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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-04-19

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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 19/04/2001

  • [01] La Commission engage la lutte contre les obstacles fiscaux aux prestations transfrontalières de retraite professionnelle La Commission européenne a proposé une stratégie globale visant à lutter contre les obstacles fiscaux susceptibles de décourager les personnes qui souhaitent contribuer à des régimes de retraite à l'extérieur de leur Etat membre d'origine et les institutions de retraite qui souhaitent fournir des prestations de retraite transfrontalières. La Commission passera au crible les réglementations nationales adoptées par les Etats membres dans ce domaine et prendra les mesures nécessaires pour assurer leur conformité avec le Traité, et en particulier avec les règles relatives à la non- discrimination. Au besoin, la Commission engagera des procédures juridiques à l'encontre des Etats membres. De plus, la Commission propose d'adopter des mesures visant à préserver les recettes fiscales des Etats membres pour les prestations de retraite transfrontalières. Elle propose également une approche coordonnée pour éliminer les obstacles fiscaux, notamment la double imposition, découlant de la diversité des régimes d'imposition des retraites professionnelles des Etats membres. L'initiative avait été promise par la Commission lors du Conseil européen de Stockholm des 23 et 24 mars dernier et s'inscrit dans le cadre de la nouvelle stratégie d'ouverture des marchés du travail paneuropéens d'ici 2005, adoptée par la Commission le 28 février (voir IP/01/276). Cette nouvelle initiative dans le domaine fiscal complète la proposition de Directive concernant les retraites professionnelles, destinée à faciliter les prestations de retraite et les investissements transfrontaliers (voir IP/00/1141).
  • [02] FMD : results of the Standing Veterinary Committee The Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) yesterday voted in favour of a European Commission proposal to allow, under certain conditions, the consignment of fresh meat and meat products, milk and milk products and other animal products from animals susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) from the southern and western parts of the Netherlands. The dispatch of live susceptible animals from anywhere in the Netherlands and the consignment of products from the other parts of the country continue to be prohibited unless these products are treated appropriately. The Committee also gave a favourable opinion on a proposal to extend the protective measures in Northern Ireland.
  • [03] La Commission ouvre une enquête approfondie sur l'entreprise commune entre De Beers et LVMH La Commission européenne a ouvert une enquête approfondie sur un projet d'entreprise commune entre le groupe De Beers et LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton pour la vente au détail de joaillerie de diamant. La Commission craint que l'entreprise commune, qui sera appelée Rapids World Limited, ne renforce la position de De Beers sur les marchés en amont de la fourniture de diamants bruts.
  • [04] Commission launches in-depth investigation into acquisition of Addtek by CRH in the construction sector The European Commission has today decided to open an in-depth investigation into the planned acquisition by Ireland's CRH Plc of Finnish-based Addtek International Oy Ab. At this stage, the Commission has concerns that the deal could significantly reduce competition and, therefore, translate in higher prices in a number of products, mainly in precast concrete floors in Finland and in the Netherlands.
  • [05] March 2001 - Euro-zone annual inflation stable at 2.6% ; EU15 stable at 2.3% (! embargo 12 am ! ) Euro-zone annual inflation was 2.6% in March, the same rate as in February, Eurostat reports today. A year earlier the rate was 2.1%. Eurozone core inflation (i.e. excluding energy, food, alcohol and tobacco) is provisionally estimated at 1.8% in March, up from 1.7% in February. EU15 annual inflation was 2.3% in March, the same rate as in February. A year earlier the rate was 1.9%. In March, highest annual rates were in Portugal (5.1%), the Netherlands (4.9%) and Ireland (4.1%) ; lowest rates were in France (1.4%), Sweden (1.7%) and Austria (1.9%). Compared with February 2001, annual inflation rose in five Member States, fell in five and was unchanged in four. Compared with March 2000, the biggest relative rises were in Portugal (1.4% to 5.1%) and the Netherlands (1.6% to 4.9%) ; the biggest relative falls were in Denmark (3.0% to 2.2%) and Finland (3.2% to 2.5%).
  • [06] Euro-denominated bond issuance rebounds strongly in the first quarter of 2001 (! embargo 12 am !) According to the European Commission's latest quarterly note, euro-denominated bond issuance rebounded strongly in the first quarter 2001, totalling in excess of euro 440 billion. Issuance was significantly higher than in the same period of 1999 and 2000 and the euro regained ground on the US dollar in terms of international bond issuance. Sovereigns remain the dominant issuers in euro. Nevertheless, financial and corporate issuers have begun the year strongly, overtaking issuers of asset backed securities such as Pfandbriefe. As issuing conditions improved in the first quarter, the market re-opened for low-rated issuers from the corporate sector. In addition, the number of large issues (i.e. above euro 2 billion) rose significantly over the period. The quarterly note on the euro-denominated bond markets is available at the following internet address : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/document/eurobond/eurobondidx_en.htm
  • [07] La Commission octroie 2,6 millions d'euros d'aide humanitaire aux réfugiés et aux déplacés de l'Afghanistan et du Pakistan La Commission européenne a adopté une décision de 2.585 millions d'euros destinée à assurer le suivi des opérations humanitaires en cours en Afghanistan et au Pakistan. Gérés par l'Office d'Aide Humanitaire (ECHO), les fonds serviront à assister les réfugiés et les déplacés touchés par la sécheresse et les combats, qui ont fait fuir près de 500.000 personnes depuis l'été. Ces deux derniers mois, la détérioration de la situation en Afghanistant provoque des déplacements de population vers le Pakistan.
  • [08] Commission provides euro 2 million in humanitarian assistance for Mozambique flood victims The European Commission has released details of humanitarian aid it is providing to help people in Mozambique cope with the aftermath of the recent flooding. It is estimated that more than 320,000 people have been affected, including many living temporarily in camps.
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur la préparation du Conseil informel Ecofin (20-22, Malmö) Note sur la visite de Pascal Lamy en Arabie saoudite et au Bahrein Discours de M. Patten : "Sovereignty, democracy and constitutions - finding the right formula" à la 2001 Schuman Lecture (Australian National University, Canberra) Discours de M. Fischler : "The European and Indian Models of Agriculture - What we share, where we differ" à la Confederation of Indian Food Trade and Industry (CIFTI) (17/04, New Delhi) Discours de M. Fischler : "India and Europe - Partners for the future of agriculture ?") à la Punjab Agricultural University (18/04, Punjab, India)

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