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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-05-12

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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 12/05/1999b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Dismissal Government Primakov
  • [02] Marchés publics : la Commission approuve la liste des services de télécommunications exemptés
  • [03] Kosovo : EU-World Bank agreement on economic co-ordination
  • [04] Mario Monti : "A single financial market will generate huge benefits for the European economy and for the UK financial services industry"

  • [01] Dismissal Government Primakov

    The European Commission has taken note of the dismissal of the Government of the Russian Federation chaired by Prime Minister Jevgeni Primakov, and the appointment of Mr Sergei Stepachin as acting Prime Minister. The Commission reckons that this event will not affect the political and economic stability recently developed in the Russian Federation. Furthermore, the Commission hopes that the constructive role Russia is playing in relation to the search for a solution for the Kosovo conflict will be sustained. The Commission would like to use this opportunity to express its gratitude to Mr Primakov and the members of his Government for their contribution to the positive relationship which exists between the Russian Federation and the European Union.

    [02] Marchés publics : la Commission approuve la liste des services de télécommunications exemptés

    La Commission européenne a approuvé une liste spécifiant quels services de télécommunications des Etats membres sont considérés par la Commission comme exemptés des dispositions détaillées de la réglementation de l'Union européenne (UE) sur les marchés publics soumis à une exemption. Celle-ci est prévue pour le secteur des télécommunications qui fait l'objet d'une réelle concurrence dans les Etats membres par la Directive portant coordination des procédures de passation des marchés dans les secteurs de l'eau, de l'énergie, des transports et des télécommunications (93/38/CEE) et également par la Communication relative aux marchés publics de mars 1998 (voir IP/98/233). Cette liste tient compte des dernières données fournies à la Commission sur le stade actuel de la libéralisation des télécommunications dans l'UE, à partir des déclarations des opérateurs nationaux de télécommunications et des évaluations précédentes réalisées par la Commission. L'analyse de la Commission montre que les services de télécommunications sont actuellement proposés dans des conditions de réelle compétitivité dans la plupart des zones géographiques. La liste sera publiée, à titre d'information, dans le journal officiel de l'UE, série C, et sera disponible sur le World Wide Web (http://simap.eu.int). Elle sera mise à jour en fonction de l'évolution des conditions de concurrence sur le marché.

    [03] Kosovo : EU-World Bank agreement on economic co-ordination

    The World Bank and the European Commission (acting on behalf of the European Union EU) have agreed a mechanism to co-ordinate the response of the international community to the economic needs of the Balkans as a result of the Kosovo crisis. This agreement is contained in a joint statement signed today in London by World Bank President James Wolfensohn and Yves-Thibault de Silguy, Commissioner responsible for economic, monetary and financial affairs. It follows a decision at a meeting of high- level representatives of governments and international agencies in Washington on 27 April to give the EU and the World Bank joint responsibility to co-ordinate work on assessing the needs and mobilising support for the Balkans region. The Commission and the World Bank have already co-chaired donor meetings for Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and there will be further meetings during May on Albania and Bosnia Herzegovina. At all these meetings the regional economic impact of the Kosovo crisis is discussed as well as the economic developments and the needs of the particular country concerned.

    [04] Mario Monti : "A single financial market will generate huge benefits for the European economy and for the UK financial services industry"

    (! embargo 8 pm !) Addressing the Europe 21 Foundation in London today, European Commissioner for Financial Services, Mario Monti, outlined the ambitious Action Plan to improve Single Market for financial services and pension funds adopted by the Commission on 11 May. "I am convinced that an efficient and integrated European Union (EU) capital market forms an integral part of the long-term development of the Single Market which will greatly benefit the UK, given its comparative advantage in the financial services industry", said Mr Monti. "But such an integrated EU capital market inevitably requires some tax coordination. It would be otherwise technically unbalanced and politically difficult. Member States and operators cannot preach the virtues of open, integrated and competitive financial markets on one hand while turning a blind eye to the remaining tax obstacles and to the negative consequences of unbridled tax competition on the allocation of capital. There would be little point in removing legislative obstacles to a single financial market within the EU if we were to leave in place forms of harmful tax competition. This has nothing to do with a fully-fledged tax harmonisation, which definitely is not in the Commission's agenda. I am confident that my visit to London today will help to improve understanding about where the real future of British interests lies", concluded Mr Monti.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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