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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-04-07

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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 Service Presse et Communicationb

07/04/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par Carrefour du contrôle unique du distributeur italien Gruppo GS
  • [02] Commission approves joint venture between Ahold, ICA Förbundet and Canica
  • [03] La Commission prend de nouvelles mesures à l'encontre de l'Italie, de l'Irlande, de l'Espagne et de la France, qui ont manqué à leur obligation de fournir des informations en matière d'environnement
  • [04] Breakthrough in sequencing of the human genome

  • [01] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par Carrefour du contrôle unique du distributeur italien Gruppo GS

    La Commission européenne a donné son feu vert à un projet d'opération par lequel le groupe Carrefour acquiert le contrôle unique de l'entreprise Gruppo GS, entreprise active dans le secteur de la distribution à dominante alimentaire. Dans le cadre de l'affaire Carrefour/Promodes, la Commission avait déjà autorisé, le 25 janvier 2000, le regroupement en Italie de Carrefour et de Promodes, cette dernière société détenant un contrôle conjoint sur Gruppo GS avec Schemaventuno. La présente opération n'est pas de nature à modifier l'analyse concurrentielle menée à cette époque.

    [02] Commission approves joint venture between Ahold, ICA Förbundet and Canica

    The European Commission has approved an operation by which the Dutch grocery retailer Koninklijke Ahold N.V. (Ahold) acquires joint control over the Swedish food retail chain ICA AB (ICA) together with the Norwegian company Canica and the Swedish retail group ICA Förbundet. The markets concerned are the retail, wholesale and procurement of daily consumer goods, that is, of food and certain non-food articles. The operation will not produce any increment in market shares in any of these markets : Ahold is active in The Netherlands, Portugal and, to a minor extent, in Spain, whereas ICA Förbundet and Canica are active in Sweden and Norway. Therefore, the concentration will not give rise to any concerns with regard to its impact on effective competition.

    [03] La Commission prend de nouvelles mesures à l'encontre de l'Italie, de l'Irlande, de l'Espagne et de la France, qui ont manqué à leur obligation de fournir des informations en matière d'environnement

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'envoyer des lettres d'avertissement à l'Italie, à l'Irlande, à l'Espagne et à la France car elles ont omis de répondre à ses demandes d'informations sur des questions environnementales. L'article 10 du traité fait obligation aux Etats membres de coopérer étroitement avec la Commission pour le traitement des plaintes. Cette décision reflète la préoccupation de la Commission, qui dans les affaires en question, n'obtient pas le niveau de coopération habituellement attendu de la part des Etats membres.

    [04] Breakthrough in sequencing of the human genome

    The announcement by Celera Genomics to have deciphered 99% of human genes is welcomed as a scientific breakthrough by Philippe Busquin, European Commissioner for research. He added : "I am encouraged by the fact that Celera seems to have taken steps to put this knowledge in the public domain. However, it is vital that researchers are given the widest possible access to these data. The real work only starts now since we do not know much about the function of these genetic sequences. This is a massive task requiring a coordinated effort to which Europe must be fully associated. In fact, this is one of the aims of my recent communication on the European research Area because I firmly believe that Europe can only play its role fully when joining forces." Furthermore, the Commissioner underlined that ethical issues and patenting issues associated with the use of this new knowledge will have to be looked into very carefully.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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