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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-11-16

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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 16/11/1999b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission will follow up Court of Auditors' recommendations
  • [02] Commission authorises acquisition of a stake in South African Airways by SAirGroup
  • [03] La Commission propose son aide à la France face aux conséquences des inondations dramatiques intervenues dans le sud

  • [01] Commission will follow up Court of Auditors' recommendations

    Commenting on the publication of the European Court of Auditors 1998 annual report, European Commissioner for Budget, Michaele Schreyer, said : "I agree with the fundamental points of this report. The proposals of the Court of Auditors are a valuable help to put right the problems which have been identified." She added : "Better financial management is one of the new Commission's top priorities. I will make sure that this report is not just put on file : the recommendations of the Court will be vigorously followed up." In particular, Mrs Schreyer emphasised four important points for future action : intensified cooperation with the Member States ; reform of the financial regulation ; more responsibility for programme managers ; re-enforcement of internal audit.

    [02] Commission authorises acquisition of a stake in South African Airways by SAirGroup

    The European Commission has cleared, under the Merger Regulation, the acquisition of a stake of 20% in South African Airways by SAirGroup, the Swiss airline group. The transaction will give SAirGroup together with the holding company Transnet joint control of South African Airways. The Commission found that both airlines' activities are largely complementary. Competitive overlaps exist only if indirect flights from EU destinations to South Africa are taken into account. However, in view of the presence of several strong competitors the operation does not give rise to concern. Therefore, the Commission did not raise any objections.

    [03] La Commission propose son aide à la France face aux conséquences des inondations dramatiques intervenues dans le sud

    (! embargo 15h !) Michel Barnier, Commissaire européen chargé de la politique régionale, a annoncé qu'une intervention des fonds européens serait recherchée pour faire face aux importants dégâts intervenus pendant le week-end des 13 et 14 novembre dans les départements de l'Aude et des Pyrénées orientales en région Languedoc-Roussillon et du Tarn dans la région Midi-Pyrénées. Plusieurs zones touchées sont en effet éligibles à l'objectif 5b pour le développement des zones rurales pour la période 1994- 1999. La programmation de fonds au titre du nouvel objectif 2 pour la période 2000-2006 est en cours.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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