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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 98-10-07

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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

07/10/98


CONTENTS / CONTENU

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] La Commission présente un rapport circonstancié sur le financement de l'UE
  • [02] Commission acts to reduce Dioxin emissions from waste incineration plants
  • [03] Commission decides Reasoned Opinion against Denmark in the can ban case
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [04] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par Hercules de BetzDearborn
  • [05] Commission authorises the acquisition of joint control of VAE by Voest Alpine and Vossloh
  • [06] Commission takes India to WTO over vehicle parts imports

  • [I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

    [01] La Commission présente un rapport circonstancié sur le financement de l'UE

    (! embargo 15 h !) La Commission européenne a présenté son rapport sur le système de ressources propres utilisé pour financer le budget de l'Union européenne (UE). Ce document contient une analyse complète des modes de financement de l'UE et de leur incidence sur les contributions des Etats membres. La Commission souhaite, par ce rapport détaillé, jeter les bases d'un large débat sur la nécessité de réformer le financement du budget de l'UE et sur les options envisageables en vue de cette réforme. Les statistiques et les analyses figurant dans le rapport se passent de commentaires. Ces options, dans toutes leurs variations et combinaisons, devraient à présent faire l'objet d'un examen très attentif. Si un consensus devait se dégager quant à la nécessité d'opérer des changements, les discussions pourraient aborder la question du calendrier et du modèle de réforme à adopter.

    [02] Commission acts to reduce Dioxin emissions from waste incineration plants

    The European Commission has adopted a Proposal for a Directive on incineration of waste. The Directive limits the emissions of all dangerous pollutants, in particular dioxins and furans as well as heavy metals. Full implementation of the proposal's requirements should reduce total emissions of dioxins and furans from the incineration of municipal waste, clinical waste and sewage sludge to approximately 11 grams/year by 2005 - even with an expected increase in the amount of waste incinerated. This would mean a reduction in excess of 99% relative to 1994 level, ensuring that the 90% reduction target of the Fifth Environment Action programme is achieved. The proposal also sets strict emission limits for mercury and cadmium, as well as certain acid gases, and finally covers co-incineration.

    [03] Commission decides Reasoned Opinion against Denmark in the can ban case

    The European Commission has decided to notify a Reasoned Opinion to Denmark because its general ban on the use of metal cans for beverages ("can ban") does not comply with the Packaging Waste Directive. In addition, the Reasoned Opinion addresses the Danish ban on the marketing of beverages of domestic origin in non-refillable glass and plastic packaging, which also infringes the Packaging Waste Directive.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [04] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par Hercules de BetzDearborn

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'approuver une opération par laquelle Hercules Incorporated acquerra le contrôle unique sur BetzDearborn, Inc. Les deux sociétés sont actives dans les produits chimiques. La Commission a constaté qu'en dépit de parts de marché élevées dans certains produits chimiques de spécialité pour l'industrie papetière, les parties feraient face à assez de contraintes concurrentielles et donc que la combinaison de leurs activités ne mènerait pas à la création ou au renforcement d'une position dominante.

    [05] Commission authorises the acquisition of joint control of VAE by Voest Alpine and Vossloh

    The European Commission has approved the operation by which Voest Alpine and Vossloh acquire joint control of the switches producer VAE. The operation is only of a complementary nature. Therefore, the operation does not give rise to competition problems. Voest-Alpine is the Austrian steel producer which also produces rails. Vossloh is based in Germany and produces among other products track fastening systems and wheel maintenance systems for railways. VAE is an Austrian company and a leading European producer of rail switches. The operation is only of a complementary nature and does not lead to any addition of market shares. The Commission has therefore decided to declare the operation compatible with the Common Market and the EEA Agreement.

    [06] Commission takes India to WTO over vehicle parts imports

    The European Commission yesterday asked for formal World Trade Organisation (WTO) consultations with India over rules on imports of vehicle parts. India currently prohibits imports of certain vehicle parts by companies which do not meet minimum export and local content criteria. The Indian Government grants local joint-venture companies special licences to import finished vehicles and parts provided that they use a minimum proportion of Indian components and that their exports of automotive products neutralise their imports. The Commission believes that the Indian scheme breaks WTO rules and distorts international trade. The Commission has therefore requested formal consultations in the WTO - which is the first step in the WTO dispute settlement procedure. This is the fourth case concerning the vehicle sector in which the EU has initiated formal WTO dispute settlement proceedings. The other three concern automotive policies implemented by Indonesia, Brazil and Canada. All these regimes share a number of common features and, in particular, they all impose a number of conditions on companies investing locally in exchange for discriminatory trade privileges.

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