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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-02-27

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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

Midday Express 27/02/2001

  • [01] Recapitalisation du transporteur aérien Sabena : l'affaire suit son cours A l'instar d'autres cas de recapitalisation de compagnies aériennes, la Commission européenne va examiner la conformité de cette recapitalisation avec les règles du Traité sur les aides d'Etat, c'est-à-dire évaluer si l'Etat se comporte dans cette opération comme tout investisseur privé. Le résultat de cette vérification, qui suit une procédure normale et habituelle, sera connu dans les plus brefs délais.
  • [02] Qualifications professionnelles : la Commission se réjouit de l'adoption d'une Directive de simplification La Commission européenne s'est déclarée satisfaite de l'adoption, le 26 février 2001, de la Directive du Parlement européen et du Conseil simplifiant les règles existantes en matière de reconnaissance des qualifications professionnelles. Cette Directive amende 14 Directives existantes dans le domaine de la reconnaissance des diplômes et des qualifications professionnelles concernant notamment les infirmières responsables de soins généraux, les praticiens de l'art dentaire, les vétérinaires, les sages-femmes, les pharmaciens, les médecins et les architectes. Elle aura pour effet d'obliger les Etats membres à statuer rapidement sur les demandes de reconnaissance de qualifications et à prendre en compte l'expérience professionnelle acquise dans d'autres Etats membres. En outre, elle facilitera et accélérera considérablement l'actualisation des listes de diplômes, certificats et autres titres pouvant être reconnus automatiquement dans les professions couvertes par les Directives. Cette Directive a été proposée dans le cadre de l'initiative SLIM, dont le but est de simplifier la législation dans le marché intérieur. Les Etats membres devront transposer la Directive en droit national pour le 1er janvier 2003 au plus tard.
  • [03] EU approves "Everything But Arms" trade access for least developed countries The European Union today approved the European Commission's groundbreaking proposal to eliminate quotas and duties on all products except arms from the world's 48 poorest countries in the world. The EU Council of Ministers, meeting in Brussels, agreed to the plan which will make the EU the world's first major trading power to commit itself to opening its market fully to the world's poorest countries. Welcoming the move, Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy told a press conference : "It's a worldwide first. At the end of the day, we will have 100% access, with no exclusions, except of course for arms. We have delivered on our fine words. This sends a signal to the rest of the world that we are serious about getting the most disadvantaged to share in the fruits of trade liberalisation". Mr Lamy paid tribute to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who had personally written to EU Heads of State to encourage them to support the measure. Swedish Trade Minister Lief Pagrotsky, who chaired the meeting of EU ministers, said : "We hope this will put pressure on other countries to follow our example."
  • [04] Structural Funds - Commission approves regional assistance package for Thanet and Hastings in the South East England region of the UK The European Commission has approved the regional development plan of Thanet and Hastings in the South East of England region for the period 2000- 2006. This "single programming document" amounts to euro 35.7 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 is expected to attract a further euro 64 million in investment, 73% from the public and 27% from the private sector. The aim of this programme is to create around 3,600 new jobs and safeguard 1,200 more.
  • [05] Structural Funds : Commission approves euro 277 million for East Wales and the East of England The European Commission has approved seven-year regional development plans for England and Wales, representing euro 277 million in financial support from the EU. The programmes concern two areas designated for support under "Objective 2" of the Structural Funds (support for regions undergoing economic restructuring) : East Wales and the East of England. These plans are expected to attract a further euro 449 million in investment, 79% from the public and 21% from the private sector, making a total spending of euro 726 million. These resources are expected to create around 10,000 new jobs and to safeguard 4,500 more. These decisions are part of a series currently being adopted by the Commission to launch the new Structural Funds Programming period.
  • [06] Structural funds - Commission approves euro 483 million for Western Scotland The European Commission has approved a new regional economic development plan for Western Scotland for the period 2000-06. Western Scotland has been designated as eligible for support under 'Objective 2' of the Structural Funds which assists areas experiencing the effects of economic restructuring. Today's decision means that the area can receive an aid package of euro 483 million from the European Union. This funding will attract a further euro 940 million in investment from UK sources, both public (83%) and private (17%), giving a total of euro 1,424 million. The programme aims to create around 85,000 new jobs. This decision is part of a series currently being adopted by the Commission to launch the new Structural Funds Programming period. It is the last of the decisions concerning Scotland.
  • [07] Structural funds - Commission approves euro 717 million for the North East of England The European Commission has approved the regional development plan of region of the North East of England for the period 2000-2006. This "single programming" document amounts to euro 717 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 1,176 million in investment from the public sector and private sectors, making total spending of euro 1,893 million. This regional development programme aims to create around 33,000 new jobs, to safeguard more than 25,000 existing jobs. This decision is part of a series currently being adopted by the Commission to launch the new Structural Funds Programming period.
  • [08] Structural funds - Commission approves euro 854 million for the West Midlands The European Commission has approved the regional development plan of the English region of the West Midlands for the period 2000-2006. This "single programming document" amounts to euro 854 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 1.470 billion in investment from the public sector and private sectors, making a total spending of euro 2.325 billion. This regional development programme aims to create around 28,000 new jobs, to safeguard more than 16,000 existing jobs and generate about €3 billion net value added to the regional economy. This decision is part of a series currently being adopted by the Commission to launch the new Structural Funds Programming period.
  • [09] Structural funds - Commission approves euro 190 million for South West England The European Commission has approved a regional development plan for the South West England region for the period 2000-2006. This "single programming document" amounts to euro 190 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 256 million in investment from the public and private sectors, making a total spending of euro 445 million. The aim of this programme is to create around 8,600 new jobs, to safeguard 7,400 existing ones and to support 5,400 firms. This decision is part of a series currently being adopted by the Commission to launch the new Structural Funds Programming period.
  • [10] Structural funds - Commission approves euro 808 million for North West England The European Commission has approved a regional development plan for the North West England for the period 2000-2006. This "single programming document" amounts to euro 808 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 1,100 million in investment from the public and private sectors, for a total spending of euro 1,908 million. The objective of this regional development programme is to develop a competitive and sustainable economy which offers employment and income opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and gender. It aims to create around 63,000 new jobs, to safeguard 40,000 existing ones and to support 19,000 firms. This decision is part of a series currently being adopted by the Commission to launch the new Structural Funds Programming period.
  • [11] Structural Funds - Commission approves euro 260 million for London The European Commission has approved the regional development plan for London for the period 2000-2006. This "single programming document" provides for the spending of euro 259.890 million in financial support from the European Union. It concerns areas undergoing economic and social re- conversion, and as such eligible under "Objective 2" of the Structural Funds. This European funding will attract a further euro 404.070 million in investment from the public and private sectors, so that the total spending will be euro 663.960 million. This regional development programme aims to create around 10,000 new jobs and to safeguard more than 2,700 existing jobs. This decision is part of a series currently being adopted by the Commission to launch the new Structural Funds Programming period.
  • [12] Structural funds - Commission approves euro 518 billion for Yorkshire and the Humber The European Commission has approved a regional development plan for the English region of Yorkshire and the Humber for the period 2000-2006. This "single programming document" amounts to euro 518 billion 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 894 billion in investment from the public sector and private sectors, making total spending of euro 1,412 billion. This regional development programme aims to create more than 36,000 new jobs, and to support more than 9,500 firms. This decision is part of a series currently being adopted by the Commission to launch the new Structural Funds Programming period.
  • [13] Pascal Lamy welcomes completion of EU Mexico FTA at first EU-Mexico Joint Council Meeting (! embargo 2.30 pm !) Today, the EU and Mexico took the decision to complete the remaining aspects of their free trade framework at the first EU-Mexico Joint Council of the EU-Mexico Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement ("Global Agreement"). As of March 1 2001, the Free Trade Agreement in Services between the EU and Mexico will enter into force together with preferential arrangements on economically significant aspects such as public procurement, investments and intellectual property. Welcoming the decisions taken today, European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said : "Today we have put in place the final blocks in the Free Trade arrangements between the EU and Mexico which will put the EU on a level footing with the US and Canada in the Mexican market. Services and intellectual property are at the cutting edge of EU exports and with today's decision these are set to grow significantly."
  • [14] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur les résultats des Conseils Agriculture et Pêche Intervention de M. Prodi à la signature du Traité de Nice (26/02) Discours de M. Solbes : "La préparation des entreprises à l'euro" à la Conférence Unioncamere 'The euro and competition in the markets' Discours de M. Liikanen : "Markets and public policy in the information society" à la London School of Economics (26/02) Discours de Mme Diamantopoulou : "The European Union's Employment and Social Priorities : From Lisbon to Stockholm" à la UK's Engineering Employers' Federation

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