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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-02-01

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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

01/02/99


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Car prices in the European Union on 1 November 1998 - differences decrease sharply
  • [02] Réfugiés, personnes déplacées et demandeurs d'asile : la Commission accorde son soutien à des projets destinés à améliorer les structures d'accueil et à favoriser les retours volontaires
  • [03] EU welcomes break in deadlocked banana dispute
  • [04] Colombia earthquake : Commission adds 500,000 euro to last week's 1 million euro in aid

  • [01] Car prices in the European Union on 1 November 1998 - differences decrease sharply

    The most recent report of the European Commission on car prices in the European Union (EU) indicates that price differences have significantly decreased, as compared with the situation on 1 May 1998. The situation on 1 November 1998 shows that the United Kingdom continues to be the most expensive market, for 57 of the 76 best-selling models examined, while the lowest prices were once again found in the Netherlands (for 20 models), but also in Spain, Portugal and - recently - in Sweden. It appears that this development is due to currency movements and to voluntary pricing measures by the manufacturers. However, it remains attractive for consumers - and in particular for UK residents - to buy a car abroad. The report further reveals that more manufacturers than in the past kept price differentials below 20%, and this is also true for an increasing number of their models. The introduction of the euro on 1st January 1999 is going to increase price transparency in "euroland" and should thereby promote cross-border trade and further diminish price differences. In this context, it has to be noted that the Commission is still faced with many complaints by final customers, mainly UK residents, who encounter obstacles in car purchase in other Member States. The Commission once again reminds manufacturers that, under current European competition rules, cars must be made available throughout the EU to dealers wishing to sell such models.

    [02] Réfugiés, personnes déplacées et demandeurs d'asile : la Commission accorde son soutien à des projets destinés à améliorer les structures d'accueil et à favoriser les retours volontaires

    La Commission européenne a annoncé qu'elle accordait son soutien à 76 projets représentant un montant de 16,75 millions d'euros en faveur des réfugiés dans les pays de l'Union européenne (UE). Ces projets visent à améliorer les structures d'accueil pour les demandeurs d'asile et les personnes déplacées et à fournir aux étrangers qui souhaitent retourner dans leur pays les moyens de le faire. Vingt-quatre projets concernant les structures d'accueil ont reçu un financement total de 3,75 millions d'euros. Dans le cadre du programme de retour volontaire, cinquante-deux projets bénéficient de l'aide de l'UE pour un montant total de 13 millions d'euros. C'est la deuxième année que la Commission accorde son soutien à ce type de projets pilotes. En décembre 1998, la Commission a présenté une proposition relative à un paquet pluriannuel de mesures concernant les réfugiés, les demandeurs d'asile et les personnes déplacées. Il comprend une action commune relative aux activités d'accueil et de retour volontaire dotée d'un budget annuel de 15 millions d'euros.

    [03] EU welcomes break in deadlocked banana dispute

    European Commission Vice President Sir Leon Brittan issued the following statement concerning the World Trade Organization's (WTO) procedures for settling the EU-US banana dispute. "This is a highly satisfactory outcome. I am grateful for the support given by the overwhelming majority of WTO members for the European view. I am confident that the WTO will now be able to consider first the question of the EU's compliance with the rules and only after that any other question. This is exactly what we have always sought to achieve. I am particularly pleased that it has been made clear that the US has no WTO authorisation to impose its threatened unilateral sanctions."

    [04] Colombia earthquake : Commission adds 500,000 euro to last week's 1 million euro in aid

    The European Commission has unblocked a further 500,000 euro for victims of last week's earthquake in Colombia, to add to the 1 million euro made available last week. The aid, managed by the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) is for victims in the provinces of Quindio, Risaralda and Tolima. Funding will cover essential relief items, temporary shelter and medical inputs. ECHO's partners are members of the Red Cross family, Medecins sans Frontieres (Belgium, Holland and Spain) and Oxfam (UK). ECHO redeployed 500,000 euro in funding still available from last year to top up the 1 million euro announced last week. Total aid now stands at 1.5 million euro.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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