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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-10-27

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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

27/10/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Pascal Lamy annonce la résolution des obstacles bilatéraux entre l'UE et la Chine en vue de son adhésion à l'OMC
  • [02] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune par Alcatel et Thomson Multimedia
  • [03] Commission clears Magneti Marelli acquisition of sole control over its joint venture with Bosch
  • [04] Structural Funds : Commission approves Åland Islands (Finland) Objective 2 programme for the period 2000-2006
  • [05] Franz Fischler souligne l'importance du suivi et du contrôle de la pêche à l'occasion d'une conférence internationale
  • [06] EU15 current account deficit euro 10.5 billion ; euro 2.6 billion surplus on trade in services
  • [07] Commission proposes new rules to reduce exhaust and noise emissions from pleasure boats
  • [08] Commission and Japan look to improve conditions for investment
  • [09] Commission decides to strengthen Phare programmme
  • [10] Equality between women and men is more than just cheap kindergarden provision

  • [01] Pascal Lamy annonce la résolution des obstacles bilatéraux entre l'UE et la Chine en vue de son adhésion à l'OMC

    Suite aux entretiens qui ont suivi le sommet UE-Chine tenu à Beijing le 23 octobre dernier, Pascal Lamy, Commissaire européen au Commerce, a aujourd'hui annoncé que les problèmes bilatéraux restants entre l'UE et la Chine en vue de son adhésion ont été résolus confirmant ainsi l'accord bilatéral UE-Chine conclu le 19 mai 2000. Selon M. Lamy, "le fait d'avoir réglé les questions importantes qui restaient à mettre au point dans l'application de notre accord bilatéral de mai dernier constitue une avancée de plus en vue de l'adhésion de la Chine à l'OMC. Cet accord prendra effet dès que les travaux en cours à Genève auront abouti. Par conséquent, nous pourrons dès maintenant concentrer tous nos efforts exclusivement sur la tâche de résoudre dans les meilleurs délais les problèmes multilatéraux qui subsistent encore. "

    [02] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune par Alcatel et Thomson Multimedia

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'autoriser une entreprise commune entre les compagnies françaises Alcatel et Thomson Multimédia qui sera active dans le secteur émergent des réseaux vidéos interactifs. La Commission considère que l'opération ne créera ni ne renforcera une situation de position dominante et l'a déclaré compatible avec le marché commun.

    [03] Commission clears Magneti Marelli acquisition of sole control over its joint venture with Bosch

    The European Commission has authorised Italian automotive components firm Magneti Marelli SpA to acquire sole control of MM Automotive Lighting Business (MALB), a joint venture in which Magneti Marelli had joint control with Robert Bosch GmbH. The deal is a further step in a restructuring exercise and does not produce any real increase in the market power of Magneti Marelli, nor any substantial change in the structure of the market.

    [04] Structural Funds : Commission approves Åland Islands (Finland) Objective 2 programme for the period 2000-2006

    The European Commission has approved in principle the draft single programming document (SPD) for the Åland Islands (Finland) over the next seven years. The programme concerns areas facing structural difficulties and represents euro 4,6 million of EU financing for this autonomous, Swedish-speaking Finnish province comprising more than 6,500 islands and islets. Altogether, EU funding will mobilise over euro 22 million in investment, of which almost 50% will be co-financed by the private sector. The new programme is expected to lead to the creation of 200 new jobs and 30 new businesses.

    [05] Franz Fischler souligne l'importance du suivi et du contrôle de la pêche à l'occasion d'une conférence internationale

    "Le suivi et le contrôle de la pêche sont au centre de la politique commune de la pêche", a souligné Franz Fischler, Commissaire européen chargé de l'Agriculture, du Développement rural et de la Pêche, en clôturant une conférence internationale sur le contrôle, le suivi et la surveillance de la pêche. "La loyauté est l'une des conditions fondamentales d'un contrôle et d'un suivi efficaces. Les pêcheurs ne seront convaincus qu'ils doivent respecter la réglementation que s'ils ont la garantie que les poissons qu'ils laissent dans la mer conformément aux règles existantes ne sera pas capturé par d'autres en violation de celles-ci." Organisée par la Commission du 24 au 27 octobre à Bruxelles, la conférence a réuni 250 experts du suivi et du contrôle venus du monde entier. M. Fischler a déclaré avoir l'intention d'utiliser au mieux ses résultats. Il a affirmé qu'une coopération accrue entre les acteurs, la participation du secteur concerné, le recours aux nouvelles technologies et l'amélioration du rapport coût/efficacité des contrôles étaient les clés du renforcement de l'application des règles en vue d'assurer une pêche durable dans le monde entier.

    [06] EU15 current account deficit euro 10.5 billion ; euro 2.6 billion surplus on trade in services

    (! embargo 12 am !) According to the latest revisions issued today by Eurostat, the EU15 external current account recorded a deficit of euro 10.5 billion in the second quarter of 2000, as compared with a surplus of euro 6.0 billion in the second quarter of 1999 and a deficit of euro 21.3 billion in the first quarter of 2000. In the second quarter of 2000 the EU15 external balance of trade in services recorded a surplus of euro 2.6 billion as compared with a surplus of euro 4.5 billion in the second quarter of 1999 and a deficit of euro 1.6 billion in the first quarter of 2000.

    [07] Commission proposes new rules to reduce exhaust and noise emissions from pleasure boats

    The European Commission has proposed an amendment to the current Directive on recreational crafts. These are designed to limit exhaust and noise emissions from marine engines in such crafts - whilst ensuring the free movement of recreational crafts within the Internal Market of the EU. The proposed rules demonstrate the Commission's determination to combine industry and environmental policy to promote the competitiveness of the European industry whilst protecting the environment.

    [08] Commission and Japan look to improve conditions for investment

    The bi-annual EU-Japan High-Level Meeting on Regulatory Reform took place on 26 October in Tokyo. Mr. Fernando Valenzuela, Deputy Director General for External Relations of the European Commission co-chaired with Director- General Hitoshi Tanaka of the Economic Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This meeting forms part of the two-way dialogue on regulatory reform between the EU and Japan. The meeting stressed the continuing importance of the EU-Japan Regulatory Reform dialogue. The Commission called for crucial reforms designed to boost the economy, in particular : concerted strong action to improve the business environment for investors ; an independent regulatory authority and increased competition in the telecoms sector; the strict enforcement of competition policy.

    [09] Commission decides to strengthen Phare programmme

    European Commissioner for Enlargement Günter Verheugen has presented to the Commission the results of a review he commissioned in late 1999 on the functioning of the Phare programme. The review shows that the reforms introduced in 1997 has begun to show positive results, but more needs to be done with the approach of accession, like : enhancement the absorption capacity of the candidates, agreement with candidate countries on multi- annual programmes, increased responsibility for candidates for managing EU funds as well as increased use of Structural Funds approaches within Phare.

    [10] Equality between women and men is more than just cheap kindergarden provision

    European Commissioner for Employment and Social affairs, Anna Diamantopoulou, participates today at a conference of Ministers on equality between women and men in Paris. She stated : "Equality between women and men is more than just cheap kindergarden provisions". The EU has set itself the twin goals of competitiveness and cohesion. Successful equality policy must tackle not only social issues but also work and decision-making questions. In concrete terms we need three types of policy : i) access to decision-making ; ii) work & family life ; iii) mainstreaming; in other words integration of equality policy across the board in other policy areas.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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