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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-08-16

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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

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

Midday Express 10/08/2001

  • [01] Commission clears certain provisions of the Visa international payment card system The European Commission has taken a favourable view of the compatibility with the competition rules of certain provisions in the Visa International payment card scheme, in particular the so-called "no-discrimination rule" and the modified rules on cross border services. This is the first Commission antitrust decision in the field of international payment cards.
  • [02] La Commission donne son feu vert à l'acquisition par Fabricom du contrôle exclusif de Sulzer La Commission européenne a autorisé Fabricom à acquérir le contrôle exclusif de l'activité d'installation de systèmes électromécaniques ("Sulzer Infra") de Sulzer AG. La Commission a jugé que l'opération ne poserait pas de problèmes de concurrence sur le marché de l'installation de systèmes électromécaniques ni sur aucun autre marché connexe.
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of sole control by Fabricom over GTI The European Commission has cleared Fabricom's proposed acquisition of sole control over GTI. The Commission has found that the transaction would not raise any competition concerns in the installation of electromechanical systems and installations markets or in any other related markets.
  • [04] La Commission approuve le rachat de la société Du Pont Pharmaceuticals par Bristol-Myers Squibb La Commission européenne a décidé d'approuver l'opération par laquelle Bristol-Myers Squibb Company ("BMS") acquiert Du Pont Pharmaceuticals Company ("Du Pont"). BMS occupe actuellement la cinquième position sur le marché mondial des produits pharmaceutiques. L'acquisition n'engendrera qu'une légère augmentation de la part de marché et ne modifiera pas la position mondiale de BMS.
  • [05] Structural Funds : Commission adopts an Interreg programme for Austria and Slovenia of euro 54.5 million The European Commission has adopted the cross-border co-operation programme between Austria and Slovenia, which will be financed by the Community initiative Interreg III A. Its main objectives are the development of the economy on both sides of the border and better transnational cooperation. The total amount available until 2006 is euro 54.5 million of which the EU finances about euro 27.3 million. The programme involves the Austrian regions of Styria and Carinthia as well as the Slovenian border regions, representing a population of about 2.37 million.
  • [06] Structural Funds : Commission adopts an Interreg programme for Germany (Bavaria) and the Czech Republic of euro 63.8 million The European Commission has adopted the second of two cross-border co- operation programmes between Germany and the neighbouring border regions of the Czech Republic which will be financed by the Community initiative Interreg III A. The programme concerns the Land of Bavaria and its main priorities are the development of the economy on both sides of the border and better transnational cooperation. The total amount available until 2006 is euro 127.6 million of which the EU finances about euro 63.8 million. The remaining euro 63.8 million comes from national and regional budgets and private funding.
  • [07] EU Classical swine fever in Spain : reduction of the restricted areas The Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC) yesterday voted in favour of a European Commission proposal to reduce the area in Spain from where the export of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos are banned in response to outbreaks of classical swine fever (CSF). The restrictions in the autonomous region of Cataluña will now apply only in part of the province of Lerida (compared to the whole province of Lerida and parts of the provinces of Barcelona and Tarragona which were subject to the export ban until now). In the provinces of Valencia, Cuenca and Teruel, the second area where outbreaks of CSF have been confirmed, the restrictions which apply remain unchanged. Movement restrictions within Spain can also be eased in non-affected areas under control from the competent authorithies. The proposal will now be formally adopted by the Commission in the next few days and will remain in force until 15 September. The situation will be reviewed at the next SVC, scheduled for 11-12 September.
  • [08] Utilisation confinée de micro-organismes génétiquement modifiés (MGM) : la Commission assigne la France, la Belgique, l'Allemagne, le Royaume-Uni, la Grèce, l'Espagne et l'Autriche devant la Cour de justice La Commission européenne a décidé d'assigner la Belgique, l'Allemagne, le Royaume-Uni, la Grèce, l'Espagne et l'Autriche devant la Cour de justice européenne pour non-communication des dispositions législatives nationales requises pour transposer la modification de la directive 90/219/CEE relative à l'utilisation confinée de micro-organismes génétiquement modifiés. Cette modification avait été introduite par une seconde directive (directive 98/81/CE) adoptée en octobre 1998. En ce qui concerne la France, la décision a été prise pour sanctionner la transposition incomplète de la directive initiale, à savoir la directive 90/219/CEE. S'exprimant au sujet de ces décisions, Mme Margot Wallström, Membre de la Commission chargée de l'environnement, a déclaré : "Les progrès des méthodes d'évaluation des risques, qui ont été intégrés dans la législation communautaire, doivent transparaître dans la législation nationale de tous les Etats membres. C'est une condition essentielle pour maintenir un haut niveau de protection de la santé humaine et de l'environnement. La procédure d'évaluation des risques prévue par la directive révisée tient compte non seulement du type de MGM concernés (notamment virus, bactéries), mais aussi de l'opération considérée."
  • [09] Merger approved under the simplified procedure Royal Bank Private Equity Limited / Britax International Plc

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