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

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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

08/08/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission initiates proceedings against Deutsche Post AG for abuse of a dominant position
  • [02] Statement by Poul Nielson and Chris Patten on the management of EU external assistance programmes
  • [03] La Commission adresse un avis motivé à l'Italie sur la fixation des émoluments des agents en douane

  • [01] Commission initiates proceedings against Deutsche Post AG for abuse of a dominant position

    In response to a number of complaints, and a judgment in the Court of First Instance finding that the European Commission had wrongly failed to act in the matter, the Commission has initiated formal proceedings against the German postal operator Deutsche Post AG for abuse of its dominant position. These proceedings are concerned in the first place with Deutsche Post's pricing of parcel delivery services for mail-order business. The Commission's preliminary enquiries suggest that Deutsche Post allows large mail-order traders substantial discounts if they undertake to send all their parcels through Deutsche Post. They also suggest that Deutsche Post does not come anywhere near covering the costs of its mail-order parcel services. This means that no private provider of parcel services to mail- order firms has been able to achieve any firm foothold in Germany. The proceedings likewise question the postage charged by Deutsche Post for the letters it delivers under its monopoly rights. At this stage the Commission is asking Deutsche Post to explain why it is that even taking account of quality of service and density of population German customers pay the highest postage in Europe.

    [02] Statement by Poul Nielson and Chris Patten on the management of EU external assistance programmes

    The European Union is the world's largest donor of international assistance. With an annual budget of about euro 9.6 billion, this includes both traditional development assistance and other external objectives like reconstruction in the Balkans, promoting free trade in the Mediterranean region and the transformation of the economies of the former Soviet Union. While our projects in these areas can benefit poor people, that is not always the primary aim. It is not always helpful to discuss, for example, repairing war damage in Kosovo in the same terms as action to meet the needs of poor communities in Africa. Nor should it be confused with the rapid and effective delivery of emergency humanitarian aid by ECHO (the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office).

    [03] La Commission adresse un avis motivé à l'Italie sur la fixation des émoluments des agents en douane

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'envoyer un avis motivé à l'Italie pour non-respect des règles de la concurrence concernant les émoluments des agents en douane en dépit d'un arrêt de la Cour de Justice européenne.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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