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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-02-05

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission authorises acquisition of the German Bewag by the Swedish energy group Vattenfall
  • [02] La Commission propose que la Convention de Rotterdam sur les produits chimiques dangereux soit ratifiée par l'UE
  • [03] December 2001 : euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.5% ; EU15 steady at 7.8%
  • [04] January 2002 : euro-area business climate indicator up + 0.19
  • [05] Commission gives €5.5 million in humanitarian assistance for the victims of the conflict in FYROM and Kosovo
  • [06] Commission allocates €300,000 to help contain Ebola outbreak in Gabon
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 05/02/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 05/02/2002

  • [01] Commission authorises acquisition of the German Bewag by the Swedish energy group Vattenfall

    The European Commission has authorised the take over of the German Berliner Kraft- und Licht Aktiengesellschaft (Bewag) by the Swedish energy group Vattenfall AB (Vattenfall). Through the operation, Vattenfall will acquire full ownership and control over Bewag. The Commission has concluded that no competition concerns arise from the transaction.

    [02] La Commission propose que la Convention de Rotterdam sur les produits chimiques dangereux soit ratifiée par l'UE

    La Commission européenne a décidé de proposer au Conseil d'adopter une décision relative à la ratification de la Convention de Rotterdam sur la procédure à suivre dans les échanges internationaux de produits chimiques dangereux. Les pays qui sont parties à la Convention de Rotterdam ont le droit de refuser des importations de certains produits chimiques dangereux. Les exportations de ces produits chimiques ne peuvent avoir lieu que lorsque le pays importateur a donné son feu vert ("consentement préalable en connaissance de cause" ou PIC). En outre, la Convention instaure un système d'échange d'informations sur les produits chimiques dangereux. La Convention présente donc un intérêt particulier pour les pays en développement puisqu'elle leur garantit le droit d'avoir les informations nécessaires, et qu'elle leur donne le pouvoir de décider quels produits chimiques ils veulent accepter et de refuser ceux qu'ils ne sont pas en mesure de gérer en toute sécurité. Parallèlement, la Commission a décidé de proposer un règlement détaillé pour l'application des dispositions de la Convention en remplacement des dispositions communautaires actuellement en vigueur concernant l'importation et l'exportation de produits chimiques dangereux.

    [03] December 2001 : euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.5% ; EU15 steady at 7.8%

    Euro-zone seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 8.5% in December 2001 unchanged compared to November, Eurostat reports today. Between December 2000 and December 2001, the unemployment rate has varied between 8.4% and 8.5%. The EU15 unemployment rate was 7.8% in December, unchanged compared to November. It was 7.9% in December 2000. Lowest rates were registered in the Netherlands (2.2% in November), Luxembourg (2.5%), Austria and Ireland (4.2% each), Portugal (4.3%), and Denmark (4.4%). Spain's 12.9% remained the EU's highest rate.

    [04] January 2002 : euro-area business climate indicator up + 0.19

    The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) increased by almost 0.2 point in January compared with past December, reaching the value of -1.03. Such favourable developments were mainly driven by positive production expectations. Full document available on the following address : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/indicators/businessclimate_en.htm

    [05] Commission gives €5.5 million in humanitarian assistance for the victims of the conflict in FYROM and Kosovo

    The European Commission has allocated €5.5 million for basic assistance to refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and other vulnerable groups in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as well as to vulnerable minorities in Kosovo. In FYROM, following the signing of the Framework Agreement in August 2001, tens of thousands of displaced people were encouraged to return to their homes. However, an estimated 30,000 IDPs and refugees have yet to return and their numerous needs still have to be addressed. In Kosovo, minorities (in particular Serbs and Romas) also require aid. In FYROM, the projects include continuing to provide further support for humanitarian actions in the fields of nutrition, water and sanitation, health and education. The continuation of food assistance will be carried out in close co-ordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and ECHO partners, targeting IDPs, returnees, residents in the conflict-affected areas and up to 5,500 social case families. This action is foreseen to continue until summer 2002. Support will also be provided to the agricultural sector (livestock food) to facilitate a return to normal agricultural activities in the spring. Emergency rehabilitation of schools and health facilities will take place throughout the year. Support to the remaining caseload of refugees from the Kosovo crisis will also be provided. In Kosovo, specific protection actions, undertaken by UNHCR, will target vulnerable minorities living in enclaves or in isolated areas. The money is channelled through the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson.

    [06] Commission allocates €300,000 to help contain Ebola outbreak in Gabon

    The European Commission has allocated €300,000 to help tackle an outbreak of Ebola in Gabon. This is the fourth time in ten years that the country has been struck by the deadly haemorrhagic fever. The latest outbreak of the disease, first reported in December, had claimed 25 lives by mid- January in the country's North-Eastern province and in the neighbouring Republic of Congo. The money will be channelled through the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson. The funds are directed towards the installation and management of a quarantine line in the affected area. The project is being implemented by Medecins Sans Frontières (Belgium).

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Romano Prodi : "Implementation of financial services legislation in the context of the Lamfalussy Report" at the European Parliament (Strasbourg)

    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/
    © ECSC - EC - EAEC, Brussels-Luxembourg, 1995, 1996


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