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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-01-05

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] President Barroso to meet President Bush at the White House on 8 January
  • [02] Slovenia successfully adopts the euro
  • [03] December 2006: Business Climate Indicator for the euro area reaches an all-time high
  • [04] December 2006: Economic sentiment stabilises in both the EU and the euro area
  • [05] November 2006 compared to November 2005 - Volume of retail trade up by 1.3% in euro area; up by 2.3% in EU25
  • [06] November 2006 compared to October 2006 - Industrial producer prices stable in euro area; up by 0.2% in EU25
  • [07] November 2006 - Euro area unemployment down to 7.6%; EU25 down to 7.7%
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-01-05 Reference: MEX/07/0105 Date: 05/01/2007 EXME07 / 5.1

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    05/01/07


  • [01] President Barroso to meet President Bush at the White House on 8 January

    President José Manuel Barroso will be travelling to Washington to meet with President George W. Bush at the White House. President Barroso will be accompanied by External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson. While the meeting has an open agenda, it can be expected to focus on energy security, climate change, the Middle East, trade and economic relations as well as the Doha Development Round, and a range of global challenges to which the US and the EU have an interest in a joint response. This is President Barroso's second bilateral visit to the White House. President Bush visited the European Commission at its Berlaymont headquarters in Brussels on 22 February 2005.

    [02] Slovenia successfully adopts the euro

    Slovenia's changeover to the euro appears to be happening swiftly and successfully without any noticeable problems so far. After only a few days the euro had already largely replaced the tolar in Slovenian wallets and purses and the old banknotes and coins looked set to exit circulation well before mid-January, when the dual circulation period ends.

    [03] December 2006: Business Climate Indicator for the euro area reaches an all-time high

    The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area increased again in December, to record its highest level ever. This points to sustained industrial production growth in the fourth quarter of 2006, in line with the slight increase recorded in October. The increase of the BCI results from improvements in industry managers' assessment of the production trend observed in recent months and of total order books, as well as of export order books and stocks of finished products. By contrast, their production expectations for the months ahead became less optimistic in December.

    [04] December 2006: Economic sentiment stabilises in both the EU and the euro area

    The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) in the EU and the euro area remained broadly stable in December, decreasing by 0.2 of a point. At 112.9 for the EU and 110.1 for the euro area, the indicator still stands well above its long-term average.

    [05] November 2006 compared to November 2005 - Volume of retail trade up by 1.3% in euro area; up by 2.3% in EU25

    According to Eurostat, in November 2006, compared to November 2005, the volume of retail trade grew by 1.3% in the euro area and by 2.3% in the EU25. Compared to October 2006, the retail sales index rose by 0.5% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU25. In November 2006, compared to November 2005, retail trade of “food, drinks and tobacco” grew by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.9% in the EU25. The non food sector increased by 2.1% and by 3.3% respectively.

    [06] November 2006 compared to October 2006 - Industrial producer prices stable in euro area; up by 0.2% in EU25

    According to Eurostat, the euro area industrial producer price index remained unchanged in November 2006 compared to October 2006, while EU25 prices increased by 0.2%. In October prices remained unchanged in the euro area and gained 0.3% in the EU25. In November 2006 compared to November 2005, industrial producer prices rose by 4.3% in the euro area and by 3.7% in the EU25.

    [07] November 2006 - Euro area unemployment down to 7.6%; EU25 down to 7.7%

    According to Eurostat, Euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 7.6% in November 2006, compared to 7.7% in October. It was 8.4% in November 2005. The EU25 unemployment rate was 7.7% in November 2006, compared to 7.8% in October. It was 8.6% in November 2005. In November 2006, the lowest rates were registered in Denmark (3.3% in October), the Netherlands (3.8%), Ireland (4.2%), Estonia (4.5%) and Austria (4.6%). Unemployment rates were highest in Poland (13.6%), Slovakia (12.3%), Greece (8.7% in the third quarter of 2006), France (8.6%) and Spain (8.4%).

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "A vision for EU agriculture and opportunities for UK farmers" at Oxford Farming Conference (04/01, Oxford)

    Fonctionnaire de permanence ce week-end: Amelia Torres (joignable via la ligne de permanence 02/295 8463) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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