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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 98-11-17

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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

17/11/98


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Réponses de la Commission au rapport annuel de la Cour des comptes 1997 - les réformes commencent à produire leurs effets
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of control of BHF by ING
  • [03] Commission and NGOs hold dialogue on the Millennium Round
  • [04] "Moderniser les services publics de l'emploi pour soutenir la stratégie européenne de l'emploi"
  • [05] European Urban and Regional Awards Ceremony - 18 November 1998

  • [01] Réponses de la Commission au rapport annuel de la Cour des comptes 1997 - les réformes commencent à produire leurs effets

    La Commission européenne a confirmé son grand attachement à l'amélioration de la gestion financière et à un partage des responsabilités avec les Etats membres en s'efforçant d'améliorer la gestion des finances dans les domaines de l'agriculture et des Fonds structurels. Ces domaines absorbent en effet l'essentiel des dépenses de l'Union européenne et leur gestion financière relève principalement des Etats membres. La Commission a répondu aujourd'hui aux observations présentées par la Cour des comptes dans son rapport annuel 1997. "Notre objectif premier est de faire profiter au maximum les citoyens européens des fonds de l'Union. Nous continuerons à réaliser nos réformes dont certaines ont commencé à porter leurs fruits", a déclaré M. Erkki Liikanen, membre de la Commission responsable du budget et de l'administration.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of control of BHF by ING

    The European Commission has concluded that the concentration by which ING Groep N.V. (ING) acquires control of BHF-Bank Aktiengesellschaft (BHF) does not create or strengthen a dominant position. For that reason, the Commission has decided not to oppose the operation.

    [03] Commission and NGOs hold dialogue on the Millennium Round

    European Commission and Member States' trade officials held talks today with 70 industry, consumer, labour, environmental and development organisations on the work programme for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Millennium Round. This is the first of an ongoing dialogue between Commission officials and non governmental organisations (NGOs) and is part of the European Union's commitment to transparency and openness in trade policy-making. During the meeting, the Commission highlighted the benefits of further trade liberalisation and called for support for a Millennium Round as the best way to boost economic growth and create jobs. Priorities were discussed for taking forward the European agenda on sustainable development and the integration of developing countries into the multilateral trading system. The Commission stressed that new global trade negotiations in 2000 will take on board consumer, labour and environmental concerns and will be in the interests of all.

    [04] "Moderniser les services publics de l'emploi pour soutenir la stratégie européenne de l'emploi"

    Comme elle l'avait annoncé dans ses propositions de Lignes directrices pour l'emploi en 1999, la Commission européenne vient d'adopter une Communication sur le rôle des Services publics de l'emploi (SPE) dans la stratégie européenne de l'emploi. Cette communication met surtout l'accent sur la nécessité d'une modernisation des SPE qui remplissent habituellement une triple fonction : fournir de l'information sur l'offre et la demande existant sur le marché du travail, offrir un service de courtage entre les demandeurs d'emploi et les employeurs, et proposer des mesures d'ajustement pour combler le fossé entre les travailleurs et les employeurs. Avec plus de 5.000 agences locales de l'emploi dans l'Union européenne et environ 160.000 collaborateurs, les SPE représentent un élément institutionnel fondamental de la stratégie européenne de l'emploi. Leur rôle dans la mise en œuvre des stratégies proposées est confirmé dans les Plans d'action nationaux pour l'emploi soumis cette année par les Etats membres.

    [05] European Urban and Regional Awards Ceremony - 18 November 1998

    Prizes for best Urban and Regional Planning practice will be presented at a formal ceremony in Brussels tomorrow. At this event, jointly organised by the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions, Monika Wulf- Mathies, Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy and Cohesion, will present awards to twelve winners of the Commission sponsored contest designed to raise the standard of urban and regional planning in the European Union (EU). The event will take place at the Espace Leopold during the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions, at 19h00. An exhibition of the winning projects will be on view at the Espace Leopold. Commissioner Wulf-Mathies said : "The Commission has, over the years, taken a particular interest in supporting good practice by the planning profession. Planners operate at various levels, from local, community based projects up to regional and strategic planning. Although Europe is enormously diverse, these awards clearly demonstrate that there is also great potential for common solutions and transferable ideas, plans and methods of implementation. The challenge for the EU, just as for the European planning profession, is to ensure that good practice is widely disseminated to urban and regional decision makers and professionals."

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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