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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-05-03

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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 Service Presse et Communicationb

03/05/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

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

  • [01] La Commission propose que la Grèce devienne le douzième membre de la zone euro
  • [02] Commission proposes to strengthen public health protection with proposal to remove specified BSE risk materials from the food chain
  • [03] Commission sets out plans for sustainable development of EU mining industry
  • [04] Commission reports on state of world shipbuilding market
  • [05] Commission adopts 13th monitoring report on the article 95 ECSC steel aid cases
  • [06] Commission approves regional aid package for Sweden
  • [07] Commission says Danish low income tax rate for experts recruited abroad is not State aid
  • [08] Commission says Swedish income tax relief for foreign experts does not constitute State aid
  • [09] Commission questions Belgian plan to grant aid to Ford's factory in Genk
  • [10] La Commission autorise une aide en faveur des propriétaires de navires et des pêcheurs portugais affectés par le non-renouvellement de l'accord de pêche signé entre l'UE et le Maroc
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [11] Rencontre entre la Commission et Rubens Ricupero, Secrétaire Général de la CNUCED

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

    [01] La Commission propose que la Grèce devienne le douzième membre de la zone euro

    La Commission européenne a adopté son rapport sur l'état de la convergence 2000, dans lequel elle conclut que la Grèce remplit les conditions nécessaires pour adopter la monnaie unique, l'euro. Sur la base de ce rapport et du rapport de convergence également publié aujourd'hui par la Banque centrale européenne, la Commission propose au Conseil d'abroger à compter du 1er janvier 2001 la dérogation dont la Grèce fait l'objet. La décision finale devrait être prise par le Conseil Ecofin après consultation du Parlement européen, et après une discussion des chefs d'Etat ou de gouvernement lors de leur sommet de Santa Maria da Feira, les 19 et 20 juin prochains. Le rapport sur l'état de la convergence 2000 conclut qu'il n'y a pas lieu de modifier le statut de la Suède, Etat membre faisant l'objet d'une dérogation. Le processus de convergence n'a pas été évalué au Danemark et au Royaume-Uni puisque ces pays, en vertu de leur clause d'exemption, n'ont pas notifié leur intention d'adopter l'euro.

    [02] Commission proposes to strengthen public health protection with proposal to remove specified BSE risk materials from the food chain

    In a renewed effort to set out harmonised rules to ensure that tissues likely to be infected with BSE are kept out of the animal and human food chain, the European Commission has endorsed a proposal for a Decision to regulate the use of specific risk materials (SRM) presenting a BSE risk. The proposed approach would oblige all Member States to remove certain risk materials - a long list in the UK and Portugal and a short list in all other Member States. Removal of SRM is the single biggest contribution that can be made to reducing the risk to humans from BSE, and thereby reducing the possibility of human infection by nvCJD. The new strategy follows continuous and recently reinforced scientific advice to remove highly risky tissues from the food and feed chain. Additionally, the first ever diagnosis of BSE in a native Danish cow in March this year raised more doubts about the BSE-free status of many countries without reported BSE. The proposal will replace the previous Commission's proposals to this end which have not been accepted by Member States up to today. While there is no EU-wide system on removal of risk materials, eight Member States have introduced national rules (B, DK, F, IRL, L, NL, PT, UK). The EU has already adopted a wide-spread testing scheme for BSE to measure a high level of protection.

    [03] Commission sets out plans for sustainable development of EU mining industry

    The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the promotion of sustainable development in the EU mining industry. The Commission stressed the need for improved dialogue and cooperation among all stakeholders to achieve this goal. The Communication identifies key issues that must be addressed at local, regional, national and European levels through a coherent EU policy. Specific environmental priorities (which the Commission will return to in more detail), are the prevention of mining accidents, improvement of the industry's overall environmental performance and sound management of mining waste. The Council of Industry Ministers plans to have a first exchange of views on these issues at its meeting 18 May.

    [04] Commission reports on state of world shipbuilding market

    The European Commission has adopted the second in a series of reports to the Council of Ministers on the state of the world shipbuilding market. The report reveals a continuing decline in the market share of the EU shipbuilding industry. It expresses particular concern about commercially unsustainable prices being offered by South Korean yards. The report also outlines the strenuous efforts made by the Commission to convince the South Korean Government to play its part in creating fair and competitive world market conditions. In particular, after several rounds of consultations, the Commission and the Korean Government finalised talks on 10 April 2000 and initialled "Agreed Minutes relating to the World Shipbuilding Market". These Agreed Minutes are focusing on non-subsidisation, banking, financial transparency (with regard to international accounting standards), commercial pricing practices and an effective consultative mechanism. The report is due to be considered by the Council of Industry Ministers at its meeting on 18 May 2000.

    [05] Commission adopts 13th monitoring report on the article 95 ECSC steel aid cases

    The European Commission has adopted its latest report on the implementation of a number of decisions taken in 1994 and 1995 authorising important aid to steel companies. This 13th monitoring report will be submitted to the Industry Council on 18 May 2000. It covers the period 01/07/1999- 31/12/1999. Only four companies are still subject to monitoring : Irish Steel (Ireland), Siderurgia Naçional (Portugal), EKO Stahl (Germany) and Voest Alpine Erzberg (Austria). Most of the conditions attached to the approval of the aid are already fulfilled and only conditions still monitored by the Commission are addressed in the report.

    [06] Commission approves regional aid package for Sweden

    The European Commission has approved the regional development aid scheme for Sweden. With this approval, the Commission gives the green light for Swedish plans to provide financial assistance for a wide range of business aid measures in the assisted regions in Northern Sweden.

    [07] Commission says Danish low income tax rate for experts recruited abroad is not State aid

    The European Commission has decided that the Danish scheme granting a lower flat rate income tax to experts recruited abroad does not constitute State aid to companies. As employers in all sectors of industry are hiring experts covered by the scheme, it does not, de facto, favour certain undertakings or the production of certain goods.

    [08] Commission says Swedish income tax relief for foreign experts does not constitute State aid

    The European Commission has decided that a Swedish scheme granting a reduction of the income tax base to experts recruited abroad, and a corresponding reduction of the basis for calculating the social contributions to be paid by their employers, does not constitute State aid. As employers in all sectors of industry are able to hire experts benefiting from the scheme, it does not favour certain undertakings or the production of certain goods.

    [09] Commission questions Belgian plan to grant aid to Ford's factory in Genk

    The European Commission has decided to open a formal investigation into the regional aid Belgium plans to grant towards Ford's investment in its factory situated in Genk (Flanders). The reason for the opening of this probe is doubts about the necessity of the aid. The planned aid amounts to euro 6.5 million (BEF 262.5 million). With this decision the Commission maintains its firm line from previous similar cases.

    [10] La Commission autorise une aide en faveur des propriétaires de navires et des pêcheurs portugais affectés par le non-renouvellement de l'accord de pêche signé entre l'UE et le Maroc

    La Commission européenne vient d'autoriser le Portugal à accorder des aides nationales destinées à indemniser les propriétaires de navires et les équipages qui ont été contraints de mettre fin à leurs activités de pêche dans les eaux marocaines après l'expiration, le 30 novembre 1999, de l'accord de pêche signé entre l'UE et le Maroc. Cette aide temporaire sera disponible jusqu'à la fin du mois de juin, sauf si de nouveaux arrangements sont trouvés d'ici là. L'aide nationale sera complétée par un concours financier de l'UE dans le cadre du nouvel instrument financier d'orientation de la pêche (IFOP), le montant total de l'aide devant s'élever à 2,2 millions d'euros pour les propriétaires de navires et à 3,3 millions d'euros pour les équipages.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [11] Rencontre entre la Commission et Rubens Ricupero, Secrétaire Général de la CNUCED

    Le Président de la Commission européenne, Romano Prodi, ainsi que les membres de la Commission chargés du commerce (Pascal Lamy) et de la coopération au développement et de l'aide humanitaire (Poul Nielson), tiendront des réunions bilatérales avec M. Rubens Ricupero, Secrétaire Général de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur le Commerce et le Développement (CNUCED), les 3 et 4 mai à Bruxelles. L'objet de ces rencontres est de préparer la troisième conférence de l'ONU sur les pays les moins avancés qui aura lieu à Bruxelles du 13 au 20 mai 2001. Cette conférence, convoquée en 1997 à la demande de l'Assemblée Générale de l'ONU, est la première à être accueillie par l'UE.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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