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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-07-22

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

22 / 07 / 1996


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission engage une enquête approfondie sur Cablevisión
  • [02] Commission approves acquisition by Enderly Holdings Ltd of the group of companies Saia-Burgess Electronics
  • [03] Commission approves takeover of Allders International by Swissair
  • [04] Commission approves the creation of a joint venture company between Hoechst and 3M
  • [05] European industry called upon to contribute to reconstruction of Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • [06] Coopération UE/Asie dans le domaine de l'énergie
  • [07] Padraig Flynn says employee information and consultation is good for business

  • [01] La Commission engage une enquête approfondie sur Cablevisión

    La Commission européenne a décidé que Cablevisión - entreprise commune de Telefónica de España SA (Telefónica), Sociedad de Gestión de Cable SA et Sociedad de Télevisión Canal Plus SA (Canal Plus Espagne) - est une concentration de dimension communautaire et qu'en outre cette concentration soulève des doutes sérieux en ce qui concerne sa compatibilité avec le marché commun. Elle a en conséquence engagé une investigation approfondie portant sur les effets de la création de Cablevisión en Espagne dans un certain nombre de marchés affectés. Cette investigation approfondie ne dépassera pas quatre mois et se terminera par une décision définitive qui prendra la forme d'une autorisation, d'une interdiction ou d'une autorisation sous conditions.

    [02] Commission approves acquisition by Enderly Holdings Ltd of the group of companies Saia-Burgess Electronics

    The European Commission has approved an operation by which Enderly Holdings Limited (EHL) acquires the Saia-Burgess Electronics (SBE), group of companies which formerly constituted the electronics division of Williams Holdings plc. The business being acquired operates in the field of electromechanical switches, motors and controllers and no overlap occurs between the activities of EHL and SBE. As the operation will not significantly impede competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it the Commission has declared it compatible with the common market and with the functioning of the EEA Agreement.

    [03] Commission approves takeover of Allders International by Swissair

    The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Allders International by Swissair. Allders International is worldwide duty and tax free shop business based at airports and on cruise liners. Swissair has duty and tax free retail activities on board its aircraft and on board those of Sabena. Following the operation, Swissair will have approximately 6% of the tax and duty free segment in the EEA. In the light of this market share and the absence of any other competition problems, the Commission has approved the acquisition.

    [04] Commission approves the creation of a joint venture company between Hoechst and 3M

    The European Commission has approved an operation by which the German undertaking Hoechst and the US based undertaking 3M transfer their worldwide activities in the PTFE, melt processable fluoroplastics and fluoroelastomers businesses to a newly created joint venture company. There is only an overlap in the parties' activities in the melt processable fluoroplastics market in which the parties' combined worldwide market share in 1995 was less than 5%. However, it should be pointed out that 3M largely ceased its activities in this sector in December 1995. There is therefore no significant addition of market shares in any market as a result of this operation. Accordignly, the operation does not lead to the creation or strengthening of a dominant position.

    [05] European industry called upon to contribute to reconstruction of Bosnia-Herzegovina

    The European Commission will launch on 23 July a major initiative to encourage EU industry to participate in the reconstruction and the economic recovery of Bosnia and Herzegovina. EU Commissioners Martin Bangemann, responsible for industry, information technology and telecommunications, and Hans van den Broek, inter alia responsible for relations with the countries of ex-Yugoslavia, have invited more than 200 representatives from EU industry and the banking sector to discuss opportunities for European industry to help rebuild the necessary infrastructure in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including roads and railways, telecommunications, housing and health services and energy networks.

    [06] Coopération UE/Asie dans le domaine de l'énergie

    La Commission européenne vient d'adopter une communication au Conseil et au Parlement européen sur la stratégie de coopération entre l'Europe et l'Asie dans le domaine de l'énergie. La croissance démographique et économique en Asie est telle que la demande d'énergie pourrait doubler d'ici 2005. Cette croissance aura des répercussions en Europe dans trois domaines: la sécurité d'approvisionnement en énergie (l'Europe dépendra du monde extérieur pour 55% de ses besoins en 2005 et 75% en 2015), l'industrie européenne de l'énergie (l'Asie représente d'ores et déjà la moitié du marché mondial) et l'environnement à l'échelon planétaire (des mesures de protection mises en oeuvre en Europe n'auront qu'une incidence limitée, si des actions ne sont pas engagées simultanément en Asie). Dans ces trois domaines, il convient donc d'élaborer une stratégie de coopération entre l'Europe et l'Asie.

    [07] Padraig Flynn says employee information and consultation is good for business

    Speaking today in Dublin, Social Affairs Commissioner Padraig Flynn said that worker involvement in business is a key element of competitiveness. The European Union had helped to create the climate where good practice on worker involvement was welcomed by many European companies; the evidence was in the European Works Council Directive. In November of last year, the Commission issued a Communication on Worker Information and Consultation, which was intended to extend the debate and to unblock 26 years' worth of proposals that were blocked in the Council of Ministers. The blockage had been caused by failure to agree on the question of actual worker participation. The Commission was suggesting essentially only two frameworks: one for transnational aspects of information and consultation (which existed already in the form of the European Works Council Directive) and another for national aspects, to come subsequently. There was considerable scope in achieving stable and permanent information and consultation structures for workers throughout the Union. Mr Flynn added that he felt that it would be inappropriate (and uncompetitive) for any Member State to be granted an opt-out on this one.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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