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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-05-08

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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

08/05/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Internal Market : Commission calls for urgent action on priority policies to help EU meet Lisbon agenda
  • [02] Mario Monti présente le rapport annuel 1999 sur la politique de concurrence
  • [03] La Commission approuve la création d'une entreprise commune entre Dynamit Nobel GmbH Explosivstoff- und Systemtechnik et Orica Europe Ltd
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of ABB Alstom Power N.V. by Alstom
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition by venture capital fund Gilde Investment Management of sole control of Norit
  • [06] Commission clears Nabisco acquisition of United Biscuits
  • [07] Audition publique sur les futures règles de l'Union dans le domaine des télécommunications
  • [08] Franz Fischler at Mauthausen concentration camp : "Austria cannot sneak out of the back door to avoid its historical responsibility"
  • [09] Viviane Reding dialogue sur Internet avec des élèves de toute l'Europe

  • [01] Internal Market : Commission calls for urgent action on priority policies to help EU meet Lisbon agenda

    The European Commission has identified a series of priority actions necessary to advance the goal set out at the Lisbon European Council of making the European Union the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. The 2000 Internal Market strategy review, is designed to use the political momentum generated at Lisbon by setting deadlines for the implementation of certain key Internal Market policies. It builds on the strategy published in November 1999 and designed to develop the Internal Market over the next five years, but takes that programme a step further by targeting specific policies necessary to exploit in particular, the benefits of new technology and innovation. The Commission notes that despite clear political engagement, overall progress on implementing the Internal Market Strategy is slow. It warns that "greater discipline and a more concentrated effort from all the institutions will be required in future, if the ambitious agenda set out in Lisbon is to be delivered".

    [02] Mario Monti présente le rapport annuel 1999 sur la politique de concurrence

    L'année 1999 a encore été très fructueuse en matière de politique de concurrence avec un total de 1.200 nouveaux cas, parmi lesquels 512 dans le domaine des aides d'Etat, une augmentation de 15% par rapport à l'année précédente, et environ 300 fusions et acquisitions. Le 29ème rapport de la concurrence adopté par la Commission européenne sera présenté aujourd'hui par Mario Monti, le Commissaire à la Concurrence, au Parlement Européen.

    [03] La Commission approuve la création d'une entreprise commune entre Dynamit Nobel GmbH Explosivstoff- und Systemtechnik et Orica Europe Ltd

    La Commission européenne a approuvé la création d'une entreprise commune entre Dynamit Nobel GmbH Explosivstoff- und Systemtechnik (DNES) et Orica Europe Ltd, Precision Blasting GmbH. Cette coopération vise le développement et la fabrication d'un nouveau type de détonateur, destiné, entre autres, à l'industrie minière et au secteur de la construction.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of ABB Alstom Power N.V. by Alstom

    The European Commission has authorised the acquisition of the whole of ABB Alstom Power N.V. (AAP) by the French company Alstom, which is active in the power generation and transmission, and other, sectors. AAP is a joint venture in the power generation sector between Alstom and the Swiss- incorporated company ABB. The Commission approved the formation of the joint venture under the EU's merger control rules in 1999. The present transaction involves the purchase by Alstom of ABB's share in the joint venture and a consequent change from joint control to sole control of AAP by Alstom. The transaction will not change the competitive situation on the relevant markets since Alstom has no business that competes with AAP, and there are no horizontally affected markets. In view of the above the Commission has decided to clear the operation.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition by venture capital fund Gilde Investment Management of sole control of Norit

    The operation raises no competition concerns because neither Gilde Investment Management, nor its parent, Rabobank, nor companies in which they have a controlling interest have any activity in the activated carbon products market where Norit N.V. is active, nor in any closely related market. Consequently, the Commission has decided to declare the operation compatible with the common market and the EEA agreement. Gilde Investment Management N.V. is controlled by the Dutch banking group Coöperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A. (Rabobank). Norit N.V. manufactures and markets activated carbon products made for the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries as well as for water, air and gas purification. It is also active in the field of process technology, i.e. development of innovative technologies and products for treatment and processing of process flows in the drinks, food, dairy and pharmaceutical industry and manufactures personal care products (cosmetics) mainly for third parties. Gilde Investment Management proposes to acquire all of Norit's outstanding share capital through a public bid published 29 March, 2000. Since there are no overlapping activities between the parties to this operation, the concentration will not lead to the creation of a dominant position on any market within the Common Market or the EEA and the Commission has therefore decided not to oppose the operation.

    [06] Commission clears Nabisco acquisition of United Biscuits

    The European Commission has authorised the acquisition of United Biscuits (Holdings) Plc (UB) by Finalrealm Limited, a company controlled by Nabisco Group Holdings Corporation, after the deal was modified to avoid Nabisco controlling both UB and Horizon, another biscuit maker. This modification removed competition concerns and, therefore, there was no need to refer the case to the United Kingdom as had been requested by the UK competition authorities.

    [07] Audition publique sur les futures règles de l'Union dans le domaine des télécommunications

    Plus de 600 personnes assisteront à une audition publique concernant "Le futur cadre réglementaire des réseaux et des services de communications électroniques", qui doit se tenir à Bruxelles les 10 et 11 mai 2000, en préparation de la présentation officielle par la Commission européenne au Parlement européen et au Conseil de cinq propositions de directive, en juin 2000.

    [08] Franz Fischler at Mauthausen concentration camp : "Austria cannot sneak out of the back door to avoid its historical responsibility"

    At the occasion of the commemoration of the liberation of the inmates of the Mauthausen concentration camp, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Franz Fischler, said : "Many of the things we thought we had overcome long ago have recently resurfaced. The concern voiced abroad, registering even the slightest manifestation of xenophobia, intolerance or political fuzziness about the past with seismographic accuracy, is received here with both amazement and indignation. We Austrians are measured against different standards. And I think we should realise why that is. However, the difficult political situation in our country also gives us a chance to try once more to come to terms with our past. It is time our acceptance that we share responsibility for national socialism is followed by further action. This includes doing everything we can to make up for the wrong done to the Jewish community, if at all possible. It is time to come to grips with the issue of slave labour, and to settle once and for all the return of property seized by the Nazis."

    [09] Viviane Reding dialogue sur Internet avec des élèves de toute l'Europe

    A l'occasion du 50ème anniversaire de la Déclaration Schuman, la Commissaire européenne responsable de l'Education et de la Culture, participera demain 9 mai 2000 à Luxembourg à un dialogue sur Internet entre des élèves de plusieurs lycées luxembourgeois et des jeunes du Nord de l'Europe, du Portugal et de Slovénie. Cette rencontre virtuelle de jeunes de tous les coins de l'Europe, qui aura lieu sur le site myEurope du European Schoolnet, s'inscrit dans la volonté de la Commission de renforcer le dialogue avec les citoyens et futurs citoyens et de promouvoir les échanges d'opinion sur la construction européenne. "Cette initiative démontre le dynamisme du European Schoolnet, réseau entre écoles européennes innovantes dont j'entends renforcer le rôle dans le cadre de eLearning, le plan d'action sur l'entrée des écoles dans l'ère numérique que je prépare actuellement", a commenté Mme Reding. La discussion devrait porter notamment sur les enjeux de la construction européenne et sur la diversité de culture et d'histoire des peuples européens. Mme Reding participera à ce dialogue sur Internet depuis l'Athénée de Luxembourg en compagnie d'élèves de l'Athénée, ainsi que des lycées Robert Schuman, Michel Rodange et de l'Ecole de commerce et de gestion. La presse peut assister à ce dialogue soit depuis l'Athénée de Luxembourg soit directement sur le web. Le dialogue aura lieu entre 9h30 et 11h00 à l'adresse suivante : http://myEurope.eun.org

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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