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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-03-29

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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

Midday Express 29/03/2001

  • [01] Structural Funds: Commission agrees €1900 million education and initial vocational training programme for Greece Anna Diamantopoulou, the Commissioner responsible for social policy, signed today a decision approving a major programme in Greece for 2000-06, the Operational Programme "Education and Initial Vocational Training". This programme involves Community support for all the Greek regions (Objective 1: regions lagging behind in their development under the Structural Funds). The Community assistance comes to EUR 1.9 billion approximately 8,6 % of the total CSF1 assistance to Greece.
  • [02] European Social Fund: Commission approves the EQUAL programme aimed at boosting equality in the Portuguese labour market The Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Anna Diamantopoulou, today signed a decision approving the new EQUAL Community Initiative Programme for Portugal for the period 2001-2006. Under the programme, the European Social Fund will provide €113,8 million to develop new ways of tackling discrimination and inequality in the field of employment.
  • [03] European Social Fund: Commission approves the EQUAL programme for Luxembourg to promote new ways to fight against labour market discrimination Anna Diamantopoulou, Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, signed a decision approving the new EQUAL Community Initiative Programme (CIP) for Luxembourg for the period 2001-2006. Under the programme, the European Social Fund (ESF) will provide €4,4 million to develop new ways of fighting discrimination and inequality in the field of employment.
  • [04] Fonds social européen : la Commission approuve le programme EQUAL pour renforcer l'égalité sur le marché du travail en Italie Anna Diamantopoulou, la Commissaire européenne chargée de l'emploi et des affaires sociales, a signé aujourd'hui une décision approuvant le nouveau programme d'initiative communautaire EQUAL en Italie pour la période 2001- 2006. Par ce programme, le Fond social européen (FSE) fournira 394,4 millions d'euros pour expérimenter de nouveaux moyens de lutte contre les discriminations et les inégalités dans le domaine de l'emploi.
  • [05] Commission aims to boost equality in Finnish labour market Anna Diamantopoulou, Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, today approved the new EQUAL Community Initiative Programme for Finland for the period 2001-2006. Under the programme, the European Social Fund (ESF) will provide €72.3 million to develop new ways of fighting discrimination and inequality in the field of employment. The overall budget for the Finnish programme is €161.89 million, of which €(1)72.3 million will be contributed by the Finnish public sector, €72.3 million by the EU and €17.29 million from national private sources.
  • [06] FMD : SVC agrees to UK contingency plan The Standing Veterinary Committee representing the Member States of the European Union gave today a favourable opinion to the proposal of the European Commission fixing the conditions applicable if the plan for emergency vaccination of cattle in Devon and Cumbria (UK) is applied by the UK authorities. While confirming their strong commitment to the policy aimed at foot and mouth disease eradication the Committee acknowledged that in Devon and Cumbria there is a specific epidemiological situation where the disease is already widespread in sheep. The Committee confirmed that there is no support for general preventive vaccination of animals in the EU as a whole. The forthcoming Commission proposal for a revised Council Directive on Community measures for the control of FMD will, however, provide an opportunity for wide-ranging debate on all issues including in particular the use of preventive vaccination. The Committee agreed that the question of a possible preventive vaccination of zoo animals shall be discussed in an expert working group next Friday and by the Chief Veterinary Officers of all Member States who meet tomorrow in their meeting of the Council.
  • [07] Commission earmarks €9 million in humanitarian aid for victims of the war in Angola The European Commission has adopted an intervention plan covering 2001 to provide continuing humanitarian support for victims of the war in Angola. €9 million will be channelled by the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) through partner organisations operating in the country. The money will support humanitarian programmes in fields of health, nutrition, water/sanitation, emergency relief and air transport, working through various international organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Key objectives are to reduce mortality rates among the most vulnerable sections of the civilian population and to provide shelter and non-food items to the growing number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in need.
  • [08] Commission allocates €11 million in humanitarian aid for Sierra Leone The European Commission has adopted an €1 million intervention plan to help meet continuing humanitarian needs in Sierra Leone. The funds will be channelled by the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) through partner organisations working in the country. This decision will enable ECHO to continue supporting victims of the ongoing crisis throughout 2001.
  • [09] Aide humanitaire en Géorgie et Arménie : La Commission octroie €1,95 millions La Commission européenne a approuvé une décision de financement de €1,95 millions en faveur des populations de Géorgie et d'Arménie affectées par la sécheresse. Les femmes au foyer, les personnes déplacées et les familles qui dépendent de l'agriculture de subsistance constituent les groupes cible de cette intervention.
  • [10] Packaging Waste: Commission refers Germany to Court The European Commission has decided to refer Germany to the European Court of Justice because it considers the German Packaging Regulation 1998 ("Verpackungsverordnung 1998") does not comply with the Packaging Waste Directive and Community rules on free trade. In the Commission's view, the German re-use scheme for packaging waste imposes an unfair burden on producers of natural mineral waters that import their products over long distances. Commenting on the decision, Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström said: "We consider that the German rules do not take proper account of the environmental costs of sending containers of natural mineral waters over long distances for re-use. They are a barrier to trade without environmental justification, and I urge the German authorities to change them in an environmentally appropriate way."
  • [11] 2 fusions approuvées par procédure simplifiée Conforama Holding S.A. (FR)/Salzam Mercatone Holding (IT) HSBC HOLDINGS plc (UK)-Crédit Commercial de France/Banque hervet (FR) Autre matériel diffusé
  • [12] Food Safety: Commissioner Byrne meets US Administration
  • [13] Discours de Mme Viviane Reding "Vers un espace universitaire européen"
  • [14] Discours de M. Marion Monti (Embargo 17.00 Brussels' time) "The EU views on a global competition forum"
  • [15] Foreign owned enterprises - Few enterprises, but a large economic impact (embargo 12.00) A pilot study published today by Eurostat reports on foreign owned enterprises in industrial and services activities of Denmark, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and the UK. Some results are also presented for Spain. This publication attempts to respond to the main questions asked by statistical users about foreign owned enterprises. What is their weight in national economies in terms of number of enterprises, value added and employment? What are the countries of residence of the foreign owners? Which activities attract foreign affiliates? What are the characteristics of these enterprises, in terms of size, productivity and performance compared to those of nationally owned enterprises?(1)

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