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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-02-19

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] Quick and transparent solution for funding the Convention
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of JCP by E.ON AG and OFG
  • [03] December 2001 - Industrial production up by 0.8% in euro-zone ; EU15 up by 0.6%
  • [04] Commission approved Leader+ Programme in Saxony (Germany)
  • [05] Interreg programme : EU contributes €47 million to cross-border cooperation in Northern Europe
  • [06] Programme Interreg : l'UE accorde une aide de €28 millions en faveur de la coopération transfrontalière entre l'Allemagne et la France (Sarre- Moselle/Lorraine-Palatinat occidental)
  • [07] Interreg programme : EU contributes €9.6 million to cross-border cooperation between Denmark and Germany (Storstrøms Amt and Ostholstein- Lübeck)
  • [08] Interreg programme : EU contributes €9.9 million to cross-border cooperation between Denmark and Germany (Fyns Amt and K.E.R.N.)
  • [09] Interreg programme : EU contributes €13.8 million to cross-border cooperation between Denmark and Germany (Sønderjylland and Schleswig)
  • [10] David Byrne at WHO ministerial in Warsaw - Commitment to turning the tide on the tobacco epidemic
  • [11] EU welcomes clear WTO decision on US safeguard on line pipe : clear implications for upcoming steel decision
  • [12] Erkki Liikanen to meet European business leaders on policy for small enterprises
  • [13] Financial services action plan : leading players meet to assess progress and boost momentum
  • [14] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 19/02/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 19/02/2002

  • [01] Quick and transparent solution for funding the Convention

    European Budget Commissioner Michaele Schreyer welcomed the quick solution found for the financing of the Convention on the Future of Europe. This is a "sign of transparency within and good cooperation between the institutions", she declared. Last night an extraordinary meeting of the three institutions paved the way for the financing of the Convention. The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed to provide €4 million for the budget of the Convention. The Convention, created by the European Council in Laeken, is, as has been emphasised by the Council's presidency, a structure 'sui generis'. It was hence necessary to also have recourse to extraordinary procedures to ensure that it has the financial means for working properly. The representatives of the governments of the member states meeting within the Council will decide to create a dedicated fund outside the community budget. The institutions, European Parliament, Council and Commission, decided in an inter-institutional agreement to contribute directly to the Fund with respectively €1 million, €0.4 million, and €2.6 million. The decision establishing the fund aims at guaranteeing maximum transparency and accountability. In fact, it grants each of the contributors equal footing as concerns the budget, on its establishment, on transfers and on the discharge. The Commission is now urgently drawing up Preliminary Draft Amending Budget 1/2002 to create the necessary structure for the contributions by the three institutions to the Fund. This Amending Budget as well as the inter-institutional agreement should be adopted and signed at next week's EP plenary session in Brussels, just in time for the Convention's inaugural session on 28 February.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of JCP by E.ON AG and OFG

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the Czech Republic undertaking Jihoceská plynárenská a.s. (JCP), active in suplying natural gas to end consumers, by the German company E.ON AG (E.ON) and the Austrian Oberösterreichische Ferngas AG (OFG). (The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [03] December 2001 - Industrial production up by 0.8% in euro-zone ; EU15 up by 0.6%

    Seasonally adjusted industrial production increased by 0.8% in the euro- zone in December 2001 compared to November 2001, Eurostat estimates today. This follows a fall of 0.7% in November and of 1.6% in October. Output in the EU15 increased by 0.6 % in December, after a drop of 0.4% in November and of 1.6% in October. In December 2001 compared to December 2000, industrial production dropped by 4.1% in the euro-zone and by 4.4% in the EU15.

    [04] Commission approved Leader+ Programme in Saxony (Germany)

    The European Commission approved the programme for the EU Initiative Leader+ in Saxony (Germany). Welcoming the decision, Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, said : "This programme aims to pilot new ideas to help build a more sustainable society, economy and environment for rural Germany." During the period 2001-2006, total expenditure under the programme is €43.720 million. This includes an EU contribution of €21.860 million and a contribution of €14.573 million from the private sector.

    [05] Interreg programme : EU contributes €47 million to cross-border cooperation in Northern Europe

    Michel Barnier, European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, has announced the approval by the Commission of a programme "Nord" for cross- border cooperation between Finland, Sweden and Norway, financed by the Interreg III Initiative. Its main objectives are to foster economic development and cooperation. The European funding amounts to €47 million and will attract €81 million of national co-financing, private sector involvement and Norwegian own resources, creating total resources of €128 million. The programme will finance business cooperation, skills development related to information technologies and strengthening the identity and social conditions of the Sami community. The funding for the Russian regions involved is provided by the Tacis programme.

    [06] Programme Interreg : l'UE accorde une aide de €28 millions en faveur de la coopération transfrontalière entre l'Allemagne et la France (Sarre- Moselle/Lorraine-Palatinat occidental)

    M. Michel Barnier, Commissaire européen chargé de la politique régionale, a annoncé l'approbation par la Commission d'un programme de coopération transfrontalière entre l'Allemagne et la France, financé par l'initiative Interreg IIII ("Sarre-Moselle/Lorraine-Palatinat occidental"). Son principal objectif est de promouvoir le développement économique et la coopération des deux côtés de la frontière. Le concours communautaire représente €28 millions et attirera encore €28,5 millions dans des investissements provenant du secteur public, les ressources totales s'élèveront à €56,5 millions. Le programme vise à faire participer à des projets transfrontaliers une centaine de réseaux et plus de 250 partenaires. Il financera des activités destinées à renforcer le développement régional intégré sur une base économique, socio-culturelle et écologique. La région compte une population d'environ 2 millions d'habitants.

    [07] Interreg programme : EU contributes €9.6 million to cross-border cooperation between Denmark and Germany (Storstrøms Amt and Ostholstein- Lübeck)

    Michel Barnier, European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, has announced the approval by the Commission of a programme for cross-border cooperation between Storstrøms Amt in the South of Denmark and Ostholstein- Lübeck in northern Germany, financed by the Interreg III initiative. Its main objectives are to foster economic development and cooperation on both sides of the border. The European funding amounts to €9.6 million and will attract €9.6 million in further investment from national public funds, creating total resources of €19.2 million. The region has a population of about 0.7 million.

    [08] Interreg programme : EU contributes €9.9 million to cross-border cooperation between Denmark and Germany (Fyns Amt and K.E.R.N.)

    Michel Barnier, European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, has announced the approval by the Commission of a programme for cross-border cooperation between Fyns Amt in the South of Denmark and the K.E.R.N region in northern Germany, financed by the Interreg III Initiative. Its main objectives are to foster economic development and cooperation on both sides of the border. The European funding amounts to €9.9 million and will attract €11.5 million in further investment from national public funds, creating total resources of €21.4 million. The region has a population of about 1.4 million.

    [09] Interreg programme : EU contributes €13.8 million to cross-border cooperation between Denmark and Germany (Sønderjylland and Schleswig)

    Michel Barnier, European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, has announced the approval by the Commission of a programme for cross-border cooperation between Sønderjylland in the South of Denmark and Schleswig in northern Germany, financed by the Interreg III Initiative. Its main objectives are to foster economic development and cooperation on both sides of the border. The European funding amounts to €13.8 million and will attract €14.5 million in further investment from national public funds, creating total resources of €28.3 million. The programme aims to create about 60 cross-border networks and to stimulate 250 people to learn the language of the neighbouring country. The region has a population of about 0.7 million.

    [10] David Byrne at WHO ministerial in Warsaw - Commitment to turning the tide on the tobacco epidemic

    David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, participated today at the WHO Ministerial Conference for a tobacco-free Europe which is taking place in Warsaw organised in collaboration with the Polish Ministry of Health. Nearly all 51 Member States of the WHO's European Region participate, most of them on ministerial level. He presented the most recent legislative activities of the EU and the preparations which the European Commission is making for the next round of negotiations in March for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The Commissioner underlined the importance of making a success of these global negotiations on tobacco control which will have a major impact on the health of future generations across the globe. He referred to the need to win around some reluctant EU Member States to agree to a more ambitious Convention on issues such as advertising to young people and passive smoking. He announced the imminent launch of a major EU funded anti- smoking media initiative aimed at young people. The conference will adopt the "Warsaw Declaration" setting out the support of the European WHO Members for the FCTC and the WHO's action plans for a tobacco-free Europe.

    [11] EU welcomes clear WTO decision on US safeguard on line pipe : clear implications for upcoming steel decision

    In a case launched by Korea, the WTO Appellate Body (AB) has confirmed on 15 February that a US safeguard on line pipe is in breach of several WTO rules. In particular, the AB has clarified that a safeguard cannot be used to impose an excessive burden on imports when the causes of the industry's problems are also internal. This ruling essentially confirms EU views on the safeguard mechanism, and warrants careful attention in relation to future possible cases. The EU welcomes therefore this ruling.

    [12] Erkki Liikanen to meet European business leaders on policy for small enterprises

    As part of the European Commission's preparations for next week's Conference of European SME Ministers in Aranjuez, Spain, Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen will tomorrow meet leaders from European business organisations. The main item for discussion is the recently adopted implementation report on the European Charter for Small Enterprises. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to exchange views on enterprise policy developments ahead of the Ministerial Conference, and the Commission will unveil the results of benchmarking projects - concluded this month - on the administration of start-ups and the management of business incubators.

    [13] Financial services action plan : leading players meet to assess progress and boost momentum

    At the European Commission's invitation, leading figures from EU institutions, governments, regulatory bodies and the financial services industry will meet at the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels on Friday 22 February to assess progress towards European financial integration. This mid-term review of the Financial Services Action Plan (FSAP) adopted in May 1999 (see IP/99/327) will look at the state of play so far and at what still needs to be done to meet the target of full implementation of the FSAP by 2005. Commission President Romano Prodi will address the meeting, as will Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, economic and monetary affairs Commissioner Pedro Solbes, current President of the EU's Council of Finance Ministers Rodrigo de Rato y Figaredo and Belgian Finance Minister Didier Reynders. Other speakers will include Danish Finance Minister Thor Pedersen and Baron Alexander Lamfalussy, who chaired the Committee of Wise Men on the Regulation of European Securities Markets. Christa Randzio-Plath, Chair of the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, will also attend the meeting.

    [14] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur les résultats du Conseil Agriculture

    Speech by David Byrne : "Latest developments in relation to BSE" at the Agriculture Council (18/02)


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