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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-05-06

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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-Parole 06/05/1999b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune de fourniture de jeux sur Internet
  • [02] Commission clears the acquisition of Omnigraph by Man Roland
  • [03] La Commission approuve les mesures italiennes de restructuration du transport routier et de développement de l'intermodalité
  • [04] Optimism regarding the creation of a Single Market for electricity and natural gas
  • [05] Business and Consumer surveys for April 1999 : improved industrial confidence compensates for less optimism among consumers
  • [06] Le chômage dans la zone euro stable à 10,4% en mars 1999
  • [07] Monika Wulf-Mathies to receive the 1999 Marisa Bellisario Prize "Women of Europe"

  • [01] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune de fourniture de jeux sur Internet

    La Commission européenne a autorisé la création d'une entreprise commune de plein exercice, Game Channel GmbH & Co. KG. Cette société, qui est créée conjointement par Bertelsmann Interactive Studios GmbH, une filiale à 100% de Bertelsmann AG, et Viag Interkom GmbH & Co., fournira des jeux électroniques, et le contenu y afférent, sur Internet.

    [02] Commission clears the acquisition of Omnigraph by Man Roland

    The European Commission has authorised an operation whereby Man Roland Druckmaschinen AG (Man Roland), acquires sole control of its distributor, Omnigraph Group N.V. (Omnigraph). Man Roland, part of the Man Group, is a manufacturer of web-fed offset and sheet-fed offset printing machines and related products. Omnigraph is the exclusive distributor of Man Roland for printing presses in certain Member States. Following the present transaction Omnigraph will be a wholly owned and controlled subsidiary of Man Roland, its main shareholder prior to the transaction. The operation involves a change from joint to sole control of Omnigraph and does not create or strengthen a dominant position.

    [03] La Commission approuve les mesures italiennes de restructuration du transport routier et de développement de l'intermodalité

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'autoriser le régime d'aide d'Etat italien en faveur de la restructuration du secteur des transports routiers et du développement de l'intermodalité. La Commission avait ouvert le 25 mars 1998 une procédure contre l'Italie. Mais suite à une révision substantielle du régime d'aide par les autorités italiennes, la Commission est maintenant en mesure de l'autoriser.

    [04] Optimism regarding the creation of a Single Market for electricity and natural gas

    The European Commission adopted the second report to the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament on the state of liberalisation of the energy markets according to which there is every reason to be optimistic regarding the creation of a Single Market in the European Union for electricity and natural gas. In the future the correct implementation of the Gas Directive by Member States and monitoring the operation of the Electricity Directive in practice will be in the top priorities of the Commission.

    [05] Business and Consumer surveys for April 1999 : improved industrial confidence compensates for less optimism among consumers

    (! embargo 12h !) 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. Improved sentiment in industry offset by subdued outlook among consumers allowed the economic sentiment indicator to increase slightly in the euro-zone in April 1999, whereas it remained unchanged for the European Union (EU) as a whole. According to the latest business and consumer survey, industrialists were of the opinion that their situation had improved compared to last month. This can be largely attributed to their more favourable views on both order books and production expectations. The rate of capacity utilisation in manufacturing industry remained unchanged in the euro-zone and in the EU compared to January this year. These results suggest that the downward trend, observed since October 1998, may have come to an end. By contrast, consumers were less positive in April. The consumer confidence indicator slightly decreased which was mainly due to rather gloomy consumer expectations with regards to the general economic situation. Consumers also had a less optimistic opinion concerning the development of unemployment in the near future compared to last month.

    [06] Le chômage dans la zone euro stable à 10,4% en mars 1999

    (! embargo 12h !) Selon les données publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat, l'Office statistique des Communautés européennes à Luxembourg, le taux de chômage de la zone euro, corrigé des variations saisonnières, est de 10,4% en mars 1999, inchangé par rapport à février. En mars 1998, le taux était de 11,1%. Le taux de chômage de l'Union européenne (UE15) est de 9,6% en mars 1999, inchangé par rapport à février. Il s'élevait à 10,1% en mars 1998. Les taux les plus bas sont observés au Luxembourg (2,8%) et aux Pays- Bas (3,6% en février), suivis du Portugal (4,2%), de l'Autriche (4,6%) et du Danemark (4,7%). Le taux de chômage de l'Espagne (17,4%) est toujours le plus élevé de l'UE15. Au cours des 12 derniers mois, d'importantes baisses ont été observées en Espagne (de 19,2% à 17,4%) et au Portugal (de 5,8% à 4, 2%). Le taux de chômage des moins de 25 ans varie de moins de 7,5% en Autriche, au Luxembourg, au Danemark et aux Pays-Bas (en février) à plus de 30% en Italie (en janvier) et en Espagne. Pour la zone euro, le taux est de 19,9% et de 18,6% pour l'ensemble de l'UE15. Pour la même période un an plus tôt, il était respectivement de 21,4% et de 19,7%. Aux Etats-Unis, le taux de chômage est de 4,2%. Au Japon, il est de 4,7%. Eurostat estime que 13,5 millions d'hommes et de femmes sont au chômage dans la zone euro et 16, 3 millions dans l'UE15 au mois de mars 1999.

    [07] Monika Wulf-Mathies to receive the 1999 Marisa Bellisario Prize "Women of Europe"

    European Commissioner Monika Wulf-Mathies is to be awarded the 1999 Marisa Bellisario Prize "Women of Europe" this coming Saturday in Rome. The Prize which is given by the Italian "Fondazione Marisa Bellisario", Confindustria and the daily newspaper "Il Sole 24 Ore", is awarded to honour Monika Wulf- Mathies for her commitment to building a fair and social economic policy in Europe. The award ceremony will be hosted by the President of Confindustria, Giorgio Fossa, and will take place in Rome at the Confindustria-Auditorium, Viale Tupini 65, on May 8th at 12h00. Before the ceremony there will be a two hour round-table discussion on "Young Women Executives in the Year 2000", featuring among others the Italian State Secretary for Labour and So

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