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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-09-27

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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 27/09/2001

  • [01] La Commission adopte une communication sur l'avenir de l'industrie cinématographique et audiovisuelle en Europe Industrie stratégique par son importance culturelle et par son potentiel de création de richesses et d'emplois, le secteur audiovisuel continue de souffrir en Europe de nombreux handicaps qui freinent la circulation des films et des autres oeuvres audiovisuelles. La communication que vient d'adopter la Commission sur proposition de Viviane Reding, Commissaire en charge de la Culture et de l'Audiovisuel, en accord avec Mario Monti, Commissaire en charge de la politique de concurrence, analyse ces handicaps et propose des réponses pour les surmonter. Elle apporte en outre une meilleure sécurité juridique au secteur du cinéma en expliquant les critères retenus par la Commission lors de l'examen des régimes nationaux de soutien au cinéma au titre des règles du traité sur les aides d'Etat.
  • [02] Urban II programme : EU contributes euro 9 million to urban development in Rotterdam The European Commission has approved a programme for urban regeneration in Rotterdam. This Urban Community Initiative Programme will provide euro 9 million from the European Union over the period 2001-2006. The European funding has attracted a further euro 15 million in investment from the public sector, creating total resources of euro 24 million. Priorities will include training, improvements to the physical environment and various measures to promote the inclusion of disadvantaged groups, particularly in the labour market.
  • [03] Programme Urban II : l'UE contribue pour 12 millions d'euros au développement urbain de Heerlen, aux Pays-Bas La Commission européenne a approuvé un programme de régénération urbaine en faveur de Heerlen. Ce programme, qui relève de l'initiative communautaire Urban, prévoit un cofinancement de 12 millions d'euros par l'Union européenne pour la période 2001-2006. Celui-ci a attiré un investissement de 20 millions d'euros du secteur public, ce qui donne un montant total de 32 millions d'euros. Parmi les priorités figurent la formation, des améliorations de l'environnement physique et différentes mesures de promotion de l'insertion de groupes défavorisés, notamment dans le marché de l'emploi.
  • [04] Programme Urban II : l'UE contribue pour 9 millions d'euros au développement urbain d'Amsterdam La Commission européenne a approuvé un programme de régénération urbaine en faveur d'Amsterdam. Ce programme, qui relève de l'initiative communautaire Urban, prévoit un cofinancement de 9 millions d'euros par l'Union européenne pour la période 2001-2006. Celui-ci a attiré un investissement de 19 millions d'euros du secteur public et un investissement de trois millions d'euros du secteur privé, ce qui donne un montant total de 31 millions d'euros. Parmi les priorités figurent la formation, des améliorations de l'environnement physique et différentes mesures de promotion de l'insertion de groupes défavorisés, notamment dans le marché de l'emploi.
  • [05] July first estimates, June revised results - Euro-zone external trade surplus euro 7.8 billion in July 2001 ; euro 1.6 billion deficit for EU15 (! embargo 12 am !) According to first estimates by Eurostat, euro-zone trade with the rest of the world in July 2001 was a euro 7.8 billion surplus, compared with +5.5 billion in July 2000. The revised June 2001 surplus was 6.0 billion, against +2.5 billion in June 2000. Euro-zone trade recorded a surplus of 14.6 billion for the first seven months of 2001, compared with +6.5 billion in 2000. The first estimate for July 2001 extra- EU15 trade was a euro 1.6 billion deficit, compared with 5.0 billion in July 2000. In June 2001, there was a revised deficit of 3.9 billion, against -6.1 billion in June 2000. There was a deficit estimated at 44.2 billion in the first seven months of 2001 compared with -50.9 billion in 2000.
  • [06] Pharmaceuticals : G10 Medicines Group reviews progress and announces new transparency initiatives A series of measures facilitating stakeholder input to work on how best to enhance pharmaceutical industry competitiveness whilst safeguarding patient interests were discussed at the second meeting of the G10 Medicines Group yesterday. European Commissioners Erkki Liikanen (Enteprise and Information Society) and David Byrne (Health and Consumer Protection), health and industry ministers, pharmaceutical industry executives, patient and mutuality representatives agreed to launch an 8-week consultation exercise, and workshops organised by G10 working groups on specific issues. Also announced yesterday was the creation of the G10 Medicines website. Moreover, the G10 commissioned preparatory work for the final report, including recommendations, to be presented to Commission President Romano Prodi by April 2002.
  • [07] Letter of Romano Prodi to the President of the Republic of Korea Kim Dae Jung European Commission President Romano Prodi wrote yesterday to the President of the Republic of Korea congratulating him for winning the World Statesman Award : "I was delighted to hear that you have just been chosen for the World Statesman Award and I want to offer you my warmest congratulations. You may be interested to know that I was also selected for this Award some years ago when I was Prime Minister of Italy. The European Union attaches great importance to your personal efforts to promote peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula. You know the efforts we are making to develop dialogue with North Korea in a measured way, symbolised by the EU-Presidency visit to Pyongyang and Seoul last May. In our various contacts, we have consistently emphasised the importance of holding a second inter-Korean Summit. I know that you have been considering the possibility of a visit to Brussels in early December. I hope that circumstances will allow this visit to take place and I look forward very much to meeting you on that occasion."
  • [08] Franz Fischler in North West England : "We must learn the lesson of foot-and-mouth disease" (! embargo 2 pm !) On the occasion of his visit to Fleetwood and Kendal, North West England, Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, called for an enhanced rural development policy. "Especially in North West England, the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease had a considerable impact. What this disease has shown is how interwoven life in rural areas is. When movement was impossible and many of the farms stood still, the whole life in rural areas came to a halt. Agriculture is special and is not just any industry the recent crisis was another proof of its unique contribution to a dynamic rural environment. British farmers should know that Europe is standing shoulder to shoulder with them in these difficult times. We support the affected farmers by funding 60% of the FMD compensation, up to euro 1.5 billion for the whole EU, from which the lion's share goes to the UK. The lesson I draw from FMD and BSE is that a broadly based rural development policy is the best way forward to develop a sustainable economy and viable future for the rural population", he said.
  • [09] Pascal Lamy in Kenya to meet ACP countries to rally support for launch of a New WTO Trade Round European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy will meet trade ministers from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries in Kenya next week. During his mission from 30th September to 2nd October, he will take part in the Joint ACP-EU Ministerial Trade Committee (JMTC) on 2nd October in Nairobi. During his visit Commissioner Lamy will seek to rally ACP support for the launch of a New round of World Trade Organisation (WTO) negotiations and address future EU-ACP trade relations in the framework of the Cotonou Agreement. He will also meet Kenyan Government officials, business representatives and non-governmental organisations. In his bilateral meetings, he will raise issues of mutual interest to the EU and Kenya. Looking forward to the trip, Commissioner Lamy said : "This meeting with our ACP partners is a very important in the run-up to the forthcoming WTO Ministerial where we wish to see a New Round launched. I'm going to Kenya to rally support for a Round that must address the concerns and interests of ACP and developing countries as a matter of urgency. We will also address our important regional trading relationship in the framework of Cotonou. There's a lot of important work to be done in the days ahead."
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Discours de M. Prodi à l'occasion de sa visite au Centre islamique de Bruxelles Speech by Mario Monti : "Competition policy and the enlargement of the EU" at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Berlin, ! embargo 5 pm !) Speech by David Byrne : "General Food Law and the European Food Authority" a the Internal Market, Consumers and Tourism Council

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