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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-02-22

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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

22/02/99


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission aide les détenteurs de capital-risque à investir dans les jeunes entreprises innovantes
  • [02] Launching of a 3 million euro project on the application of the EU acquis on asylum in Central and Eastern Europe
  • [03] Neil Kinnock visits Czech Republic

  • [01] La Commission aide les détenteurs de capital-risque à investir dans les jeunes entreprises innovantes

    Vingt-huit gestionnaires de fonds de capital-risque ont accepté d'investir, au cours des trois prochaines années, plus de 490 millions d'euros dans des petites et moyennes entreprises technologiquement innovantes. En échange, la Commission européenne aidera les gestionnaires de fonds à acquérir une plus grande expérience dans ce type d'investissements. A l'heure actuelle, le manque d'expertise des investisseurs en capital-risque pénalise le secteur technologique européen et, en particulier, les jeunes entreprises. L'initiative s'inscrit dans le cadre du programme Innovation de la Commission.

    [02] Launching of a 3 million euro project on the application of the EU acquis on asylum in Central and Eastern Europe

    Today in Nürnberg, the European Commission and the German Federal Office for the Recognition of Foreign Refugees (Bundesamt für die Anerkennung ausländischer Flüchtlinge), together with the refugee offices of six other Member States, are holding a launch conference for a new 3 million euro project which aims to strengthen the capacity of Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) to apply the European Union (EU) acquis on asylum and immigration as well as related standards and practices. Asylum is an important part of the EU's agenda for the creation of an area of freedom, security and justice; the evolving acquis in this field will be transferred into EU competence under the Treaty of Amsterdam. The control of external frontiers and respect for international norms in asylum, visa and immigration brings a new challenge to the CEECs' preparation for membership of the EU. It is essential that these countries develop the material law and procedures which will enable them to give asylum-seekers access to the same level of legal protection on the one hand and of counselling and advice on the other as in the EU. The Commission sees this project as an important contribution to the strengthening of legal and constitutional reforms, the rule of law and democratic security in some of its future member countries, as outlined in the Accession Partnerships.

    [03] Neil Kinnock visits Czech Republic

    Neil Kinnock, the European Commissioner responsible for Transport policy, today begins a two-day visit to the Czech Republic. He will visit public transport projects in Prague and talk to officials, including the Prime Minister and Transport Minister, as to the country's progress in preparing the transport sector for European Union (EU) membership - in particular the restructuring of the rail sector. He will also visit a key Phare project in Brno, the modernisation of the Brno-Vranovice railway which is the single largest Phare project in the Czech Republic. Phare has contributed 34 million euro to the total cost of 37 million euro for upgrading an 18,5 km stretch of line to meet EU standards and carry trains at speeds of up to 160 kmh.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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