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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-10-10

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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

10/10/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Message de António Vitorino en réaction aux récents actes de violence en Espagne
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) by Credit Suisse
  • [03] Commission authorises DaimlerChrylser's acquisition of Detroit Diesel
  • [04] Fusions approuvées selon la procédure simplifiée
  • [05] Rapport 2000 sur l'état des forêts en Europe
  • [06] July 2000 industrial production up 0.5% in euro-zone and in EU15
  • [07] WTO Franz Fischler meets the Cairns Group : "Laying out the case for the EU model of agriculture"
  • [08] Play the game Reaching for democracy in sports

  • [01] Message de António Vitorino en réaction aux récents actes de violence en Espagne

    Le Commissaire européen à la Justice et aux Affaires intérieures, António Vitorino, a fait hier la déclaration suivante : "La Commission européenne constate avec consternation la continuation des actes de violence en Espagne. Elle condamne fermement tous les actes terroristes commis dans l'Union européenne. Ces attentats violent les principes fondamentaux de l'UE que sont le respect de la vie humaine, la tolérance, la démocratie et les droits de l'homme. Le terrorisme est en effet l'un des défis les plus redoutables qui se posent à nos sociétés. Il est intolérable par la violence aveugle qui le caractérise et qui frappe la population. Ces attentats choquent et attristent l'ensemble des citoyens européens, qui ne cessent d'exprimer leur volonté de partager un avenir pacifique. Je réitère l'engagement de la Commission de favoriser par tous les moyens que lui accordent les Traités le renforcement d'une action européenne contre le terrorisme, où qu'il frappe en Europe. Dans des sociétés démocratiques comme les nôtres, le terrorisme ne peut s'abriter derrière aucune justification prétendument politique. L'Europe est un espace de liberté et de justice que nous tous souhaitons consolider."

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) by Credit Suisse

    The European Commission has authorised today the acquisition of DLJ, the US investment bank, by Credit Suisse, Switzerland's second-biggest bank. The DLJ acquisition will create a global investment bank in the top five for mergers and acquisitions by combining DLJ's strong US position with Credit Suisse First Boston, the group's investment bank. The Commission gave its green light to the transaction as it will raise no competition concerns.

    [03] Commission authorises DaimlerChrylser's acquisition of Detroit Diesel

    The European Commission has approved an operation by which US-German carmaker DaimlerChrysler acquires sole control of US-based company Detroit Diesel. The companies' activities overlap in the manufacture of diesel engines, but their combined share of the European market causes no competition concerns.

    [04] Fusions approuvées selon la procédure simplifiée

    Atos / Origin

    Thyssen Krupp Werkstoffe / Röhm

    [05] Rapport 2000 sur l'état des forêts en Europe

    La Commission européenne et la Commission économique pour l'Europe des Nations Unies (NU/CEE) ont publié leur rapport annuel sur l'état des forêts en Europe avec les résultats de l'évaluation concernant l'état des couronnes et du programme de surveillance intensive des forêts européennes. Ce rapport fournit des informations importantes pour les décideurs politiques et le public sur la situation des forêts européennes. Il en ressort qu'il n'y a aucune amélioration générale de la vitalité des forêts et qu'il existe d'importantes différences de développement de la situation selon les régions. Il importe de réduire encore le niveau d'émissions, afin de sauvegarder les multiples fonctions des forêts européennes et assurer à ces dernières une gestion écologiquement viable.

    [06] July 2000 industrial production up 0.5% in euro-zone and in EU15

    (! embargo 12 am !) Seasonally adjusted industrial production increased by 0.5% in the euro-zone in July compared to June, Eurostat estimates today. Production in the EU15 also rose by 0.5% in July, after a fall of 1.1% in June and an increase of 1.1% in May. After a fall in June, output increased again in Luxembourg (5.2%), Germany (2.0%), and Finland (0.1%). It continued to rise in Belgium (2.0%) and in Portugal (1.8%). Production slowed down in the Netherlands (-0.5%) and in the UK (-0.1%). For the second month in a row the index fell in Italy (-0.8%), Greece (-0.6%) and in Spain (-0.3%). Compared with July 1999, output in July 2000 increased by 5.1% in the euro-zone and by 4.3% in the EU15. Durable consumer goods and capital goods increased the most with growth rates of 8.2% and 7.7% respectively in the euro-zone and 7.2% for both sectors in the EU15. Intermediate goods production was 4.5% higher in the euro-zone and 4.1% in the EU15. Non-durable consumer goods increased by 1.6% in the euro-zone and by 0.4% in the EU15.

    [07] WTO Franz Fischler meets the Cairns Group : "Laying out the case for the EU model of agriculture"

    As the first European Commissioner for Agriculture, on October 10-12, Franz Fischler will attend a meeting of the Cairns Group. The 18-member Cairns Group of agricultural exporting nations includes Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Fiji, Guatemala, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Paraguay, the Philippines, Thailand, South Africa, and Uruguay. At this meeting in Banff, Canada, Mr Fischler will discuss with Cairns Group Ministers the perspectives on the WTO negotiations on agriculture which began in March.

    [08] Play the game Reaching for democracy in sports

    The second world conference for media professionals in a globalised sports society will be held in Copenhagen, November 12th-16th 2000. "Play the game" is organised by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the International Sports and Culture Association (ISCA) and the Sports Intelligence Unit (SIU) who share a common concern : to promote democracy and transparency in a still more commercialised sports and sports media world. More than 30 top quality speakers will be present and Journalists from more than 40 countries will participate. The conference is open to media professionals and university researchers. The main themes are : sport and money ; doping ; sport and national identity. Details are available at the following internet site : http://www.play-the-game.org or with coordinator Jens Sejer Andersen, Editor-in-Chief, Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations, e-mail: siu@dgi.dk

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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