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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-10-24

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

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

24/10/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission approves the acquisition of Montell par Shell
  • [02] La Commission adopte le 2ème rapport d'application de la directive "Télévision sans frontières"
  • [03] New agreement on monitoring of motor vehicle exports from Japan
  • [04] Commission welcomes progress in Japanese port practices
  • [05] Hans van den Broek to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina and Vukovar (East Slavonia)

  • [01] Commission approves the acquisition of Montell par Shell

    The European Commission has approved under the Merger Regulation the acquisition of the whole of Montell N.V., a polyolefins company, by Shell Montell Holding B.V., a subsidiary of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group. Until now Montell NV was a joint venture between Shell and Montedison which was approved by the Commission in a decision of 8th June 1994. After having examined the proposed merger, the Commission finds that the move from joint to sole control of Montell NV does not lead to any material change in market structure. There is no horizontal overlap between Shell and Montell NV, which continues to face strong competition in the polypropylene and polyethylene sectors. For these reasons the Commission has decided to approve the operation.

    [02] La Commission adopte le 2ème rapport d'application de la directive "Télévision sans frontières"

    Suite à une proposition de Marcelino Oreja, Commissaire chargé de la politique audiovisuelle, la Commission européenne a adopté le 2ème Rapport au Parlement européen, au Conseil et au Comité économique et social portant sur l'application de la directive 89/552/CEE "Télévision sans frontières". Le Rapport couvre la période de janvier 1995 à juillet 1997, date d'entrée en vigueur de la nouvelle directive "Télévision sans frontières" (directive 97/36/CE). Une copie du rapport peut être obtenue dans toutes les langues communautaires sur demande faxée (+32.2.299.92.01) ainsi que sur Internet: http://europa.eu.int/en/comm/ dg10/avpolicy/twf/applica/ap-int-f.htm.

    [03] New agreement on monitoring of motor vehicle exports from Japan

    The European Commission and Japan discussed the monitoring of motor vehicle exports from Japan to the European Union (EU) on 22 and 23 October in Brussels. As a result, forecast for Japanese exports to the EU for the whole of 1997 is now set at 1.114 million units, against a March estimate of 1.092 million. Exports to the five EU Member States that previously restricted imports from Japan are now forecast, for the whole of 1997, at the following unit levels (March forecasts in brackets): France - 94,200 (102,700); Italy - 102,200 (88,100); Spain - 56,400 (51,800); Portugal - 34, 500 (33,200); United Kingdom - 188,000 (179,900). The new estimates result from the development of 1997 demand which has been more positive in most Member States and in the EU as a whole than originally assumed. EU demand is expected to increase by 3.9% over 1996 to reach 14.263 million units (1996 demand: 13.916 million). The discussions took place in the framework of the 1991 EU-Japan arrangement ("the Elements of Consensus") on the Japanese monitoring of its exports of motor vehicles to the EU.

    [04] Commission welcomes progress in Japanese port practices

    The European Commission today welcomed the fact that substantial progress seems to have been achieved in the discussions between the US and the Japanese governments aimed at removing current restrictive port practices. The changes proposed by Japan to the prior consultation system, which still need to be agreed by the parties concerned, envisage an additional, alternative mechanism for shipping lines and stevedoring companies to negotiate operational changes directly, without involving the Japan Harbour Transport Association. This, together with a possibility for new stevedoring companies to be licensed more speedily, would introduce elements of flexibility and competition in the port transport business which have so far been lacking. The Commission will examine the latest Japanese proposals to ensure that they are non-discriminatory and that European interests are fully safeguarded.

    [05] Hans van den Broek to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina and Vukovar (East Slavonia)

    European Foreign Affairs Commissioner Hans van den Broek will make a two day visit to former Yugoslavia on 27 and 28 October. He will first meet President Plavsic in Banja Luka in order to discuss the situation in Republica Srpska (RS) including the upcoming elections, freedom of the media and the conditionality linked to European Union (EU) assistance. Next is Mostar, where the EU administration has completed an ECU 150 million reconstruction programme for hospitals, schools, homes. The Commissioner will check the results of this programme on the spot by viewing a number of projects and meeting local authorities, including the unified city administration. In the afternoon, he arrives in Sarajevo for discussions with the High Representative, the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina and various international organisations in order to discuss the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement, in particular the return of refugees. In order to underline the importance of free and independent media, Mr. van den Broek will visit OBN TV, a private station that has received an ECU 1.7 million grant and TVBiH, the public broadcaster for which the EU has recently sponsored a youth series. The trip will be concluded with a visit to East Slavonia, where the Commissioner will hand the keys of new EU financed apartments to refugees. The EU has granted more than ECU 500 million for reconstruction and the consolidation of democracy in Bosnia Herzegovina over the last two years (not including humanitarian aid).

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