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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-04-15

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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

15/04/99


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission opens in-depth inquiry into acquisition of ECT by Hutchison and the Rotterdam port authority
  • [02] La production industrielle de la zone euro et de l'UE15 en novembre 98- janvier 99
  • [03] Christos Papoutsis : "If it is this Commission which highlighted and promoted the particular importance of the commerce sector, it is up to the new Commission to keep it high in its political agenda"

  • [01] Commission opens in-depth inquiry into acquisition of ECT by Hutchison and the Rotterdam port authority

    The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the acquisition of joint control by Hutchison Port Holdings Ltd. and Rotterdam's municipal port management authority of over the Rotterdam container terminal operator European Combined Terminals BV (ECT). Concern arises from the fact that the merger brings three out of Northern Europe's ten largest container port terminals under joint control. A final decision will now be taken within a period of four months.

    [02] La production industrielle de la zone euro et de l'UE15 en novembre 98- janvier 99

    (! embargo 12h !) La tendance de la production industrielle de la zone euro ainsi que celle de l'Union européenne (UE15) a diminué de 0,4% pour la période de novembre 1998 à janvier 1999 par rapport aux trois mois précédents, selon les estimations publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat, l'Office statistique des Communautés européennes à Luxembourg. Les taux de croissance précédents étaient de 0,3% (chiffre révisé pour la période d'octobre à fin décembre) pour la zone euro et l'UE15. La production industrielle a diminué pour la quatrième période consécutive. Malgré la tendance générale, l'Irlande (2,2%), la Grèce (1,7%), la Finlande (1,2%), l'Espagne (0,7%) et la France (0,5%) ont affiché des hausses de la production. Des baisses ont été enregistrées cependant en Italie (-0,9%) et au Danemark (-0,8%). La production en Allemagne a également baissé de 0, 7%. Elle est restée presque stable dans les autres Etats membres. La production aux Etats-Unis a légèrement augmenté (+0,2%) alors que celle du Japon a diminué (-0,9%). Tant pour la zone euro que pour l'UE15, le volume de la production industrielle, corrigé des jours ouvrables, a augmenté en janvier de respectivement 1,7% et 1,3% par rapport au mois de janvier 1998. Une croissance a été enregistrée dans tous les secteurs aussi bien dans la zone euro que dans l'UE15. La croissance la plus forte a été enregistrée pour les biens de capitaux avec 4,4% (4,8% pour l'UE15) et dans le secteur des biens de consommation durables avec 3,0% (2,5%). La production des biens de consommation non durables, a augmenté de 1,7% (0,3%), celle des biens intermédiaires de 0,7% (0,2%).

    [03] Christos Papoutsis : "If it is this Commission which highlighted and promoted the particular importance of the commerce sector, it is up to the new Commission to keep it high in its political agenda"

    Speaking today in Brussels at the annual meeting of the Committee for Commerce and Distribution (CCD), European Commissioner Christos Papoutsis, responsible for Enterprise Policy and Commerce, made an analytical presentation of the White Paper on Commerce and underlined that "despite the current negative climate and the efforts being made in order to damage the image, the work and achievements of the Commission, the truth is quite different". In particular, as far as the Commerce sector is concerned, the Commissioner said that "it is the Santer Commission which gave the required impetus to the commerce sector, has established with the White Paper on Commerce a framework for a strategy and policy in favour of the sector, highlighted and promoted the particular importance of the role commerce is playing in the economic development and of job creation in the European Union, proposed measures at European and national level, and encouraged Member States to take initiatives in order to support the commerce sector". He further said that with the help of the CCD the same perspectives will also prevail in the future and expressed the hope that the next Commission under President Prodi "will include commerce and enterprise policy in its highest political priorities".

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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