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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-08-02

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition of Partek by Kone
  • [02] June 2002 : industrial producer prices down by 0.1% in euro-zone and EU15
  • [03] July 2002 : economic sentiment indicator decreased in the EU
  • [04] July 2002 : the Business Climate Indicator for the euro area resumed its upward trend in July
  • [05] Pascal Lamy warmly welcomes adoption of the US Trade Promotion Authority bill
  • [06] EU-Mercosur : Commission adopts €200 million assistance package, sending signal of confidence and commitment to Mercosur
  • [07] Commission adopts new framework for cooperation with Brazil
  • [08] Commission adopts new framework for cooperation with Paraguay
  • [09] Commission adopts new framework for cooperation with Uruguay
  • [10] Commission adopts new framework for cooperation with Argentina
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 02/08/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 02/08/2002

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition of Partek by Kone

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of full control of the Finnish undertaking Partek Corporation, active in the manufacture and sale of load and container handling machines, forest machines, tractors and heavy trucks, by another Finnish company, Kone Corporation, active in the development, manufacture, installation and after-sales services for elevators and escalators. (The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [02] June 2002 : industrial producer prices down by 0.1% in euro-zone and EU15

    The euro-zone and EU15 industrial producer price index fell slightly, by 0.1% in both areas, in June 2002 compared with the previous month, Eurostat - Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg - estimates today. In May 2002, prices were stable in the euro-zone but decreased by 0.1% in the EU15. In June 2002 compared to June 2001 industrial producer prices fell by 1.1% in the euro-zone and 1.0% in the EU15.

    [03] July 2002 : economic sentiment indicator decreased in the EU

    The economic sentiment indicator went down in the EU in July. It decreased by 0.2 percentage points reaching a value of 99.7. In the euro area, the indicator fell by the same amount, from 99.6 in June to 99.4 in July. The economic sentiment indicator rose in Germany (0.2 percentage points), and Italy (0.1 percentage points) while it remained unchanged in Spain, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The indicator decreased in Netherlands (0.9), France (0.7), Sweden (0.5), Portugal, Finland (0.4), and, to a much lesser extent, in Belgium, Denmark, Austria (0.2) and Greece (0.1). Full document available : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/indicators/businessandconsumersurveys_en.htm

    [04] July 2002 : the Business Climate Indicator for the euro area resumed its upward trend in July

    The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area increased by 0.1 percentage points between June and July, reaching a value of -0.35. After the fall recorded in June, the BCI resumed the generally positive trend observed over the last 8 months. The increase was mainly driven by the improvement in the assessment of production trends in the recent past, the increase recorded in export order books, and the fall in stocks of finished products. Total order books and production expectations remained unchanged. Full document available on : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/indicators/businessclimate_en.htm

    [05] Pascal Lamy warmly welcomes adoption of the US Trade Promotion Authority bill

    On 1 August the US Senate endorsed the decision by the US House of Representatives to grant Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to the US President. European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said : "The jury may have been out for a long time, but it is now back with a clear decision giving clean negotiating authority to the US administration. This decision removes an important roadblock to the Doha Development Agenda in particular. Now we have to use this important development to generate real momentum in these negotiations."

    [06] EU-Mercosur : Commission adopts €200 million assistance package, sending signal of confidence and commitment to Mercosur

    The European Commission adopted today new cooperation strategies for the Mercosur countries - Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay -, with indicative funding totalling up to €200 million for the period 2002-2006. Priorities for support programmes will be support for regional integration, economic reform and promotion of trade capacities, social development and poverty alleviation, modernization of the state, and protection of the environment. These major support programmes, embedded in new Country Strategy Papers, are endowed with €65.7 million for Argentina, close to €64 million for Brazil, up to €51.7 million for Paraguay and €18.6 million for Uruguay.

    [07] Commission adopts new framework for cooperation with Brazil

    On 2 August 2002, the European Commission adopted a new five year strategy (2002-2006) for its development cooperation with Brazil. The Country Strategy Paper provides the framework for cooperation programmes with Brazil, covering all aspects of assistance towards that country. The chief objective is support for government efforts to reform the economy, reduce poverty and help protect the country's environment. An indicative figure of close to €64 million has been agreed to support this strategy.

    [08] Commission adopts new framework for cooperation with Paraguay

    The European Commission adopted today a five-year strategy (2002-2006) for its cooperation with Paraguay. The Country Strategy Paper provides the framework for relations with Paraguay, covering all aspects of assistance towards that country. The chief objective is to support the modernisation of the state, productive development, competitiveness and investments in the framework of the Paraguayan regional integration in Mercosur, human development and poverty reduction. An indicative figure of €51.7 million has been agreed to support this strategy during the period 2002-2006.

    [09] Commission adopts new framework for cooperation with Uruguay

    The European Commission today adopted a five-year strategy (2002-2006) for its cooperation with Uruguay. The Country Strategy Paper provides the framework for relations with Uruguay, covering all aspects of assistance towards that country. The chief objective is to support economic reform, the modernization and reform of the State and social development. An indicative figure of €18.6 million has been agreed to support this strategy during the period 2002-2006.

    [10] Commission adopts new framework for cooperation with Argentina

    On 2 August 2002, the European Commission adopted a new five-year strategy (2002-2006) for its cooperation with the Republic of Argentina. The Country Strategy Paper provides a provisional framework for cooperation programmes with Argentina. This country is experiencing an exceptionally difficult crisis. The financial and economic crisis of the late nineties, has now also become a major social and political one. The main objective of the Commission's present strategy in Argentina under these conditions is support for government efforts to reform the administration of the State, fight against poverty and unemployment and develop trade. An indicative figure of €65,7 million has been agreed to support this strategy.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    First Forum "European Union Mexico Civil Society Dialogue" (26/11)

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