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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 98-06-08

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

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

08/06/98


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par ETPM d'actifs issus de la déconcentration de son entreprise commune avec J. Ray
  • [02] EU/US workshop on work organisation
  • [03] Franz Fischler : "EU stands by its GATT-commitments"

  • [01] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par ETPM d'actifs issus de la déconcentration de son entreprise commune avec J. Ray

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'approuver une opération par laquelle l'entreprise notifiante ETPM SA (ETPM) acquiert une partie des actifs résultant de la déconcentration de l'entreprise commune qu'elle détenait avec J. Ray McDermott SA (J. Ray). ETPM est une société de droit français, appartenant au groupe Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux à travers GTM Entrepose, une société de construction diversifiée. J. Ray est une société de droit panaméen, appartenant au groupe McDermott International. Elle est active dans le secteur de la construction, y compris les services de construction maritime.

    [02] EU/US workshop on work organisation

    Within the framework of the New Transatlantic Agenda, American and European experts in the field of work organisation meet in Brussels on 8 and 9 June 1998 to exchange views on developments in labour markets in Europe and the United States (US) and discuss the future direction of employment policy. The workshop, which will be opened by European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Padraig Flynn, and co-chaired by the Deputy Director- General of DG V, Hywel Jones, and Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Labor, Richard McGahey, will compare developments in the European Union (EU) and the US from four specific angles : flexibility within the firm, flexibility and security, building new partnerships, and supportive structures (examining the role of governments and labour market organisations). Speaking in Brussels today, Commissioner Flynn said that the EU is watching the economic achievements of the US with interest. He cited the significant contribution of US economic policy to strong employment creation, workplace innovation and technology-friendly development of goods and services, and went on to say that he looks forward to the European Employment Strategy achieving the same success. This workshop will take place at the Hotel Palace (3 rue Gineste), starting with Mr Flynn's address at 2.30 pm. Journalists are welcome to attend.

    [03] Franz Fischler : "EU stands by its GATT-commitments"

    (! embargo 7 pm !) Speaking to representatives of the Canadian agri-food industry in Winnipeg today, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Franz Fischler pointed at the similar challenges that farmers in Europe and Canada have to face : how to survive in conditions of globalised economies, how to respond to the trend towards increased world trade liberalisation and to the developments of the world markets. After outlining the Commission's reform proposals on agriculture in the framework of Agenda 2000, Mr Fischler confirmed the European Union's (EU) intentions to act "fully in conformity with our GATT commitments." "The EU has not in the past and does not intend in the future to use export refunds in an agressive manner", he said, referring to a barley sale to the United States. Furthermore, Mr Fischler invoked the difference of the densely populated rural area in the EU compared to Canada and explained the importance of a reorganised rural development policy for the viability of the EU's countryside. "Emphasize will be laid on improving the processing and marketing of agricultural products and on bigger incentives for farmers to contribute to the protection of the environment and upkeep of the countryside", declared Mr Fischler.

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