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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-11-13

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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 13/11/2001

  • [01] La Commission se félicite des conclusions positives du rapport 2000 de la Cour des comptes et se déclare prête à prendre acte de ses critiques "Je me félicite des conclusions positives de la Cour qui encourageront tous les services concernés de la Commission à poursuivre leurs efforts sur la voie de la réforme interne," a déclaré Mme Michaele Schreyer, commissaire européenne responsable du Budget, à propos du rapport de la Cour. "Je me suis tout particulièrement réjouie de l'appui de la Cour à notre proposition de refonte du règlement financier, qui constitue l'une des étapes majeures de l'amélioration de la gestion financière de l'UE. J'espère que le Parlement et le Conseil se prononceront bientôt sur cette proposition". Mme Schreyer a ajouté : "Les critiques constructives de la Cour sont utiles parce qu'elle nous montrent la voie à suivre. Beaucoup d'erreurs sont rectifiées chaque année à la suite de son examen. Les évaluations ou les modifications proposées dans le rapport sont déjà en cours. Les critères appliqués par la Cour des comptes sont élevés, mais les attentes des contribuables européens à l'égard de la gestion des ressources que nous assurons en leur nom le sont tout autant. C'est la raison pour laquelle nous nous efforçons de satisfaire à ces critères en coopération avec les Etats membres, qui cogèrent plus de 80% du budget de l'UE."
  • [02] Focus on Mazar-I-Sharif in latest EU humanitarian aid decision for Afghanistan The EU Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) is currently finalising a further humanitarian aid decision worth euro 15 million for victims of the crisis in Afghanistan. This includes significant assistance for the area around Mazar-I-Sharif which has just been captured by Northern Alliance forces. Commenting on the proposed decision, Poul Nielson, the Commissioner responsible for development and humanitarian aid, highlighted the importance of delivering relief inside Afghanistan. "With tried and tested aid agencies operating in the humanitarian front line, we are working together to do our utmost to ensure that the relief gets through to those who need it most. Humanitarian assistance is an absolute priority".
  • [03] Commission authorises Koch Industries to acquire sole control of KoSa The European Commission has approved plans by US oil and chemical services company Koch Industries Inc. to take over the whole of KoSa B.V, a provider of specialist polyester products. KoSa is currently a joint venture between Koch and Mexican firm Imasab. The deal does not pose any competition concerns given that the activities of Koch and KoSa do not present any overlaps.
  • [04] Commission clears Flextronics buy of Xerox's office-equipment business The European Commission has cleared a proposal by Singapore-based Flextronics International Inc to take over the whole of the office- equipment business of Xerox Corp of the United States. The deal does not pose any competition problems in Europe, as Flextronics itself does not presently manufacture any office-equipment in Europe.
  • [05] La Commission approuve l'acquisition de AKB par SCH La Commission européenne a autorisé l'acquisition, par la banque espagnole Banco Santander Central Hispano (SCH), du groupe allemand AKB Holding GmbH (AKB) appartenant à Märkische Bau-Union GmbH. Les deux groupes fournissent des services bancaires, mais AKB concentre ses activités sur le financement automobile.
  • [06] Fisheries : agreement on criteria for allocation of fishing possibilities in the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT) The EU welcomes the results of the fourth meeting of the ICCAT working group on allocation criteria which takes account of both the interests of developed fishing nations and those of developing countries. The European Commission, representing the EU, participated actively in the meeting, held in Murcia (Spain) from 7 to 9 November, and was instrumental in the adoption of a number of criteria which constitute a framework for the allocation of fishing possibilities of tuna and tuna-like species in the area under the responsibility of ICCAT, in line with the mandate given by the Fisheries Council. The criteria include entitlement to allocation of fishing possibilities, the fish stocks concerned, the allocation criteria themselves and the conditions for their application. Allocation criteria include criteria relating to : the interested parties' current and previous fishing activities on the concerned stocks, the state of stocks where fishing possibilities are to be allocated, the transmission of scientific data by interested parties, and the status of those parties. ICCAT is a Regional Fisheries Organisation aiming to conserve tuna and tuna-like fisheries resources in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. It has 31 contracting parties ; the EU has been a member since 1997.
  • [07] Appointment of new members to the Advisory Committee on Cancer Prevention The expiry of the three years term of all members required the re- establishment of the entire membership of the Committee. The Commission consulted in 2000 all Member States inviting them to propose new high level expert candidates to serve on the Committee. On the basis of these consultations 15 members have been appointed to serve on the Committee. A full list of the new members is available in office 6/236 and 6/166 in the Breydel.
  • [08] Merger approved under the simplified procedure The Mead Corporation (USA) / Westvaco Corporation (USA)
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Conditions d'un financement communautaire au budget de fonctionnement de l'Agence mondiale anti-dopage (AMA)

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