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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-08-17

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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-Parole 17/08/1999b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission authorises a joint selling company established by SCL, Carbozulia and RAG
  • [02] Commission intervenes against a quota scheme to control public expenditure on pharmaceuticals
  • [03] Diminution de 1,7% de la main-d'œuvre agricole de l'UE15 en 1998

  • [01] Commission authorises a joint selling company established by SCL, Carbozulia and RAG

    The European Commission has authorised Shell Coal (South America) Ltd. (SCL), Carbones del Zulia S.A. and RIG Deelneming Maatschappij B.V. to establish a joint selling organisation to market the coal mined by Carbones del Guasare S.A., a Venezuelan coal mining company which they jointly control. Given the partners' minor market shares in the European Union their joint venture will not significantly affect competition.

    [02] Commission intervenes against a quota scheme to control public expenditure on pharmaceuticals

    The European Commission has intervened against a quota arrangement, forming part of an agreement between the Danish Association of Pharmaceutical Producers (Lif) and the Danish Ministry for Health, which aims to control public expenditure on pharmaceuticals. In the Commission's opinion the quota arrangement, which attributes a quota of total expenditure to each supplier, infringes Article 81 of the EC Treaty because it reduces competition although there are less restrictive means to reduce public health expenditure. The Commission has closed the file after the parties to the agreement agreed to lift certain restrictions and committed to not renewing their agreement when it expires in 2000.

    [03] Diminution de 1,7% de la main-d'œuvre agricole de l'UE15 en 1998

    (Embargo 12h) L'agriculture de l'Union européenne (UE) a perdu en 1998 l'équivalent de 115 000 travailleurs à plein temps supplémentaires, ce qui correspond à une diminution de l'emploi agricole de 1,7% dans l'UE15 et de 1,5% dans la zone euro. Treize États membres ont enregistré une baisse du volume de la main-d'œuvre, les taux allant de -1,5% en Italie et au Luxembourg à -4,1% en Allemagne, alors que les PaysBas et l'Espagne ont affiché des hausses de respectivement +1,3% et +1,2%. Ces estimations figurent dans un rapport publié aujourd'hui par Eurostat, l'Office statistique des Communautés européennes à Luxembourg. Tout en confirmant la tendance à la diminution à long terme, le taux de la baisse a fléchi pour la cinquième année consécutive. En 1992 et 1993, il s'élevait en effet à près de -5%. En dépit de la contraction continue de la main-d'œuvre, la production agricole a cependant, d'après les estimations, augmenté de 1,5% en termes de volume, signe que l'accroissement de la productivité de la main d'oeuvre se poursuit. L'évolution décrite dans le rapport publié aujourd'hui est largement influencée par la situation observée en Italie, en Espagne et en Franc

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