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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-12-07

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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-Parole 07/12/1999b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition by Heinz Company (USA) of United Biscuits (UK) frozen and chilled food business
  • [02] La Commission autorise une opération de concentration dans le secteur du tabac entre Seita et Tabacalera
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of sole control by Avnet Inc. over the SEI brand activities of Sonepar in the electronic components wholesale distribution sector
  • [04] Commission clears a joint venture between UPM-Kymmene, Stora Enso and Metsäliitto
  • [05] La Commission autorise la création de l'entreprise commune BOL Spain par Bertelsmann AG et Planeta Corporación S.R.L.
  • [06] Business and Consumer Surveys, first results : favourable economic conditions continue in the EU in November 1999
  • [07] La Commission présente une nouvelle initiative en faveur d'un développement durable dans les zones urbaines

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition by Heinz Company (USA) of United Biscuits (UK) frozen and chilled food business

    The European Commission has authorised the acquisition by Heinz Europe Limited, a subsidiary of H.J. Heinz Company, of UB Frozen & Chilled Foods Limited, the business unit of United Biscuits that is engaged in the processing and supply to resellers of frozen and chilled foods. The Commission found that the acquisition does not give rise to competition concerns as the parties will continue to face competition from other producers and retailers of frozen and chilled pizzas, ready-made meals and desserts in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

    [02] La Commission autorise une opération de concentration dans le secteur du tabac entre Seita et Tabacalera

    La Commission européenne a autorisé une opération de concentration dans le secteur du tabac entre Seita (France) et Tabacalera (Espagne), aboutissant à la création d'Altadis. Seita et Tabacalera occupent des positions très solides dans le secteur du tabac noir et jouissent de facto d'un quasi- monopole dans celui de la distribution de tabac en gros. La Commission est toutefois parvenue à la conclusion que l'opération n'aurait pas pour effet de renforcer les positions des parties sur leurs marchés respectifs et, dans le secteur du tabac en général, les parties doivent faire face à la concurrence des grandes entreprises internationales.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of sole control by Avnet Inc. over the SEI brand activities of Sonepar in the electronic components wholesale distribution sector

    The European Commission has authorised an operation whereby the US company Avnet Inc. will acquire full ownership of the Dutch subsidiary of Sonepar, Eurotronics B.V., in which it already held a minority shareholding, and through whose subsidiaries Sonepar has been active in the wholesale distribution of electronic components under the SEI brand name.

    [04] Commission clears a joint venture between UPM-Kymmene, Stora Enso and Metsäliitto

    The European Commission has decided to approve a joint venture between the Finnish pulp and paper producers UPM-Kymmene, Stora Enso and Metsäliitto. The joint venture will be active in the repair and maintenance of small- size boats destined both for professional and recreational use, but it will not have any activities in shipbuilding. The joint venture will carry out its activities mainly in a specific area in Finland (the lake Saimaa region). In view of the limited nature of the transaction and given the existence of a large number of competitors, the Commission has decided to approve the transaction and to declare it compatible with the common market.

    [05] La Commission autorise la création de l'entreprise commune BOL Spain par Bertelsmann AG et Planeta Corporación S.R.L.

    La Commission européenne donne son feu vert à la concentration entre Bertelsmann AG et Planeta Corporación S.R.L. Par cette opération, les parties obtiendront le contrôle en commun de Books On-Line Ibérica, S.A (BOL Spain). L'opération ne conduira ni à la création ni au renforcement d'une position dominante.

    [06] Business and Consumer Surveys, first results : favourable economic conditions continue in the EU in November 1999

    (! embargo 12 am !) The composite economic sentiment indicator for November reveals a 0.7 point improvement in the euro-zone and an equal rise in the European Union (EU), compared to October. The main contributors to this situation have been France with a full percentage point rise, and Germany with half a percentage point and Italy and Spain with smaller, but still significant, increases. Confidence in the industrial sector increased in November in the EU, and even more strongly in the euro-area. The construction confidence indicator has experienced a quite impressive rise in November, five points in the case of the EU and seven points for the euro-area. Consumer confidence in the EU remained unchanged in November after two consecutive rises in the previous months. However, in the euro- area there has been a further advance. Consumers in both areas feel particularly optimistic about the advisability of making major purchases of durable consumer goods and about the present general economic situation compared to 12 months earlier.

    [07] La Commission présente une nouvelle initiative en faveur d'un développement durable dans les zones urbaines

    La Commission européenne a présenté une proposition de cadre communautaire de coopération favorisant le développement durable en milieu urbain. La proposition vise aussi à promouvoir l'Agenda 21, le schéma directeur des actions à entreprendre pour assurer un avenir durable, adopté à Rio lors du Sommet de la Terre en juin 1992, ainsi que le caractère soutenable du développement au niveau local. Ce nouvel instrument juridique permettra à la Commission d'améliorer sa collaboration dans ces domaines avec les autorités locales grâce à des réseaux de villes européennes. Le projet de décision prévoit un budget de 12 millions d'euros sur quatre ans (2001- 2004). Ces fonds seront affectés au soutien et à l'aide apportés par la Commission à des activités telles que la sensibilisation, l'échange d'informations et les bonnes pratiques dans le cadre d'un développement urbain durable.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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