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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-12-12

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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

12/12/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Les importations de pistaches en provenance de l'Iran sont réautorisées mais seront soumises à des contrôles sanitaires sévères
  • [02] Quatrième rapport sur la coordination des activités en faveur des petites et moyennes entreprises
  • [03] Commission decides to open in-depth investigations regarding the WOLTERS KLUWER/REED ELSEVIER merger
  • [04] Christos Papoutsis: "After Kyoto, we need a greener energy policy and substantial measures coordinated internationally"

  • [01] Les importations de pistaches en provenance de l'Iran sont réautorisées mais seront soumises à des contrôles sanitaires sévères

    La Commission européenne a décidé de réautoriser les importations de pistaches en provenance de l'Iran suspendues provisoirement le 8 septembre 1997. Les importations avaient été suspendues pour trois mois parce que de nombreux lots étaient contaminés par l'aflatoxine B1, une substance extrêmement toxique. Après des contacts avec les autorités iraniennes, des contrôles sur place et en concertation avec les Etats membres, la Commission a maintenant décidé de réautoriser l'importation des pistaches iraniennes sous certaines conditions : les autorités iraniennes doivent fournir pour chaque envoi des documents concernant les conditions de production, de tri, de manutention, de traitement, de conditionnement et de transport, ainsi que les résultats des analyses de laboratoire du lot faisant l'objet de l'exportation qui indiquent les niveaux d'aflotoxine B1 et d'aflotoxine totale. Les autorités compétentes des Etats membres doivent en plus soumettre chaque envoi avant sa mise en circulation sur le marché européen à un échantillonnage et à des analyses systématiques de dépistage d'aflatoxine B1.

    [02] Quatrième rapport sur la coordination des activités en faveur des petites et moyennes entreprises

    La Commission européenne a adopté son quatrième rapport sur la coordination des activités en faveur des petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) et de l'artisanat. Ce rapport offre un panorama global de l'ensemble des activités de l'Union européenne et il s'articule autour de deux axes : l'amélioration de l'environnement de l'entreprise ainsi que l'amélioration des programmes et mesures de soutien aux PME.

    [03] Commission decides to open in-depth investigations regarding the WOLTERS KLUWER/REED ELSEVIER merger

    The European Commission has decided to open in-depth investigations in the Wolters Kluwer/Reed Elsevier case. The planned merger between Wolters Kluwer and Reed Elsevier raises serious doubts as to its compatibility with the common market since there are very significant overlaps between the activities of both parties in several areas (for example in the areas of legal and tax publishing), where the position of either one or both of the parties seems already strong at the moment. Reed Elsevier plc. is a UK registered company, which is jointly owned by Reed and Elsevier. Reed Elsevier plc. operates world-wide in publishing and the provision of information. Wolters Kluwer is a Dutch publishing company, active in 25 countries, including most European countries. Reed Elsevier plc. and Wolters Kluwer are the two largest publishers of information for professional use.

    [04] Christos Papoutsis: "After Kyoto, we need a greener energy policy and substantial measures coordinated internationally"

    Energy Commissioner Christos Papoutsis expressed his satisfaction that an agreement was reached in Kyoto and called for a "greener" energy policy in order to achieve the required results. In a statement, Mr Papoutsis said : "I consider it significant that we succeeded in reaching a common agreement with the USA, Japan and the other industrialized countries. Facing the challenge of climate change and fulfilling the commitments we undertook in Kyoto requires a greener energy policy. The reduction in energy demand, through energy saving and greater energy efficiency, as well as the promotion of renewable energy sources are among the basic elements of our future energy policy. These elements are contained in our proposal for a Framework Programme for Energy and our Strategy and Action Plan for the promotion of renewables. But the very serious problem of climate change can be faced by substantial measures coordinated internationally. And I am pleased that a consensus was reached in Kyoto".

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