implement the IMF program. It is essential that these reforms are carried through to the end. This visit is a gesture demonstrating Europe's support for President Kim and for Korea - and our determination to further enhance the political and economic relationship. Korea and the European Union should also begin working together to promote economic reform and openness of national economies in Asia and beyond, based on truly functioning markets, which alone can guarantee sustainable growth and economic and social development".

    [09] Commission strengthens controls on the import of mushrooms with high levels of radioactivity

    The European Commission has taken a series of measures designed to strengthen controls on the import of radioactively contaminated mushrooms into the European Union (EU) originating from Eastern European countries such as Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Belarus and Ukraine. Through the Commission Rapid Alert System the Commission has received a total of 19 notifications from Austria, Germany and France concerning imports of mushrooms (chanterelle and boletus). Council Regulation 737/90, adopted very soon after the Chernobyl accident, limits the maximum permitted concentration of radioactive caesium to 600Bq/kg (becquerel per kilogram). The regulatory Committee, established under this Regulation, was convened urgently on 13 October to examine the implications of a high number of consignments of mushrooms found to contain levels of radioactive contamination in excess of the limit. As a result of the Committee meeting the Commission will : (1) Demand that the controls carried out by Member States on mushrooms imported into the EU are strengthened and (2) insist that third countries who wish to export mushrooms to the EU perform rigorous controls and take measures to ensure that each consignment be accompanied by a valid certificate. The Commission has reminded Member States of their obligations under the Regulation. They have already taken action to step up the monitoring frequency and will define specific entry points for mushrooms from Eastern European countries to enhance the efficiency of controls. The list of entry points and the stricter requirements, applicable to mushrooms, will very soon be included in a Commission Regulation. The Commission will warn third countries that if no appropriate action is taken or in the absence of reliable certificates they would suffer de facto severe restrictions on their export capabilities. Certain types of mushrooms show high concentrations of radioactive caesium as a result persisting contamination of forests after the Chernobyl accident.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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