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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-01-23

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

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

23/01/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Concurrence et transparence : la Commission adopte une communication sur l'accès des parties au dossier
  • [02] Telecommunications liberalisation: the impact on employment
  • [03] Awards for the best Information Technology Applications in Europe's Cities
  • [04] Baisse des prix agricoles en 1996
  • [05] Statement by Neil Kinnock following the negotiation session between the EU and Switzerland on land transport
  • [06] Accord entre l'UE et la Suisse en matière douanière
  • [07] Cambodia: Commission approves humanitarian aid worth ECU 1.5 million
  • [08] Commission holds major East-West seminar on Anti-Dumping Policy
  • [09] Sir Leon Brittan: EMU promotes Conservative economic values and deserves Conservative support
  • [10] Manuel Marín à l'ouverture du programme d'échange de Jeunes entrepreneurs UE/Asean
  • [11] Padraig Flynn says that the economic success of Europe is built on deep social foundations and warns that the social order should not be taken for granted
  • [12] Commission Press Releases Available on the Internet in the RAPID Database

  • [01] Concurrence et transparence : la Commission adopte une communication sur l'accès des parties au dossier

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'accroître la transparence vis-à-vis des entreprises, de leurs conseils juridiques ainsi que de tous les milieux professionnels intéressés et d'améliorer ainsi leur information en adoptant de nouvelles règles de procédure internes liées à l'accès au dossier dans les cas d'application des articles 85 et 86 du traité CE, des articles 65 et 66 du traité CECA et du règlement sur les concentrations. L'intention de cette communication est de permettre aux entreprises d'exercer de manière satisfaisante les droits de la défense, tout en conciliant la nécessité de la protection des informations sensibles et l'intérêt public à ce qu'il soit mis fin aux infractions aux règles de concurrence.

    [02] Telecommunications liberalisation: the impact on employment

    According to an independent study carried out by French consultants BIPE Conseil on behalf of the European Commission, up to 1,300,000 jobs might be created or maintained by 2005 across the whole of the EU economy in a scenario of rapid liberalisation of the telecommunications sector. While traditional telecom operators could stand to lose up to 286,000 jobs, the study indicates that this will be compensated by job creation in the telecom sector as a whole, such as new operators, which could lead to a net creation or maintenance of up to 93,000 jobs for the whole sector. This independent study is one of many elements feeding into the debate on the social and employment aspects of information society which was launched by the European Commission in July 1996. An action plan is due to be drawn up in 1997.

    [03] Awards for the best Information Technology Applications in Europe's Cities

    His Majesty the King of Sweden presented yesterday night in Stockholm the prizes to the winners of the "Bangemann Challenge", a competition in information technology applications for European cities with more than 400.000 habitants. In the presence of European Commissioner Martin Bangemann and Mrs Ines Uusmann, Swedish Minister for Information Technology 16 projects presented by nine cities (Antwerp, Barcelona, Bologna, Bremen, Edinburgh, Manchester, Paris, Rotterdam and Stockholm) covering areas like teleworking, distance learning and healthcare received an award.

    [04] Baisse des prix agricoles en 1996

    Selon des prévisions publiées par l'Office statistiques des Communautés européennes, les prix à la production des produits agricoles devraient, en termes réels, baisser de 1,2% en 1996 par rapport à 1995. Les chutes considérables des prix pour les veaux et les bovins devraient refléter les appréhensions des consommateurs face à l'ESB. Les prévisions actuelles suivent des hausses de 0,3% enregistrées tant en 1995 qu'en 1994. En termes réels, les prix ont diminué susbtantiellement entre 1989 et 1993 pour se stabiliser à la suite. Les données récents révèlent une baisse cumulée de 16,1% depuis 1990. Au cours de l'année dernière, uniquement l'Italie (1,6%) et les Pays-Bas (0,2%) ont enregistré des augmentations. Pour les autres pays, des baisses sont prévues allant de 0,2% pour la Belgique à 15% pour la Finlande (dûe en partie à la diminution des subventions nationales dans ce pays).

    [05] Statement by Neil Kinnock following the negotiation session between the EU and Switzerland on land transport

    "I am concerned by the results of this negotiation session with the Swiss Authorities on the vital land transport chapter of the proposed agreement between the EU and Switzerland. It is clear that both sides entered into this negotiation in order to arrive at an agreement which is genuinely better for the Union and Switzerland than the current situation. But I must emphasize strongly that such an agreement cannot be reached if the present ban on 40 tonne trucks crossing Switzerland is replaced by a prohibitive level of charging over Swiss routes. The Member States of the EU as well as the Commission understand and share the Swiss desire to have a sustainable transport system in the Alpine area so that the natural environment of the Alps can be preserved and the quality of life of those living in the Alpine area can be improved. However, prohibitive charges on Swiss routes would perpetuate the current massive diversion of traffic through Austria and France, generate major problems of pollution and congestion in the affected areas, and result in unacceptable and disproportionate cost levels for firms transporting goods North and South of the Alps. I cannot regard any proposals that have these implications as an acceptable contribution to a satisfactory outcome".

    [06] Accord entre l'UE et la Suisse en matière douanière

    Des représentants de l'Union européenne (UE) et de la Suisse ont paraphé mercredi 22 janvier 1997, un accord entre l'UE et la Confédération suisse ajoutant à l'accord de libre échange du 22 juillet 1972 un protocole relatif à l'assistance administrative mutuelle an matière douanière. Dans le cadre des relations avec les pays partenaires européens, la Suisse demeurait le seul pays avec lequel l'UE ne disposait pas encore d'un mécanisme spécifique concernant l'assistance administrative mutuelle en matière douanière. Cet accord constitue en l'occurrence la cadre juridique par lequel la possibilité s'ouvrira pour les autorités compétentes de l'UE et de la Suisse d'échanger des informations pertinentes en vue de prévenir et réprimer toute opération contraire à la législation douanière.

    [07] Cambodia: Commission approves humanitarian aid worth ECU 1.5 million

    The European Commission has approved a package of humanitarian aid worth ECU 1.5 million for victims of conflict in Cambodia. The aid, administered by the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will enable non- governmental organisations to carry out a six-month programme of actions focusing on health and de-mining, mainly in the north of the country. ECHO plans to work in the province of Battambang, helping to reconstruct a road to link the commune of Prey Chik and its 25,000 inhabitants to the outside world. In Banteay Meanchey province, ECHO funding will concentrate on providing primary healthcare for about 53,000 people. In the province of Preah Vihear, the plan is to rehabilitate a hospital so as to enable the surgical unit to function, as well as to revive health centres, schools and basic infrastructure for isolated communities. In Kamong Thom province, ECHO is focusing on humanitarian de-mining in a region that was particularly badly affected by these deadly devices.

    [08] Commission holds major East-West seminar on Anti-Dumping Policy

    Businessmen and government officials from Europe East and West gather in Brussels on Monday for a two-day seminar on the future of the European Union's anti-dumping policy towards Central and Eastern Europe. The seminar will give the EU the chance to explain the way anti-dumping rules are applied and to hear the views of business and government in the PECOs. The seminar will be addressed by Sir Leon Brittan and Hans van den Broek, as well as Vladimir Dlouhy (Czech Minister for Trade and Industry), Frans Engering (Dutch Director-General for Foreign Economic Relations), Stefano Micossi (Commission Director-General for Industry), François Périgot (President of UNICE), Gerhard Wolf (BASF), Anwarul Hoda (WTO) and Koen Lenaerts (Court of First Instance). Journalists may attend the proceedings during day one, and may ask questions during a panel discussion and press conference at 11.40 on Monday January 27. Name-badges for the seminar can be obtained by contacting Alison Hook (60185) or Annabel Turpie (94709).

    [09] Sir Leon Brittan: EMU promotes Conservative economic values and deserves Conservative support

    EMU merits the support of British Conservatives because it will minimise government intervention, promote free markets, encourage economic restructuring and lock future governments, in Britain and the rest of Europe, into sound Conservative economics. In short, it is a radical but Conservative idea, says Sir Leon Brittan in a speech to businessmen in London today. It is wrong to argue that EMU is far removed from the market: in many ways it will bring about economic management that more closely reflects economic fundamentals than the floating Pound. It is also economically illiterate to say that Britain's departure from the ERM is the key to its current economic success. So what should Britain do ? Waiting and seeing is a thoroughly respectable position to take, although the indications so far are that EMU will produce a strong, well-managed currency. If Europe were to abandon the idea of EMU it would condemn us to a period of political uncertainty in Europe unpredecented since the end of the war.

    [10] Manuel Marín à l'ouverture du programme d'échange de Jeunes entrepreneurs UE/Asean

    Le Vice-Président Manuel Marín prononcera ce soir le discours d'accueil aux participants au programme d'échange de Jeunes entrepreneurs JEM (Junior EU- Asean Managers Exchange). Ce programme doit permettre à un millier de jeunes professionnels de l'Asean et d'Europe de bénéficier d'un complément de formation pratique en entreprise.

    [11] Padraig Flynn says that the economic success of Europe is built on deep social foundations and warns that the social order should not be taken for granted

    Speaking in Amsterdam at the opening of a major conference on "Social Policy and Economic Performance," Social Affairs Commissioner Flynn said "The social order - the laws, practices, and institutions, of life - provides constant support and vigilant protection for all of us:- producers, consumers, workers, investors, young or old, rich or poor. It enables the ambitious to succeed, the vast majority to aspire, and the less fortunate to survive." He emphasised that "the social order is built on many decades of political, economic, and social investment should not be taken for granted. If we want civilised societies, we have to invest in our societies. If we want a value added economy, we must equip workers to add value. The selfish view is a myopic view. It fails as a societal solution and as an economic solution ...... there is nothing competitive about poor levels of education and poverty, and high levels of crime."

    [12] Commission Press Releases Available on the Internet in the RAPID Database

    The Spokesman's Service of the European Commission has opened a new service on the Internet giving easy access to its daily press releases through the RAPID database in a further effort to make the European Union's activities more transparent for the citizen. The RAPID database contains press releases from the European Commission as well as from several other European Institutions. These include the Council of Ministers, the Court of Justice of the European Communities, the Court of Auditors, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions. RAPID offers the press material within one hour after it is made available to journalists in Brussels at the traditional daily midday press briefing of the Commission's Spokesman. Most Commission documents are immediately available in English and French and are translated as quickly as possible into the other European Union languages. The service is free of charge and access is immediately available through a simple login procedure. Access to RAPID is through the Commission's public internet server, Europa, at the address: http://europa.eu.int

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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