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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-09-06

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] Commission says Lisbon job targets are still within reach if Member States tackle problem regions and focus on jobs for women and older workers
  • [02] Indicator-based forecast for euro area GDP for 3rd and 4th quarter of 2002
  • [03] First estimates for the second quarter of 2002 - Euro-zone GDP up by 0.3%, EU15 up by 0.4% ; +0.6% and +0.7% respectively compared to second quarter 2001
  • [04] La Commission approuve une co-entreprise entre Accor et Natexis
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of Hamsard by DLJ
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 06/09/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 06/09/2002

  • [01] Commission says Lisbon job targets are still within reach if Member States tackle problem regions and focus on jobs for women and older workers

    The European Commission today published the Employment in Europe 2002 report. This report, published annually, discusses the European labour market performance against the backdrop of both the recent economic slowdown, and the structural improvements in European labour markets since the mid 1990s. The report also highlights the role of quality in work for productivity and overall employment performance, and further addresses remaining imbalances in the European labour markets, notably by gender and across regions. Finally, it analyses the main employment trends in the candidate countries and discusses labour market characteristics of an enlarged Union. Although this year's Employment in Europe report appears at a difficult time, with Europe facing serious uncertainties about its future economic and employment performance, there is evidence that Europe today is better placed to face such challenges.

    [02] Indicator-based forecast for euro area GDP for 3rd and 4th quarter of 2002

    The indicator-based model for quarterly GDP growth for the euro area, developed by the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission, forecasts for the third quarter of 2002 a range of 0.3% to 0.6% for growth in GDP vis-à-vis the previous quarter. This is a downward revision of 3/10 of a percentage point compared to our forecast released on 8 August 2002. The reason for this downward revision is the deterioration of several indicators used in the model (ISM index, confidence in the retail and construction sectors) since the second quarter of 2002. By contrast, monetary conditions are supportive. For the fourth quarter of 2002, quarter on quarter growth is forecast to be again in the range of 0.3% to 0.6%. Full document available on : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/indicators/euroareagdp_en.htm

    [03] First estimates for the second quarter of 2002 - Euro-zone GDP up by 0.3%, EU15 up by 0.4% ; +0.6% and +0.7% respectively compared to second quarter 2001

    Euro-zone GDP grew by 0.3% and EU15 GDP by 0.4% during the second quarter of 2002, compared to the previous quarter, according to first estimates out today from Eurostat. These results follow an increase of 0.4% in the euro- zone and of 0.3% in the EU15 in the first quarter of 2002. Compared to the second quarter of 2001, GDP grew by 0.6% in the euro-zone and by 0.7% in the EU15, after an increase of 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively, in the previous quarter.

    [04] La Commission approuve une co-entreprise entre Accor et Natexis

    La Commission européenne a donné son feu vert à un projet de concentration par lequel les entreprises Accor Services France S.A.,appartenant au groupe Accor, et Intereargne S.A., une société du groupe Natexis Banque Populaire, créent une entreprise commune appelée Servepar qui sera active dans la gestion d'épargne salariale. (L'opération, qui avait été notifiée le 5 août, a été examinée sous une procédure simplifiée).

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of Hamsard by DLJ

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of full control of the British holding company Hamsard 2064 Ltd, which controls British company Bowater Windows Ltd, by the US financial company DLJ Capital Funding Inc, belonging to Credit Suisse Group. (The operation, notified on August 2, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Civil society to give its views on integration of migrants

    Calendrier du 8 au 13 septembre

    Speech by Chris Patten : "The relationship between the EU and Asia - one or many?" (Chatham House, London, ! embargo 2.30 pm !)


    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/
    © ECSC - EC - EAEC, Brussels-Luxembourg, 1995, 1996


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