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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-09-15

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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

15/09/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission autorise Salzgitter à acquérir le fabricant de tubes en acier Mannesmannröhren-Werke
  • [02] Triumph's export ban for motorcycles brought to an end upon Commission's intervention
  • [03] La Commission propose une directive pour garantir l'harmonisation des instruments de mesure
  • [04] Adoption of further rural development programmes
  • [05] Euro-zone government deficit at 1.3% and debt at 72.2% of GDP in 1999
  • [06] Conference on projects in support of Roma communities (Brussels, 17-18 September 2000)
  • [07] Rencontre entre Romano Prodi, Poul Nielson et Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasongo, Président de la Guinée équatoriale
  • [08] Commission publishes first survey of fiscal developments in candidate countries
  • [09] Commission publishes study on the Czech financial sector

  • [01] La Commission autorise Salzgitter à acquérir le fabricant de tubes en acier Mannesmannröhren-Werke

    La Commission européenne a approuvé, en vertu à la fois du Traité instituant la Communauté européenne du charbon et de l'acier et du règlement sur les concentrations, l'acquisition de Mannesmannröhren-Werke AG, fabricant allemand de tubes, par Salzgitter AG.

    [02] Triumph's export ban for motorcycles brought to an end upon Commission's intervention

    The European Commission has decided to end its antitrust action against the motorcycle manufacturer Triumph after the company stopped prohibiting its Benelux dealers to sell to UK customers. Following a number of letters from British customers claiming that they were not able to purchase Triumph's motorcycles in the Netherlands and Belgium, the Commission carried out a "dawn raid" at the premises of Triumph in the UK, its Benelux importer and a number of dealers in the above-mentioned countries in April 1999. Evidence of an export prohibition was indeed found. Later Triumph acknowledged the facts for the period from April 1997 until March 1998 and offered to cooperate with the Commission. By its action the Commission sends a clear message to the motorcycle manufacturers that it will act against similar infringements should they occur and sanction them where appropriate.

    [03] La Commission propose une directive pour garantir l'harmonisation des instruments de mesure

    La Commission européenne a adopté une proposition de directive sur les instruments de mesure qui ont une importance au niveau de l'UE. Des exemples de ces instruments sont les taximètres, les compteurs de pompes à essence, les appareils à alcotests, les compteurs d'eau et d'électricité et les instruments de pesage automatique utilisés dans les lignes de production de produits préemballés.

    [04] Adoption of further rural development programmes

    The European Commission has adopted the following Rural Development Programmes for the period 2000-2006 : Spain, Horizontal Rural Development Plan (total cost euro 829,426 million ; EU contribution euro 397,343 million) ; Spain Madrid (total cost euro 139,042 million ; EU contribution euro 69,526 million) ; Italy, Bolzano (total cost euro 266 million ; EU contribution euro 120 million) ; Italy, Trento (total cost euro 210,200 million ; EU contribution euro 90,250 million) ; Italy, Lombardia (total cost euro 805,435 million ; EU contribution euro 337,071 million).

    [05] Euro-zone government deficit at 1.3% and debt at 72.2% of GDP in 1999

    (! embargo 12 am !) Eurostat publishes today the 1999 data on government deficit and debt notified by the EU15 Member States to the European Commission. This press release includes also, for the first time, ratios of annual data on government expenditure and revenue to GDP. For the euro-zone, the deficit ratio decreased from -2.1% of GDP in 1998 to -1.3% in 1999 and for the EU15 from -1.5% to -0.7%. Seven Member States had surpluses in 1999: Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Government debt ratio to GDP decreased in the euro-zone from 73.5 % in 1998 to 72.2% in 1999 and in the EU15 from 68.9% to 68.1%. The ratio was reduced in all Member States, except in Germany, Austria and Portugal where it increased slightly in 1999.

    [06] Conference on projects in support of Roma communities (Brussels, 17-18 September 2000)

    In view of its support to the socio-economic and democratic development of the Roma communities in Central and Eastern Europe, the European Commission is organising a conference to identify best practices for future programming, based on past and ongoing initiatives. The conference will take place on Monday 18 September 2000 at the Charlemagne building in Brussels and gather 60 representatives from those projects that have been financed by the Commission in the framework of various Phare initiatives, most notably the LIEN programme but also Partnership and Democracy. All participants will come from the beneficiary countries and a considerable number of them belong to the local Roma communities. The coordination group of the Phare multi-beneficiary programmes will attend the conference, as well.

    [07] Rencontre entre Romano Prodi, Poul Nielson et Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasongo, Président de la Guinée équatoriale

    Le 15 septembre, le Président de la Commission européenne, M. Romano Prodi, et le Commissaire au Développement, M. Poul Nielson, ont rencontré le Président de la Guinée Equatoriale, M. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasongo. La rencontre se situe dans le cadre du dialogue politique que la Commission a établi avec la Guinée Equatoriale depuis 1996 afin d'atteindre une amélioration dans le domaine de la bonne gouvernance, du développement de l'Etat de droit et de la promotion des droits de l'homme dans le pays.

    [08] Commission publishes first survey of fiscal developments in candidate countries

    The European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs has completed a survey of recent fiscal developments in each of the candidate countries. The survey provides a preliminary assessment on the quality of fiscal data, recent fiscal developments and progress towards fiscal reform for each of the candidate countries. It concludes that, while all candidate countries have made considerable progress towards fiscal consolidation and structural reform in the area of public finances, much remains to be done. The survey has been carried out in preparation of the launch of the Pre-Accession Fiscal Surveillance Procedure in 2001. Enlargement Paper Nr. 2; "Recent fiscal developments in the candidate countries" http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/document/enlargement/elp02en.pdf

    [09] Commission publishes study on the Czech financial sector

    The European Commission's Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs has carried out a comprehensive analysis of the Czech financial sector from 1990 until now, including banking, insurance and the securities markets. The study reveals rapid progress made so far in establishing a performing universal banking system, a functioning insurance and securities sectors. Competition has emerged mainly from new market entrants from abroad, which found an overall favourable environment in the Czech Republic, but the financial system remains still directly and indirectly quite heavily controlled by the state. Supervisory rules and institutions, which were considered to be insufficient in the past, have been reinforced. However there is still a need to continue adjustment and reforms in order to achieve a fully functioning, open, competitive and stable financial system. Enlargement Paper Nr. 3; "Czech republic The Financial Sector" http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/document/enlargement/elp03en.pdf

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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