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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-06-07

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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-Parole 07/06/1999b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission has extended the safeguard measures in relation to dioxin contamination
  • [02] Le chômage dans la zone euro en légère baisse en avril
  • [03] Commission hosts research conference

  • [01] Commission has extended the safeguard measures in relation to dioxin contamination

    Following the decision taken on Wednesday 2 June on domestic fowl, eggs and derived products because of the possibility of dioxin contamination, the European Commission has decided on Friday 4 June to extend the safeguard measures to include other food products which may have been contaminated by the same substance. In view of the urgency of the matter it has used the legal possibilities available to take the decision on the basis of the urgent safeguard provisions and has convened a special meeting of the Standing Veterinary Committee this afternoon to examine the matter further. This action has been prompted by the fact that the Belgian authorities suspect that the dioxin contaminated feedingstuff may have been fed to livestock other than domestic fowl. The same requirements will apply as in the earlier decision i.e. no placing on the market of products from restricted farms, tracing and withdrawal of products already on the market, the provision of information to other Member States, certification for export, etc. The restrictions will therefore be extended to cover products from the pork and bovine farms which are placed under restriction by the Belgian authorities ; and will apply to products coming from these farms since January 15th. These measures do not apply to products which have been shown not to be contaminated on the basis of analysis or which come from holdings which have not been placed under restriction.

    [02] Le chômage dans la zone euro en légère baisse en avril

    (! embargo 12h !) Selon les données publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat, l'Office statistique des Communautés européennes à Luxembourg, le taux de chômage de le zone euro, corrigé des variations saisonnières, est de 10,4% en avril 1999, en légère baisse par rapport à mars (10,5%). En avril 1998, le taux était de 11,1%. Le taux de chômage de l'Union européenne (UE15) est de 9,6% en avril 1999, inchangé par rapport à mars. Il s'élevait à 10,1% en avril 1998. Eurostat estime que 13,5 millions d'hommes et de femmes sont au chômage dans la zone euro et 16,3 millions dans l'UE15 au mois d'avril 1999. Les taux les plus bas sont observés au Luxembourg (2,9%) et aux Pays- Bas (3,4% en mars), suivis du Portugal (4,3%), de l'Autriche (4,5%) et du Danemark (4,7%). Le taux de chômage de l'Espagne (17,3%) est toujours le plus élevé de l'UE15. Cependant, au cours des 12 derniers mois, une importante baisse a été observée en Espagne (de 19,1% à 17,3%). Le taux de chômage des moins de 25 ans varie de moins de 7,5% en Autriche, au Luxembourg, aux Pays-Bas et au Danemark à plus de 30% en Italie (en janvier) et en Espagne. Pour la zone euro, le taux est de 20,0% et de 18,6% pour l'ensemble de l'UE15. Pour la même période un an plus tôt, il était respectivement de 21,5% et de 19,7%.

    [03] Commission hosts research conference

    The European Commission, together with the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories and the Forum of European Road Safety Institutes, is hosting a major conference designed to highlight the role research can play in improving road safety, limiting environmental damage and making best use of the transport infrastructure. The conference at the Palais des Congrès in Brussels brings together transport exports from all over the world and runs from the 7th to the 9th of June.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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