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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-01-04

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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

04/01/2001


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Fisheries negotiations EU / Morocco : some major obstacles still remain
  • [02] Excédent de 3,7 milliards d'euros du commerce extérieur pour la zone euro en octobre 2000 ; déficit de 5,8 milliards d'euros pour l'UE15
  • [03] Fusion approuvée selon la procédure simplifiée

  • [01] Fisheries negotiations EU / Morocco : some major obstacles still remain

    After several negotiations on a technical level concerning future cooperation in fisheries between the EU and Morocco both parties found themselves in a deadlock over vital questions. The European Council of Nice therefore asked the Commission to start a final political attempt to deblock the negotiations for an agreement. European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Franz Fischler, met with Prime Minister Abderahmane El Youssoufi, Fisheries Minister Said Chbaatou and Secretary of State Taieb Fassi-Fihri on 3rd January 2001 in Rabat in order to seek a compromise on the complex issues pertaining to a possible fisheries agreement between the EU and Morocco. The talks were constructive and the parties identified the existing difficulties and tried to resolve those difficulties in the following negotiations. Notwithstanding the intensive nature of these discussions lasting more than 10 hours key issues still remain to be resolved. Therefore Commissioner Fischler will be back in Rabat to meet with the Moroccan government on the 8th and 9th January 2001 to try to resolve the outstanding issues. In the meantime discussions on technical level are ongoing in Rabat. "Negotiations continue to be extremely difficult for both sides and some major obstacles still remain", Commissioner Fischler stated.

    [02] Excédent de 3,7 milliards d'euros du commerce extérieur pour la zone euro en octobre 2000 ; déficit de 5,8 milliards d'euros pour l'UE15

    (! embargo 12h00 !) D'après les premières estimations d'Eurostat pour le mois d'octobre, la zone euro a enregistré un excédent du commerce extérieur de 3,7 milliards d'euros avec le reste du monde, comparé à +7,0 milliards en octobre 1999. Le déficit (révisé) enregistré au mois de septembre était de 0,4 milliard, par rapport à un excédent de 1,3 milliard en septembre 1999. Les premières estimations du solde des échanges extra-UE15 pour le mois d'octobre conduisent à un déficit de 5,8 milliards d'euros, par rapport à -0,6 milliard en octobre 1999. Au mois de septembre, le déficit (révisé) était de 8,9 milliards, contre -4,4 milliards en septembre 1999.

    [03] Fusion approuvée selon la procédure simplifiée

    DuPont / Air Products Chemicals / JV

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