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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-07-31

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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

31/07/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Bilan des activités de la Commission
  • [02] Commission authorises two Asian joint ventures between Valeo and Robert Bosch GmbH
  • [03] Commission clears joint venture between Andersen Consulting and British Telecommunications
  • [04] La Commission approuve l'acquisition par BNP-Paribas des sociétés PHH Europe
  • [05] Commission approves the Volbroker.com electronic brokerage joint venture between six major banks
  • [06] La Commission octroie le régime spécial d'encouragement à la protection des droits des travailleurs dans le cadre du schéma des préférences commerciales
  • [07] Commission adopts decision to extend public health programmes to 2002
  • [08] Publication of comments on the Food Safety White Paper

  • [01] Bilan des activités de la Commission

    La Commission européenne a diffusé un document qui fait le bilan des résultats obtenus pour les principales activités de la Commission, secteur par secteur, depuis sa mise en place en septembre dernier. Ce document n'est pas exhaustif. Il reprend les principaux secteurs dans lesquels la Commission a renforcé les politiques de l'Union européenne, proposé diverses législations ou documents de travail, favorisé les débats ou est arrivée à des accords devant le Conseil et les organisations internationales. Il signale, entre autres, les domaines pour lesquels les travaux effectués cette année par la Commission devraient porter leurs fruits dans un proche avenir. Le président Romano Prodi a déclaré : "Cette Commission a beaucoup et bien travaillé. Nous avons atteint les objectifs envisagés lors de notre prise de fonctions. L'Europe a un agenda chargé et de nombreux défis nous attendent. Je suis fier de mon équipe et des résultats obtenus ce jour." Le document est disponible à l'adresse suivante : http://europa. eu.int/rapid/start/cgi/guesten.ksh?p_action.gettxt=gt&doc=DOC/00/22/0/RAPID&lg =FR

    [02] Commission authorises two Asian joint ventures between Valeo and Robert Bosch GmbH

    The European Commission has approved two operations by which French automotive components firm Valeo and Robert Bosch GmbH of Germany establish two joint ventures with activities in the markets for air conditioning systems and engine cooling systems in Asia.

    [03] Commission clears joint venture between Andersen Consulting and British Telecommunications

    The European Commission has approved, under the Merger Regulation, a proposed 50:50 joint venture called e-peopleserve between Andersen Consulting and British Telecommunications Plc, both based in London, UK. The joint venture represents a new entrant in the market for human resources services and therefore does not create or strengthen a dominant position.

    [04] La Commission approuve l'acquisition par BNP-Paribas des sociétés PHH Europe

    La Commission européenne a approuvé l'acquisition par la banque française BNP-Paribas des sociétés PHH Europe. Les deux groupes sont actifs dans le secteur des services de gestion de véhicules mais largement complémentaires du point de vue de la couverture géographique.

    [05] Commission approves the Volbroker.com electronic brokerage joint venture between six major banks

    The European Commission has approved a joint venture called Volbroker.com between subsidiaries of six major banks which will develop and market an electronic brokerage service for trading among banks in foreign currency options.

    [06] La Commission octroie le régime spécial d'encouragement à la protection des droits des travailleurs dans le cadre du schéma des préférences commerciales

    La Commission européenne a adopté, pour la première fois, un règlement octroyant à la République de Moldavie le régime spécial d'encouragement à la protection des droits des travailleurs dans le cadre du schéma des préférences généralisées.

    [07] Commission adopts decision to extend public health programmes to 2002

    The existing EU public health programmes on health promotion, information, education, and training, the action plan to combat cancer, and the programmes for the prevention of AIDS and certain other communicable diseases, the prevention of drug dependence, health monitoring and pollution-related diseases, have been extended for a further two years. In 2002 they will be replaced by the new overall health strategy including an action programme which the European Commission proposed in May. In view of the fact that co-decision procedure on the new public health programme may not be completed before some of the existing programmes expire in 2000 and 2001 they have been extended to 2002.

    [08] Publication of comments on the Food Safety White Paper

    The European Commission has published today a series of comments from interested parties on the Food Safety White Paper. The White Paper which was adopted in January this year sets out a major programme of legislative reform to complete the EU's integrated "farm to table" approach to food safety. It also proposed the establishment of a new European Food Authority. In the spirit of greater transparency at all levels of food safety policy making which is a key element of the new approach, the Commission invited all interested parties to comment on the White Paper. Nearly 110 contributions were received. In so far as their authors have agreed to publication, these comments are now available on the Commission's Europa website. The comments include contributions from other EU institutions, EU Member State authorities, third country governments, food and drink industry, agricultural organisations, retailers and distributors of food products, consumer groups and other stakeholders. They represent a wide variety of different, and sometimes contradictory, positions on the White Paper approach. As far as possible, the Commission is taking both general and specific comments into account in its drafting of the concrete proposals. The comments on the White Paper on Food Safety are available at http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/fs/ intro/index_en.html

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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