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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-01-21

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Green light for €50.9 million Leader+ rural development programme in Brandenburg (Germany)
  • [02] La Commission octroie €120 millions en aide au développement pour la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC)
  • [03] Commission provides €5 million of aid to help populations affected by eruption of volcano "Nyiragongo" in eastern Congo
  • [04] Joint statement on EU-US consultations of 17 January 2002 pursuant to the 1992 EU-US bilateral agreement on trade in large civil aircraft
  • [05] Novembre 2001 : la production industrielle en baisse de 0,8% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 0,6% dans l'UE15
  • [06] Go Digital Awareness Campaign 2002
  • [07] EU workshop to assess regional and local strategies for helping SMEs to Go Digital
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 21/01/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 21/01/2002

  • [01] Green light for €50.9 million Leader+ rural development programme in Brandenburg (Germany)

    The European Commission approved the programme for the EU Initiative Leader+ in Brandenburg (Germany). Welcoming the decision, Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, said : "This program aims to pilot new ideas to help build a more sustainable society, economy and environment for rural Germany. We want to improve the quality of life for all those who live in rural areas. Leader+ will help to add value to local products and to make the best use of natural and cultural resources." During the period 2001-2006, total expenditure under the programme is €50.917 million. This includes an EU contribution of €30.550 million and a contribution of €10.813 million from the private sector.

    [02] La Commission octroie €120 millions en aide au développement pour la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC)

    Poul Nielson, Commissaire européen au développement et à l'aide humanitaire, a signé aujourd'hui le programme indicatif national (PIN) pour la République Démocratique du Congo pour un montant global d'environ €120 millions. Le PIN constitue l'instrument de programmation pour l'aide dans tout le territoire congolais. Cette signature concrétise la reprise officielle de l'aide au développement suspendue depuis 1991 à la suite de graves interruptions du processus de démocratisation et des événements sanglants qui se sont déroulés ces dernières années. Les crédits proviennent des ressources allouées dans les 7ème et 8ème Fonds européens de développement (FED). Cet argent viendra compléter les montants déjà très significatifs, €200 millions que l'Union européenne débourse déjà au titre de l'aide humanitaire et de la réhabilitation.

    [03] Commission provides €5 million of aid to help populations affected by eruption of volcano "Nyiragongo" in eastern Congo

    Following a first needs assessment of the situation in the region of the explosion, the European Commission will immediately make €5 million available to cover the emergency needs of 100,000 people, one third of the population affected by the eruption, together with support for coordination and logistics. This assistance will be channelled through UN, Red Cross and non-governmental implementing partners. Immediate needs concern water and sanitation ; shelter and essential relief items ; emergency food rations and the provision of essential drugs. Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Poul Nielson said : "With populations still on the move, our immediate priority is to provide rapid and flexible emergency assistance. Working with our partners, this decision means that people will get the food, water, shelter and medicine they so desperately need. We stand by to give further support and assistance as a long term partner to the Congolese people."

    [04] Joint statement on EU-US consultations of 17 January 2002 pursuant to the 1992 EU-US bilateral agreement on trade in large civil aircraft

    (1) Consultations were productive. Parties reaffirmed their adherence to the 1992 EU-US bilateral agreement which provides a useful forum for discussions that has reduced government support and thereby avoided litigation since 1992. (2) Parties exchanged transparency information on government funded R&D. (3) The US posed questions regarding European government support to the A380 program supplementary to the information provided on 19 April 2001, to which the EU responded. (4) The EU enquired about the recent legislation authorizing lease of 100 B767 tanker aircraft to the US Air Force. (5) Parties discussed updating the WTO plurilateral agreement on trade in civil aircraft. (6) Both parties agreed to explore ways and means to improve the functioning of the Bilateral Agreement. (7) Parties have agreed to hold the next regular meeting in Washington D.C.

    [05] Novembre 2001 : la production industrielle en baisse de 0,8% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 0,6% dans l'UE15

    La production industrielle de la zone euro, ajustée des variations saisonnières, a baissé de 0,8% au mois de novembre 2001 par rapport au mois d'octobre 2001, selon les estimations publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat. Ceci fait suite à une baisse de 1,4% en octobre et de 0,6% en septembre. La production de l'UE15 a baissé de 0,6% en novembre après -1,4% en octobre et -0,7% en septembre. En novembre 2001 et par rapport à novembre 2000, la production industrielle a baissé de 4,3% dans la zone euro et de 4,2% dans l'UE15.

    [06] Go Digital Awareness Campaign 2002

    The Go Digital Awareness Campaign 2002 is being launched by Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen in Berlin at a conference organised by the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) on January 21st, 2002. The campaign aims to make small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) more aware of opportunities in e-business, to refine best policy practice to this end and to help them develop strategies for accessing the e-Economy. SMEs are still lagging behind larger enterprises in Internet use. Although they cannot always trade products and services profitably on- line, the Internet can nonetheless be a very powerful tool for maximising the choice of goods and services that they buy. This in turn can help them sharpen their competitive edge, by securing better quality at lower cost.

    [07] EU workshop to assess regional and local strategies for helping SMEs to Go Digital

    Progress in implementing the eEurope action plan strategy to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to "go digital" will be assessed at a workshop in Brussels on 21-22 January. Ten months after the Go Digital strategy was launched, the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions, regional authorities and other key stakeholders will take stock of progress made to date, in particular with regard to benchmarking current policy initiatives in this field at local and regional level. Participants will identify the key obstacles to the take-up of electronic commerce and information and communication technologies (ICTs) by SMEs, and present success stories of public policies to help them go digital. They will also discuss possible future strategies and scenarios for SME-related e-business policies.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Opening remarks by Chris Patten to the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance for Afghanistan (Tokyo)

    Discours de M. Bolkestein : "L'Europe économique et financière : Bilan à quelques semaines du Conseil européen de Barcelone" au déjeuner-débat au Club de la Bourse, Club de l'Automobile

    Discours de Mme Reding : "La coopération euroméditerranéenne dans la lutte contre le dopage" à l'ouverture du séminaire euroméditerranéen sur le dopage (Marrakech, ! embargo 16h !)

    Note sur la préparation de l'Eurogroupe et du Conseil Ecofin


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