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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-06-12

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News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Service Presse et Communicationb

Midday Express 12/06/2001

  • [01] EU reaction to the speech by US President Bush on climate change In a reaction to a speech given by US President George W. Bush on climate change, European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström said : "We of course welcome that the US wants to work with other countries to address climate change. However, President Bush has basically repeated what he said earlier. We think it is time to move on from analysing the issues towards action. I am worried that his speech is short of action to actually reduce emissions." Swedish Environment Minister Kjell Larsson, representing the EU Presidency, said : "We regret that President Bush continues to reject the Kyoto Protocol. Abandoning the Kyoto Protocol would mean postponing international action to combat climate change for years - and we are already late. We can not accept this. The EU ministers have therefore confirmed that they stand firm behind the Kyoto Protocol and are ready to proceed with the ratification of it. Without the US the Protocol will be less effective of course since they account for a large part of world emissions."
  • [02] First Summit between EU leaders and US President George W. Bush On 14 June 2001 European Commission President Romano Prodi and Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, the current President of the European Council, will meet US President George W. Bush in Göteborg, Sweden. This will be the first Transatlantic Summit since the new US Administration took office. Leaders and top officials will hold several working sessions, and will meet representatives of civil society. Mr Bush will then meet the EU Heads of State and Government participating in the European Council, taking place the following day in Göteborg. The Göteborg Summit will be particularly significant, not only because of the importance of the subjects to be treated, but also because it will provide the first opportunity under a new US administration for both sides to consolidate their relationship and to give it a new momentum. The EU and US have a shared interest and responsibility to work together on a growing number of global, economic, and political challenges, including on issues such as climate change, where there have been recent high-profile differences.
  • [03] Commission clears merger of European flexible packaging activities of Amcor, Danisco and Ahlstrom The European Commission has cleared a planned merger of the European flexible packaging businesses of Australian company Amcor Ltd., Danisco A/S of Denmark, and Finland's Ahlstrom Corp. The joint venture will be controlled by Amcor and Danisco, with Ahlstrom having only a minority stake. The Commission concluded that the market would remain sufficiently competitive with such strong players as Alcan and VAW Europack.
  • [04] La Commission autorise le rachat de Temic, filiale de Chrysler, par Continental La Commission européenne a autorisé l'entreprise allemande Continental AG a racheté le groupe Temic de Daimler Chrysler. Continental exerce entre autres des activités de production de systèmes de freinage et de ressorts pneumatiques pour automobiles. Temic fabrique le dispositif électronique nécessaire pour lesdits systèmes. L'intégration verticale qui résultera de cette opération de concentration ne provoquera pas la création d'une position dominante au profit de Continental.
  • [05] La Commission décide près de 4 millions d'euros d'aide d'urgence pour les réfugiés sahraouis La Commission européenne a adopté une décision de financement de 3.77 millions d'euros en faveur des réfugiés sahraouis. Gérée par l'Office d'Aide Humanitaire (ECHO), cette aide bénéficiera à 155.340 réfugiés essentiellement répartis dans quatre camps situés dans la région de Tindouf (sud-ouest de l'Algérie).
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur les résultats du Conseil Emploi / Affaires sociales


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