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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-06-15

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Parole 15/06/1999b


  • [01] Le tourisme à nouveau en hausse dans l'UE
  • [02] Top European Maritime Forum meets in Southamton
  • [03] Anita Gradin : "Fight against violence against women is now firmly on the EU agenda"

  • [01] Le tourisme à nouveau en hausse dans l'UE

    (! embargo 12h !) Des données sur le tourisme en Europe et dans les pays méditerranéens sont publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat, l'Office statistique des Communautés européennes à Luxembourg et la DG XXIII (politique d'entreprise, tourisme et économie sociale) de la Commission européenne. L'Union européenne (UE) confirme sa première place en tant que principal marché pour le tourisme émetteur et récepteur dans le monde. L'année dernière, le total des nuitées passées dans des établissements d'hébergement touristique collectif a augmenté de 2% dans l'UE et de 4,1% dans la zone euro. La croissance des activités touristiques, tant dans l'UE que dans la zone euro, s'explique par l'augmentation du nombre de nuitées passées par les non-résidents (+4,1% et 5,2% respectivement) alors que ce nombre est resté en général stable pour les résidents de l'UE (+0,6%) et a augmenté de 3,5% dans la zone euro. D'une part, les recettes du tourisme dans l'UE ont augmenté de 6,5% l'année dernière, s'élevant ainsi à 155,6 milliards d'écus (+4,8%, 124 milliards d'écus pour la zone euro). D'autre part, les résidents européens ont dépensé 150,6 milliards d'écus pour les services touristiques à l'étranger, 6,3% de plus qu'en 1997 (pour la zone euro : +3,4%, 109 milliards d'écus). Par conséquent, on a enregistré en 1998 un excédent de plus de 5 milliards d'écus pour la balance des paiements touristique dans les pays membres de l'UE (+13,7% par rapport à 1997). L'excédent, en 1998, pour la zone euro, a augmenté de 16,7% par rapport aux précédentes années et a atteint 14,7 milliards d'écus.

    [02] Top European Maritime Forum meets in Southamton

    European Commissioners for Industrial Affairs and Transport, Martin Bangemann and Neil Kinnock, will participate in the tenth plenary session of the Maritime Industries Forum (MIF), which takes place in the City of Southampton on 23/24 June. Around two hundred participants are expected to attend what has become the key event of Europe's maritime year, with delegates coming from shipowners, shipbuilders and maritime equipment manufactures, to ports, maritime technology centres, fisheries and small craft. In addition to its industry representatives, the MIF is made up of delegates from the governments of European Union's (EU) Member States and EFTA as well as representatives from European Institutions the Commission, the European Parliament and regional bodies such as AMRIE (the Alliance of Maritime Regional Industries in Europe). This year the Forum will receive reports from its Panels dealing with Short Sea Shipping, Maritime Resources, Ship Financing, Research & Development, and Human Resources. Amongst the key topics to be addressed will be the crises in the shipbuilding sector posed by Korea, and issues relating to the significance of the European maritime industries to the EU economy. Hosted this year by the City of Southampton, the MIF may be contacted through its Secretariat by e-mail on A press conference will take place on 24 June at 12.30 pm, Mayflower Conference room of the De Vere Grand Habour Hotel in Southamton.

    [03] Anita Gradin : "Fight against violence against women is now firmly on the EU agenda"

    At a ministerial conference in Berlin today on equal opportunities, Anita Gradin, European Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs, speaking on the subject of violence against women, said that significant progress has been made in recent year in putting this subject on the European Union's agenda. "One of the most recent initiatives is the ongoing European campaign against violence against women, with the main objectives to raise awareness among the public, to exchange information and promote further actions on both national and European level". So far the campaign has included a number of conferences on European level. 2 million euro has been made available for information projects in the Member States and the Commission is now in the process of selecting the projects. The visual and media part of the campaign at European level will start towards the end of the summer. "However, in spite of the positive developments, much remains to be done in order to demonstrate that our societies do not tolerate violence against women. We must focus our measures more also to include men. More needs to be done to support and protect the victims. We must continue our support to non-governmental organisations active in this field. And, finally, we must not forget the special needs of children who grow up in families where violence is a part of their daily life", the Commissioner said.


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