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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-06-04

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] Economic sentiment indicator remained on a rising trend in the EU
  • [02] The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area resumed upward trend in May
  • [03] Avril 2002 : le chômage dans la zone euro en hausse à 8,3% ; l'UE15 en hausse à 7,6%
  • [04] La Commission soutient la généralisation des jumelages scolaires par Internet
  • [05] Pressure equipment : new EU Directive will improve safety standards and market access
  • [06] La Commission se félicite de la nouvelle politique de l'UEFA en matière de commercialisation des droits médiatiques sur la Ligue des champions
  • [07] Franz Fischler in Moscow : "Russia and the EU : partners in peace, partners in trade"
  • [08] Third Conference for Innovating Regions in Europe Network : regional innovation policies to boost Europe's competitiveness
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 04/06/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 04/06/2002

  • [01] Economic sentiment indicator remained on a rising trend in the EU

    The economic sentiment indicator for the EU increased by 0.1 percentage points in the EU reaching a value of 100.1. In the euro area, the economic sentiment indicator resumed its upward trend and increased by 0.4 percentage points, from 99.4 in April to 99.8 in May. The change in the economic sentiment indicator between April and May was positive in Belgium, Greece, Spain and Italy (0.4 percentage points), France (0.3) and Ireland (0.1) while it remained stable in Germany and Austria. The decreases were particularly significant in Portugal (0.8), Denmark (0.6), the United Kingdom (0.5) and the Netherlands (0.4), and to a much lesser extent in Sweden and Finland (0.3 and 0.2 percentage points respectively). Full document available at 12.00 hrs on : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/indicators/businessandconsumersurveys_en.htm

    [02] The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area resumed upward trend in May

    The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area increased by 0.4 percentage points between April and May, reaching a value of -0.24. This increase was mainly driven by an improvement in order books, including export order books, as well as in opinions about production trends in the recent past, while stocks of finished products fell only slightly and production expectations remained unchanged. Full document available at 12.00 hrs. on : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/indicators/businessclimate_en.htm

    [03] Avril 2002 : le chômage dans la zone euro en hausse à 8,3% ; l'UE15 en hausse à 7,6%

    Selon les données publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat, le taux de chômage de la zone euro, corrigé des variations saisonnières, s'élevait à 8,3% en avril 2002, par rapport à 8,2% en mars 2002. Il était de 8,0% en avril 2001. Le taux de chômage de l'UE15 était de 7,6% en avril comparé à 7,5% en mars. Il s'élevait à 7,4% en avril 2001. En avril 2002, les taux les plus bas ont été enregistrés au Luxembourg (2,2%), aux Pays-Bas (2,7% en mars), en Autriche (4,0%), au Danemark (4,1% en mars), au Portugal et en Irlande (4,4% chacun). Le taux de chômage de l'Espagne (11,3%) est resté le plus élevé de l'UE.

    [04] La Commission soutient la généralisation des jumelages scolaires par Internet

    Préparé pour le Conseil européen de Séville, le rapport adopté par la Commission européenne sous la responsabilité de Viviane Reding, commissaire en charge de l'Education et de la Culture, propose que, d'ici la fin de 2006, chacune des 150.000 écoles secondaires qui existent dans l'UE conclue une convention de jumelage par Internet avec une ou plusieurs écoles d'autres Etats membres voire de pays tiers dans le contexte du dialogue entre les cultures. Ceci permettra à chaque jeune Européen de participer à un projet éducatif par Internet au cours de sa scolarité. La réalisation de cet objectif suppose notamment un effort de formation des enseignants et la mise en place de services de support à ces jumelages. Parmi les thèmes possibles pour ces jumelages, la Commission suggère notamment l'apprentissage des langues, les échanges culturels, la citoyenneté européenne ou encore l'éducation à l'environnement.

    [05] Pressure equipment : new EU Directive will improve safety standards and market access

    Thousands of pressure equipment products, from pressure cookers to divers' air bottles to non-nuclear power stations, will be subject to strict new safety standards from 30 May 2002, when a new Directive is fully implemented across the EU. Pressure Equipment Directive 92/23/EC will replace product-specific national rules with European safety rules focusing on hazards, managed in terms of permitted pressure. Conformity with the directive's essential safety requirements will be assessed within a range of hazard categories. Products that meet these requirements will be CE- marked and may thus be sold throughout the Union, the European Economic Area and those EU candidate countries which have already transposed the directive into their national laws. This allows easier access to the single market for manufacturers of pressure equipment across the EU. At the same time, some 50 new European pressure equipment product and material standards, including EN13445, the single most comprehensive standard ever devised by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN), will make it easier for manufacturers to comply with the directive's essential requirements.

    [06] La Commission se félicite de la nouvelle politique de l'UEFA en matière de commercialisation des droits médiatiques sur la Ligue des champions

    La Commission européenne entend adopter une position favorable à l'égard des nouvelles règles que se propose d'adopter l'UEFA, organisme régissant le football en Europe, concernant la vente des droits de radiodiffusion et autres droits médiatiques relatifs à la Ligue des champions. La Commission s'était opposée aux règles actuelles qui lui avaient été notifiées pour approbation en application des règles de concurrence, au motif qu'elles étaient restrictives de la concurrence. Elles faussaient la concurrence entre radiodiffuseurs, encourageaient la concentration dans le secteur des médias et entravaient le développement des services sportifs sur l'Internet et de la nouvelle génération de téléphones mobiles, en empêchant l'accès à un contenu essentiel, au détriment des amateurs de football et des consommateurs en général. Les nouvelles règles de l'UEFA mettront les droits médiatiques sur la Ligue des champions à la portée des fournisseurs de contenus Internet et des opérateurs UMTS ainsi que d'un plus grand nombre de chaînes de télévision et de radio. Au lieu de vendre les droits en un lot unique à un seul radiodiffuseur par pays, l'UEFA les vendra en plusieurs lots, pour des périodes plus courtes, et les clubs de football auront également la possibilité d'exploiter certains des droits au profit de leurs supporters.

    [07] Franz Fischler in Moscow : "Russia and the EU : partners in peace, partners in trade"

    Speaking to the press in Moscow, Russia, yesterday, Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, hailed the effort made by the Russian people to restructure their economic system. "Russia has come a long way, including in the farm sector and the European Union (EU) recognises the progress that has been made. The EU has played it part by providing 70 billion Roubles (€2.4 billion) to assist the restructuring process, from which 4.3 billion Roubles (€153 million) went to the Russian farm sector. I think that in the future TACIS money could usefully be directed in particular to support the development of institutions providing credit for investment by farmers, because more investments are key to further improve quality and productivity. Fischler said that the EU and Russia were not only partners in peace, but also increasingly important partners in trade. "We have significantly strengthened our ties last year. Our bilateral trade volume has doubled in the last years from 864 billion Rouble (€30 billion) in 1993 to 1.880 billion (€65 billion) in 2000. Also Russian farm exports to the EU have skyrocketed in the last three years, increasing by 80%. Yet, we can do better. Only last week, the EU/Russia summit has reaffirmed our intention to continue making an effective use of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) in order to contribute to developing trade and investment", he pointed out.

    [08] Third Conference for Innovating Regions in Europe Network : regional innovation policies to boost Europe's competitiveness

    The Third Conference for the Innovating Regions in Europe (IRE) network will take place on 17-18 June 2002 in Stratford upon Avon (United Kingdom). It is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Regional Development Agency for West Midlands, Advantage West Midlands. UK Minister for Science and Innovation Lord Sainsbury, European Commission Director General for Enterprise Fabio Colasanti, Director for Regional Policy Community initiatives and innovative actions Elisabeth Helander, and other innovation specialists will present their views on innovation policies, along with the latest trends and developments in support for regional innovation in the European Union and in EU Candidate Countries.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Mid-term review of the Prodi Commission

    Speech by Mario Monti : "Review of the EC Merger Regulation - Roadmap for the reform project" at the Conference on Reform of European Merger Control organised by the British Chamber of Commerce

    Discours de M. Busquin : "La recherche européenne des transports se met en mouvement" à la conférence 'Surface Transport Technologies for Sustainable Development' (Valence)


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