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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-04-03

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] Sommet de Madrid : la Commission européenne prône une large participation et un dialogue approfondi pour le prochain Sommet UE-Amérique latine et Caraïbes organisé à Madrid les 17 et 18 mai
  • [02] Feedback on Commission's European Contract Law initative now published
  • [03] ESB: La Commission autorise l'octroi d'aides en faveur des éleveurs en France
  • [04] Final negative decision on aids in favour of the olive and olive oil sector in Italy
  • [05] La Commission ouvre une enquête à l'encontre d'une aide que le Portugal envisage d'accorder à l'usine Opel d'Azambuja
  • [06] Commission approves the UK Climate Change Levy's Dual-Use Exemption
  • [07] Commission launches investigation into planned aid to BMW for a new car plant in Leipzig, Germany
  • [08] Commission approves € 14.4 million of aid for restructuring of ILKA MAFA Kältemaschinenbau GmbH.
  • [09] Services de soutien aux petites entreprises la Commission présente ses conclusions
  • [10] March 2002 - The economic sentiment indicator increases again
  • [11] March 2002 - Euro-area business climate indicator up 0.2
  • [12] February 2002 - Industrial producer prices up by 0.1% in euro-zone and stable in EU 15
  • [13] February 2002 - Euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.4% EU15 steady at 7.7%
  • [14] Autre matériel diffusé:
  • [15] Disponible dans le sécretariat de Amelia Torres et Michael Tscherny 6/80: Midday Express 03/04/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 03/04/2002

  • [01] Sommet de Madrid : la Commission européenne prône une large participation et un dialogue approfondi pour le prochain Sommet UE-Amérique latine et Caraïbes organisé à Madrid les 17 et 18 mai

    Les 17 et 18 mai prochains, l'UE organise un second Sommet avec les chefs d'État et de gouvernement des pays d'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes à Madrid. Dans la perspective de ce Sommet, elle encourage l'institution, dans le cadre d'une série de manifestations qui porteront sur la démocratie, le multilatéralisme, l'intégration régionale, la justice sociale et la diversité culturelle, d'un vaste dialogue sur les thèmes essentiels qui y seront abordés. La Commission européenne cofinance un certain nombre de ces manifestations, qui favoriseront l'organisation d'un débat public entre les populations des deux continents. Ces manifestations s'adresseront non seulement aux fonctionnaires mais aussi à tous les acteurs de la société civile : universitaires, ONG, professionnels des affaires, représentants des partenaires sociaux, experts des droits de l'homme, etc. Elles réuniront des représentants de 50 pays d'Europe, d'Amérique latine et des Caraïbes.

    [02] Feedback on Commission's European Contract Law initative now published

    In July 2001, the European Commission published its Communication on European contract law to gather information on the need for fartherreaching Community action in this area. The consultation procedure it launched has generated a lively debate on European contract law and the future approach to legislation in this field on Community level. Stakeholders and interested parties responded in large numbers; Member States presented their opinions. The European Parliament and the Council have adopted reports which set an agenda for further action in a number of areas. The Commission will come forward with a follow-up of its Communication before the end of this year and published a synthesis of all contributions at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/consumers/policy/developments/contract_law/index_en.html

    [03] ESB: La Commission autorise l'octroi d'aides en faveur des éleveurs en France

    La Commission européenne a autorisé aujourd'hui la France à verser une aide nationale d'un montant d'environ 75,5 millions d'€ aux éleveurs de bovins qui ont subi des pertes consécutives à la crise de l'ESB. Le dispositif constitue la deuxième mesure de ce genre en France, la première ayant été autorisée par la Commission en juillet 2001 (IP/01/1087). L'octroi de l'aide a pour objet de compenser les pertes de revenu essuyées par les éleveurs de bovins entre novembre 2000 et décembre 2001. En temps normal, il n'est pas permis aux États membres d'octroyer des aides de cette nature. La Commission prend cependant acte du caractère exceptionnel de la crise sur le marché de la viande bovine et justifie ainsi l'attribution de l'aide.

    [04] Final negative decision on aids in favour of the olive and olive oil sector in Italy

    The European Commission has taken a final negative decision on aids designed to facilitate agricultural credit operations in the olive and olive-oil sector in Italy. The decision concerns aids envisaged by Article 4 of Italian Law No 290/99 which provides for an extension of twelve months of the repayment periods for various types of loans in favour of agricultural holdings engaged in olive and olive-oil production. The Commission has come to the conclusion that the aid measure is simply an operating aid and as such incompatible with the Internal Market. As no aid has been paid, no recovery injuction has been asked.

    [05] La Commission ouvre une enquête à l'encontre d'une aide que le Portugal envisage d'accorder à l'usine Opel d'Azambuja

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'ouvrir une procédure d'examen approfondi concernant une aide d'un montant de 41,7 millions d'euros destinée à l'usine Opel d'Azambuja (région de Lisbonne). Au stade actuel, la Commission n'a pas pu établir que l'aide envisagée respectait les critères fixés par l'encadrement communautaire des aides d'État dans le secteur automobile et a invité le Portugal à lui présenter ses observations dans un délai d'un mois.

    [06] Commission approves the UK Climate Change Levy's Dual-Use Exemption

    The European Commission has decided to approve the so called dual-use exemption under the UK's Climate Change Levy. The Commission already approved several measures under the Climate Change Levy in March 2001, including exemptions for the use of electricity generated from renewable resources and for companies entering into Climate Change Agreements. However, it had opened the formal State aid investigation procedure in relation to the dual use exemption, because of certain doubts about its effects on competition and its environmental consequences. The dual use exemption covers energy products that are used primarily for a non-fuel purpose, such as the use of coke as a chemical reductant in steel production. After taking into account the observations submitted by third parties, and on the basis of the revised notification submitted by the United Kingdom authorities, addressing some of the consequences of the dual use exemption, the Commission's doubts have been allayed.

    [07] Commission launches investigation into planned aid to BMW for a new car plant in Leipzig, Germany

    The European Commission has decided to open a formal State aid investigation procedure in order to examine aid that the German authorities propose to grant to BMW for a new car plant in Leipzig. The case concerns an investment of around € 1.2 billion, € 418.6 million of which would be covered by aid. The investigation aims at establishing whether the planned aid meets the requirements of the State aid rules for the automobile sector. The main doubts of the Commission concern the level of the aid and the question whether the amount proposed does not exceed the "regional handicap" of the Leipzig site compared to BMW's alternative location in the Czech Republic.

    [08] Commission approves € 14.4 million of aid for restructuring of ILKA MAFA Kältemaschinenbau GmbH.

    The European Commission has decided to approve € 14.4 million of aid relating to the restructuring of ILKA MAFA Kältemaschinenbau GmbH, a company situated in Sachsen-Anhalt in the new German Bundesländer. The company produces cooling and ventilation machinery. The Commision approved the aid since it complies with the Community guidelines on state aid for rescuing and restructuring firms in difficulty.

    [09] Services de soutien aux petites entreprises la Commission présente ses conclusions

    La Commission européenne présentera les 11 et 12 avril 2002 lors d'un séminaire européen à Vienne les résultats des travaux sur les services de soutien aux petites entreprises qu'elle a menés en étroite collaboration avec les Etats membres. Le document de travail de la Commission « Créer les services de soutien de première qualité » apporte des réponses concrètes aux besoins des petites entreprises dans ce domaine. La Commission a analysé les besoins de ces petites entreprises dans le cadre d'une étude européenne auprès de 1200 d'entre elles. Elle invite d'ores et déjà les fournisseurs de services, les administrations publiques et les organisations professionnelles à se mobiliser pour contribuer à créer les services de soutien de première qualité attendus par les petites entreprises.

    [10] March 2002 - The economic sentiment indicator increases again

    The economic sentiment indicator went up again in March. It increased by 0.3 and 0.2 percentage points in the EU and the euro area respectively. The economic sentiment indicator in the EU is now only half a percentage point lower than the level reached in August 2001. The change in the economic sentiment indicator between February and March was positive in Greece (0.1 percentage points), France (0.2), Ireland (0.2), Sweden (0.3), the UK (0.1) and, especially, in Belgium (0.8), Germany (0.7), Portugal (0.5) and Finland (0.5). The indicator remained stable in Denmark and decreased in Austria (-0.4), Spain (-0.3), the Netherlands (-0.2) and Italy (-0.1). Full document on : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/indicators/businessandconsumersurveys_en.htm

    [11] March 2002 - Euro-area business climate indicator up 0.2

    The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area increased by 0.2 points in March compared with February, reaching the value of -0.62. Such favourable developments were mainly driven by improved production expectations. Full document available at 122.00 on the following address : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/indicators/businessclimate_en.htm

    [12] February 2002 - Industrial producer prices up by 0.1% in euro-zone and stable in EU 15

    The euro-zone industrial producer price index increased by 0.1% in February 2002 compared with the previous month, Eurostat - Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg - estimates today. EU15 prices remained unchanged. In January 20023 the index had increased by 0.3% in both areas. In February 2002 compared to February 2001 industrial producer prices fell by 1.1% in in the euro-zone and by 1.0% in the EU15.

    [13] February 2002 - Euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.4% EU15 steady at 7.7%

    Euro-zone seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 8.4% in February 2002 unchanged compared to January, Eurostat - Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg - reports today. It was also 8.4% in February 2001.

    [14] Autre matériel diffusé:

    Speech by Franz Fischler: "Ein Garant für den Landlichen Raum"

    [15] Disponible dans le sécretariat de Amelia Torres et Michael Tscherny 6/80:

    Saubermacher/Lafarge Perlmoser/JV GEES/Unison

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