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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-10-03

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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

03/10/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Speech by President Prodi, Strasbourg
  • [02] Commission clears joint control by Corus and Wuppermann over a new Dutch steel plant
  • [03] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune par SAP et Siemens dans le domaine du commerce électronique
  • [04] La Commission ouvre une enquête approfondie concernant le contrôle de EnBW par EdF et OEW
  • [05] Commission issues Statements of Objections relating to cartels in the brewing sector in Belgium and Luxembourg
  • [06] Travelling with pets in the EU made easier
  • [07] Davantage de sécurité pour les pompiers grâce à la recherche européenne

  • [01] Speech by President Prodi, Strasbourg

    In a major keynote speech this morning to the European Parliament, the President of the European Commission Romano Prodi delivers a sturdy defence of the European Union's decision-making record through existing EU mechanisms. He warns that a drift towards intergovernmentalism risks making Europe less democratic and less efficient, and he defends the Commission's proven role at reconciling the competing interests of the member states. The Nice Summit must produce real results, notably an effective and inclusive mechanism for reinforced cooperation, voting by 'double majority' in the Council, and a reduction in the number of issues decided by unanimity. The EU must seek, too, to answer candidate country concerns over the lack of a precise timetable for enlargement, and should aim to be ready to enlarge as of 2003. In order to boost the EU's coherence, the role of the Council High Representative for foreign and security policy should be integrated into the Commission with a special status, and the Commission should become the sole voice on EU economic policy.

    [02] Commission clears joint control by Corus and Wuppermann over a new Dutch steel plant

    The European Commission has cleared the acquisition of 30% of the shares and joint control of Wuppermann Staal Nederland B.V (WSN) by Corus Group Plc. WSN was previously totally owned by Wuppermann GmbH (Germany). The sole business of WSN is the construction, and subsequent operation and management of a production site at Moerdijk, the Netherlands, for pickling, galvanising and slitting of hot-rolled wide strip steel.

    [03] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune par SAP et Siemens dans le domaine du commerce électronique

    La Commission européenne a autorisé la fondation d'une entreprise commune par Siemens et la société de logiciels SAP, également établie en Allemagne. Cette entreprise commune nouvellement établie, dénommée Governet, créera et exploitera des places de marché électroniques publiques sur lesquelles seront représentées à la fois des entreprises et des administrations. L'opération ne suscite pas de préoccupations du point de vue de la concurrence car les activités des deux entreprises mères ne se recoupent que de façon minimale ou pas du tout dans les marchés en cause.

    [04] La Commission ouvre une enquête approfondie concernant le contrôle de EnBW par EdF et OEW

    La Commission européenne a décidé de mener un examen approfondi de deuxième phase concernant un projet d'opération par lequel Electricité de France (EdF) et Zweckverband Oberschwäbische Elektrizitätswerke (OEW), Allemagne, acquièrent le contrôle en commun de Energie Bade-Wurtemberg (EnBW). La Commission considère que l'opération soulève de sérieux doutes, vu qu'elle élimine un concurrent potentiel sur le marché français de l'électricité.

    [05] Commission issues Statements of Objections relating to cartels in the brewing sector in Belgium and Luxembourg

    The European Commission has issued Statements of Objections to brewers in Belgium and Luxembourg relating to alleged infringements of Article 81 of the EC Treaty which prohibits concerted behaviour or agreements between companies that have an anti-competitive object or effect. The Statements of Objections mark the opening of infringement proceedings and contain the Commission's preliminary assessment. The parties are now entitled to present their defence in writing, as well as at an oral hearing. The Commission is also investigating similar alleged practices by major brewers in other Member States, in particular France, the Netherlands, Italy and Denmark. However, these investigations are at an early stage and no conclusions should be drawn as to the existence of any infringement.

    [06] Travelling with pets in the EU made easier

    Pet owners will be able to travel more easily within the European Union with their domestic pets, especially cats and dogs. The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a regulation harmonising the health requirements for pets moving from one EU country to another. The proposal reinforces health requirements for pets coming from third countries. The new system will require identification of cats and dogs via electronic microchips or tattoos, obligatory vaccination against rabies and, where necessary, additional checks on the immune response to this vaccination. It will come into force as soon as adopted by European Parliament and Council.

    [07] Davantage de sécurité pour les pompiers grâce à la recherche européenne

    Le travail des pompiers ne se limite plus à éteindre des incendies de forêt ou des bâtiments en flammes. Les hommes du feu doivent également effectuer des opérations de secours et des interventions techniques et lutter contre les risques chimiques, les catastrophes dues aux intempéries et les marées noires. Le port d'un casque de protection sûr et multifonctionnel est donc indispensable pour qu'ils puissent exécuter ces tâches dangereuses sans s'exposer eux-mêmes. Six PME de différents pays et un institut de recherche viennent de mettre au point un tel système de protection dans le cadre d'un projet de recherche financé par la Commission européenne. Les essais du prototype sont achevés et la production va démarrer dans quelques semaines. "On a ici un nouvel exemple des effets directs que la recherche peut avoir sur le travail quotidien de ceux qui s'exposent au danger pour sauver des vies humaines et des biens", a déclaré Philippe Busquin, commissaire chargé de la recherche.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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