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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-09-24

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 24/09/2001

  • [01] Fonds structurels : la Commission adopte un programme Interreg en faveur de l'Italie et de la Suisse de 74 millions d'euros La Commission européenne a adopté un programme de coopération transfrontalière entre l'Italie et la Suisse, qui sera financé par l'initiative Interreg III. Ses principaux objectifs sont le développement durable de l'économie des deux cotés et la sauvegarde du patrimoine naturel et culturel. Le montant total disponible jusqu'en 2006 est de 74,4 millions d'euros, dont quelque 25,6 millions sont financés par l'UE. Un montant de 48,8 millions d'euros provient de budgets nationaux et régionaux ainsi que du secteur privé.
  • [02] €-99 : Eurobarometer shows steady but slow progress Only 8% of euro-area citizens do not know the exact date of introduction of euro banknotes and coins, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey on the euro carried out in September 2001. This is a clear improvement compared to 46% in September last year. The number of citizens considering themselves well informed also continued to improve to 55% (+2% compared to the last survey). Taking into account that the national and the ECB information campaigns will increasingly focus on the general public in the remaining 99 days to €-day, the results are encouraging. On the other hand sectoral surveys have demonstrated that a lot of hurdles have still to be overcome in the preparations of SMEs and small retailers. The analysis by country and by socio-demographic, economic, education and other factors can be consulted in the overall analysis at the following address as from 5 pm this afternoon :
  • [03] July 2001 - Industrial production down 1.4% in euro-zone ; EU15 down 1.3% (! embargo 12 am !) Seasonally adjusted industrial production decreased by 1.4% in the euro-zone in July 2001 compared to June 2001, Eurostat estimates today. This follows an increase of 0.9% in June and a fall of 0.3% in May. Production in the EU15 decreased by 1.3% in July, after a gain of 0.7% in June and a decrease of 0.4% in May. In July 2001 compared to July 2000, industrial production dropped by 1.1% in the euro-zone and by 1.4% in the EU15, confirming the slowdown of the annual growth rates observed in both zones since December 2000.
  • [04] Renouvellement du protocole de pêche entre l'UE et le Gabon La Commission européenne et le Gabon ont paraphé un protocole à l'accord de pêche UE-Gabon portant sur une période de trois ans, à compter du 3 décembre 2001. Cet accord, qui concerne actuellement la pêche au thon, offrira dorénavant d'autres possibilités de pêche à la crevette et aux céphalopodes. Saluant ce nouveau protocole, M. Franz Fischler, membre de la Commission chargé de l'Agriculture, du Développement rural et de la Pêche, a déclaré : "Je suis heureux que les négociations que nous avons menées avec les autorités gabonaises aient débouché sur un accord qui sera bénéfique pour toutes les parties intéressées. Les bateaux de l'Union pourront bénéficier de nouvelles possibilités de pêche et la compensation financière de l'Union aussi bien que celle qu'acquittent les propriétaires de bateaux concernés par les clauses de l'accord seront augmentées. La part de la compensation de l'Union affectée à des mesures visant à promouvoir la pratique d'une pêche durable au Gabon a également été augmentée. Dans nos efforts en vue de promouvoir une pêche responsable, nous sommes également convenus de mettre en place des mesures techniques plus efficaces."
  • [05] Election observation mission in Nicaragua The European Union will send observers for the 4 November presidential and parliamentary elections in Nicaragua, following an invitation from the authorities. The Election Observation Mission (EOM) will be headed by Jannis Sakellariou (Germany), Member of the European Parliament, and will arrive in Managua on 25 September. Mr Sakellariou will be assisted by five election experts and eight long term observers, deployed throughout the country. In addition, closer to election day, approximately 36 short term observers will join the mission to closely monitor the voting, counting and tabulation procedures. The EOM will also issue a preliminary statement shortly after election day. The mission is a sign of the increasing EU's global commitment to support the strengthening of democratic institutions and the respect of human rights.
  • [06] Financial Services Policy Group discusses progress in financial services integration The 12th meeting of the Financial Services Policy Group, comprising personal representatives of EU Finance Ministers, took place on 20 September in Brussels under the chairmanship of European Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein. The Group concentrated on the forthcoming proposal for a Takeover Bids Directive, clearing and settlement, a mid-term progress report by the Belgian Council Presidency and enlargement. The Group also exchanged views on the proposal for a Regulation on cross-border payments.
  • [07] First meeting of European Securities Committee The European Securities Committee (ESC) met in Brussels on 21 September for the first time. The ESC is an advisory committee to the Commission on all policy issues in the securities market domain and consists of high level representatives of the Member States. It was established in accordance with the recommendations of the Wise Men's Group chaired by Alexandre Lamfalussy (see IP/01/792 and MEMO/01/213), which were endorsed by the Stockholm European Council and the European Parliament. Once powers are delegated to it by the Council and the European Parliament, it will also become a regulatory committee, implementing technical measures in the securities field.
  • [08] Philippe Busquin to open conference on the integration of renewable energies into the overall energy system A major two-day conference, organised by the European Commission in Brussels (25-26 September 2001) will address some of the most urgent issues currently discussed concerning the role and importance of research in securing generation and stable supply of energy in Europe. The potential benefits of renewable energy sources and distributed generation are huge reductions in pollution and greenhouse gases, increased energy and economic efficiency, enhanced security and diversity of Europe's energy supply. However, a coordinated political approach is necessary to secure those benefits especially in the light of an enlarged Europe. The conference will bring together about 400 representatives of research organisations, energy producers and regulating authorities. It is expected to review the best practices and success stories in the integration of renewable energies and distributed generation of energy and make recommendations for the future.
  • [09] Merger approved under the simplified procedure Telenor East Invest AS (NW) / Eco telecom Limited (Gibraltar) / Vimpel- Communications
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Conclusions et plan d'action du Conseil européen extraordinaire du 21 septembre 2001 Speech by Frits Bolkestein at the Conference 'Payments in euro in the Internal Market' Speech by Pedro Solbes at the Conference 'Payments in euro in the Internal Market' Discours de M. Busquin : "L'intégration des sources d'énergies renouvelables et de la production décentralisée dans les systèmes énergétiques" à la troisième Conférence interparlementaire sur l'espace Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "eEurope: An inclusive information society" at the Conference 'Internet for all - Equal opportunities on the Net' (21/09, Berlin)


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