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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-09-04

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] La Commission rationalise la coordination de la politique économique et de la politique de l'emploi dans l'UE
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [02] Commission welcomes Parliament's vote on revision of the Packaging Directive
  • [03] Commission refers review of take-over of Hollandsche Beton Groep by Koninklijke BAM NBM to Dutch Competition Authority
  • [04] July 2002 : euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.3% ; EU15 steady at 7.7%
  • [05] Euro-denominated bond markets (April-June 2002 and July 2002)
  • [06] EU launches coalition of like-minded states to deliver World Summit renewable energy goals
  • [07] "Water for Life" : EU launches global initiative to achieve World Summit goals
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 04/09/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 04/09/2002[I] Résultats de la Commission du 3 septembre 2002 - Outcome of Commission meeting of 3 September

  • [01] La Commission rationalise la coordination de la politique économique et de la politique de l'emploi dans l'UE

    Dans un souci de cohérence et d'efficacité, la Commission européenne a décidé de rationaliser les cycles annuels de coordination de la politique économique et de la politique de l'emploi. Elle renforcera l'optique à moyen et long terme de la coordination, conformément à la stratégie lancée à Lisbonne et complétée à Göteborg, et mettra l'accent sur la mise en œuvre des orientations politiques et sur les résultats concrets. Les rapports d'évaluation de la mise en œuvre des grandes orientations de politique économique, de la stratégie européenne pour l'emploi et de la stratégie pour le marché intérieur seront présentés simultanément en janvier. En avril, à la suite de la réunion de printemps du Conseil européen, la Commission proposera aux Etats membres les grands axes de la politique économique et de la politique de l'emploi. La synchronisation de ces processus renforcera la coordination politique à tous les niveaux, ce qui devrait stimuler la croissance économique de l'UE et apporter une contribution substantielle à la réalisation de l'objectif de plein emploi pour l'année 2010. Cette rationalisation sera opérée immédiatement afin de préparer le Conseil européen du printemps 2003, et de donner en temps utile un suivi crédible à la demande formulée par le Conseil européen de Barcelone.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [02] Commission welcomes Parliament's vote on revision of the Packaging Directive

    The European Commission welcomes yesterday's positive vote of the European Parliament on the revision of Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste. The revision, as proposed by the Commission, mainly focuses on substantially increasing recovery and recycling targets and introducing specific minimum recycling targets for different packaging materials. A large number of amendments tabled by the Parliament in addition intend to extend the scope of the revision to other issues such as prevention, reuse and producer responsibility. Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström commented : "I am pleased with the progress made on establishing increased recovery and recycling targets. The targets will improve the overall level of environmental protection and encourage Member States to obtain the best possible result in their countries. I also welcome the Parliament's initiatives on other issues. However, I feel more analysis and consultations are needed before we can take action towards new legislation in those fields."

    [03] Commission refers review of take-over of Hollandsche Beton Groep by Koninklijke BAM NBM to Dutch Competition Authority

    The European Commission has referred the proposed acquisition of the Dutch construction company Hollandsche Beton Groep N.V. (HBG) by rival Koninklijke BAM NBM N.V. (BAM) to the Dutch Competition Authority, giving the latter the possibility to take a closer look at the impact of the transaction on competition in the Dutch construction and asphalt markets.

    [04] July 2002 : euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.3% ; EU15 steady at 7.7%

    Euro-zone seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 8.3% in July 2002 unchanged compared to June, Eurostat reports today. It was 8.0% in July 2001. The EU15 unemployment rate was 7.7% in July unchanged compared to June. It was 7.3% in July 2001. In July 2002, lowest rates were registered in Luxembourg (2.4%), the Netherlands (2.8% in June), Austria (4.1%), Denmark (4.3%), Ireland and Portugal (4.5% each). Spain's 11.3% remained the EU's highest rate.

    [05] Euro-denominated bond markets (April-June 2002 and July 2002)

    In Q2/2002, the upward trend in euro government bond yields was reversed. Total issuance of euro-denominated bonds declined to €394 billion from €437 billion in Q1/2002. The main characteristics of euro-denominated issuance in terms of composition in Q2/2002 were a recovery of corporate issuance volumes and comparably high issuance from financial institutions, which almost fully compensated for subdued pfandbriefe issuance. During July, as equity markets continued to slide, reflecting investor's worries about corporate governance and a sluggish economic recovery in the US and Europe, the euro yield curve shifted further downward. Total bond issuance amounted to broadly €120 billion. The composition of issuance in terms of issuer categories showed however deteriorating issuing conditions especially for corporate bonds which suffered a sharp decline to less than €6 billion or 5% of total issuance. Documents and statistical annexes are available on : http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/publications/bondmarkets_en.htm

    [06] EU launches coalition of like-minded states to deliver World Summit renewable energy goals

    The European Union yesterday announced that it is forming a coalition of like-minded countries and regions committed to increasing their use of renewable energies through quantified, time-bound targets.

    [07] "Water for Life" : EU launches global initiative to achieve World Summit goals

    In Johannesburg the European Union yesterday formally launched a major global Water Initiative aimed at creating strategic partnerships to achieve the World Summit on Sustainable Development goals on clean water and sanitation. Within this new framework the EU has already reached "Water for Life" agreements with Africa and with Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Chris Patten on Iraq at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament

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