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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-08-03

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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

Midday Express 03/08/2001

  • [01] La Commission autorise le rachat total de TUI Belgium par Preussag La Commission européenne a autorisé le rachat total du voyagiste belge TUI Belgium par la société allemande Preussag AG. TUI Group, dont le siège est à Hanovre, appartient au groupe Preussag, mais sa filiale belge, qui possède également l'agence de voyages Jet Air, était jusqu'à présent placée sous le contrôle conjoint de Preussag et de l'entreprise familiale belge Imobra NV. L'opération autorisée par la Commission permet à Preussag de porter sa participation à 100% et d'acquérir ainsi le contrôle exclusif de TUI Belgium.
  • [02] Commission clears joint control of RWE and Bundesland Kärnten in Kärntner Energieholding Beteiligungs GmbH The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of joint control by the German RWE group in the Austrian Kärntner Energieholding Beteiligungs GmbH, which was prior to the acquisition under sole control of the Austrian Bundesland Kärnten. The transaction does not present any competition concerns since the involved companies have limited overlapping activities in the Austrian electricity sector and other services markets.
  • [03] Structural funds : Commission approves a regional development programme of euro 1,237 million for the North of the Netherlands The European Commission has approved a regional development programme for "North Netherlands" over the period 2000-2006. This programme amounts to euro 341.9 million in financial support from the European Union. It concerns major parts of the Dutch northern provinces Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe eligible for "Objective 2" of the Structural Funds. The European funding will attract a further euro 532 million in investment from the Netherlands' public sector and euro 363 million from the private sector, amounting to a total spending of euro 1,237 million.
  • [04] Go ahead given for euro 184 million for rural development programmes in Spain The European Commission approved four programmes for the EU Initiative Leader+ in the Spanish regions of Aragon, Cantabria, Castilla La Mancha and Madrid. Welcoming the decisions, Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, said : "These programmes aim to pilot new ideas to help build a more sustainable society, economy and environment for rural Spain. We want to improve the quality of life for all those who live in rural areas. Leader+ will help to add value to local products and to make the best use of natural and cultural resources." During the period 2001-2006, the total expenditure under the programmes is euro 184.2 million (Aragon: euro 76 million, Cantabria: euro 13.4 million, Castilla la Mancha: euro 82.2 million, Madrid: euro 12.6 million). This includes an EU contribution of euro 107.3 million (Aragon: euro 38 million, Cantabria: euro 9 million, Castilla la Mancha: euro 54 million, Madrid: euro 6.3 million).
  • [05] Euro area business climate indicator down -0.33 - July 2001 (! embargo 12 am !) After a moderate fall in June (by a revised 0.09), the business climate indicator declined markedly to 0.36 in July (from 0.03 a month before). This seventh drop in the year is in line with the sharp deceleration in growth in industrial production since January. The trend in the indicator points to a deteriorated confidence of industrial firms in the Euro area. (Business climate indicator for the euro area July 2001 - Directorate General Economic & Financial Affairs: http://europa.eu.int/comm/economy_finance/indicators/climate_en.htm
  • [06] Le réseau des Euro Info Centres participe à la phase décisive de la campagne d'information Euro 2002 de la Banque Centrale Européenne Les détaillants, les personnes qui manipulent des espèces ainsi que les consommateurs seront les principaux bénéficiaires du nouveau partenariat entre les Euro Info Centres (EIC) et la Banque Centrale Européenne (BCE). Le réseau des 282 EIC participe à partir d'aujourd'hui à la phase finale décisive de la campagne d'information Euro 2002 de la BCE, afin de renforcer les efforts de sensibilisation des citoyens et des entreprises européens à l'imminence du passage à l'euro et d'assurer le bon déroulement de l'introduction des billets et des pièces en euros. Ce partenariat contribuera à accroître l'impact des initiatives de communication de la BCE et de la Commission européenne.
  • [07] Merger approved under the simplified procedure Gesellschaft für Elektrometallurgie mbH (D) / Shell Hydrogen Projects B.V. (NL) / Hydro-Québec CapiTech Inc. (CAN)

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