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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-11-19

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] September 2002 : industrial production down by 0.2% in euro-zone; down by 0.1% in EU15
  • [02] September first estimates, August revised figures : Euro-zone external trade surplus €9.5 billion in September 2002 ; €1.5 billion surplus for EU15
  • [03] Commission clears take-over of Degussa by RAG subject to divestiture commitments
  • [04] Cod crisis : Commission meets fishing industry to discuss cod measures
  • [05] La Commission adopte des propositions visant à poursuivre le déliement de l'aide communautaire
  • [06] Afrique Centrale : la Commission adopte un programme de coopération régionale de €55 millions
  • [07] Commission signs €223 million aid package with the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Region
  • [08] La Commission s'associe aux Nations Unies et au Gouvernement belge pour lancer des appels pour des fonds humanitaires
  • [09] Commission and Brazil sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 19/11/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 19/11/2002

  • [01] September 2002 : industrial production down by 0.2% in euro-zone; down by 0.1% in EU15

    Seasonally adjusted industrial production decreased by 0.2% in the euro- zone in September 2002 compared to August 2002, Eurostat estimates today. Production had increased by 0.2% in August, after a fall of 0.5% in July. Output in the EU15 decreased by 0.1% in September 2002, after remaining stable in August and falling by 0.1% in July. In September 2002 compared to September 2001, industrial production fell by 0.6% in the euro-zone and by 0.9% in the EU15.

    [02] September first estimates, August revised figures : Euro-zone external trade surplus €9.5 billion in September 2002 ; €1.5 billion surplus for EU15

    According to Eurostat, the first estimate for euro-zone trade with the rest of the world in September 2002 was a €9.5 billion surplus, against +4.1 billion in September 2001. The revised August 2002 balance was +10.0 billion, compared with +5.5 billion in August 2001. Euro-zone trade recorded a surplus of €77.1 billion for the first nine months of 2002, against +23.8 billion in 2001.

    [03] Commission clears take-over of Degussa by RAG subject to divestiture commitments

    The European Commission has approved, subject to conditions, the acquisition of the German specialty chemicals company Degussa AG by the German mining and technology group RAG. The transaction initially raised competition concerns in the construction materials sector, more specifically regarding certain products used in the production of concrete to improve its performance. But RAG offered to divest its production capacity for Naphtalene Sulfonate in the EU, an important concrete admixture input product, which removed the Commission's concerns.

    [04] Cod crisis : Commission meets fishing industry to discuss cod measures

    Yesterday, European Commission officials met representatives of the fishing industry to discuss necessary management measures on cod and associated stocks in EU waters. After the meeting, Jorgen Holmquist, Director General of the Commission's fisheries department, made the following statement : "ICES advice, endorsed by STECF, is clear : a moratorium on a number of cod fisheries represents the surest way of ensuring the recovery of certain cod stocks. However, such a measure would lead to substantial problems in coastal communities. Fisheries Commissioner Franz Fischler promised that he would look at alternatives to a moratorium and this is what we are doing. He also said that the Commission would consult the industry on possible alternatives, hence this meeting today. Today, we have carefully listened to the industry."

    [05] La Commission adopte des propositions visant à poursuivre le déliement de l'aide communautaire

    La Commission européenne a approuvé une communication intitulée "Déliement de l'aide: vers davantage d'efficacité", comportant des propositions de déliement1 de toute l'aide communautaire aux pays en développement. La Commission préconise, en particulier, un déliement intégral de l'aide alimentaire et de son acheminement, exclus tous deux des négociations en cours, et propose d'introduire ces éléments dans les renégociations à venir de la convention de l'aide alimentaire. M. Poul Nielson, Commissaire chargé du développement et de l'aide humanitaire, a ainsi commenté ces propositions : "Le débat sur le déliement de l'aide est depuis longtemps au cœur des discussions sur la politique de développement. Il est communément admis que le déliement de l'aide est un facteur important pour qui entend améliorer l'efficacité et la cohérence de toute politique de développement favorable aux pauvres. L'aide communautaire a été déliée dans une large mesure depuis plus de 25 ans. La portée de cette communication est d'autant plus grande que nous proposons aux Etats membres d'aller au-delà de la recommandation de l'Organisation de Coopération et de Développement Economique (OCDE). Il est, en revanche, essentiel que d'autres donateurs suivent cet exemple et nous n'en attendons pas moins de leur part."

    [06] Afrique Centrale : la Commission adopte un programme de coopération régionale de €55 millions

    La Commission européenne a adopté un document de stratégie régionale et programme de coopération régionale pour la période 2002-2007 d'un montant de €55 millions avec la CEMAC (Communauté Economique Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale) et la CEEAC (Communauté Economique des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale). L'allocation de ces fonds non remboursables provient du 9ème Fonds européen de développement (FED), l'instrument financier de l'Accord de Partenariat signé à Cotonou en juin 2000. Ces fonds sont destinés à appuyer les efforts de la région en vue de remédier aux défis politiques et économiques principaux. Le Commissaire chargé du développement et de l'aide humanitaire, M. Poul Nielson, a déclaré que "ce programme assure un appui continu aux efforts de la région pour lutter contre la pauvreté à travers l'ntégration régionale et des investissements dans les secteurs prioritaires ainsi que des actions de prévention de conflits pour une stabilité politique et économique plus approfondie".

    [07] Commission signs €223 million aid package with the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Region

    (! embargo 5 pm !) The European Commission signed today in Kampala, Uganda, the regional strategy document with the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Region. This involves a €223 million programme for the period 2002-2007. The overall aim of the cooperation strategy is to reduce poverty and to increase economic growth through higher levels of regional economic integration and enhanced cooperation in selected areas between the countries of the region. Regional cooperation and economic integration have been particularly emphasised as important development strategies in the new Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the ACP countries, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000. The regional strategy document was signed by Mr Koos Richelle, Director General for Development.

    [08] La Commission s'associe aux Nations Unies et au Gouvernement belge pour lancer des appels pour des fonds humanitaires

    Les Nations unies, la Commission européenne et le Gouvernement belge ont mis leurs forces en commun pour lancer les Appels consolidés inter-agences des Nations Unies pour 2003. Ces appels font partie du processus pour construire un partenariat efficace entre l'Union européenne et les Nations Unies dans les secteurs du développement et des affaires humanitaires.

    [09] Commission and Brazil sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation

    The European Commission and Brazil today signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation. The memorandum reflects the priorities for bilateral EU-Brazilian cooperation until the end of 2006. The memorandum foresees an indicative budget of close to €64 million and includes the possibility of adjustment when the parties consider this necessary.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Prodi : "Le nouveau printemps européen" à l'occasion de la visite des parlementaires des pays candidats au Parlement européen (Strasbourg)

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


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