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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-08-19

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


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Midday Express 19/08/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 19/08/2003 Commission approves the acquisition of the Italian air and space company Avio by Carlyle and Finmeccanica The European Commission has authorised the acquisition of Avio (formerly FiatAvio) by the Italian conglomerate Finmeccanica and the US private investment group Carlyle. Carlyle will hold 70% of Avio's share capital and Finmeccanica will hold the remaining 30%. However, Finmeccanica and Carlyle will exercise joint control over Avio. European Commission takes steps to support the peace process in Liberia Today the European Commission proposed to the Council to support the peace process in Liberia by allocating €50 million from the European Development Fund. Part of the proposed financing is destined to immediately support the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) to sustain its ongoing peacekeeping operation in Liberia. This is in line with the EU's commitment at the African Union summit in Maputo in July to provide assistance to ongoing peace support operations. The EU assistance will allow the ECOWAS operation to continue until the arrival of the UN stabilisation force planned for October. Le Président Prodi discute l'affaire Lockerbie avec le Colonel Kadhafi Lors d'une conversation téléphonique avec le Colonel Mouamar Kadhafi, le Président de la Commission européenne, M. Romano Prodi, a pris acte avec satisfaction des informations que le dirigeant libyen lui a fourni sur les négociations en cours et les résultats obtenus sur l'affaire Lockerbie et les autres contentieux internationaux concernant la Libye. EU contribution to compensate the costs of precautionary measures against FMD taken by Germany, Belguim, Spain and Portugal in 2001 The European Commission has adopted four Decisions fixing the EU financial contribution for the costs of precautionary measures taken by four Member States to avoid the introduction and spread of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) on their territory during the epidemic of 2001. These cover the costs for the slaughter and destruction of animals and for the destruction of milk and feedingstuffs and the costs for cleaning and desinfecting holdings. The indicative EU contribution (60% of total eligible costs) is € 782,000 for Germany, € 1,040,220 for Belgium, € 108,000 for Spain and € 125,000 for Portugal. These are provisional figures, based on forecasts provided by the Member States, pending the results of controls. July 2003 - Euro-zone annual inflation down to 1.9%; EU15 stable at 1.8% Euro-zone annual inflation fell from 2.0% in June to 1.9% in July 2003, Eurostat the Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg reports today. A year earlier the rate was 2.0%. EU15 annual inflation was 1.8% in July 2003, the same as in June. A year earlier the rate was 1.9%. EEA annual inflation was 1.8% in July 2003. June 2003 compared to May 2003 - Industrial production down by 0.1% in euro-zone; EU15 up by 0.3% Seasonally adjusted industrial production decreased by 0.1% in the euro- zone in June 2003 compared to May 2003, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg, estimates today. Production decreased by 0.9% in May 2003 after a rise of 0.3% in April 2003. Output in the EU15 increased by 0.3% in June 2003, after a fall of 1.1% in May and a gain of 0.7% in April. In June 2003 compared to June 2002, industrial production decreased by 1.6% in the euro-zone and by 0.7% in the EU15.

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