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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-11-20

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Midday Express 20/11/2001

  • [01] Commission approves takeover of Mannesmann Sachs by ZF Friedrichshafen The European Commission has approved the takeover of German engineering firm Mannesmann Sachs AG (Sachs) by auto components maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG (ZF), also German. The deal will reinforce ZF's strength in certain products, namely in gearboxes and rubber-metals used in chassis, but it will face sufficient competition from rivals as well as the strong buying power of the automobile industry.
  • [02] Money laundering : Commission welcomes Council adoption of new Directive The European Commission yesterday welcomed the definitive adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of the proposal to upgrade the EU's money laundering Directive. This is the final stage in the procedure and the legislation will now officially enter into force in eighteen months' time. The text approved had been agreed in a conciliation procedure between the Parliament and the Council (see IP/01/1441) and was endorsed by the Parliament at its November Plenary (see IP/01/1580).
  • [03] Kosovo elections : statement by Chris Patten European Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten yesterday stated : "I am delighted that the elections in Kosovo have taken place in such a peaceful and orderly fashion. I congratulate everyone involved, from the organisers of the elections, to those who took part in them. It is particularly encouraging that voters from right across the community came out to vote in large numbers. Now it is important for all concerned - winners or losers - to respect the results of the elections, and to set about the task of making the institutions of provisional self government work effectively for all the people of Kosovo. We look forward to continuing to support Kosovo in this task."
  • [04] Signature of euro 12 million emergency aid package for FYROM Speaking during yesterday's General Affairs Council, External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten welcomed the vote in the FYROM Parliament adopting changes to the constitution and announced the start of the implementation of a euro 12 million emergency aid package. "The European Commission has pledged, ever since the signature of the Lake Ohrid agreement on 13 August, that it would provide substantial assistance to help with its implementation. The money we are releasing today following the adoption by the Parliament in Skopje of the constitutional amendments required under that agreement is further evidence that we are living up to that commitment. The aid will make a big difference to people's lives, helping to repair homes and get basic services such as electricity and water working again. It comes over and above the considerable help, worth some euro 12.8 million, that we have already been delivering during the crisis in recent weeks."
  • [05] Aide de près de 2 millions d'euros pour les sinistrés à la suite des inondations au Vietnam, en Chine et en Corée du Nord ainsi qu'en faveur des victimes de la sécheresse au Cambodge La Commission européenne a récemment approuvé quatre décisions en vue d'apporter une aide humanitaire aux victimes des inondations survenues au Vietnam, en Chine et en Corée du Nord ainsi qu'au Cambodge, touché par une grave sécheresse. Ces ressources seront acheminées par l'intermédiaire de l'Office d'aide humanitaire (ECHO), placé sous l'autorité du commissaire Poul Nielson.
  • [06] EU-Iran : Commission proposes mandate for negotiating Trade and Cooperation Agreement The European Commission yesterday approved a proposal for negotiating directives for a Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Given the relationship between the EU and Iran a contractual basis will contribute to improvements in trade, business and investment conditions and to the country's efforts in economic liberalisation and deregulation. The Agreement will also strenghthen cooperation with Iran in key areas of mutual interest such as drugs, refugees, energy and the environment, and will facilitate regional co-operation.
  • [07] Anna Diamantopoulou promeut l'agenda social européen et son volet international Anna Diamantopoulou, Commissaire européenne à l'Emploi et aux Affaires sociales, ouvrira aujourd'hui à 14h30 à Bruxelles une conférence à haut niveau entitulée "L'agenda social européen et les partenaires internationaux de l'Union européenne". Le but de la conférence, qui s'étalera sur deux jours, est d'accorder au modèle social européen un profile international et de lancer une réflexion sur la pertinence de ce modèle pour d'autres pays et régions du monde. Les autres orateurs de la conférence sont, entre autres, Laurette Onkelinx, Vice premier ministre belge et Ministre de l'Emploi et de l'Egalité des chances, Michel Rocard, Président de la Commission de l'Emploi et des Affaires sociales du PE, Juan Somavia, Directeur-général de l'Organisation internationale du travail, et Donald Johnston, Secrétaire-général de l'OCDE, et un représentant de la Banque mondiale. L'événement passera en revue le rôle crucial des partenaires sociaux et de la société civile dans le développement social.
  • [08] Competitiveness press conference On Thursday 22 November, at 11 am CET, European Enterprise Commissioner Erkki Liikanen will present the Commission's annual report on the state of the competitiveness of the European Union. This report analyses the competitiveness of the individual Member States and compares the situation of the European Union with that of its major trading partners. The Commissioner will also present the Commission's annual enterprise scoreboard that looks at the performance of each of the Member States in relation to others. These reports are important tools that the Commission is using to move towards meeting the goal, set by the Lisbon European Council, to make the Union the world's most competitive economy. The reports will contribute to the preparations of the Special European Council in Barcelona March next year. The press conference will take place in the Commission's press room. Graphic and summary information will be available.
  • [09] Un nouveau service d'information pour la presse audiovisuelle La Direction générale Education et Culture lance aujourd'hui Tvlink, un service Internet gratuit à disposition des médias audiovisuels. Sur Tvlink, vous trouverez des informations sur les politiques communautaires dans les domaines de l'éducation, de la formation professionnelle, de la culture, de l'audiovisuel, du sport et sur nos actions de promotion du dialogue avec la société civile. Tvlink, ce sont des reportages vidéos et des images d'actualité libres de droits, accompagnés d'un bref descriptif en français et en anglais. Vous trouverez aussi sur Tvlink un calendrier des principaux événements dans les domaines d'activité de la Direction générale Education et Culture. L'adresse de Tvlink :
  • [10] September 2001 - Industrial production down by 0.5% in euro-zone ; EU15 down by 0.6% (! embargo 12 am !) Seasonally adjusted industrial production decreased by 0.5% in the euro-zone in September 2001 compared to August 2001, Eurostat estimates today. This follows an increase of 1.5% in August and a fall of 1.7% in July. Output in the EU15 decreased by 0.6% in September, after an increase of 1.3% in August and a drop of 1.5% in July. In September 2001 compared to September 2000, industrial production dropped by 0.6% in the euro-zone and by 1.2% in the EU15.
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Statement of Romano Prodi and Guy Verhofstadt on the Middle East Peace Process Commission services paper on the processing, disposal and uses of animal by- products in Member States Speech by Frits Bolkestein : "Tomorrow's insurance industry - a European response" at the Chatham House Conference on 'Regulating tomorrow's insurance industry' (London) Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "eEurope: challenges and opportunities" at the European-Americain Business Council (19/11, Washington) Discours de M. Fischler à la commission Agriculture du Parlement européen

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