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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-04-24

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 24/04/2001

  • [01] Structural Funds : Commission approves euro 6 million support for Hamburg The European Commission has approved a development programme for the German region of Hamburg covering the period 2000-2006. This programme amounts to euro 6 million in financial support from the European Union. It concerns areas in economic and social reconversion, and as such eligible to "Objective 2" of the Structural Funds. The European funding will attract a further euro 6 million in investment from the public sector, making total spending of euro 12 million. The programme is intended to promote the region's development and structural adjustment, aims to create 100 new jobs and safeguard 500 existing ones.
  • [02] Fonds structurels : la Commission approuve une aide de 184 millions d'euros en faveur de la Hesse La Commission européenne a approuvé un programme de développement de la région de la Hesse pour la période 2000-2006. L'aide financière accordée à ce programme par l'Union européenne s'élève à 184 millions d'euros. Le programme concerne des zones en cours de reconversion économique et sociale, éligibles à ce titre à l'objectif n°2 des Fonds structurels. Le concours financier européen attirera en outre des investissements provenant du secteur public pour un montant de 123 millions d'euros et des investissements privés atteignant 235 millions d'euros, pour une dépense totale de 542 millions d'euros. Le programme a pour objet de promouvoir le développement et l'adaptation structurelle de la région. Il vise à créer 3.200 emplois, à en sauvegarder 8.000, à créer 900 postes d'apprentissage modernisés et à développer 200 hectares d'implantations commerciales.
  • [03] Structural Funds : Commission approves a euro 2.2 billion support programme for Bavaria Michel Barnier, member of the European Commission responsible for Regional policy, signed a regional development programme for the German region of Bavaria for 2000-2006. This programme will support the economic and social conversion of Bavarian areas facing structural difficulties and will provide euro 536 million in financial support from the European Union. The European funding will attract a further euro 490 million in investment from the public sector and euro 1200 million from the private sector, which brings total spending on the programme to over euro 2200 million. The main aim of the programme is to create, protect and improve the competitiveness of 21,000 jobs in the region. It is expected that 5,500 new jobs will be created, as well as a number of other benefits to the region including the renovation of urban sites and the clear-up of polutted land.
  • [04] Structural Funds : Commission approves euro 3.2 billion for transport infrastructure in German regions Michel Barnier, the Commissioner responsible for Regional policy, has signed a programme for improving transport infrastructure in German regions between 2000 and 2006. The programme amounts to almost euro 3.156 billion, euro 1.592 billion of which will be financed by the Structural Funds. The public and private sectors will finance the remainder (contributing euro 1.205 billion and euro 0.359 billion respectively). The programme is intended to support major transport infrastructure projects in the east German "Länder" as part of "Objective 1" aid for these regions. It should result in 232 km of new roads, 18 km of new railways, 214 km of upgraded and extended existing railways and 15 km of upgraded existing waterways.
  • [05] EU informs US of terms of the EU government support for the Airbus A380 programme in full respect of 1992 Bilateral Agreement Fulfilling its obligations under the 1992 EU-US Bilateral Agreement on Trade in Large Civil Aircraft, the European Commission has informed the US government of the terms of government support for the Airbus A380 programme. The information provided confirms that the support fully respects the criteria established by this Agreement for the provision of direct support by EU Member States for the development of Large Civil Aircraft.
  • [06] Euro-zone external trade deficit euro 1.0 billion in February 2001 ; euro 6.8 billion deficit for EU15 (! embargo 12 am !) According to Eurostat, the first estimate for euro-zone trade with the rest of the world in February 2001 was a euro 1.0 billion deficit, compared with -0.3 billion in February 2000. The revised January 2001 deficit was 6.2 billion, against -5.2 billion in January 2000. Euro- zone trade recorded a deficit of 7.2 billion for the first two months of 2001, compared with -5.5 billion in 2000. The first estimate for February 2001 extra-EU15 trade was a euro 6.8 billion deficit, compared with -6.7 billion in February 2000. In January 2001 there was a revised deficit of 13.8 billion, against -13.6 billion in January 2000. There was a deficit estimated at 20.6 billion in the first two months of 2001 compared with - 20.3 billion in 2000.
  • [07] EU and Senegal extends their Fisheries Agreement by three months At the end of their fourth round of negotiations, the European Union and Senegal have agreed to extend the current Protocol to their Fisheries Agreement by three months, from 1st May 2001 to 31 July 2001. The two parties believe that this extension will allow for the continuation of the negotiations to enable them to agree on a new mutually satisfactory Protocol. The principles guiding the fixation of fishing possibilities under this new Protocol are : protection of fish resources, application of the precautionary approach and the taking into account of socio-economic dimension in the fisheries sector. EU vessels target tuna, deep-water shrimp, demersal (bottom-living) species such as hake and species living in shallower waters such as cephalopods and groupers. The financial compensation paid by the EU under the current Protocol amounts to euro 48 million over four years.
  • [08] Commission calls for rapid move towards new generation Internet Protocol to secure success of future wireless services The European Commission yesterday hosted the first meeting of a European industry-led Task Force established to develop a comprehensive action plan by the end of 2001 to ensure the timely availability of the next generation of the Internet protocol (Internet Protocol version 6 or IPv6) as called for by the Stockholm Summit. The Task Force is comprised of senior executives broadly representing all key industrial and research sectors affected by IPv6, including European Internet service providers, telecom operators, mobile operators, equipment supply industries, research networks, and key "application" sectors. Erkki Liikanen, Commissioner responsible for Enterprise and Information Society said : "Our objective is to ensure that Europe's competitiveness in wireless technologies, is not jeopardised by the lack of a clear road map towards IPv6. The rapid and continued growth of the Internet as the key infrastructure of the global knowledge economy now requires new policy measures to ensure that it can continue to meet new requirements. Europe, in particular, must act quickly if the constraints of the existing Internet protocols (IPv4) are not to hold back realisation of the Lisbon Strategy objectives." It is estimated that at current growth rates, the current Internet protocol will run out of Internet addresses in 2005. It is therefore imperative that IPv6 be introduced before the launching of e.g. 3G mobile communications that is built on the idea of each device having their own internet address and the integration of these systems with Internet access.
  • [09] La Commission a nommé les nouveaux membres du Groupe Européen d'Ethique des Sciences et des Nouvelles Technologies Le respect des droits de l'homme et des libertés fondamentales est clairement inscrit dans le Traité sur l'Union européenne. Ainsi, l'action communautaire, par exemple en matière de politique de recherche ou de législation sur la brevetabilité des inventions issues des biotechnologies, se réfère-t-elle explicitement aux principes éthiques fondamentaux. C'est en décembre 1997 que la Commission européenne institua le Groupe Européen d'Ethique (GEE) comme successseur du Groupe des conseillers sur la biotechnologie lui-même créé en 1992. Le GEE est chargé de donner des avis sur l'ensemble des aspects éthiques des sciences et des nouvelles technologies et non plus des seules biotechnologies dans le cadre de l'élaboration ou de la mise en place de législations ou de politiques communautaires.
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur la préparation du Conseil Pêche Beef market situation : update on 20 April 2001


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