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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 96-10-08

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

08 / 10 / 1996


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission approuve la création d'une entreprise commune qui regroupera les activités de la CLT et de l'UFA
  • [02] Palestinians in need: Commission backs humanitarian aid package
  • [03] Complaint on animal welfare
  • [04] Commission approves joint venture to provide financing services in the agricultural sector
  • [05] Commission approves joint venture to supply meter-reading services in Great Britain
  • [06] Commission clears a concentration in the British railways sector
  • [07] Padraig Flynn launches a "call to arms" to European NGO's regarding the poor and the elderly
  • [08] Yves-Thibault de Silguy: "Les travaux préparatoires pour l'euro sont aujourd'hui en phase d'achèvement"

  • [01] La Commission approuve la création d'une entreprise commune qui regroupera les activités de la CLT et de l'UFA

    La Commission européenne a décidé de déclarer la création de l'entreprise commune CLT-UFA compatible avec le marché commun. La CLT (Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion) est l'entreprise holding du groupe CLT qui a des activités diversifiées en Europe dans les domaines de la radio et de la télédiffusion. UFA, filiale du groupe de communications Bertelsmann, concentre les activités de Bertelsmann dans les domaines de la radio, de la télévision et de la production de films. L'opération a pour objet la fusion de la CLT et de UFA dans une entreprise commune qui sera conjointement contrôlée par Bertelsmann et l'entreprise holding Audiofina. La concentration crée le premier acteur européen dans le secteur audiovisuel, qui sera principalement centré sur la télévision en clair. Elle ne conduira toutefois pas à la création d'une position dominante dans aucun des marchés affectés.

    [02] Palestinians in need: Commission backs humanitarian aid package

    The European Commission has approved a package of humanitarian aid worth a total of ECU 1.65 million for Palestinians living in Lebanon as well as in Gaza and the West Bank. The grant will enable the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and non-governmental organisations from the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Italy to carry out actions in conjunction with the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

    [03] Complaint on animal welfare

    Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Franz Fischler has received a complaint from Eurogroup for Animal Welfare that the provisions of the Directive on the welfare of animals in transport are not being respected as far as imports of horses from Eastern Europe through the Italian border posts of Gorizia, Fernetti and Prosecco are concerned. The substance of the complaint is that overloaded trucks with sick, injured and dead horses arrived at these border posts and that veterinary treatment, feed, water and rest was either not provided or was totally inadequate. Reacting to the complaint Mr Fischler said that the matter will be investigated and if necessary legal proceedings will be instigated.

    [04] Commission approves joint venture to provide financing services in the agricultural sector

    The European Commission has approved the joint venture - John Deere Credit Ltd (UK) - created by John Deere Capital Corporation (USA) and Lomard North Central plc (United Kingdom) which will supply financing for the lease, hire and purchase of agricultural and related machinery, equipment and supplies in the United Kingdom.

    [05] Commission approves joint venture to supply meter-reading services in Great Britain

    The European Commission has approved the joint venture AccuRead (United Kingdom) created by British Gas Trading, a subsidiary of British Gas plc (United Kingdom), and Group 4 Utility Services Ltd, a subsidiary of Group 4 Securitas NV (Netherlands Antilles). The new company will supply meter-reading services to the gas and other utility suppliers in Great Britain.

    [06] Commission clears a concentration in the British railways sector

    The European Commission has approved a concentration by which the french undertaking Compagnie Générale d'Entreprises Automobiles belonging to the Compagnie Générale des Eaux acquires the British company South Eastern Train Limited (SET) which provides passenger rail services in the south east of England.

    [07] Padraig Flynn launches a "call to arms" to European NGO's regarding the poor and the elderly

    Speaking today to the European Parliament on the subject of the European Court of Justice Order on the interim measures (requested by the United Kingdom) which have effectively frozen Community expenditure on the poor and the elderly, Social Affairs Commissioner Padraig Flynn said that NGO's (non governmental organisations) throughout the EU need to start intensive lobbying of Member State Governments "to ensure that the IGC gives us a firm basis for social action in the future." Mr Flynn launched a "call to arms" to all those who believe that "what we have achieved through the programmes for the excluded, for the disabled and for equal opportunities, and what we are trying to do with our blocked programmes on the elderly and health and safety, must be allowed to continue and to grow."

    [08] Yves-Thibault de Silguy: "Les travaux préparatoires pour l'euro sont aujourd'hui en phase d'achèvement"

    (!!! embargo 17h !!!) Devant la sous-commission monétaire du Parlement européen, M. Yves-Thibault de Silguy, Commissaire responsable des Affaires économique, financières et monétaires, a présenté aujourd'hui l'état d'avancement des travaux préparatoires pour l'euro. Il a notamment mis l'accent sur le statut juridique de l'euro, sur le pacte de stabilité et sur les relations entre l'euro et les autres monnaies européennes à la lumière des résultats du Conseil informel Ecofin du 21 septembre. La Commission présentera des propositions au Conseil sur ces trois points le 16 octobre prochain. Le deuxième grand thème du discours concerne la mise en oeuvre de la stratégie de communication sur l'euro qui a pris un bon départ ainsi que les priorités de la Commission pour l'avenir dans ce domaine. (!!! embargo 17h !!!)

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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