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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 02/10/2001

  • [01] La Commission autorise une entreprise commune entre Telefonica et Ericsson La Commission européenne a autorisé la création d'une jeune entreprise commune (Tempos 21) entre Telefonica Moviles España SA (TME) et Ericsson Innova SAU (EI). Tempos 21 développera et distribuera des applications et services mobiles en Espagne, un secteur où ni TME ni EI ne sont présentes pour l'instant. L'opération ne soulève pas de problèmes de concurrence.
  • [02] Commission clears joint venture between Norwegian companies Norske Skog and Peterson in greaseproof paper The European Commission has given the go-ahead for the creation of a joint venture between Norske Skogindustrier ASA and M Peterson & Son AS, both Norwegian, in the sector of greaseproof paper. The Commission's examination has shown that the joint venture would face sufficient competition in a market characterised by over capacity.
  • [03] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par Schmalbach-Lubeca de deux usines de boîtes de boisson de Rexam La Commission européenne a donné son feu vert à l'opération envisagée par le producteur de boîtes de boisson Schmalbach-Lubeca AG, consistant dans l'acquisition de deux usines de boîtes de boisson de Rexam Plc, à savoir l'usine de Runcorn au Royaume-Uni et celle de La Ciotat en France. Cette opération ne soulève aucun problème de concurrence sur le marché des boîtes de boisson.
  • [04] Economic confidence stays steady in September (! embargo 12 am !) The economic sentiment indicator remained unchanged in September in both the EU and the euro area following a drop by 0.8 points in the EU, and by 0.4 points in August. This is the first time that the Commission is publishing the revised Economic Sentiment Indicator (see explanatory note). However, it should be underlined that the business and consumer surveys are conducted in the first fortnight of each month. Therefore, a very high percentage and in some countries even the totality of the responses were received before September 11. Only next month, when the October results are published, will it be possible to assess the effect of the terrorist attacks on the opinions of consumers and managers. The industrial confidence indicator went down in September by 2 points in the EU and by 1 point in the euro area. Consumer confidence remained steady in the EU, this is the lowest level since August 1997. The construction confidence indicator increased in September by 3 points in both the EU and the euro area. The retail trade confidence indicator is now one of the components of the economic sentiment indicator with a 20% weight. In the service sector there were slight declines with a one point cutback in both the EU and the euro area. For the full information please contact : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/document/eesuppb/firstresults.htm
  • [05] Euro-zone unemployment unchanged at 8.3% ; EU15 stable at 7.6% (! embargo 12 am !) Euro-zone seasonally-adjusted unemployment was unchanged at 8.3% in August 2001 compared to July, Eurostat reports today. It was 8.7% in August 2000. The EU15 unemployment rate was 7.6% in August unchanged compared to July. It was 8.1% in August 2000. Lowest rates were registered in the Netherlands (2.2% in July), Luxembourg (2.5%), Ireland (3.8%), Austria (3.9%), Denmark (4.3%) and Portugal (4.4%). Spain's 13.0% remained the EU's highest rate. In the last twelve months, the most important relative falls were recorded in the Netherlands (from 2.9% in July 2000 to 2.2% in July 2001), Sweden (from 5.8% to 4.7%), Italy (from 10.4% in July 2000 to 9.4% in July 2001) and France (from 9.3% to 8.5%).
  • [06] Mergers approved under the simplified procedure - European Aeronautic and Space Company N.V. (NL) / Nortel networks Corporation (CAN) - Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (S) / Sony Corporation (Japan)
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Introduction by Romano Prodi to the debate on governance at the plenary sitting of the European Parliament (Strasbourg) Speech by Pascal Lamy : "Trade negotiations ahead an agenda for business and development" at an open meeting with private sector (01/10, Nairobi) Speech by Chris Patten : "Investing in Russia" at the European Business Club

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