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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-01-09

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Service Presse et Communicationb

Midday Express 09/01/2001

  • [01] Internal Market : EU consumers continue to benefit, but reforms must be accelerated There is growing evidence that consumers, businesses and citizens are getting tangible benefits from the increasing integration of the European Union's Internal Market. But the European Commission's third progress report on the functioning of product and capital markets warns that if economic reforms are not deepened and accelerated, the EU risks missing the growth potential offered by new technologies and economic performance overall will continue to be hampered by an over-rigid economy. The European Councils of Lisbon and Feira, in recognising reform as the key to growth, competitiveness and full employment in the knowledge-based New Economy, pushed structural reform to the top of the political agenda. For its part, the Commission has already delivered a significant number of policy actions requested at Lisbon and Feira and more will be implemented in the early months of 2001. The next opportunity to develop the programme of economic reforms to transform Europe into the most competitive economy in the world will be the Stockholm European Council in Spring 2001.
  • [02] October 2000 compared to October 1999 - volume of retail trade up by 1.0% in euro-zone ; EU15 up by 1.7% (! embargo 12 am !) In October 2000, as compared to October 1999, the volume of retail trade rose by 1.0% in the euro-zone and 1.7% in the EU15, Eurostat estimates today. Compared to September 2000, sales decreased by 0.2% in the euro-zone and by 0.1% in the EU15. In October 2000, highest growth rates were registered for "household goods" both in the euro-zone (3.0%) and the EU15 (4.1%). "Food, drinks, tobacco" increased by 1.2% in both areas, "textiles, clothing and footwear" by 0.2% in the euro-zone and 2.5% in the EU15. In October 2000, sales decreased in all sectors, except in "food, drinks and tobacco" for the euro-zone (0.1%) and the EU15 (0.2%). "Household goods" decreased by 0.6% in the euro-zone, but were stable in the EU15. The index of "textiles, clothing and footwear" fell by 0.6% in the euro-zone and 0.3% in the EU15.
  • [03] L'Année européenne des langues lance ses 43 premiers projets La Commission européenne a choisi une première tranche de 43 projets dans le cadre de l'Année européenne des langues. Ces projets bénéficieront d'une subvention communautaire d'environ 1,7 million d'euros. L'Année européenne de langues, organisée par l'Union européenne et le Conseil de l'Europe, a deux thèmes principaux. L'Europe est et restera multilingue. L'apprentissage des langues apporte des avantages culturels et économiques importants. D'où le slogan de l'Année "les langues ouvrent des voies / languages open doors".


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