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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-04-26

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] Mario Monti welcomes formal acceptance by Germany of the abolition of State aid to public banks
  • [02] Interreg programme : EU contributes €128.7 million support to transnational cooperation in the Central Adriatic Danubian South-Eastern European Space (CADSES)
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Hellenic Shipyards by the HDW/ Ferrostaal consortium
  • [04] Margot Wallström says new impetus needed in Transatlantic Environment Cooperation
  • [05] Statement of European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy announcing successful end to negotiations on EU-Chile Association Agreement
  • [06] Programme Leonardo da Vinci, pilier de la stratégie européenne d'éducation et de formation tout au long de la vie
  • [07] Conférence européenne "L'Europe en ligne : les PME passent au numérique" (16/05)
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 26/04/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 26/04/2002

  • [01] Mario Monti welcomes formal acceptance by Germany of the abolition of State aid to public banks

    "The road is now clear to making the German system of State guarantees for public banks compatible with the State aid rules of the EC Treaty, thereby removing a longstanding distortion of competition at the heart of Germany's and Europe's financial system". Thus European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti commented the German Government's official and definitive acceptance to implement the agreements reached with the Commission on the two forms of guarantees, "Anstaltslast" and "Gewährträgerhaftung". To that effect, the German authorities committed to put in place by the end of 2002 all necessary legislation both at the Federal and at Länder level. The changes concern the Länder banks ("Landesbanken"), savings banks ("Sparkassen") and special credit institutions ("Förderbanken") like Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW).

    [02] Interreg programme : EU contributes €128.7 million support to transnational cooperation in the Central Adriatic Danubian South-Eastern European Space (CADSES)

    Michel Barnier, European Commissioner responsible for regional policy, has announced the approval by the Commission of a programme, which contributes to transnational cooperation in the Central Adriatic Danubian South-Eastern European Space (CADSES). It concerns Austria, Greece, the Eastern and Southern Länder of Germany as well as the Eastern regions of Italy in the European Union, and also includes seven candidate countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania) and seven non- member States (Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Federal Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Moldavia and Ukraine). For the Member States involved, the programme will be financed by the Interreg III Initiative. Its main objectives are to foster communications activities and economic and community development in the region. The European funding amounts to about €128.7 million and will attract about €108 million of national co-financing and private sector involvement. Together with the contributions from other sources, including the Phare programme, it is estimated that total resources of €237 million will be available.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Hellenic Shipyards by the HDW/ Ferrostaal consortium

    The European Commission has authorised a transaction by which a consortium formed by German companies Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW) and Ferrostaal AG will acquire joint control of Hellenic Shipyards (HSY) of Greece. The transaction focuses on submarine activities. The Commission has assessed the competitive impact of the operation in the EEA and found that it would not give rise to any competition concerns.

    [04] Margot Wallström says new impetus needed in Transatlantic Environment Cooperation

    European Commissioner for the Environment Margot Wallström visited Washington on 22-25 April to give new impetus to transatlantic cooperation on environmental issues. She attended the first formal meeting of the EU-US High Level Representatives on Climate Change on Tuesday 23 April and launched a Study Group on Climate Change at the EU Center of Washington DC. The Commissioner's programme provided for a series of meetings with key US officials (J. Connaughton, Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, C. Whitman, EPA Administrator, P. J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, and A. P. Larson, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs). The Commissioner also had meetings with Members of the US Congress and met with representatives from civil society, private sector and academic circles.

    [05] Statement of European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy announcing successful end to negotiations on EU-Chile Association Agreement

    "Following weeks of intense negotiations between our respective teams and between ourselves, Chilean Foreign Minister Soledad Alvear and I met today in the hope of finalising a deal. On behalf of the European Commission, I am delighted to be able to report to you that we have reached agreement at our political level on a very ambitious Association Agreement between the EU and Chile. The Agreement incorporates a Free Trade Area, a political dialogue and extensive cooperation aspects. It will constitute the ideal framework for our bilateral relations for years to come. With today's agreement, the way is now open for our respective Presidents to announce Agreement at their level on the Association Agreement at the EU-Latin America summit in Madrid in mid-May."

    [06] Programme Leonardo da Vinci, pilier de la stratégie européenne d'éducation et de formation tout au long de la vie

    Une conférence intitulée "Valorisation du programme Leonardo da Vinci, pilier de l'éducation et de la formation tout au long de la vie" se tiendra à Madrid les 29 et 30 avril, sous l'égide de la Présidence espagnole de l'UE, associée à la DG Education et culture de la Commission européenne. Elle permettra de présenter les réalisations du programme en vue de définir une stratégie de valorisation des meilleures pratiques issues de Leonardo da Vinci et d'autres initiatives dans le domaine de la formation professionnelle.

    [07] Conférence européenne "L'Europe en ligne : les PME passent au numérique" (16/05)

    Les directions générales Société de l'information et Entreprises de la Commission européenne organisent une conférence intitulée "L'Europe en ligne: les PME passent au numérique" à Bruxelles le 16 mai 2002. Cette conférence européenne, sous le patronage du Commissaire Erkki Liikanen, doit permettre de partager les expériences et les résultats de l'initiative GoDigital ("Tous en ligne"), lancée il y a un an dans le cadre du plan d'action eEurope ("l'Europe en ligne"), et de tracer les grandes lignes des actions futures.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Romano Prodi : "Japan and Europe: Global responsibilities in a changing world" to the National Diet of Japan (Tokyo)

    Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "Opening session: strategies for the development of the Information Society" at the EU-Latin America and Caribbean Ministeriel meeting on the Information Society (Seville)

    Speech by Margot Wallström : "The EU and US approach to environment policy" (25/04, Washington)

    Note on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) - International Workshop in Brussels, 22-24 April 2002

    Calendrier du 29 avril au 5 mai 2002


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