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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-02-07

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Third release for the third quarter of 2001 - Euro-zone GDP up by 0.1% ; EU15 GDP up by 0.2% ; +1.4% compared to the third quarter of 2000 for both zones
  • [02] Indicator-based forecast for euro-area GDP for 4th quarter of 2001 and 1st quarter of 2002
  • [03] Lutte contre le dopage : Viviane Reding et l'Agence mondiale antidopage proposent un passeport de l'athlète
  • [04] Programme Interreg : la Commission contribue à hauteur de €52,3 millions à la coopération transfrontalière entre l'Italie et la France
  • [05] Programme Interreg : la Commission contribue à hauteur de €84,3 millions pour la coopération transfrontalière entre l'Espagne et la France
  • [06] Peace process in Colombia : Commission launches 'Peace Laboratory in the Magdalena Medio'
  • [07] Franz Fischler : "Farm evolution, not revolution"
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 07/02/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 07/02/2002

  • [01] Third release for the third quarter of 2001 - Euro-zone GDP up by 0.1% ; EU15 GDP up by 0.2% ; +1.4% compared to the third quarter of 2000 for both zones

    Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 0.1% in the euro-zone and by 0.2% in the EU15 during the third quarter of 2001, according to the 3rd revised estimate out today from Eurostat. Economic growth had reached 0.1% for both zones during the second quarter. In comparison with the third quarter of 2000, the euro-zone and the EU15 GDP grew both by 1.4%, after an increase of 1.6% and 1.7%, respectively, in the previous quarter.

    [02] Indicator-based forecast for euro-area GDP for 4th quarter of 2001 and 1st quarter of 2002

    The indicator-based model for quarterly GDP growth for the euro area predicts for the fourth quarter of 2001 a range of -0.2% to 0.2% for the percentage change of GDP vis-à-vis the previous quarter. This follows a 0.1% increase of the euro area GDP in the third quarter 2001 according to Eurostat's latest update published on 7 February. In the fourth quarter of last year growth was dragged down by a contraction in the industrial sector, but received support from consumption expenditures, as reflected in strong car sales. For the first quarter of 2002, quarter on quarter growth is forecast to be in the range of 0.1% to 0.4 %. It would imply that the trough of the recent slowdown is situated in the last quarter of 2001, but also that activity will only moderately accelerate at the beginning of this year. Full document available at 13.00 hrs on the following address : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/indicators/euroareagdp_en.htm

    [03] Lutte contre le dopage : Viviane Reding et l'Agence mondiale antidopage proposent un passeport de l'athlète

    (! embargo 18h00 !) Viviane Reding, membre de la Commission européenne en charge des Sports, a présenté aujourd'hui depuis Salt Lake City, où vont avoir lieu les Jeux olympiques d'hiver, le nouveau passeport de l'athlète, en compagnie du Président de l'Agence mondiale antidopage (AMA), Richard Pound, du Président de l'Agence de lutte antidopage des Etats-Unis (USADA), Frank Shorter et du responsable du projet, le quadruple médaillé olympique Johann Koss. Ce nouvel outil, que finance la Commission, est développé par l'AMA. Le passeport, qui sera utilisé de manière volontaire, vise à mettre à disposition des athlètes un outil permettant de les responsabiliser et de créer un cadre transparent pour les contrôles anti-dopage. Il s'agit de protéger non seulement l'éthique sportive mais aussi la santé des athlètes.

    [04] Programme Interreg : la Commission contribue à hauteur de €52,3 millions à la coopération transfrontalière entre l'Italie et la France

    Michel Barnier, Commissaire européen responsable de la politique régionale, a annoncé l'approbation par la Commission d'un programme de coopération transfrontalière entre l'Italie et la France (Iles), qui sera financé par l'initiative Interreg III A. Le programme concerne la région Corse, les provinces de Sassari en Sardaigne et de Livourne en Toscane. Ses principaux objectifs sont le développement de l'économie de ces zones et le renforcement de leur coopération. Le concours européen s'élève à €52,3 millions. L'ensemble du programme, toutes sources de financement confondues, porte sur un montant de €112,2 millions.

    [05] Programme Interreg : la Commission contribue à hauteur de €84,3 millions pour la coopération transfrontalière entre l'Espagne et la France

    Michel Barnier, Commissaire européen responsable de la politique régionale, a annoncé l'approbation par la Commission d'un programme de coopération transfrontalière entre l'Espagne et la France, qui sera financé par l'initiative Interreg III A. Le programme concerne les régions frontalières espagnoles et françaises. Ses principaux objectifs sont le développement de l'économie de ces zones et le renforcement de leur coopération. Le montant total du programme jusqu'en 2006 est de €173,9 millions, dont quelque 84,3 millions sont financés par l'UE. Un montant de €84,3 millions provient de budgets nationaux et régionaux. €5,3 millions sont financés par le secteur privé.

    [06] Peace process in Colombia : Commission launches 'Peace Laboratory in the Magdalena Medio'

    The European Commissioner for External Relations, Chris Patten, signed today the Financing Agreement concerning the Programme 'Peace Laboratory in the Magdalena Medio'. This innovative programme aims to encourage the broad participation of citizens in the search for peace. It will focus on reinforcing local institutions, supporting civilian actors engaged in promoting peace and fostering economic and social development. The programme represents the first important step of the EU within the framework of the 'EU Support Programme to the Peace Process in Colombia'. It will be developed in 13 town councils of the Magdalena Medio - a region badly affected by the Colombian conflict, including the capital of the region, Barrancabermeja. It foresees a Community financing of €34.8 million and will last eight years.

    [07] Franz Fischler : "Farm evolution, not revolution"

    (! embargo 1.30 pm !) Speaking at the congress of the "National Farmers Union" in London today, European Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler has firmly stood up for a sustainable agricultural policy. "What we need is evolution, not revolution. What we need is a broad debate on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), based on facts rather than emotions. But let us not throw out the baby with the bath water. The CAP is better than the press it gets." He labelled demands for a re-nationalisation of the CAP as "pointless and risky". "Then we would have 15 - in future maybe even 25 - competing policies in the EU. The Member States would try to out- subsidise each other and the single market would be at an end", he argued. Mr Fischler announced to use the review of the CAP in June 2002 to beef up the EU's rural development policy : "10% of the CAP budget is not good enough. We can and shall do more." He made clear that the Commission would bring forward all the necessary policy changes already in June. "To wait and see until 2006 is not an option, since procrastination rarely makes things better", he pointed out. He urged the UK to make use of the EU money earmarked for environmental farm programmes. "Unfortunately, in England and Wales these possibilities have been used only little. The UK does not have to wait for a change of the CAP to spend more money on agri-environmental measures."

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Barnier sur le rapport Napolitano sur les relations entre le Parlement européen et les parlements nationaux (06/02, Strasbourg)

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