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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-11-13

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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

13/11/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] MM. Byrne et Fischler proposent le test ESB pour l'ensemble du bétail âgé dans l'UE
  • [02] Pedro Solbes welcomes report on coordinated issuance of public debt in the euro area
  • [03] Third round of EU-Mercosur association negotiations
  • [04] EU requests WTO consultations with the US in order to eliminate countervailing measures against EU steelmakers
  • [05] Poul Nielson to visit UNIDO and UNDCP
  • [06] Commission draws on UNIDO to support the Western African Monetary and Economic Union
  • [07] Développement de l'utilisation de l'euro

  • [01] MM. Byrne et Fischler proposent le test ESB pour l'ensemble du bétail âgé dans l'UE

    Les consommateurs européens ont fortement réagi aux derniers événements liés à l'ESB en France. M. David Byrne, commissaire européen responsable de la santé et des consommateurs, et M. Franz Fischler, commissaire européen à l'agriculture, à la pêche et au développement rural, prônent la plus grande transparence possible sur l'étendue de l'ESB dans le bétail européen. La Commission proposera aux Etats membres de mettre en place un test de l'ESB complet pour tous les bovins au dessus d'un certain âge. Ces tests serviraient de garantie supplémentaire pour les consommateurs quant à la salubrité de la viande qu'ils consomment, complétant ainsi les normes sévères de protection en vigueur. Les différentes options sur la manière de mettre le programme en oeuvre seront discutées au comité vétérinaire permanent qui se réunira mercredi 15 novembre ainsi qu'au Conseil agriculture le 20 novembre.

    [02] Pedro Solbes welcomes report on coordinated issuance of public debt in the euro area

    The report on "Coordinated Public Debt Issuance in the Euro Area" considers four hypotheses for more coordinated issuance of public debt in the euro area. It has been prepared by a group of financial experts offering advice to the European Union on capital market integration in EMU chaired by Alberto Giovannini. In assessing the hypotheses, the report distinguishes between arrangements that could be agreed without legal or institutional changes and those that would require such changes. In outlining the main elements of the Report, Alberto Giovannini noted "that the Group's analysis had focused on technical aspects of coordinated public debt issuance. While there is evidence of fragmentation in the euro-area government bond market, the level of distortion involved would not seem to justify a major change in issuance arrangements at this time. However, the rapid pace of change in Europe's financial market would suggest that the topic should be kept under review." European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Pedro Solbes welcomed the report as an important contribution to the debate on financial-market integration in the EU: "This report helps to clarify the current situation and offers food for thought in considering any possible policy response. I hope the analysis in the report will stimulate further discussion."

    [03] Third round of EU-Mercosur association negotiations

    The third meeting of the EU-Mercosur bi-regional Negotiations Committee took place in Brasilia during 7-10 November 2000 and was opened by the Brasilian Minister for External Relations, Ambassador Luiz Felipe Lampreia, and the European Commissioner for External Relations, Chris Patten. Both underlined the strong commitment and priority given to the EU-Mercosur association negotiations by the two parties. The third round included negotiations on the future political dialogue, trade and cooperation, with a view to establishing an Interregional Association between the two regions.

    [04] EU requests WTO consultations with the US in order to eliminate countervailing measures against EU steelmakers

    The EU has today requested WTO consultations with the United States due to the continued imposition by the US of countervailing duty measures against important European Steel producers, such as AST, Ilva and Cogne in Italy, Usinor and GTS in France, Corus in the UK, Aceralia in Spain and Dillinger in Germany. These consultations are in response to the failure of the US to take appropriate steps remove these dutiesfollowing the findings of recent "British Steel" case. The EU sees consultations in Geneva as a further attempt to resolve this question in a speedy and satisfactory manner without pre-judging a decision to proceed to dispute settlement. It is hoped that a successful conclusion to these consultations will avoid the need to launch a number of new dispute settlement cases.

    [05] Poul Nielson to visit UNIDO and UNDCP

    Today, European Commissioner for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, Mr Poul Nielson will be visiting Vienna where he will address the UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) Round Table on "Marginalization versus Prosperity : The Challenge Ahead". On this occasion, he will meet with Mr Margarinos, Director General of UNIDO. UNIDO was established as a UN agency in 1966 to help developing countries and transition economies to pursue sustainable industrial development. The Commission and UNIDO are working together in areas of mutual interest where there is complementarity and value-added. One such initiative is the financing (euro 8 million) by the Commission of the regional programme in the Western African Monetary and Economic Union (UEMOA) for which UNIDO has been selected as the technical assistance agency (see IP/00/1288 for details). Whilst in Vienna, Mr Nielson will also meet with Mr Arlacchi Executive Director of the UNDCP (United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention) to discuss Commission/UNDCP cooperation.

    [06] Commission draws on UNIDO to support the Western African Monetary and Economic Union

    The European Commission has endorsed a project worth over euro 8 million concerning a regional programme in the Western African Monetary and Economic Union (Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine - UEMOA) to be implemented by UNIDO. This cooperation is based on the identification of a concrete area of cooperation where UNIDO can offer added value and specific expertise. As the UN specialised agency mandated to promote sustainable industrial development, UNIDO ensures sustained productivity growth and its equitable distribution, thus contributing to the international fight against poverty. Aimed primarily at eliminating supply side constraints, UNIDO's approach consists of services targeting institution- and capacity-building initiatives for the improvement of enterprise competitiveness. UNIDO's programs tackle the issue of economic, social and environmental sustainability by facilitating the mobilisation of information, knowledge, skills and technology to support the private sector.

    [07] Développement de l'utilisation de l'euro

    La Commission européenne a publié aujourd'hui la quatrième note trimestrielle (troisième trimestre 2000) sur le développement de l'utilisation de l'euro. L'utilisation de l'euro dans les relations avec les administrations évolue de manière contrastée. En moyenne, elle progresse légèrement en valeur pour les déclarations de TVA mais diminue pour les déclarations douanières. Les paiements nationaux des entreprises en euro stagnent à un niveau élevé en valeur et régressent très légèrement en volume. Près de 24% des paiements internationaux sont en euro (36% en valeur). La part des comptes en euro tend à régresser légèrement mais le flux d'ouvertures de comptes en euro, qui avait fortement chuté au deuxième trimestre, repart vers le haut. 45% des entreprises déclarent avoir commencé à fixer des prix en euro et 10% à facturer systématiquement en euro. Les paiements en euro des particuliers continuent de diminuer en volume au troisième trimestre. En valeur, ils progressent de 6,4% à 7,1%, sans toutefois atteindre le niveau du début de l'année (8,9%).

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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