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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-12-13

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] The EU to lift textiles quotas from 1 January 2005
  • [02] Prêts hypothécaires : la Commission publie un rapport d'experts sur les perspectives de développement d'un marché transfrontalier du crédit au logement
  • [03] Democratic Republic of Congo : Commission earmarks €38 million in humanitarian aid
  • [04] Commission approves acquisition of Menlo Worldwide Forwarding by United Parcel Service
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of HDW by ThyssenKrupp
  • [06] Four years of energy dialogue with Russia have yielded positive results
  • [07] Better use of funding for basic research into life sciences
  • [08] European business 2004 : an overview of industrial and service activities in the EU25
  • [09] Diffusion des statistiques : accès gratuit toutes les données et publications d'Eurostat - plus de 300 millions de données disponibles
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-12-13 Reference: MEX/04/1213 Date: 13/12/2004 EXME04 / 13.12

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    13/12/04


  • [01] The EU to lift textiles quotas from 1 January 2005

    Today the Council of ministers adopted a European Commission proposal for a Regulation that will eliminate from 1st January 2005 all quantitative restrictions on the import of textile and clothing products from WTO countries. This Regulation implements one of the key commitments taken at the end of the last WTO Trade Round ("Uruguay Round") in 1994. "This definitively seals the disappearance of textiles quotas that have been in place for four decades and there is no going back", declared Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson. "The challenge now for the textiles industry world-wide is to compete in the new environment. But policy makers also need to ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible and managed in a way that does not wipe out the textiles industries of weak and vulnerable developing countries. They too should be able to benefit from liberalisation in due course", he added.

    [02] Prêts hypothécaires : la Commission publie un rapport d'experts sur les perspectives de développement d'un marché transfrontalier du crédit au logement

    Le rapport du groupe de discussion sur le crédit hypothécaire, constitué par la Commission européenne en mars 2003 (voir IP/03/442), est publié aujourd'hui. Il propose un certain nombre de mesures, législatives ou non, destinées donner un coup de fouet l'intégration du marché du crédit au logement dans l'UE, de sorte que les consommateurs bénéficient d'un choix élargi et réalisent des économies et que les prêteurs aient plus d'opportunités. Les mesures préconisées par le groupe de discussion, qui comprend des représentants des consommateurs et du secteur, couvrent de nombreux domaines comme la protection des consommateurs, l'évaluation de la qualité de crédit du client, les spécialistes du crédit hypothécaire, les systèmes d'enregistrement, la détermination de la loi applicable aux contrats transfrontaliers et le financement des emprunts hypothécaires par les marchés de capitaux. La Commission compte présenter une communication vers la mi-2005 pour exposer ses vues sur la façon dont les 48 recommandations du groupe pourraient être intégrées aux politiques de l'UE.

    [03] Democratic Republic of Congo : Commission earmarks €38 million in humanitarian aid

    The European Commission has earmarked €38 million to assist vulnerable populations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) affected by the recent conflict and by the unrest which persists in the East of the country. This aid will help facilitate equitable access to basic health facilities for nearly 8,5 million Congolese and will provide basic needs for some 3 million displaced people.

    [04] Commission approves acquisition of Menlo Worldwide Forwarding by United Parcel Service

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the US-based freight forwarding company Menlo Worldwide Forwarding Inc. (MWF) by the US-based worldwide package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc (UPS). MWF is active only in the freight forwarding sector and although UPS is, to a limited extent, also active in this market, the Commission has concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition within the EU's Single Market.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of HDW by ThyssenKrupp

    The European Commission has authorised under the EU Merger Regulation a transaction by which the German undertaking ThyssenKrupp Werften GmbH (TKW) acquires control of Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW). The transaction will combine the shipbuilding activities of the parties which cover civil and naval vessels, including conventionally powered submarines. The Commission has concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it and has therefore approved the concentration.

    [06] Four years of energy dialogue with Russia have yielded positive results

    Since its launch in 2000, the energy dialogue between the European Union and the Russian Federation has yielded positive results. It has provided a framework for the resolution of a number of potential energy problems between the two sides and has made a significant contribution to strengthening the security of energy supply to the EU. These are the findings of a report by the European Commission into the functioning of this dialogue up to now.

    [07] Better use of funding for basic research into life sciences

    Plans were announced today to create an annual funders' forum to promote better coordination of funding for research in the field of life sciences. Areas covered by such research include biotechnology, genomics, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and food processing. The announcement came during a conference which brought together for the first time all the major European players in basic research into the life sciences.

    [08] European business 2004 : an overview of industrial and service activities in the EU25

    European business, facts and figures, published today by Eurostat, aims to provide a standard set of information on the non-financial business economy within the EU. A snapshot of turnover, value added, employment and external trade data for all industrial and non-financial service activities at a detailed level within the EU between 1998 and 2002 is presented. Value added in the EU25 non-financial business economy amounted to €4,600 billion in 2001. The ten new Member States accounted for 5% of the EU25 total. Their economic structures presented some differences compared to those of the EU15 Member States. In particular, a higher proportion of valued added in their non-financial business economy was generated by industry (45% compared to 38%), and a lower proportion by real estate, renting and business activities (10% compared to 20%).

    [09] Diffusion des statistiques : accès gratuit toutes les données et publications d'Eurostat - plus de 300 millions de données disponibles

    Depuis le 1er octobre 2004, toutes les données et publications d'Eurostat sont disponibles gratuitement sur Internet (<a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/eurostat">http://europa.eu.int/comm/eurostat). Cet important changement permet Eurostat de jouer pleinement son rôle d'institution de service public en donnant un accès gratuit aux informations économiques et sociales sur la zone euro, l'UE et les 25 Etats membres. Plus de 300 millions de données sont aujourd'hui disponibles en ligne. Elles couvrent de nombreux domaines différents, allant des prix la consommation aux données détaillées du commerce extérieur par produit, en passant par des indicateurs de pauvreté ou sur l'environnement. Initié par la Commission en juillet 2003, ce projet a été l'un des plus importants mis en œuvre par Eurostat. Impliquant quelque 200 personnes, il a nécessité une très large coopération entre l'ensemble des services.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Région des Grands Lacs – Situation humanitaire

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    Discours de M. Jacques Barrot l'inauguration de l'Agence européenne de la sécurité aérienne (AESA) (Cologne, ! embargo 15h45 !)

    Speech by Olli Rehn : "EU and Turkey: ahead of a historical decision" at TÖBB-IKV Turkey Platform (10/12) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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