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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-01-23

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Service Presse et Communicationb

Midday Express 23/01/2001

  • [01] Banking supervision : Commission to launch second consultation on new EU capital rules The European Commission has announced that it will launch very shortly a second round of consultations designed to help shape the final proposals for a new EU capital adequacy framework, in preparation since 1998. The Commission's work complements efforts by the Committee on Banking Supervision of the Bank of International Settlements (known as the Basel Committee) to introduce a similar framework for banks at the international level. The revision of existing EU legislation on bank capital, planned for the autumn, must ensure that European banks and investment firms are able to respond quickly to market change, operate flexibly and safeguard consistency and proper supervision for customers and consumers. The new rules must also pay due regard to the financing needs of small businesses. The Commission and the Basel Committee have cooperated closely and this has been helpful to both organisations in developing thinking. Eight EU Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden and United Kingdom) are members of the Basel Committee ; the Basel Accord will also serve as a benchmark for the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. For Europe to compete globally, EU legislation must reflect the Basel process, but, because it will include investment firms, will be wider in scope and will differ in some detailed points to take account of the particular nature of the EU banking and investment environment.
  • [02] Dutch fishermen allowed to land and auction catches in foreign ports following Commission action At the initiative of the European Commission, eight quota management groups of Dutch fishermen have changed their internal rules with regard to the management of fishing quotas to bring them in line with competition rules. The internal rules initially limited the number of landings of catches in non-Dutch harbours. They also prescribed that the fishermen sell all catches to be auctioned through Dutch fish auctions only.
  • [03] Structural funds - Commission approves euro 970 million support for the region of North Rhein-Westphalia The European Commission has approved the regional development plan of the German Land of North Rhein-Westphalia for the period 2000-2006. This "single programming document" provides to euro 970 million in financial support from the European Union. It concerns areas undergoing economic and social reconversion, and as such eligible under "Objective 2" of the Structural Funds. The European funding will attract a further euro 1 ,000 million in investment from the public sector and euro 1,600 million from the private sector, creating total resources of euro 3,600 million. These funds will pay for training, support for businesses and investment in infrastructure. The programme aims to create, protect and improve 138,000 jobs, of which 108,000 are expected to be new jobs many of the new jobs will be in innovative sectors of the economy.
  • [04] Structural funds - Commission approves euro 734 million support for the region of Niedersachsen The European Commission has approved the regional development plan of the German Land of Niedersachsen for the period 2000-2006. This "single programming document" amounts to euro 734 million in financial support from the European Union. It concerns areas undergoing economic and social reconversion, and as such eligible to "Objective 2" of the Structural Funds. The European funding will attract a further euro 708 million in investment from the public sector and euro 51 million from the private sector, for a total spending of euro 1,500 million. The programme aims to create around 15,000 new jobs, to safeguard 25,000 existing ones, to create 1,000 new training places, to reintegrate 2,500 unemployed via training measures into the labour market and train 5,500 employees to upgrade their skills. The focus is on business development.
  • [05] Structural funds - Commission approves euro 98 million support for the region of Baden-Wurttemberg The European Commission has approved the regional development plan of the German Land of Baden-Wurttemberg for the period 2000-2006. This "single programming document" amounts to euro 98 million in financial support from the European Union. It concerns areas undergoing economic and social reconversion and as such eligible to "Objective 2" of the Structural Funds. The European funding will attract a further euro 158 million in investment from the public sector and euro 904 million from the private sector, for a total spending of euro 1,160 million. This regional development programme aims to create around 5,200 new jobs in SMEs mainly in rural areas thus offering employment outside the agricultural sector.
  • [06] Structural funds - Commission approves euro 171 million support for the region of Saarland The European Commission has approved the regional development plan of the German Land of Saarland for the period 2000-2006. This "single programming document" amounts to euro 171 million in financial support from the European Union. It concerns areas undergoing economic and social reconversion and as such eligible to "Objective 2" of the Structural Funds. The European funding will attract a further euro 208 million in investment from the public sector and euro 603 million from the private sector, for a total spending of euro 982 million. The programme aims to create around 3, 620 new jobs and to safeguard 2,500 existing ones, focusing especially on the Service sector and the support of urban areas in difficulty.
  • [07] Structural Funds - Commission approves euro 170 million support for the region of Rhineland-Palatinate The European Commission has approved the regional development plan of the German Land of Rhineland-Palatinate for the period 2000-2006. This "single programming document" amounts to euro 170 million in financial support from the European Union. It concerns areas undergoing economic and social reconversion and as such eligible to "Objective 2" of the Structural Funds. The focus is put on the area of Westpfalz, which is particularly hard-hit by industrial decline and conversion. The European funding will lead to attract a further euro 1,060 million in investment from the private sector and euro 173 million from the public sector, for a total spending of euro 1, 400 million. The programme aims to create around 5,700 new jobs, to safeguard 750 existing ones and to offer training to 2,100 employees, in particular in the new Information and communication technologies.
  • [08] Structural Funds - Commission approves euro 113 million support for the region of Bremen The European Commission has approved the regional development plan of the German Land of Bremen for the period 2000-2006. This "single programming document" amounts to euro 113 million in financial support from the European Union. It concerns areas undergoing economic and social reconversion and as such eligible to "Objective 2" of the Structural Funds. The European funding will attract a further euro 113 million in investment from the public sector and euro 129 million from the private sector, for a total spending of euro 355 million. This regional development programme aims to create around 600 new jobs and to safeguard 2,200 existing ones, focusing especially on the Service sector and the support of urban areas in difficulty.
  • [09] Franz Fischler : "Not wait until accession to promote sustainable agriculture in the candidate countries" "We can not wait until accession to get down to the business of rural development and sustainable agriculture", according to Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries. "The better the candidate countries prepare to build a working rural development policy and a sustainable agricultural sector, they more they will profit from the instruments and financial resources of our agricultural policy once the join." Speaking at the High level Conference on EU enlargement and the relation between agriculture and nature management today in Den Haag, Mr Fischler underlined that rural development requires good administrative structures, sound financial mechanisms, good project ideas and last but not least committed people in local communities and administrations. All that does not come over night - preparation is a step by step process and work to build these structures should begin now. The Commissioner pointed to the advantage of candidate countries joining a Common Agricultural Policy that has been reformed to address public demands. "As a result of Agenda 2000, we have moved to integrate environmental concerns into the CAP with a view to promoting sustainable agriculture. Agri-environmental measures now constitute roughly half of rural development expenditure in the EU. This is a positive sign of the times and it gives the candidate countries a clear perspective", he said.
  • [10] Commission expresses concern over new climate change report European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström expresses major concern over the results of the third Assessment Report, which was released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Shanghai earlier this week. She concluded : "The study demonstrates that climate change is happening faster than we originally thought and that the world cannot continue to follow the 'business-as-usual' increasing trends in emissions. A vast amount of new technologies in the fields of energy efficiency, renewables, alternative fuels and engines are already available. We have to use them and therefore we need commitments by the private sector and market based incentives to facilitate that process. The EU is determined to take the lead in doing that and urges all governments to take similar action. At the same time, the international negotiations in climate change, which could not be concluded in the Hague last November, must now come to a successful end in the coming months."
  • [11] Fusion approuvée selon la procédure simplifiée Babckock Borsig AG (D) / MG Technologies AG (D) / SAPMarkets GmbH (D) / Deutsche Bank AG / VA Technologie AG (A)
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur la visite de M. Patten en Inde (25-29/01)

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