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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-01-14

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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

14/01/99


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission propose des règles concrètes pour la reproduction des pièces en euros
  • [02] Commission gives green light to Siebe and BTR merger
  • [03] Commission approves Menzies and Lufthansa's joint venture at Manchester airport
  • [04] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Eijkelkamp par Akzo Nobel et Glaverbel
  • [05] Commission approves Newell / Rubbermaid merger
  • [06] Priorities in the Justice and Home Affairs area
  • [07] Réunion des Ministres des finances de l'ASEM, les 15-16 janvier à Francfort

  • [01] La Commission propose des règles concrètes pour la reproduction des pièces en euros

    La Commission européenne a adopté une communication portant sur le droit d'auteur du dessin de la face commune des pièces en euros et une recommandation concernant les pièces de collection, les médailles et les jetons. La communication prévoit l'autorisation de reproduction totale ou partielle de la face commune des pièces en euros à condition qu'elle soit fidèle à l'original, qu'elle ne soit pas nuisible à l'image de l'euro et que le support ne soit pas source de confusion. La reproduction sur un objet métallique susceptible d'être confondu avec une pièce sera interdite. La recommandation vise à faciliter et à sécuriser l'utilisation de l'euro pour les citoyens durant la période précédant l'introduction des pièces et billets en euros au 1er janvier 2002. Toujours dans l'idée d'éviter tout risque de confusion, les Etats membres sont invités à ne pas émettre avant cette date de pièces de collection, de jetons ou de médailles portant la mention "euro" ou "euro cent" ou comportant un dessin similaire à celui qui figure sur les pièces en euros.

    [02] Commission gives green light to Siebe and BTR merger

    The European Commission has authorised under the EC Merger Regulation the merger between two UK-based groups, Siebe plc, and BTR plc. Siebe is a UK- based engineering group which operates world wide. It focuses mainly on the supply of controls, systems and automation products, industrial equipment and services. BTR is a UK-based conglomerate industrial group, which was recently restructured to refocus on four main business areas in the engineering field, namely control systems, power drive, automotive products and specialist engineering.

    [03] Commission approves Menzies and Lufthansa's joint venture at Manchester airport

    The European Commission has approved the creation of a joint venture, Sigma Aviation (UK) Ltd, between Lufthansa Airport and Ground Services GmbH (LAGS) and Menzies Transport Services Ltd (MTS). Sigma, so far a 100% LAGS subsidiary, already provides third-party aircraft and passenger ground handling services at Manchester Airport. Through the acquisition of a 49% stake, MTS will have joint control of Sigma. Given Sigma's limited market share and intense competition at Manchester Airport, the operation does not create or strengthen a dominant position.

    [04] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Eijkelkamp par Akzo Nobel et Glaverbel

    La Commission européenne a autorisé une fusion aux Pays-Bas concernant la distribution des revêtements décoratifs et du verre plat décoratifs pour le commerce général. Les sociétés néerlandaises Akzo Nobel Coatings BV et Glaverfin BV (appartenant au groupe belge Glaverbel NV) ont conjointement pris le contrôle d'Eijkelkamp Beheer BV, une société néerlandaise active comme distributeur en gros des produits principalement fournis par Akzo Nobel (revêtements) et Glaverbel (le verre de flotteur). Les activités principales d'Eijkelkamp se situent dans la région orientale des Pays-Bas.

    [05] Commission approves Newell / Rubbermaid merger

    The European Commission has cleared the merger of US consumer goods manufacturers Newell Co. and Rubbermaid Incorporated. The operation will not give the new entity a significant market position regarding any one product line. Neither will their merger yield anti-competitive portfolio power, i.e. the ability to abuse negotiating power stemming from the offer of a large portfolio of products to engage in tying or other anti- competitive sales strategies. Indeed, although the two companies will join some closely related and complementary products within the same portfolio, the latter covers too wide an array of unrelated product markets to make any abuses profitable.

    [06] Priorities in the Justice and Home Affairs area

    Anita Gradin, responsible for Justice and Home Affairs within the European Commission today participated in the annual debate in the European Parliament on cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs. The Commissioner reminded the House that with the Amsterdam Treaty cooperation in this field will be lifted to a higher level. "This calls for a broad public debate during spring on European Union's (EU) future direction in Justice and Home Affairs. Therefore I strongly support the Parliament's proposal to invite to an inter-parliamentarian conference this spring", she said, stressing the need for solid preparations ahead of the special JHA-summit in Tampere in October. As for the JHA-work programme in 1999 Commissioner Gradin highlighted a number of projects under way. These include a discussion paper on asylum procedures, the completion of the Action Plan against organised crime, a new EU Action Plan against drugs, the preparations for enlargement and the incorporation of the Schengen aquis into the Treaty.

    [07] Réunion des Ministres des finances de l'ASEM, les 15-16 janvier à Francfort

    Les Ministres des finances de l'ASEM se réuniront à Francfort les 15-16 janvier. Il y a trois sujets principaux à l'ordre du jour : l'Union économique et monétaire, la situation économique et financière en Asie et la restructuration du système financier de la surveillance prudentielle. M. de Silguy donnera une conférence de presse le 15 janvier à 10h15 au centre de presse (Holiday Inn Crown Plaza, Francfort).

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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