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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-04-04

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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 Service Presse et Communicationb

04/04/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission authorises NEC and Mitsubishi to set up a JV company in the field of PC monitors
  • [02] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune entre Voith et Siemens dans le secteur de l'hydroélectricité
  • [03] Euro-zone unemployment stays at 9.5% in February 2000 - EU15 unchanged at 8.8%
  • [04] Two opinions of Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare published today on the internet
  • [05] Directive 'Habitats' : la Commission met en demeure le Portugal de proposer un nombre suffisant d'habitats à conserver
  • [06] Commission acts against Finland on hunting
  • [07] Water pollution by nitrates : Commission takes further legal steps against Luxembourg, Finland, Portugal and United Kingdom
  • [08] Anna Diamantopoulou welcomes agreement to extend the working time Directive
  • [09] Statement by Chris Patten on the arrest of Momcilo Krajisnik in Bosnia

  • [01] Commission authorises NEC and Mitsubishi to set up a JV company in the field of PC monitors

    The European Commission has authorised the creation of a joint venture company between the two Japanese companies NEC and Mitsubishi which will operate in the field of PC monitors under the name of "NEC-Mitsubishi Electric Visual Systems Corporation". In Europe the JV will operate through a subsidiary located in Munich (Germany). The combined market shares of NEC and Mitsubishi in the overall market of PC monitors is below 15%. In the segment of CRT (Catholic Ray Tubes) monitors it is very small although for LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)monitors taken alone it is currently above 15%. However this is an embryonic market with other major players. The vertical links between the parties and the JV will not lead to a foreclosure of the market given the small combined market shares.

    [02] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune entre Voith et Siemens dans le secteur de l'hydroélectricité

    La Commission européenne a approuvé le regroupement des activités hydroélectriques de Voith et Siemens au sein d'une entreprise commune autonome. La société allemande Voith AG (Voith) apportera au sein de l'entreprise commune les activités de production, d'entretien et de vente de la partie mécanique des centrales hydroélectriques (turbines hydrauliques), et Siemens AG, la production, l'entretien et la vente de la partie électrique (générateurs).

    [03] Euro-zone unemployment stays at 9.5% in February 2000 - EU15 unchanged at 8.8%

    (! embargo 12 am !) Euro-zone seasonally-adjusted unemployment stayed at 9.5% in February 2000, the same as the revised rate for January 2000, Eurostat - Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg - reports today. This compares to 10.3% in February last year. The EU15 rate was 8.8% in February 2000, same as the rate for January 2000. In February a year before it was 9.5%. Lowest rates were registered in Luxembourg (2.2%) and in the Netherlands (2.7% in January 2000) followed by Austria (3.5%), Portugal (4.2%) and Denmark (4.9%). Spain's 15.2% was still the EU's highest rate. In the last twelve months, unemployment decreased in all Member States ; notable relative falls were recorded in the Netherlands (from 3.8% to 2.7% in January), and in Ireland (from 6.4% to 5.1%).

    [04] Two opinions of Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare published today on the internet

    Two recent opinions of the EU's Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare that were adopted on 21 March 2000 will be made available throughout today on the internet : (1) "The welfare of chickens kept for meat production (Broilers)" and (2) "Possible link between Crohn's disease and paratuberculosis". They are available at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg24/health/ sc/scah/outcome_en.html

    [05] Directive 'Habitats' : la Commission met en demeure le Portugal de proposer un nombre suffisant d'habitats à conserver

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'envoyer une lettre de mise en demeure au Portugal (première lettre de mise en garde conformément à l'article 226 du traité CE) pour n'avoir pas proposé un nombre suffisant de sites à protéger dans le réseau communautaire des sites naturels 'Natura 2000'. La Commission a engagé des procédures de même nature contre plusieurs autres Etats membres. Le réseau aurait dû voir le jour en juin 1998.

    [06] Commission acts against Finland on hunting

    The European Commission has decided to take Finland to the European Court of Justice for non-respect of the European Union's Wild Birds Directive. In particular, the Commission considers that Finnish hunting legislation infringes the obligation to protect wild birds during their rearing season. In addition, the Finnish legislation fails to ensure respect for all the conditions that must be met where exceptions are proposed to a general rule of strict protection.

    [07] Water pollution by nitrates : Commission takes further legal steps against Luxembourg, Finland, Portugal and United Kingdom

    The European Commission is to take further legal action against Luxembourg, Finland, Portugal and the United Kingdom for non-respect of the European Union's Nitrates Directive. These steps are the latest in the Commission's concerted efforts to reduce water pollution from agriculture. The Commission will take Luxembourg to the European Court of Justice, Finland and Portugal will receive a first warning letter, and the UK will be sent a second warning letter.

    [08] Anna Diamantopoulou welcomes agreement to extend the working time Directive

    Commenting on the agreement reached late yesterday between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to extend the working time Directive to workers in all the sectors and activities currently excluded from the Directive, European Commissioner for Social Affairs, Anna Diamantopoulou, said : "Some 5 million workers in the EU are not protected by the working time Directive. The Commission's patience and persistence in seeking to find a pragmatic solution to this problem have been rewarded". On the key issue of doctors in training, Mrs Diamantopoulou recognised that the agreed transitional period is longer than she would have liked. But she emphasised that once the Directive is implemented by Member States, its provisions with regard to daily and weekly rest, breaks, annual leave and night work will apply straightaway to doctors in training. There will also be a limit on working time, where at present there is none.

    [09] Statement by Chris Patten on the arrest of Momcilo Krajisnik in Bosnia

    European Commissioner for External Relations, Chris Patten, on a tour to the Middle East, yesterday made the following statement from Gaza. "I welcome the arrest by SFOR forces in Bosnia of Momcilo Krajisnik and his transfer to The Hague to stand trial. Peace in South East Europe can only be built on freedom and justice for all. Over four years since the Dayton/Paris agreement, this arrest is a timely reminder to the whole region that justice has a long memory - a memory that becomes, if anything, sharper over time. After the recent extradition of Mladen Naletilic, 'Tuta', from Croatia, this arrest demonstrates once again that the International Criminal Tribunal is ethnically blind - targeting not one ethnic group or another, but those individuals, whatever their ethnicity, whatever their status, who have a case to answer in law."

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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