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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-01-05

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] Suspected human cases of avian influenza in Turkey: the Commission is working in close contact with the Turkish authorities, and the WHO, the OIE/FAO and the ECDC to clarify the situation
  • [02] December 2005: Economic sentiment is back on track in both the EU and the euro area
  • [03] December 2005: Business Climate Indicator for the euro area improves significantly
  • [04] Novembre 2005 par rapport Ă octobre 2005 - Baisse des prix Ă la production industrielle de 0,2% dans la zone euro - Hausse de 0,5% dans l’UE25
  • [05] November 2005 compared to November 2004 - Volume of retail trade up by 0.3% in euro-zone - Up by 1.4% in EU25
  • [06] Autre matĂ©riel diffusĂ© Midday Express of 2006-01-05 Reference: MEX/06/0105 Date: 05/01/2006 EXME06 / 05.1

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

  • [01] Suspected human cases of avian influenza in Turkey: the Commission is working in close contact with the Turkish authorities, and the WHO, the OIE/FAO and the ECDC to clarify the situation

    The European Commission has been informed through the WHO that available results from National and University Laboratories in Ankara suggest that four people, including a boy and a girl who died respectively on Sunday and last night, have been infected with avian influenza virus. There may be additional suspected cases. An outbreak of this disease was confirmed in chickens in eastern Turkey, in the vicinity of the border with Armenia and Iran, a few days ago. A Community veterinary expert, who is also a member of the OIE/FAO network of expertise for Avian Influenza (OFFLU) an epidemiologist from the ECDC together with WHO experts, will be in Turkey today to review the situation in cooperation with the Turkish authorities. In the meantime, samples from the sick chickens which might have transmitted the disease to the humans are expected to arrive today at the Community Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in Weybridge. This will clarify whether the animal outbreak was due to the deadly H5N1 strain of avian influenza. The Turkish authorities are also sending samples from the human cases to a WHO reference laboratory in Colindale (UK), to confirm or exclude that the virus in question is the same as that in the chickens. The European Commission together with the ECDC and the WHO is closely monitoring the situation especially from an epidemiological point of view. Obviously, the complete ban on any import from Turkey of live birds and poultry products adopted in early October 2005 remains in place. (ECDC: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. It is the public health agency of the EU - FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - OIE: World Organization for Animal Health - WHO: World Health Organization)

    [02] December 2005: Economic sentiment is back on track in both the EU and the euro area

    The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) continued the upward trend that began in the summer of 2005. After a slight fall in the previous month, the indicator improved by a marginal 0.1 of a point for the EU and by 0.6 of a point for the euro area. The euro-area indicator rose above its long-term average, and the gap vis-Ă -vis the EU indicator diminished.

    [03] December 2005: Business Climate Indicator for the euro area improves significantly

    The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area rose significantly in December after a small decline in November. The BCI has been above its long term average since September 2005 and it is now close to the relatively high levels that prevailed one year ago. The positive development of the BCI in December was reflected in all underlying components. The improvement in the opinions of industry managers was particularly marked for production in recent months. The increase in confidence was also supported by improvements in total order books, export order books and production expectations, while the assessment of stocks of finished products improved more moderately.

    [04] Novembre 2005 par rapport à octobre 2005 - Baisse des prix à la production industrielle de 0,2% dans la zone euro - Hausse de 0,5% dans l’UE25

    L’indice des prix à la production industrielle dans la zone euro a baissé de 0,2% en novembre 2005 par rapport au mois précédent. Dans l’UE25, les prix ont augmenté de 0,5% en novembre 2005. En octobre, les prix avaient connu des hausses de 0,6% dans la zone euro et de 0,9% dans l’UE25. En novembre 2005, par rapport à novembre 2004, les prix à la production industrielle ont progressé de 4,2% dans la zone euro et de 5,5% dans l’UE25. Ces données sont publiées par Eurostat.

    [05] November 2005 compared to November 2004 - Volume of retail trade up by 0.3% in euro-zone - Up by 1.4% in EU25

    In November 2005, compared to November 2004, the volume of retail trade grew by 0.3% in the euro-zone and by 1.4% in the EU25. Compared to October 2005, the retail sales index fell by 0.1% in the euro-zone and rose by 0.4% in the EU25. In November 2005, compared to November 2004, retail trade of “food, drinks and tobacco” fell by 0.2% in the euro-zone and increased by 1.0% in the EU25. The non food sector gained 0.7% and 1.7% respectively. Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade rose in Latvia (+20.6%), Lithuania (+17.7%), Slovakia (+10.2%), Poland (+9.9%), Sweden (+8.9%), Slovenia (+8.5%), Denmark (+5.8%), Finland (+5.1%), the United Kingdom (+1.9%), Portugal (+1.4%), France (+0.5%) and Spain (+0.1%), while falls were recorded in Belgium (-4.1%), Luxembourg (-2.9%) and Germany (-0.6%). These first estimates come from Eurostat.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Andris Piebalgs welcoming the agreement between Gazprom and Naftogaz at the Joint Press Conference with Mr. Bartensetin, Austrian Federal Minister for the Economy and Labour (04/01) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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