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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 08/10/2001

  • [01] Statement by European Commission President Romano Prodi on the military action against terrorism "At this difficult, solemn and dramatic moment, all Europe stands steadfast with the United States and its coalition allies to pursue the fight against terrorism. We are united, and will remain united, in this struggle against those who attack the very foundations of civilisation. Our fight is not against religions or peoples. I have asked Chris Patten immediately to coordinate external actions for which the European Commission has responsibility. Our assistance is already being mobilised to provide help to those who may be the innocent victims of this situation and to refugees escaping from the military action. This is a moment for unity. The international community stands in solidarity in this struggle, resolved to build a future of peace and development for all peoples on Earth."
  • [02] European Company Statute : Commission welcomes formal adoption The European Commission has welcomed the formal adoption today by the EU's Council of Ministers on the Regulation to establish a European Company Statute (ECS) and on the related Directive concerning worker involvement in European Companies. The European Company (known by its Latin name of 'Societas Europaea' or SE) will now become a reality some 30 years after it was first proposed. The SE will give companies operating in more than one Member State the option of being established as a single company under Community law and so able to operate throughout the EU with one set of rules and a unified management and reporting system rather than all the different national laws of each Member State where they have subsidiaries. For companies active across the Internal Market, the European Company therefore offers the prospect of reduced administrative costs and a legal structure adapted to the Internal Market as a whole.
  • [03] Commission approves ferrous scrap joint venture between Scholz and Alba The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition by Scholz AG of a 50% stake in Elsa GmbH, currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alba. Both the parent companies and Elsa are based in Germany and trade in ferrous scrap, but they will face significant competition from other big players on the market.
  • [04] Réunion informelle des ministres de l'Audiovisuel "La réunion des ministres européens de l'Audiovisuel à Mons a confirmé l'importance du principe de spécificité culturelle", telle est la conclusion de la commissaire européenne Viviane Reding, en charge à Bruxelles de la Culture et de l'Audiovisuel à l'issue de la réunion informelle des ministres de l'Audiovisuel, organisée vendredi et samedi par la Présidence belge de l'Union européenne.
  • [05] Michaele Schreyer addresses top financial controllers in Tallinn European Budget Commissioner Michaele Schreyer today recalled that financial control is a key chapter of the enlargement negotiations while she opened the 4th annual meeting of 'Contact Group for European Financial Control Organisations' in Tallinn (Estonia). Mrs Schreyer also stressed that in financial matters legislation is nothing without implementation. "European Taxpayers want the assurance that their money is spent in an effective and efficient way", she added. This year's meeting will concentrate on internal audit and risk management. Financial control organisations of the 13 EU Candidate Countries (10 Central and Eastern European Countries, Cyprus, Malta and Turkey) and of 15 EU Member States together meet under the auspices of the Commission every year since 1998. Mrs Schreyer will also meet the Finance Minister of Estonia, Mr Siim Kallas, and the Auditor General, Mr Juhan Parts, of the State Audit Office.
  • [06] Publication of an 'Enlargement Argumentaire' on the web As EU enlargement draws closer, it is important that the public, in particular in the Member States and in the candidate countries, is well informed of the aspects and implications of accession. The integration of candidate countries into the EU will generate adjustments which need to be well understood and foreseen. For the candidate countries, the challenge is to adapt in the most beneficial way to the economic context of a highly developed integrated area with common rights and obligations. At the same time, the economies of present Member States will also be influenced, although to a relatively lesser extent, and the whole EU will have a broader dimension. This is the reason why the European Commission is developing a communications strategy for enlargement aimed at helping the people of Europe understand the rationale for enlargement, as well as the benefits it will bring and the challenges it poses. The Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs is contributing to this exercise with the publication today of an 'Enlargement Argumentaire'. It includes forty two questions and answers which cover key economic issues underlying the integration process associated with enlargement. They focus on five themes mostly relevant at the EU level : general economic questions, economic and monetary union, employment and labour markets, agriculture, structural funds and budget. The full text of the 'Enlargement Argumentaire' can be found on the DG ECFIN web-site : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/document/enlargement/elp05en.pdf
  • [07] EU issues annual report on US Trade Barriers The European Commission today released its seventeenth annual report on barriers to trade and investment in the US. It highlights barriers which are considered to affect the legitimate rights of EU companies to conduct trade with the US.
  • [08] Secteur de la musique et politiques communautaires : conférence européenne à Bruxelles le 13 octobre 2001 Le secteur musical intéresse les politiques communautaires tant sous l'angle culturel, éducatif et social, que par son importance économique. Dans l'Union européenne, ce secteur, très compétitif, se caractérise par une grande diversité : coexistence d'amateurs et de professionnels, de grands groupes et de PME, d'une logique industrielle et d'une dimension culturelle. Afin d'analyser les évolutions de ce secteur, où les nouvelles technologies de la communication jouent un rôle croissant, et de voir comment les politiques communautaires peuvent accompagner ces changements, la Présidence belge organise, avec le soutien de la Commission européenne, une conférence sur la musique en Europe le 13 octobre prochain au Palais d'Egmont à Bruxelles.
  • [09] Where patents and innovation meet Innovators and businessmen with bright, new ideas do not just need access to proper financing. They also need adequate protection of intellectual property rights, so as to make the most of business opportunities, face the challenges of the knowledge-based economy and turn innovation into entrepreneurship. The joint European Commission - European Patent Office (EPO) "Patinnova / Epidos 2001" event will address patent-related issues in the digital economy : 600 professionals from the world of patents, innovation and information brokerage will gather from 15 to 18 October in Cardiff (United Kingdom). The conference will be accompanied by an exhibition open to the public. Professionals will be on hand from more than 50 organisations to answer questions. Training seminars, open to all, will run in parallel with the main event.
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé David Byrne visits the US to discuss biotechnology and public health issues

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