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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-07-29

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] Les prix des voitures sont moins élevés dans les nouveaux Etats membres et convergent dans la zone euro
  • [02] Commission approves Siemens, 3i and AGUTH acquisition of joint control of communications software company XtraMind
  • [03] Aid to the Palestinians in 2004
  • [04] Commission supports Afghan elections with an additional €9 million
  • [05] Eurobarometer : large support for the adoption of the European Constitution
  • [06] Commission presents new agricultural market forecasts
  • [07] Investissements directs étrangers ; les flux d'IDE de l'UE25 vers les pays tiers ont augmenté de 80% en 2003 par rapport 2002 ; les flux entrants en provenance des pays tiers ont diminué de 15%
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-07-29 Reference: MEX/04/0729 Date: 29/07/2004 EXME04 / 29.7

    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

    29/07/04


  • [01] Les prix des voitures sont moins élevés dans les nouveaux Etats membres et convergent dans la zone euro

    Le dernier rapport sur les prix des voitures, qui se fonde sur des chiffres du 1er mai 2004, confirme la tendance la convergence des prix des véhicules neufs sur les marchés de la zone euro. A l'intérieur de cette zone, c'est généralement en Finlande que les prix hors taxes sont les plus bas et en Allemagne qu'ils sont les plus élevés. Pour la première fois, le rapport couvre aussi les nouveaux Etats membres. Les voitures sont, en moyenne, moins chères dans ces pays, la Pologne étant le marché où les prix sont les moins élevés.

    [02] Commission approves Siemens, 3i and AGUTH acquisition of joint control of communications software company XtraMind

    The European Commission has cleared, under the Merger Regulation n° 4064/89, the proposed acquisition by German companies Siemens Aktiengesellschaft (through its subsidiary Siemens Venture Capital GmbH) and AGUTH Holding GmbH and a UK private equity investment company 3i Group Investments LP of joint control of the undertaking XtraMind Technologies GmbH. The acquired undertaking is a German company developing and providing self-learning software for the analysis of textual content used for call- centres solutions. (The operation, which was notified on 28 June, was examined under a simplified procedure for unproblematic mergers)

    [03] Aid to the Palestinians in 2004

    This year, assistance to the Palestinians from the European Community Budget is set to amount to around €250 million. This includes a package for the West Bank and Gaza just approved by the European Commission for €124.25 million. Today's announcement will be followed by the immediate release of a first contribution of €26 million to the new Public Financial Management Reform Trust Fund established by the World Bank. The West Bank and Gaza Strip continue to suffer from a severe economic recession. Income levels have dropped severely and the level of suffering is unprecedented. In response to this, the 2004 programme pursues two objectives : addressing urgent needs and contributing to the creation of a viable and democratic Palestinian state.

    [04] Commission supports Afghan elections with an additional €9 million

    The European Commission has approved a further €9 million package to support the elections in Afghanistan. The funding will support the Elections Project managed by the United Nations (UN), to which the European Union (EU) is the biggest single donor. Taken with previous contributions donated towards the preparation of these elections (voters' registration) today's announcement brings the Commission contribution to €24 million, and when Member States' donations are added, the total EU funding for the entire elections process reaches almost €80million. Following the successful adoption of the new Constitution on 4 January 2004, the holding of Presidential elections - now scheduled for October 2004 - is the next important milestone for Afghanistan on its road to a democratic future as set out in the Bonn Agreement.

    [05] Eurobarometer : large support for the adoption of the European Constitution

    The European Commission has published its latest Eurobarometer Flash report on the future European Constitution. This survey was carried out on the days following the political agreement reached at the European Council which was held in Brussels on 17 and 18 June 2004. More than 80% of citizens have declared themselves more or less in agreement with the adoption of a European Constitution. The survey also shows that they feel better informed than last January. The survey report is available at the following address :

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/public_opinion/index_en.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/public_opinion/index_en.htm

    [06] Commission presents new agricultural market forecasts

    Today the European Commission published a report on "Prospects for agricultural markets in the European Union 2004-2011". The publication covers the EU-25. According to the report, the medium-term perspectives for the EU cereals, meat and dairy markets appear relatively favourable. The medium-term outlook of the EU cereals market continues to be favourable with the exception of barley. Domestic cereals use is expanding only moderately due to a less expansive livestock sector and gains in feeding efficiency in many new Member States. The conditions for exports remain positive and public stocks, mainly those of barley, should only gradually expand. The meat markets have returned to a more normal situation after the extreme market conditions due to the second BSE scare, the FMD outbreak in 2001 and avian influenza in 2003. The current situation in the beef market - where consumption is higher than domestic production - is expected to persist over the 2004-2011 period. Pig and poultry production and consumption are expected to keep growing over the medium term, with increased trade flows between the new and old Member States. The EU dairy sector is also foreseen to display a gradual improvement after the recent imbalance, with increasing cheese production and consumption and, at the same time, lower availability of butter and skimmed milk powder. The full report, a presentation, and data sets are available on the Internet at :

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/publi/caprep/prospects2004a/index_en.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/publi/caprep/prospects2004a/index_en.htm

    [07] Investissements directs étrangers ; les flux d'IDE de l'UE25 vers les pays tiers ont augmenté de 80% en 2003 par rapport 2002 ; les flux entrants en provenance des pays tiers ont diminué de 15%

    En 2003, les flux d'IDE (investissements directs étrangers) de l'UE25 vers les pays tiers (flux sortants) ont augmenté de 80%, pour atteindre 118 milliards d'€, contre 65 milliards en 2002, tandis que les flux d'IDE vers l'UE25 en provenance du reste du monde (flux entrants) ont diminué de 15%, passant de 91 milliards d'€ en 2002 77 milliards en 2003. Ces chiffres, publiés aujourd'hui par Eurostat, l'Office statistique des Communautés européennes, proviennent des premiers résultats sur les IDE en 2003 et des données révisées de 2002.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Background note on the car price report. From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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