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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-10-19

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 19/10/2001

  • [01] IATA agrees to end the joint setting of cargo rates within the EEA Following European Commission objections in May this year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has agreed to rescind all resolutions involving the joint setting of rates for the air transport of freight within the European Economic Area. The Commission welcomes this decision which will translate into greater competition in the setting of air cargo shipment rates to the benefit of European exporters and the European economy as a whole.
  • [02] Commission clears takeover of German industrial bearings maker FAG Kugelfischer by rival INA The European Commission has authorised the acquisition of German industrial bearings manufacturer FAG Kugelfischer Georg Schäfer AG by rival INA Holding Schaeffler KG, also of Germany. The merger will create the world's second biggest industrial bearings company behind SKF AB of Sweden. But the companies' activities are largely complementary and they will be faced with sufficient competition and significant purchasing power from the automotive and other industries.
  • [03] Franz Fischler sees "convergence and conflict" with US position on farm policy (! embargo 2.30 pm !) Speaking at the North American/EU Agricultural Conference in Salzburg/Austria today, European Commissioner for Agriculture Franz Fischler underlined that he did not see much difference between the EU's and the US administration's objectives for the future of agricultural policy. "We have seen promising developments in the US", he said. "Both US agriculture secretary Ann Veneman and I want to go for a competitive farm policy, which takes environmental concerns duly into account and which recognises the importance of our rural areas. We also agree that counter- cyclical and hence trade-distorting farm aid runs counter sustainable farming. And we do not disagree that we should support agriculture." However, Mr Fischler regretted that so many influential voices in the American Congress seem to think differently. "The new House of Representatives US Farm Bill is designed to push-up price-sensitive support and to strengthen counter-cyclical policies. This is the very opposite of the movement towards a more market-oriented policy that is the objective of the WTO agricultural negotiations", he said.
  • [04] Commission moves to give greater protection to cod stocks The European Commission has adopted a new set of measures designed to prevent catches of immature cod in the North Sea and off the west of Scotland. These measures set out the technical requirements for fishing nets used to catch cod to ensure that they allow as many young fish as possible to escape before the nets are hauled back on board. They also regulate the composition of catches retained on board in order to ensure that fishing gear is used for the appropriate fisheries. "These measures are essential to protect cod stocks while we prepare proposals for longer term recovery plans. The measures have been established through sustained cooperation between the Commission, national administrations and fishermen. This cooperation must continue when it comes to the implementation of the measures and will be crucial to their success", Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, said. The new rules will be applicable from 1 January 2002.
  • [05] L'UE promeut eGovernment à une conférence présentant des applications interactives qui marchent dans la pratique Pour la première fois, 60 expériences d'administration en ligne viennent d'être sélectionnées par un comité d'experts indépendants, pour la qualité de leur interactivité avec leurs utilisateurs. Ces expériences, choisies parmi 282 propositions venues du monde entier, recevront le label "e- gouvernement". Elles seront présentées lors de la conférence "e- gouvernement, de la politique à la pratique", organisée conjointement par la Commission européenne et la Présidence belge les 29 et 30 novembre 2001 à Bruxelles. 45 d'entre elles feront l'objet d'une exposition sur place. Erkki Liikanen, membre de la Commission chargé des entreprises et de la société de l'information, ainsi que Luc Van den Bossche et Rik Daems, ministres belges responsables respectivement de la fonction publique et des télécommunications, participeront à cet événement, aux côtés d'un grand nombre de ministres des pays engagés dans ces expériences. Les Etats membres de l'UE, les pays AELE et les pays candidats à l'adhésion ont concouru pour recevoir ce prix à l'excellence dans le domaine de la technologie mise au service des usagers et clients de l'administration, que ce soit au niveau local, régional, ou national.
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Discours de Mme de Palacio : "La seguridad: une obligación en las políticas europeas de transporte y energia" primera conferencia annual enrgía y transportes (18/10, Barcelone) Discours de Mme Reding à la 'Kultusministerkonferenz' (Stuttgart) Speech by Franz Fischler : "Agricultural policy for the future: changing concerns, changing objectives" at the 29th North American/European Union Agricultural Conference (Salzbourg, ! embargo 2.30 pm !) Discours de M. Fischler : "Feeling the pulse of the CAP" au Forum de Coldiretti (Cernobbio, ! embargo 17h30 !) Live interview of Chris Patten on Arab News Network (18/10) Calendrier du 22 au 26/10


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