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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-11-04

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] President Prodi congratulates President Bush on his re-election (03/11)
  • [02] Questions and answers on the Commission's revised proposal for a new EU consumer credit law
  • [03] Commission offers fresh support for the electoral process in Iraq
  • [04] Fisheries reform : Commission welcomes creation of first stakeholder- led Advisory Council
  • [05] Septembre 2004 par rapport √ ao√Ľt 2004 : prix √ la production industrielle en hausse de 0,2% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 0,4% dans l'UE25
  • [06] September 2004 : Euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.9% ; EU 25 steady at 9.0% Midday Express of 2004-11-04 Reference: MEX/04/1104 Date: 04/11/2004 EXME04 / 4.11

    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

    04/11/04


  • [01] President Prodi congratulates President Bush on his re-election (03/11)

    On 3 November, the President of the European Commission Romano Prodi sent the following message to the President of the United States George W. Bush : "My warm congratulations to President Bush on his re-election after a difficult ballot whose outcome was far from sure. As the country's leader in the most dramatic time of its history, he has had to deal with the horrifying onslaught of terrorism. I hope his second term will see the United States and the whole world enjoy the political stabilisation and the guarantee of collective security we have all done our utmost to ensure. Europe will continue to work to strengthen its bonds of friendship and cooperation with the United States. Those bonds, which have never been called into question, are vital to maintaining peace in the world on the basis of multilaterally shared principles and values."

    [02] Questions and answers on the Commission's revised proposal for a new EU consumer credit law

    The European Commission has made a number of significant changes to its proposal for a new EU law on consumer credit. The revised proposal incorporates many of the amendments called for by the European Parliament when it voted on the draft law in April this year. This is expected to enable the Council of Ministers to reach a common position early in 2005.

    [03] Commission offers fresh support for the electoral process in Iraq

    As EU leaders prepare to meet the Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi at the European Council on 5th November, the European Commission is setting out the details of a ‚ā¨31.5 million package to support election activities in Iraq. Most of this sum will be channelled through the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq, although the Commission will be funding a number of additional activities to support the election process, including European election experts to work with the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq and the United Nations in Baghdad, and to train Iraqi election observers. These measures show the importance that the EU attaches to the holding of inclusive and transparent elections in Iraq, and its commitment to supporting the political transition towards constitutionally elected Iraqi Government. The package, which includes ‚ā¨16.5¬ million of fresh money, brings the Commission's total contribution to Iraq in 2003- 2004 to almost ‚ā¨320 million.

    [04] Fisheries reform : Commission welcomes creation of first stakeholder- led Advisory Council

    The European Commission has welcomed the creation of the North SeaRegional Advisory Council (NSRAC) in Edinburgh (Scotland) today. This is the first of seven stakeholder-led advisory bodies to be created to give the fishing industry and other interested parties a greater say in the way fisheries are managed in the areas they cover. These innovative bodies will provide a permanent framework linking stakeholders at the regional and local level and the Commission and the Member States concerned. They will enable the fishing sector to work more closely with scientists in collating reliable data and discussing ways of improving scientific advice. They will also provide a forum for the fishing industry to enter into a dialogue and to work with other interested parties on identifying options regarding the management of specific fisheries. RAcs will submit recommendations and suggestions on any aspects of the fisheries they cover to the Commission and the Member States concerned. The creation of RACs was one of the pillars of the 2002 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in response to the EU and stakeholders' desire to increase the latter's participation in the CFP process. Moves are underway to set up the other six RACs.

    [05] Septembre 2004 par rapport √ ao√Ľt 2004 : prix √ la production industrielle en hausse de 0,2% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 0,4% dans l'UE25

    L'indice des prix √ la production industrielle dans la zone euro a augment√© de 0,2% en septembre 2004 par rapport au mois pr√©c√©dent, selon les estimations publi√©es aujourd'hui par Eurostat. Dans l'UE25, les prix ont progress√© de 0,4%. En ao√Ľt 2004, les prix avaient augment√© de 0,4% dans la zone euro et de 0,5% dans l'UE25. En septembre 2004, par rapport √ septembre 2003, les prix √ la production industrielle se sont accrus de 3, 4% dans la zone euro et de 4,1% dans l'UE25.

    [06] September 2004 : Euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.9% ; EU 25 steady at 9.0%

    Euro-zone seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 8.9% in September 2004, unchanged compared to August, Eurostat reports today. It was also 8.9% in September 2003. The EU25 unemployment rate was 9.0% in September 2004, unchanged compared to August. It was 9.1% in September 2003. In September 2004, the lowest rates were registered in Luxembourg (4.3%), Ireland (4.4%), Austria (4.5%), the United Kingdom (4.6% in July) and the Netherlands (4.7% in August). Unemployment rates were highest in Poland (18.7%), Slovakia (18.0%), Spain (10.6%) and Lithuania (10.4%). From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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