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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-01-18

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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 18/01/2000b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission clears packaging joint venture between Ahlström and CapMan
  • [02] Commissioners visit storm-stricken regions in France and Germany
  • [03] Chris Patten met Vice-Ministers for Foreign Affairs from Peru and Ecuador
  • [04] Journées de contact et d'information Leonardo II

  • [01] Commission clears packaging joint venture between Ahlström and CapMan

    The European Commission has decided to authorise an operation by which Ahlström and CapMan acquire joint control of Folding Carton Partners and the folding carton activities of the Åkerlund & Rausing Group. In view of the fact that the parties' activities in folding carton converting are largely complementary and that their combined market shares are unlikely to lead to any adverse competition effects, the Commission has decided not to oppose the notified operation and declare it compatible with the common market and the functioning of the EEA agreement.

    [02] Commissioners visit storm-stricken regions in France and Germany

    European Commissioners for Regional Policy and Budget, Michel Barnier and Michaele Schreyer, will inform themselves on the spot about storm damages in most effected regions in the Member States. Commissioner Barnier will visit the French departments Creuse and Charente Maritime on 20 January, Commissioner Schreyer will travel to the Black Forest in the German Land of Baden-Württemberg on 19 January. The Commission has highlighted the possibilities for support in a Communication last Wednesday and emphasised its willingness for flexibility in the use of the existing instruments.

    [03] Chris Patten met Vice-Ministers for Foreign Affairs from Peru and Ecuador

    European Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten met today with the Vice-Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Peru, Mr Jorge Valdez Carrillo and Ecuador, Ambassador Francisco Carreón Mena. He expressed his satisfaction at the implementation of the October 1998 peace agreements between the two countries which brought an end to a 150-year cross-border problem. He stressed the importance of this act for the stability of Latin America. Both countries set up an economic development plan for their common border area and requested the financial support of the international community. Mr Patten assured the Vice Ministers of the support of the Commission for the donors meeting in Paris on 24 and 25 January 2000, which will focus on the border regions development plan. He announced the Commission's initial intention to contribute to the cross-border development plan with euro 40 million, to be committed in 2000. These funds will aid in the reconstruction of the main Guayaquil-Piura road, the principal transport and economic trade route between the two countries.

    [04] Journées de contact et d'information Leonardo II

    La direction générale Education et Culture organise les 27 et 28 janvier 2000 à Bruxelles deux journées de contact et d'information sur le programme Leonardo da Vinci II (2000-2006). Les journées Leonardo doivent permettre de s'informer sur l'appel à proposition qui sera publié dans les prochains jours et de trouver de nouveaux partenaires pour monter un projet. Mme Viviane Reding, Commissaire européen responsable de l'Education et de la Culture, fera une intervention lors de l'ouverture de ces journées. Programme communautaire de soutien à la formation professionnelle, Leonardo II est doté d'un budget de 1,15 milliard d'euros sur sept ans. Il comporte cinq types d'actions : mobilité des personnes en formation professionnelle, projets pilotes innovants ou visant à accroître la qualité de la formation professionnelle, promotion des compétences linguistiques, établissement de réseaux transnationaux et mise au point d'outils de comparaison des systèmes nationaux.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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