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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-05-15

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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 Service Presse et Communicationb

15/05/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Message from Romano Prodi to Wim Kok after the tragedy in Enschede
  • [02] Message from Romano Prodi to Japanese Prime Minister Mori
  • [03] Discharge 1998 : Commission replies to Parliament
  • [04] La Commission autorise la prise de participation de Bertelsmann dans la librairie Internet nordique Bokus
  • [05] Commission acts to improve access for the disabled at the workplace
  • [06] Fonds structurels : la Commission approuve le document de programmation (DOCUP) de l'objectif 1 relatif au Hainaut (Belgique) pour la période 2000-2006
  • [07] Franz Fischler deplores US tightening of wheat gluten quota
  • [08] EU to send electoral observer team to Zimbabwe

  • [01] Message from Romano Prodi to Wim Kok after the tragedy in Enschede

    Following the explosion in Enschede Saturday night, which caused so many victims, Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, yesterday sent the following message to Prime Minister Wim Kok : "I was profoundly shocked by the tragic loss of lives in Enschede last night. The Commission expresses its heartfelt sympathy to the relatives of those died, to the injured and to the Dutch people as a whole at this time of sorrow. We stand with the Dutch people in European solidarity at this difficult moment and are ready to examine with you measures to prevent such a tragedy ever happening again."

    [02] Message from Romano Prodi to Japanese Prime Minister Mori

    Following the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, sent the following message to Yoshiro Mori, Prime Minister of Japan. "On behalf of the Commission and on my own behalf I should like to express our sincere condolences to the government and people of Japan on the occasion of the passing away of former Prime Minister Obuchi. Mr Obuchi and his government gave a new impulse to EU/Japan relations, which will mark the beginning of a new era in our relations. Under his leadership, Japan also contributed significantly to international efforts to promote peace and stability both in Asia and in Europe. My colleagues and I in the Commission would ask you to pass on our condolences to Mr Obuchi's family."

    [03] Discharge 1998 : Commission replies to Parliament

    In reply to the European Parliament's resolution adopted in the plenary meeting of 13th April, postponing the 1998 discharge for the general budget and the European development fund, as well as for the Parliament, the European Commission has submitted replies to all articles in the two resolutions directly concerning it. It has also replied to further letters submitted since. In total, more than 1500 pages have been submitted to the Parliament's general rapporteur, Ms Stauner. Budget Commissioner Michaele Schreyer made the following declaration : "The Commission attaches great importance to sound and efficient management. I believe that the comprehensiveness of the replies is a testimony to the Commission's will to act rapidly and consistently on such matters. I also recognize the impetus provided by the Parliament in this respect."

    [04] La Commission autorise la prise de participation de Bertelsmann dans la librairie Internet nordique Bokus

    La Commission européenne a donné son feu vert à la prise d'une participation de 50% par Bertelsmann AG dans Bokus AB, une entreprise spécialisée dans la vente de livres par Internet qui jusqu'ici était contrôlée uniquement par Kooperativa Förbundet. Le contrôle conjoint de Bokus, qui sera rebaptisé BOL Nordic, ne conduira ni à la création ni au renforcement d'une position dominante.

    [05] Commission acts to improve access for the disabled at the workplace

    Upon a proposal of Anna Diamantopoulou, European Commissioner for disability policy, the Commission today adopted a Communication which is intended to build the framework for improving access for the disabled at the workplace and beyond. The Communication outlines key objectives which the Commission believes the European Union should pursue in order to improve access in every sense for the disabled and hence to promote full participation for all Europeans living with disabilities.

    [06] Fonds structurels : la Commission approuve le document de programmation (DOCUP) de l'objectif 1 relatif au Hainaut (Belgique) pour la période 2000-2006

    La Commission européenne a approuvé aujourd'hui le projet de document unique de programmation (DOCUP) pour le développement régional du Hainaut, en Belgique, au cours des sept ans à venir. Le PIB (Produit Intérieur Brut) par habitant atteignait, au Hainaut en 1999, 80% de la moyenne communautaire et dépassait donc la limite de 75% fixée pour l'intervention de l'objectif n°1 (régions en retard de développement). Pendant cette période, la province bénéficiera cependant d'une intervention importante des fonds structurels de l'Union européenne pour un montant de 645 millions d'euros qui lui assurera une sortie progressive (phasing-out) du soutien de ces fonds au titre de l'objectif 1. Au total, l'intervention de ces crédits européens permettra de mobiliser 2.221 millions d'euros d'investissements dans le Hainaut, dont 914 millions de cofinancements en provenance du secteur privé.

    [07] Franz Fischler deplores US tightening of wheat gluten quota

    Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, today expressed his dismay over reports that the US intends to tighten the quota on wheat gluten from the European Union for the year starting 1 June 2000. With the EU already challenging the quota itself in the WTO, the imminent move by the US to further restrict imports is "most inopportune", according to the Commissioner. "I deplore this unnecessary action which further discriminates against the EU industry. The lack of competitiveness of US wheat processors on the domestic US market will not be resolved by altering the operation of the wheat gluten quota", Mr Fischler said. He underlined that the decision would wreak further havoc on trade relations between EU suppliers and US customers and lead to greater complexity in the management of the quota. Mr Fischler has outlined his concern in a letter to US Secretary for Agriculture Dan Glickman.

    [08] EU to send electoral observer team to Zimbabwe

    On 6 and 7 May, the European Union decided to send an election observer team to follow the electoral process in Zimbabwe subject to satisfactory freedom of access and security. A mission team from the Commission will arrive in Harare on 15 May in order to examine the necessary arrangements. The mission will be led by the Directorate General for Development and is expected to leave Harare on 19 May 2000. It will examine conditions for freedom of access and security, as well as the logistical preparations to be made in view of the parliamentary elections. The mission will have contacts with the Zimbabwe government, EU Member State representations, and non-state actors. It will also coordinate with other election observation initiatives (South African Development Community (SADC), the Commonwealth and USA). The EU has expressed concern over events leading up to the elections and has urged the Government of Zimbabwe to hold fair elections, free of intimidation and within the timetable prescribed by the constitution.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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