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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-11-08

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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-Parole 08/11/1999b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission avertit les Etats membres sur les cartes d'aides d'Etat régionales
  • [02] The annual report of the European Court of Auditors : statement from the Commission
  • [03] Business and Consumer surveys : first results, October 1999

  • [01] La Commission avertit les Etats membres sur les cartes d'aides d'Etat régionales

    La Commission européenne, par la voix du Commissaire à la concurrence Mario Monti, a exprimé sa vive préoccupation qu'elle ne sera pas en mesure d'approuver à temps les cartes d'aides d'Etat régionales pour la période 2000-2006 pour les Etats membres qui n'ont pas encore soumis des propositions entièrement compatibles avec les lignes directrices applicables. Cela pourrait avoir des conséquences graves pour les Etats membres concernés, puisque la validité de leurs cartes actuelles expire à la fin de 1999. Après, ils ne seront plus autorisés à accorder des aides d'Etat régionales à moins que les régions bénéficiaires et les intensités d'aide soient approuvées par la Commission avant le 1er janvier 2000.

    [02] The annual report of the European Court of Auditors : statement from the Commission

    The European Commission yesterday issued a statement in response to recent press reports concerning the 1998 annual report of the European Court of Auditors. The Commission emphasised that the conclusions of the report were being carefully studied and would make an important contribution to the reform process. However, the draft report does not conclude that a third of all Commission expenditure is affected by errors.

    [03] Business and Consumer surveys : first results, October 1999

    (! embargo 12h !) The European Commission today presented first results of the Business and Consumer Surveys for the month of October 1999. Confidence in industry rose by two points in October to a level 5 points above the long term average in the euro-zone and the European Union (EU). The main contributors to this improvement have been Italy with a increase of four points, and Germany and France with a two point rise in each case. Confidence in the construction sector is also on the rise. The September data for the EU has been revised upwards by one point and in October there has been a further one point increase. Likewise, in the euro-zone confidence in this sector has improved two points compared with last September's level. Consumer confidence has increased by two points in the EU and in the euro-zone. The recovery has been rather subdued in Germany. Nevertheless, in France, Italy and the United Kingdom consumers seem to be considerably more optimistic. As a consequence of the increases observed in these indicators, a positive evolution of the economic sentiment indicator has been experienced in both, the EU and the euro-zone, showing a significant increase from 103.8 in September to 104.2 and 104.3 respectively in October. This is the highest level for the EU this year and well above the long term average, 100.7.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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