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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-01-06

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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 06/01/2000b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission authorises acquisition of Lucas Diesel Systems by Delphi
  • [02] La Commission autorise la prise de contrôle d'Elektrizitätswerk Wesertal par Fortum
  • [03] Economic sentiment indicator rises 0.1 point in the euro-zone and 0.4 point in the EU15 in December
  • [04] EU15 current account surplus euro 3.4 billion in third quarter 1999
  • [05] La Commission décide de nouvelles mesures juridiques à l'encontre de l'Italie pour non-respect de la directive relative au traitement des eaux urbaines résiduaires
  • [06] Commission to take legal action against Ireland and Portugal over Wild Birds Directive

  • [01] Commission authorises acquisition of Lucas Diesel Systems by Delphi

    The European Commission has approved the operation by which Delphi acquires the Lucas Diesel Systems, the diesel fuel injection business of Lucas Varity. The operation is of a complementary nature and does not lead to an addition of market shares. Therefore, the operation does not give rise to competition problems. Delphi is a supplier of automotive components. Its current product portfolio does not include diesel injection systems. Delphi is a former General Motors subsidiary which recently has been spun off to the General Motors shareholders. In the past, Delphi was a captive supplier to General Motors, it now tries to develop and to broaden its customer base. Lucas Diesel develops, manufactures and sells diesel fuel injection equipment worldwide.

    [02] La Commission autorise la prise de contrôle d'Elektrizitätswerk Wesertal par Fortum

    La Commission européenne a autorisé la prise de contrôle de l'entreprise régionale d'électricité Elektrizitätswerk Wesertal GmbH, Hameln, par l'entreprise finlandaise Power and Heat Oy, Fortum. Ces deux entreprises sont actives dans le secteur énergétique. Etant donné que leurs activités ne se chevauchent pas géographiquement, la Commission n'a pas soulevé d'objections contre cette opération de concentration.

    [03] Economic sentiment indicator rises 0.1 point in the euro-zone and 0.4 point in the EU15 in December

    (! embargo 12 am !) The composite economic sentiment indicator for December 1999 reveals a 0.1 point improvement in the euro-zone and a 0.4 point increase in the European Union compared to November. Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, with 1.1, 0.6, 0.4 and 0.4 point increases respectively, were the main contributors to this improvement. Austria and Spain registered the biggest declines : 1.1 and 0.4 points respectively.

    [04] EU15 current account surplus euro 3.4 billion in third quarter 1999

    (! embargo 12 am !) The European Union (EU15) current account was revised from a deficit of euro 1 billion to a surplus of euro 3.4 billion in the third quarter 1999 according to Eurostat. This compares to a surplus of euro 13.3 billion in the third quarter of 1998 and a surplus of euro 10 billion in the second quarter of 1999.

    [05] La Commission décide de nouvelles mesures juridiques à l'encontre de l'Italie pour non-respect de la directive relative au traitement des eaux urbaines résiduaires

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'adresser un avis motivé à l'Italie pour non-respect, par la ville de Milan, de la directive communautaire relative au traitement des eaux urbaines résiduaires. Cette ville qui est l'une des plus peuplées de l'Union européenne (2.700.000 habitants) rejette encore ses eaux résiduaires non traitées dans le Lambro-Olona, un affluent du Pô, ce qui contribue de manière significative à la pollution de ce fleuve ainsi qu'à celle de la côte Adriatique, laquelle souffre d'eutrophisation. La Commission estime que la directive imposait à cette ville de prendre les dispositions nécessaires pour assurer, au plus tard à la fin de 1998, un traitement adéquat de ces eaux. Bien que trois usines de traitement soient en cours de construction (Milano Sud, Peschiera Borromeo et Nosedo), ces installations ne seront achevées qu'entre 2002 et 2005, c'est-à-dire bien au-delà du délai prévu.

    [06] Commission to take legal action against Ireland and Portugal over Wild Birds Directive

    The European Commission has decided to make an application to the European Court of Justice against Ireland for non-respect of the European Union's Wild Birds Directive. The decision concerns the failure to curb sheep overgrazing, particularly in the west of Ireland, leading to serious damage to Ireland's largest special protection area, the Owenduff-Nephin Beg Complex in County Mayo, as well as wider loss of habitat of the red grouse, Lagopus lagopus hibernicus. At the same time, the Commission decided to notify a Reasoned Opinion to Portugal for its failure to respect habitat safeguards in respect of the Abrilongo project, a major dam and irrigation project affecting the Campo Maior special protection area.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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