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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 98-02-10

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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

10/02/98


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission enquête sur les prix de la téléphonie mobile et fixe dans l'Union européenne
  • [02] Martin Bangemann : full confidence in the national regulatory authorities for telecommunications
  • [03] Le Rapport général 1997 sur l'activité de l'Union européenne prochainement sur Internet
  • [04] Kicking racism out of football: Commission launches exhibition and seminar
  • [05] Hans van den Broek to open new Phare and Tacis Information Centre

  • [01] La Commission enquête sur les prix de la téléphonie mobile et fixe dans l'Union européenne

    Karel Van Miert, Commissaire européen responsable de la politique de concurrence, a chargé ses services de mener une enquête portant sur la situation à l'intérieur des quinze pays membres quant aux tarifs d'interconnexion appliqués entre opérateurs de télécommunications fixes et mobiles. La même enquête couvrira aussi la question du prix des appels de réseaux fixes vers des réseaux mobiles. Elle reflète les préoccupations déjà exprimées dans divers Etats membres de l'Union européenne. L'objectif de la Commission dans le domaine de la convergence des marchés fixes et mobiles est l'ouverture des télécommunications mobiles à davantage de citoyens européens. Chaque citoyen en Europe doit en effet pouvoir accéder aux communications mobiles, et des marchés pro-compétitifs sont un élément essentiel pour atteindre cet objectif. Les services de M. Van Miert ont ainsi demandé des renseignements aux opérateurs de télécommunications fixes et mobiles dans tous les Etats membres, afin de rassembler des informations sur les tarifs des différents types d'interconnexion entre les réseaux fixes et mobiles, et sur les prix payés par le consommateur final pour le type d'appel correspondant. Les réponses devront parvenir à la Commission vers la fin du mois de février.

    [02] Martin Bangemann : full confidence in the national regulatory authorities for telecommunications

    Now that the historic date of 1 January 1998 has passed, the competitive functioning of the European Union's (EU) telecommunications market is really taking off. However, the players in this market - new entrants, incumbents, regulatory as well as competition authorities, and ministries - are having to settle into their new, demanding roles. In particular in the area of interconnection rates, tariffs, and pre-selection prices a series of measures need to be proposed by incumbents and approved by National Regulatory Authorities (NRA's) to allow new entrants access to the incumbents' infrastructure and to allow for customer choice in the emerging competitive marketplace. Referring in particular to the discussions between the telecoms regulator and the Bundeskartellamt in Germany, European Commissioner Martin Bangemann, in a declaration publishesd today in Brussels, urges pragmatic attitudes and responsible behaviour on the part of all : "It will be in the interest of the entire European economy that we ensure a fully functioning, competitive EU telecommunications market. I have full confidence in the newly created NRA's, as the primary responsible entities in the Member States, to play a catalytic role in this respect. We should let them to get on with their tasks. By means of national legislation, the EU regimes of the Interconnection Directive and the Voice Telephony Directive are to be effectively implemented by the NRA's. These Directives only allow for cost-based solutions which means that a complex of technical, accounting, and organisational parameters needs to be assessed by the NRA's. From our on-going monitoring actions, the Commission is fully satisfied with these assessments and the subsequent positions taken."

    [03] Le Rapport général 1997 sur l'activité de l'Union européenne prochainement sur Internet

    Le Rapport général 1997 sur l'activité de l'Union européenne (UE) vient de paraître et est disponible dans les onze langues officielles auprès des différents bureaux de vente des publications officielles de l'UE. Structuré par grands thèmes et doté d'un index analytique, il comporte des références systématiques au Journal officiel, aux Rapports généraux précédents et aux Bulletins mensuels de l'UE. Dans les prochaines semaines, et pour la première fois, le Rapport général sera également disponible, dans les onze langues officielles, sur le serveur Internet Europa (http://europa.eu.int/abc/doc/off/rg/fr/welcome.htm).

    [04] Kicking racism out of football: Commission launches exhibition and seminar

    "The real victory against racism will be won in the minds of ordinary people as they live and work. That's why football is such a potent weapon for putting across the anti-racist message". This is European Social affairs Commissioner Padraig Flynn's message to those attending the launch of an exhibition and seminar on the contribution of football to the fight against racism today in the European Parliament. The event, which is part of the 'Let's Kick Racism out of Football' project, is funded by the European Commission as part of the 1997 European Year Against Racism. It marks the first time that the Football Associations of the Member States of the European Union come together to share ideas, strategies and experiences on combating racism in their game. They will also discuss future action and cooperation on this issue.

    [05] Hans van den Broek to open new Phare and Tacis Information Centre

    Foreign Affairs Commissioner Hans van den Broek will formally open a new Phare and Tacis Information Centre on Wednesday, 11 February in Brussels. The Centre's aim is to respond more effectively to information requests about these programmes from both the business community and other interest groups. Phare and Tacis are the assistance programmes of the European Union to Central and Eastern Europe respectively to the New Independent States (NIS). Together these programmes have committed almost ECU 10 billion, most of which is contracted out. The new Centre will contribute to increased transparency in operations and better public access to information.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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