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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-10-02

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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

02/10/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission authorises acquisition of Stadtwerke Kiel by TXU Germany
  • [02] Commission and Member States discuss competition policy in the motor fuel sector
  • [03] Philippe Busquin souligne l'importance de la recherche dans le partenariat euro-méditerranéen
  • [04] EU and US reach agreement on procedures for handling Foreign Sales Corporation (FSC) dispute
  • [05] Poul Nielson salutes Commission/UN cooperation in refugee crises at the UNHCR in Geneva
  • [06] Northern Caucasus (Russian Federation, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) : Commission approves humanitarian aid worth euro 5 million
  • [07] EU-Korea consultations on shipbuilding founder
  • [08] Europe : la parole aux jeunes

  • [01] Commission authorises acquisition of Stadtwerke Kiel by TXU Germany

    The European Commission has authorised the acquisition of 51% of the shares in Stadtwerke Kiel AG by TXU Germany. Stadtwerke Kiel produces and distributes electricity at voltage levels of 110 kV and less in Kiel and its surrounding area. TXU Germany, acting as an electricity broker, supplies only a limited amount of electricity in Germany into the high- voltage grid (over 220 kV) and does not supply any customer in the area covered by Stadtwerke Kiel. Given the market position of the notifying parties, and taking account of vertical aspects, the proposed transaction will not lead to the creation or reinforcement of a dominant position.

    [02] Commission and Member States discuss competition policy in the motor fuel sector

    The European Commission and Member States competition authorities met on 29 September to discuss competition policy in the motor fuel sector. Mario Monti, Commissioner in charge of Competition, welcomed the results of the meeting and expressed appreciation for the active contribution by the reppresentatives from the Member States. "The meeting has been a helpful means to exchange experiences and information between the competition authorities. European consumers expect the network of national and EU competition authorities to follow current price developments closely. This meeting shows that the competition authorithies will indeed intervene immediately in case there is evidence that market operators, through restricting competition, exploit the situation for their benefit."

    [03] Philippe Busquin souligne l'importance de la recherche dans le partenariat euro-méditerranéen

    Pendant une rencontre informelle des ministres de la recherche des pays euro-méditerranéens organisé par le ministre italien, M. Ortensio Zecchino à Capri le 29 et 30 septembre, il était estimé que "la recherche et la coopération technologique dans le cadre du processus de Barcelone doit être promue en renforçant les instruments financiers communautaires, notamment la coordination entre MEDA et le Programme-cadre de RDT, en vue de créer une zone euro-méditerranéenne de la recherche". Le commissaire européen à la Recherche Philippe Busquin était d'avis que "la stratégie de relance de la coopération euro-méditérranéenne en matière de recherche nécessite un renforcement du rôle du comité de suivi". Les ministres Ortensio Zecchino (IT), Roger-Gérard Schwartzenberg (FR), Mariano Gago (PT), Nikos Christodoulakis (GR) et le Secrétaire d'Etat Ramón Marimón Sunól (ES), ainsi que les ministres Boughazi (Algérie), Fassi-Fehri (Maroc), Zebidi (Tunisie) et le Président du Centre National de la Recherche Eissa (Egypte) ont participé à cette rencontre.

    [04] EU and US reach agreement on procedures for handling Foreign Sales Corporation (FSC) dispute

    Following meetings last week in Brussels, the EU and US have agreed on procedures for handling the Foreign Sales Corporation (FSC) dispute. Pascal Lamy, European Trade Commissioner, welcomed the agreement. He said : "The agreement reached today reflects our common desire to handle trade disputes in a pragmatic and non-confrontational manner. Our priority is to resolve disputes, not exacerbate them. We disagree on the replacement FSC system which, in our view, remains incompatible with the WTO findings. We have agreed on how to handle this - but in doing so, fully protecting the EU's rights and interests in the WTO."

    [05] Poul Nielson salutes Commission/UN cooperation in refugee crises at the UNHCR in Geneva

    Invited by Mrs Sadako Ogata, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the European Commissioner for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, Mr Poul Nielson today participated in the 51st working session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. Mr Kofi Annan, UN General Secretary also attended the meeting. On this occasion, Mr Nielson declared that "the cooperation between the UN humanitarian agencies and the Commission mainly through the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) is one of the pillars of effective intervention in refugee crises and is the best evidence of European and international solidarity to victims".

    [06] Northern Caucasus (Russian Federation, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) : Commission approves humanitarian aid worth euro 5 million

    The European Commission has approved funding for emergency humanitarian aid to ensure ongoing support to the victims of the Chechnya conflict. Channelled through the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) this aid will enable non-governmental agencies and the UN working in Northern Caucasus to carry out projects in the region during the next six months. The objective is to continue providing assistance to an estimated 350,000 people consisting of refugees and Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Ingushetia and Chechnya. Main sectors targeted : health care, food aid, water and sanitation. ECHO's support for the Russian population started in 1993. Previous funding made available for the Northern Caucasus amounts to over euro 42 million, including euro 12.4 million since the beginning of the current crisis in September 1999. The European Union being by far the largest donor of humanitarian aid in the region.

    [07] EU-Korea consultations on shipbuilding founder

    On 28 and 29 July 2000, the European Commission and Korea held a second round of consultations on shipbuilding, in Brussels. The discussions in the framework of the 'EU/Korea Agreed Minutes', which aim at promoting fair and competitive conditions in the world shipbuilding and at stabilising the market, failed to reach a positive conclusion. The Commission will report to the Council in the coming days and propose alternative ways forward, including a possible action in the WTO under the Trade Barrier Regulation (TBR).

    [08] Europe : la parole aux jeunes

    La Rencontre européenne des jeunes se tient à Paris à la Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie du 5 au 7 octobre 2000. Elle constitue une étape déterminante dans la définition de nouvelles orientations, qui se concrétiseront notamment par la rédaction d'un "Livre blanc sur la politique de la jeunesse" que la Commission européenne publiera en 2001.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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