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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 98-07-07

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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

07/07/98


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition by British Aerospace of a stake in Saab
  • [02] L'UE participe aux dépenses des Etats membres pour la surveillance et le contrôle dans le domaine de la pêche
  • [03] Business and Consumer surveys for June 1998 : investment in industry expected to pick-up in 1998
  • [04] Commission acts against the Netherlands and Austria on bathing water
  • [05] La Commission poursuit l'Allemagne, la Belgique et le Luxembourg pour leur manquement persistant à l'obligation de réduire la pollution des eaux par les nitrates
  • [06] Commission decides Court application against Ireland for failure to fully implement Directive on groundwater
  • [07] Employment : Padraig Flynn outlines the run-up to the Vienna Summit
  • [08] Padraig Flynn says that Europe's immigrant and ethnic minority groups help provide skill, talent, innovation and diversity in the labour market

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition by British Aerospace of a stake in Saab

    The European Commission has approved the acquisition by British Aerospace plc (BAe) of 35% of Saab AB (Saab) from Investor AB. The transaction will strengthen BAe and Saab's position within the European defence industry but does not cause any serious competition concerns given the existence of strong competitors from the European Union and the United States, powerful buyers (i.e. ministries of defence) and the insignificant overlap between BAe and Saab on their respective home markets.

    [02] L'UE participe aux dépenses des Etats membres pour la surveillance et le contrôle dans le domaine de la pêche

    La Commission européenne, afin d'assurer que des moyens adéquats soient mobilisés pour garantir le respect de la réglementation communautaire en matière de gestion des ressources et d'effort de pêche, a décidé quelles dépenses prévues par les Etats membres pour la mise en oeuvre des régimes de contrôle et de surveillance dans le cadre de la politique commune de la pêche (PCP) seraient admissibles pour un financement communautaire en 1998. La décision, adoptée sur la base des demandes des Etats membres, porte sur un montant global de 39,4 millions d'Ecus.

    [03] Business and Consumer surveys for June 1998 : investment in industry expected to pick-up in 1998

    The latest results from the business and consumer surveys conducted by the European Commission's Directorate General for economic and financial affairs are published today. Plans for industrial investment in manufacturing industry for 1998 were revised upwards in March/April 1998 compared with the autumn 1997. Investment is now expected to increase strongly by 9% in real terms in 1998, compared with a forecast of 5% made in autumn 1997. Economic sentiment in the European Union rose in June, according to the latest survey results. Production expectations in manufacturing industry improved compared with last month, whereas industrialists' views on the current levels of order-books fell back further, leaving the industrial confidence indicator unchanged. In the euro-zone (€-11), on the other hand, there was an increase in the industrial confidence indicator. Consumer confidence remained on the same high level as last month. There was a marked improvements with respect to the attitude towards making majors purchases.

    [04] Commission acts against the Netherlands and Austria on bathing water

    The European Commission has decided to notify Reasoned Opinions to the Netherlands and Austria for non-respect of the European Union's Bathing Waters Directive (Council Directive 76/160/EEC concerning the quality of bathing water). The Commission's decision concerning the Netherlands was prompted by the Netherlands' failure to comply with quality standards for certain coastal and inland bathing waters, and by its failure to sufficiently monitor certain inland bathing waters. Its decision concerning Austria relates to the incompleteness of the Austrian legislation used to give effect to the directive.

    [05] La Commission poursuit l'Allemagne, la Belgique et le Luxembourg pour leur manquement persistant à l'obligation de réduire la pollution des eaux par les nitrates

    La Commission européenne a décidé de notifier à l'Allemagne, à la Belgique et au Luxembourg des avis motivés pour non-respect de la directive communautaire sur les nitrates (Directive 91/676/CEE du Conseil, du 12 décembre 1991, concernant la protection des eaux contre la pollution par les nitrates à partir de sources agricoles).

    [06] Commission decides Court application against Ireland for failure to fully implement Directive on groundwater

    The European Commission has decided to make an application to the European Court of Justice against Ireland for failing to adopt all the necessary legislation to give effect to the European Union's Groundwater Directive (Council Directive 80/68/EEC on the protection of groundwater against pollution caused by certain dangerous substances).

    [07] Employment : Padraig Flynn outlines the run-up to the Vienna Summit

    Speaking today in Brussels at a conference on "New Perspectives for Employment in Europe", European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Padraig Flynn, mapped out the steps to be taken concerning employment prior to the Vienna Summit. Throughout the summer and early autumn, the Commission and Council of Ministers will be preparing a Joint Employment Report for Vienna. It will contain a country-by-country examination of the implementation ot the National Action Plans as well as assessing their relevance to the employment problems of each Member State. The Commission will also prepare the draft employment guidelines for 1999 with a view to adoption on 14 October. The Commissioner said : "These will not change the basic four-pillar structure or the priorities we have all agreed on. But they will identify a few areas of policy that need more attention, including those identified in the conclusions of the Cardiff Summit. My expectation is that the Vienna Summit will adopt the 1999 Employment Guidelines and that Member States will then review and adapt their National Action Plans accordingly."

    [08] Padraig Flynn says that Europe's immigrant and ethnic minority groups help provide skill, talent, innovation and diversity in the labour market

    Speaking today at a conference concerning 'European and North American approaches to employment integration of immigrants and ethnic minorities', European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Padraig Flynn, said that "investment in the whole of the active population is essential to Europe's continued economic success … This means they inclusion of immigrants and ethnic minorities." The Commissioner said that his message for the business community was crystal clear : "It is profitable to have an ethnically diverse workforce." Mr Flynn thanked the Migration Policy Group for organising the conference and said he looked forward to further developing the rich potential of transatlantic exchange of ideas on these issues.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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