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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-09-30

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission lance une vaste stratégie de prévention des pratiques irrégulières des sociétés
  • [02] Commission initiates in-depth examination of the planned Austrian fertilizer wholesale joint venture
  • [03] September 2004 : the euro area Business Climate Indicator decreased slightly
  • [04] September 2004 : small deterioration of economic sentiment in September, after improvement in August
  • [05] Estimation rapide - septembre 2004 : l'inflation de la zone euro estimée 2,2%
  • [06] EU-Mercosur : EU presents its completed offer to Mercosur in on-going trade talks (29/09)
  • [07] Commission launches public consultation on strengthening of EU-US economic partnership
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-09-30 Reference: MEX/04/0930 Date: 30/09/2004 EXME04 / 30.9

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    30/09/04


  • [01] La Commission lance une vaste stratégie de prévention des pratiques irrégulières des sociétés

    La Commission européenne a adopté une stratégie visant, par une action coordonnée en ce qui concerne les services financiers, le droit des sociétés, la comptabilité, la fiscalité ainsi que la surveillance et l'application effective des règles, réduire les risques de malversations financières. Dans sa communication, elle recommande la fois une mise en oeuvre efficace et diligente du plan d'action pour les services financiers (voir IP/04/696) et du plan d'action pour la modernisation du droit des sociétés et le renforcement du gouvernement d'entreprise (voir IP/03/716) qui fournissent un cadre communautaire propre résoudre la plupart des problèmes financiers soulevés par les "affaires" récentes et un contrôle rigoureux de l'application de la législation. Elle prône en outre de nouvelles initiatives en matière de fiscalité et d'application de la loi, qui portent principalement sur l'augmentation de la transparence, l'amélioration de la traçabilité et une meilleure coordination du travail de maintien de l'ordre.

    [02] Commission initiates in-depth examination of the planned Austrian fertilizer wholesale joint venture

    The European Commission has decided to initiate an in-depth examination into the proposed creation of the joint venture Inter-Fert Düngemittel GmbH (Inter-Fert) by the Austrian companies RWA Raiffeisen-Ware Austria AG (RWA) and AMI Agro Linz Melamine International GmbH (AMI). According to its first findings the Commission cannot exclude that the establishment of the joint venture by the leading Austrian manufacturer of fertilizers AMI and the most important agricultural wholesale organization RWA will create or strengthen a dominant position on the market for fertilizers in Austria and in bordering Bavaria.

    [03] September 2004 : the euro area Business Climate Indicator decreased slightly

    Following the general improvement since mid-2003, the Business Climate Indicator for the euro area worsened somewhat in the period August- September. In August, it decreased by 0.05 points and in September by 0.03. With a value of 0.48 in September it remains, however, at a relatively high level. The worsening of the BCI was mainly driven by a decline in the assessment made by managers in the industry sector on questions concerning export order books, stocks of finished products and production trend in the recent past. The decline was smoothed by a clear improvement in production expectations. Opinions about total order books remained steady.

    [04] September 2004 : small deterioration of economic sentiment in September, after improvement in August

    The economic sentiment indicator (ESI) for the EU worsened slightly in September following its improvement in August. It now stands at 103.6, 0.5 points lower than in August but 1.1 points higher than in July. In the euro area, the indicator reached a value of 100.7 in September, i.e. 0.2 points below the August value and 0.9 point above the July value.

    [05] Estimation rapide - septembre 2004 : l'inflation de la zone euro estimée 2,2%

    Selon une estimation rapide publiée aujourd'hui par Eurostat, le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro s'établirait 2,2% en septembre 2004. En août 2004, le taux était de 2,3%.

    [06] EU-Mercosur : EU presents its completed offer to Mercosur in on-going trade talks (29/09)

    In the on-going negotiations for an EU-Mercosur Association Agreement, the EU sent Mercosur a completed offer. This offer matches the approach and the level of ambition in the offer which the Mercosur sent the EU on Friday 24 September. The offer proposes a gradual liberalisation of Mercosur exports of industrial and agricultural goods to the EU, the opening of its services market, access to a public procurement market worth €200 billion as well as non-discriminatory rules for Mercosur investors in Europe.

    [07] Commission launches public consultation on strengthening of EU-US economic partnership

    The European Commission launched today a public consultation of stakeholders on how to enhance the Transatlantic Economic Partnership. This is the first step towards implementing the "EU-US Declaration on Strengthening our Economic Partnership" adopted at the EU-US Summit on 26 June 2004 in Ireland by Presidents Prodi and Bush and Taoiseach Ahern. The Commission invites the business community, environmental and consumer organisations, trade unions and other interested groups and individuals to provide their views on the obstacles they face when trading or investing in each other's market and on future commercial and economic relations between the EU and the US.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Presentation by Péter Balázs of the Commission's proposal of Structural Funds regulations at the OPEN DAYS closing session From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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