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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-01-03

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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 Service Presse et Communicationb

03/01/2001


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Romano Prodi congratulates Adrian Naastase
  • [02] Commission releases Unisource from its reporting obligations under the competition rules
  • [03] Euro-zone unemployment unchanged at 8.8% in November 2000 ; EU15 down to 8.1%

  • [01] Romano Prodi congratulates Adrian Naastase

    Further to the approval by the Romanian Parliament of the new Government, the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, sent on 29 December 2000 the following message to the Romanian Prime Minister, Adrian Nastase : "On behalf of the European Commission and on my own behalf I have the pleasure to convey to you our warm congratulations on the occasion of your nomination as Prime Minister of Romania, and the approval by Parliament of your new Government. The coming period will be an eventful and important one, as the process of accession of Romania to the European Union advances. The Commission warmly welcomes the commitments given by your Government to continue and develop the reform process in order to reach that objective. Implementing these reforms will undoubtedly be a difficult process. At the same time, this is the only way of successfully fostering social and economic progress in Romania and preparing your country for membership of the Union. I wish you and your Government every success in the tasks which lie ahead of you, and I hope to continue and strengthen further the close cooperation that already exists between Romania and the European Union."

    [02] Commission releases Unisource from its reporting obligations under the competition rules

    The European Commission has released Unisource, the telecommunications alliance between KPN of The Netherlands, Telia of Sweden and Swisscom of Switzerland, from its reporting obligations following the Commission's exemption of the operation in 1997. Unisource has divested most of its operations, retaining only the provision of sales to multinational companies. They have also repealed both the non-compete clauses which prevented the parent companies from competing with Unisource and the exclusive dealing arrangements. In view of these developments and taking into consideration the competitive situation on the relevant market, the Commission has concluded that the Unisource cooperation no longer appreciably affects competition. It has has therefore repealed the 1997 exemption decision and replaced it by a negative clearance decision.

    [03] Euro-zone unemployment unchanged at 8.8% in November 2000 ; EU15 down to 8.1%

    (! embargo 12 am !) Euro-zone seasonally-adjusted unemployment was unchanged at 8.8% in November 2000 compared to October, Eurostat reports today. In November 1999, the rate was 9.6%. The EU15 rate fell to 8.1% in November 2000 from 8.2% in October. In November a year earlier it was 8.9%.

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