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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-09-06

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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 Service Presse et Communicationb

06/09/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] La Commission adopte un ensemble de dispositions percutantes pour accélérer la réforme des marchés du travail de l'UE
  • [02] Euro-Mediterranean partnership : Commission proposes package of measures to reinvigorate the Barcelona process
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [03] Swine fever in the UK : some restrictions lifted
  • [04] La Commission autorise BASF à prendre une participation dans DyStar
  • [05] Commission clears UK mobile telephony joint venture between Hutchison, NTT DoCoMo and KPN Mobile
  • [06] La Commission sélectionne 15 projets contre le dopage dans le sport
  • [07] Volume of retail trade up by 1.8% in euro-zone ; EU15 up by 2.2%
  • [08] New Members of Consumer Committee (CC) appointed
  • [09] "Euro-Preparation Guide for Tourism Enterprises" now available in all EU languages

  • [I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

    [01] La Commission adopte un ensemble de dispositions percutantes pour accélérer la réforme des marchés du travail de l'UE

    La Commission européenne a adopté un nouveau grand "paquet pour l'emploi" destiné à insuffler un nouvel élan permettant d'exploiter l'actuel climat favorable à la croissance et de mettre l'Europe au travail. Cet ensemble de dispositions - le premier depuis le sommet spécial sur l'emploi de Lisbonne - inclut les nouvelles lignes directrices pour l'emploi adressées à tous les gouvernements de l'UE ainsi que des recommandations spécifiques pour chaque Etat membre.

    [02] Euro-Mediterranean partnership : Commission proposes package of measures to reinvigorate the Barcelona process

    The European Commission has adopted a Communication aimed at reinvigorating its relations with the European Union's neighbours to the South and East of the Mediterranean. 'Reinvigorating the Barcelona Process' prepares for decisions to be taken at the Euro-Mediterranean meeting of Foreign Ministers in Marseilles in November. The measures are designed to give a new impetus to achieving the objectives as set out in the 1995 Barcelona Declaration.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [03] Swine fever in the UK : some restrictions lifted

    Despite another case of classical swine fever confirmed on 4 September in East Anglia, the Standing Veterinary Committee of the EU has given a favourable opinion to two European Commission proposals on the control of classical swine fever in the United Kingdom. Some of the restrictions on trade so far adopted will therefore be lifted.

    [04] La Commission autorise BASF à prendre une participation dans DyStar

    La Commission européenne a autorisé l'entreprise allemande BASF AG à prendre une participation dans la société DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG. BASF acquiert ainsi le contrôle de DyStar en commun avec les entreprises allemandes Bayer AG et Hoechst AG. BASF et Dystar sont présentes dans la production de colorants textiles. Bien que DyStar et BASF comptent parmi les principaux fournisseurs de ce secteur, la concentration ne leur confère pas une position dominante sur ce marché.

    [05] Commission clears UK mobile telephony joint venture between Hutchison, NTT DoCoMo and KPN Mobile

    The European Commission has approved the planned creation of a joint venture between the companies Hutchison Whampoa Limited (Hong Kong), NTT DoCoMo, Inc (Japan) and KPN Mobile N.V. (Netherlands). The new joint venture, Hutchison 3G UK Limited (3G OpCo) has been awarded one of the five third generation (3G) mobile licences in the UK and it will build and operate a UMTS network in the UK. The operation does not raise competitive concerns since the position of 3G OpCo as a new entrant will not be significant.

    [06] La Commission sélectionne 15 projets contre le dopage dans le sport

    A une semaine de l'ouverture des Jeux Olympiques de Sydney, qui doivent marquer un tournant dans la lutte contre le dopage dans le sport, la Commission européenne a retenu un total de 15 projets. Ceux-ci prendront la forme de campagnes d'information sur le dopage dans le sport et de conférences sur les possibilités d'une harmonisation de la lutte contre le dopage dans le sport au niveau européen. Le montant budgétaire accordé à ces projets sera d'environ 2,5 millions d'euros.

    [07] Volume of retail trade up by 1.8% in euro-zone ; EU15 up by 2.2%

    (! embargo 12h !) In June 2000, as compared to June 1999, the volume of retail trade gained 1.8% in the euro-zone and 2.2% in the EU15, Eurostat estimates today. Compared to June 1999, the index for "household goods" and "food, drinks, tobacco" increased by 3.0% and 2.2% respectively in the euro- zone (4.1% and 2.3% respectively in EU15). However, "textiles, clothing and footwear" fell by 1.6% in the euro-zone (- 0.3% in EU15).

    [08] New Members of Consumer Committee (CC) appointed

    The European Commission has appointed 20 leading representatives of European and national consumer organisations as members of its renewed Consumer Committee. The Committee is an advisory body which is regularly consulted by the Commission on issues concerning consumer interests at EU level. The Committee consists of one representative per Member State plus five representatives from the European wide consumer associations. Its membership is renewed every three years.

    [09] "Euro-Preparation Guide for Tourism Enterprises" now available in all EU languages

    With financial support from the European Commission, the Association for the Monetary Union of Europe (AMUE) has elaborated a guide that is designed to assist small and medium-sized tourism enterprises in their changeover to the euro. AMUE was founded in 1987 by European business leaders who agreed on the objectives of a common currency and monetary stability for the success of the Single Market. The Commission co-financed 85,000 copies of the guide that was first published in April 1999 and is available now in all EU languages. This useful tool for tourism operators includes detailed checklists helping to identify the key strategic elements of adapting business systems, processes and human resources to the euro for each of the major categories of tourism companies. The guide can be viewed and ordered on the following Internet web site: http://www.amue.org/publications/business/guidindx.htm#tourism

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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