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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-10-09

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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

09/10/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Message of congratulation of Romano Prodi to Vojislav Kostunica
  • [02] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune entre Bayer, Deutsche Telekom et Infraserv Höchst dans le commerce électronique
  • [03] La Commission autorise un programme de licence de brevet en vue de mettre en œuvre la norme DVD
  • [04] "Europe against Cancer" week : focus on nutrition
  • [05] Aide alimentaire en faveur des populations victimes de la sécheresse et des conflits dans la Corne de l'Afrique
  • [06] Future of Europe : reaction to the speech of Rt Hon Tony Blair, Prime Minister

  • [01] Message of congratulation of Romano Prodi to Vojislav Kostunica

    The President of the European Commission Romano Prodi sent yesterday the following message to the President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vojislav Kostunica : "On my behalf and of the European Commission, I extend to you my warmest congratulations as you take up your position as President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The people of Europe have watched in admiration as the Yugoslav people have claimed back their country. The events of recent days have given hope to people everywhere. I take this oportunity to express my admiration for your principles and courageous stand in favour of democracy and civil society. You have made clear your wish to see Yugoslavia rejoin the European family and Europe has long said that it would welcome a democratic Yugoslavia with open arms. Now we look forward to carrying out that promise. We will continue to work with you and your people to rebuild your country and we will work with the all of South- East Europe to bring lasting peace and prosperity to that part of our continent. It is a big job. We intend to start on it immediately at the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Luxemburg tomorrow. Many difficulties no doubt lie ahead. But on these, your first day in office, let me pledge to you the strong support of the European Commission as you seek a brighter future for your people based on democracy and the rule of law. Let me wish you, Mr President, the very best of luck in the months ahead. I look forward to meeting you in Biarritz later this week."

    [02] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune entre Bayer, Deutsche Telekom et Infraserv Höchst dans le commerce électronique

    La Commission européenne a autorisé la création de l'entreprise commune Chemplorer par Bayer AG, Deutsche Telekom AG et Infraserv GmbH & Co. Höchst KG, la société d'exploitation du complexe industriel de Höchst. Avec Chemplorer, les trois sociétés mères créent une plate-forme de commerce électronique sans intermédiaire destinée à couvrir les besoins spécifiques de l'industrie chimique en matière d'approvisionnement en biens et en services techniques et administratifs, dits produits "MRO" (entretien, réparation et exploitation) et d'emballage. L'opération ne soulève aucun problème de concurrence, car les activités des trois sociétés mères ne se chevauchent que très peu dans ce secteur.

    [03] La Commission autorise un programme de licence de brevet en vue de mettre en œuvre la norme DVD

    La Commission européenne a approuvé un accord en vertu duquel certaines des sociétés ayant développé la technologie du DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) mettront en commun leurs brevets. Cet accord permettra aux fabricants intéressés d'obtenir rapidement une licence pour tous les brevets DVD dont ils ont besoin, ce qui ouvre la voie à une réduction des formalités administratives et à des opérations dont les consommateurs devraient également tirer profit. Les parties à l'accord sont Hitachi Ltd, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd, Mitsubishi Electric Corp, Time Warner Inc et Toshiba Corp.

    [04] "Europe against Cancer" week : focus on nutrition

    This year's Europe against Cancer week, from 9 through 15 October, is focussing public attention on proper eating habits as a means to prevent cancer. Eating more vegetables and fresh fruit, and cereals with high fibre content will reduce the risk of getting many different types of cancers. Avoiding being overweight, increasing physical activity and eating less fatty foods will equally contribute to keeping the deadly disease at bay. There is strong and consistent scientific evidence showing that diets high in vegetables and fruits decrease the risk of many cancers, notably of cancers of mouth, pharynx, oesophagus, lung, and stomach, and probable or possible for other types of cancers. For detailed information on the events held during the 2000 "Europe against Cancer" week, see: http://www.europa.eu.int/comm/health/ph/programmes/cancer/index_en.htm

    [05] Aide alimentaire en faveur des populations victimes de la sécheresse et des conflits dans la Corne de l'Afrique

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'allouer aux ONG dans le cadre de l'Association Européenne d'Organisations Non Gouvernementales d'aide alimentaire (Euronaid) une nouvelle allocation globale de produits alimentaires, semences et outils. De cette allocation globale d'un montant total de 26 millions d'euros, un tiers sera réservé à la Corne de l'Afrique. L'Ethiopie, l'Erythrée, le Soudan, la Somalie et le Kenya seront les principaux pays bénéficiaires de l'aide en raison des besoins importants des populations dans ces pays.

    [06] Future of Europe : reaction to the speech of Rt Hon Tony Blair, Prime Minister

    Michel Barnier, European Commissioner responsible for matters on the reform of the institutions, speaking last Friday at the University of Graz in Austria has welcomed the speech of British Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Tony Blair as an important contribution to the on-going debate on the future of Europe. During his speech at the Warsaw Stock Exchange, Mr Blair emphasised the need to create a Europe that responds to the concerns of its citizens. He called on Europe's leaders to set a timetable for enlargement leading to the entry of the first wave of new Member States by the European Parliament elections in 2004. The speech also proposed a number of changes to the institutional framework of the European Union. Among the ideas he floated were those of the creation of a second chamber of national Parliamentarians to review new Community policy initiatives, a strengthening of the European Council and increased use of closer cooperations. Mr Blair also expressed his support for a strong, independent Commission, which would require a limitation on the number of Commissioners.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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