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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-01-27

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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

27/01/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Conférence Euro Transit 97 - la Commission réunira opérateurs et autorités nationales de 31 pays européens
  • [02] Sir Leon Brittan: Prevention is better than cure for anti-dumping policy with Eastern Europe
  • [03] Monika Wulf-Mathies on euro implications for Britain"
  • [04] Ritt Bjerregaard: We need to strengthen the commitment towards sustainable development when we revise the Treaty
  • [05] Balance commerciale de l'UE à l'égard de l'ALENA: déficit de 2,9 milliards d'Ecus

  • [01] Conférence Euro Transit 97 - la Commission réunira opérateurs et autorités nationales de 31 pays européens

    Mario Monti, Commissaire européen chargé du Marché Intérieur, présidera la conférence Euro Transit 97 qui réunira, les 6 et 7 février à Bruxelles, 250 représentants des milieux économiques, des institutions communautaires et des administrations douanières des Etats membres, des pays de l'AELE, des pays associés d'Europe centrale et orientale ainsi que de la Turquie, d'Andorre et de Saint Marin. Le but de la conférence est la recherche d'un consensus de toutes les parties intéressées sur un programme d'action visant la réforme du système de transit douanier.

    [02] Sir Leon Brittan: Prevention is better than cure for anti-dumping policy with Eastern Europe

    The European Union (EU) could be more flexible in the way it accepts minimum price undertakings from central and eastern European companies facing anti-dumping investigations, according to Sir Leon Brittan. Speaking at an Anti-Dumping seminar in Brussels, he said the EU could consider letting such companies determine the exact price at which they sell into different EU markets, rather than imposing a fixed EU-wide minimum price as a way of avoiding dumping duties. Sir Leon also recommended that eastern European industries be encouraged to adopt Western pricing and marketing techniques, through the transfer of know-how and closer ties between trade associations, in order to reduce the need for anti-dumping action. Sir Leon remarked that fears of EU anti-dumping policy were greatly exaggerated in eastern Europe, where only 0.28% of their exports to the EU are affected. Likewise, western European companies had boosted their exports by 464% between 1990 and 1995, and had little to fear from increased competition from eastern Europe.

    [03] Monika Wulf-Mathies on euro implications for Britain"

    (!!! embargo 6.30 pm !!!) When it comes to participating in European Monetary Union (EMU), the issue is more complex than simply "yes" or "no". In a speech at the Centre for European Reform in London, Monika Wulf- Mathies, Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, said opinion leaders must recognize that the launch of the single currency will profoundly affect all EU-countries, including the ones that stay out. "I would be happier if opinion leaders led the debate into the realm of realism," Mrs Wulf-Mathies said. Even if the UK opts out of the single currency, it will face questions about important issues, such as the impact on future investment by international firms in the UK. Addressing the question of reforming EU structural policy, Commissioner Wulf-Mathies underlined that "despite growing official Euro-Scepticism grass-roots people consider the EU and the European regional policy as a reality and a positive contribution to their day-to-day life." (!!! embargo 6.30 pm !!!)

    [04] Ritt Bjerregaard: We need to strengthen the commitment towards sustainable development when we revise the Treaty

    Environment Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard made the opening presentation at the Hearing in Brussels on the IGC and the Environment. The purpose of the hearing was to exchange views on the environmental challenges of the intergovernmental Conference with organisations from a range of economic sectors, non governmental organisations, regional and local authorities as well as academic bodies. Mrs Bjerregaard said that the "current process of revision of the Treaty provides a great opportunity to strengthen the commitment towards sustainable development and I hope that this becomes a reality." The Commissioner underlined that we "need more assurances that, in future, the environment will be taken into consideration more consistently when new initiatives are taken." She added that improvements should be made to the decision making process to ensure that the EU functions well towards sustainable development and stressed that the "opposition expressed when the Maastricht was ratified in the Member States shows the need for bringing the Union closer to the citizen and for remedying the democratic deficit."

    [05] Balance commerciale de l'UE à l'égard de l'ALENA: déficit de 2,9 milliards d'Ecus

    L'Union européenne (UE) a enregistré un déficit de la balance commerciale de 2,9 milliards d'Ecus avec l'Accord de Libre Echange de l'Amérique du Nord (ALENA) (Etats-Unis, Canada et Mexique) en 1995, après deux années d'excédents qui s'élevaient à 7,4 milliards en 1994 et 5,5 milliards en 1993. Les données sont présentées dans le cadre d'un rapport publié aujourd'hui par Eurostat, l'Office statistique des Communautés européennes à Luxembourg. Malgré la récente inversion, le rapport des exportations de l'UE vers l'ALENA et des importations de l'UE s'est amélioré de façon significative entre 1990 et 1995 - de 93 à 98. En 1990, le déficit commercial de l'UE avec l'ALENA avait atteint 7,3 milliards d'Ecus. Selon le rapport, les relations commerciales entre l'UE et l'ALENA revêtent une très grande importance. En 1995, elles ont représenté environ 21% du commerce UE total, dont 18% avec les Etats-Unis, 2% avec le Canada et presque 1% avec le Mexique. Le déficit enregistré est dû à une augmentation des importations UE de 5,3% à 118,6 milliards d'Ecus et une réduction des exportations UE de 3,6% à 115,6 milliards d'Ecus.

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