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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-07-11

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Romano Prodi in Maputo to attend the African Union Summit
  • [02] USA-Steel : full victory for the co-complainants in the WTO Panel against the US steel safeguards (Press statement by the European Commission, Japan, Korea, China, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand and Brazil)
  • [03] La Commission renforce la sûreté pour les aéroports des Etats membres
  • [04] Energie nucléaire : la Commission approuve le renforcement de la couverture internationale du risque atomique
  • [05] Avian influenza : crisis over
  • [06] Commission clears Diageo and Heineken stakes in Namibian brewer
  • [07] Commission clears acquisition of Minimax by Investcorp
  • [08] Commission grants regulatory approval to takeover of Buderus by Robert Bosch
  • [09] Commission approves acquisition of Alstom's gas and steam turbine business by Siemens
  • [10] Arrêt de la Cour de Justice dans les cas Commission européenne contre Banque centrale européenne et Banque européenne d'investissement
  • [11] Cableway safety rules : Commission to refer four Member States to the Court of Justice
  • [12] Retard de paiement : la Commission va faire citer deux Etats membres devant la Cour de justice
  • [13] Mario Monti welcomes signature of EU-Japan agreement in the competition field
  • [14] Renewal of the fisheries protocol between the EU and the Republic of Guinea
  • [15] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 11/07/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 11/07/2003

  • [01] Romano Prodi in Maputo to attend the African Union Summit

    The President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, is in Maputo today to attend the African Union Summit on invitation of the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano. President Prodi will address the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). The presence of Romano Prodi at the AU Summit in Maputo is proof of the importance the Commission gives to the process of African integration, which has been inspired in a certain way, by the process of European integration itself. The Commission has been supporting various initiatives of the AU, especially the development of capacities in the areas of conflict resolution and peacekeeping.

    [02] USA-Steel : full victory for the co-complainants in the WTO Panel against the US steel safeguards (Press statement by the European Commission, Japan, Korea, China, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand and Brazil)

    (! embargo 4 pm !) Today, the WTO Panel requested by the European Commission, Japan, Korea, China, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand and Brazil (co-complainants) ruled that each of the US safeguard measures imposed on 10 steel product groupings was in breach of WTO rules. The co- complainants welcome the Panel's decision which upheld their main arguments and call upon the US to terminate its WTO incompatible safeguard measures without delay. Should the US appeal this Panel's decision, the co- complainants will continue to work together to ensure that the WTO Appellate Body confirms that the US steel safeguard measures violate WTO rules.

    [03] La Commission renforce la sûreté pour les aéroports des Etats membres

    La Commission européenne a adopté les exigences que doivent satisfaire les programmes nationaux de contrôle de la qualité de la sûreté dans les aéroports européens. Ces mesures sont destinées à donner plein effet au règlement sur la sûreté aérienne qui doit être d'application dans les aéroports au 19 juillet 2003. La Vice-Présidente en charge des transports et de l'énergie, Loyola de Palacio, a déclaré à cette occasion : "Suite aux événements du 11 septembre, l'Union a considérablement renforcé les règles européennes de sûreté dans les aéroports. Le nouveau règlement adopté aujourd'hui parachève le dispositif fixant les exigences relatives du contrôle de qualité des règles mises en place par les Etats membres. La sûreté dans les aéroports européens sera donc encore renforcée."

    [04] Energie nucléaire : la Commission approuve le renforcement de la couverture internationale du risque atomique

    La Commission européenne a donné son feu vert à l'extension de la couverture internationale du risque nucléaire. Pour ce faire, elle a adopté deux propositions de décisions autorisant les Etats membres parties à la Convention de Paris à signer et à ratifier, dans l'intérêt de l'UE, le Protocole d'amendement à la convention de Paris sur la responsabilité civile nucléaire. Cette convention conclue en 1960 détermine les conditions de la responsabilité civile de l'exploitant nucléaire et les règles d'indemnisation des victimes en cas d'accident. Le nouveau Protocole permettra d'accroître l'indemnisation des victimes en cas d'accident nucléaire et d'élargir le champ d'application de la convention. Il complètera le régime communautaire de responsabilité environnementale en cours d'adoption.

    [05] Avian influenza : crisis over

    Today all restrictions imposed after outbreaks of avian influenza in the Netherlands will expire except in the surveillance zones around the outbreaks. Starting from tomorrow, exports of live poultry, hatching eggs and fresh, unprocessed poultry manure and litter can restart from the whole country. Repopulation of the affected holdings is now taking place after "sentinel birds" demonstrate that the virus is not longer present in the holding. Restrictions in Belgium and the Land of North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany were already lifted in June. The avian influenza crisis, that started at the end of February with outbreaks in the Netherlands, can now be considered as over.

    [06] Commission clears Diageo and Heineken stakes in Namibian brewer

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Namibia Breweries Limited, active in brewing, marketing and distribution of beer, by the British beverages company Diageo plc, Dutch brewer Heineken International BV, acting together, and the Namibian undertaking Ohlthaver & List Finance and Trading Corporation Limited. (The operation, notified on 6 June 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [07] Commission clears acquisition of Minimax by Investcorp

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of the German fire detection systems maker Minimax Holding GmbH by Swiss financial services company Investcorp Financial and Investment Services S.A. (The operation, notified on 16 June 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [08] Commission grants regulatory approval to takeover of Buderus by Robert Bosch

    The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of the German heating equipment manufacturer Buderus AG by Robert Bosch GmbH, another German company also supplying heating appliances. The transaction strengthens Bosch's position in the boilers market in a number of European countries. However, the Commission's investigation has shown that there would be sufficient competition even after the acquisition.

    [09] Commission approves acquisition of Alstom's gas and steam turbine business by Siemens

    The European Commission has cleared an operation by which Siemens AG acquires Alstom's small/medium gas turbines and industrial steam turbines. Such turbines are used for mechanical drive applications and power generation. The Commission has concluded that the acquisition does not raise any competition concerns in Europe.

    [10] Arrêt de la Cour de Justice dans les cas Commission européenne contre Banque centrale européenne et Banque européenne d'investissement

    Sur proposition de la commissaire européenne au Budget Michaele Schreyer, la Commission avait introduit en janvier 2000 un recours en annulation contre la BCE et la BEI pour leurs décisions de ne pas reconnaitre les droits d'enquête de l'OLAF dans leurs institutions. Le 10 juillet, la Cour de Justice a confirmé pleinement la position de la Commission. L'OLAF peut conduire des enquêtes administratives en cas de suspicion de fraude dans ces deux banqes.

    [11] Cableway safety rules : Commission to refer four Member States to the Court of Justice

    The European Commission has decided to take Germany, Greece, Ireland and Italy to the European Court of Justice for failure to notify measures transposing Directive 2000/9/EC on cableway installations designed to carry persons into their national laws. The Commission has decided to bring this matter before the Court of Justice in the absence of notifications following the reasoned opinions and earlier formal notices which it addressed to the four Member States in question.

    [12] Retard de paiement : la Commission va faire citer deux Etats membres devant la Cour de justice

    L'absence de notification par l'Espagne et le Luxembourg à la Commission de mesures transposant la directive communautaire concernant le retard de paiement (2000/35/CE) dans leur droit national a conduit la Commission à porter l'affaire devant la Cour de justice pour obtenir un arrêt constatant que l'Espagne et le Luxembourg ne se sont pas conformés à leurs obligations au regard du traité. Cette procédure d'infraction a été ouverte le 30 septembre 2002 et la deuxième étape a été entamée le 6 février 2003, lorsque la Commission a envoyé un avis motivé aux Etats membres en infraction.

    [13] Mario Monti welcomes signature of EU-Japan agreement in the competition field

    ON 10 July, the European Union and Japan signed an agreement that will strengthen cooperation between their competition authorities to the benefit of companies and consumers in both jurisdictions. This is the third such agreement signed by the EU after agreements concluded with the United States and with Canada. "This agreement marks an important milestone in the cooperation between the EU and Japan", said European Competition Commissioner Mario Monti. "We look forward with enthusiasm to a new era of enhanced cooperation with the Japan Fair Trade Commission as this will be beneficial for companies doing business in both markets and for consumers." The Commission in 1999 proposed the agreement, on the EU side.

    [14] Renewal of the fisheries protocol between the EU and the Republic of Guinea

    The European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, and the Republic of Guinea have initialled a new 5-year protocol to the fisheries agreement between the two parties for the period 1 January 2004 to 31 December 2008. This protocol includes a number of innovative elements aimed, among other things, at protecting the local artisanal fishing sector, contributing to food security by reducing discards and developing an effective fisheries surveillance and control system in Guinean waters. These innovations include the exclusion of all industrial fisheries from the currently overfished 12-mile coastal band or to depths over 20 metres thus restricting this area to local small-scale vessels. EU vessels will have to retain on board by-catches beyond a set level and land them to supply the local market. An exclusivity clause has been introduced banning EU vessels not operating under the protocol from Guinea's waters. Depending on scientific evidence, additional fishing possibilities may be made available for fish and cephalopod trawlers. Currently these possibilities stand at 2, 500 GRT (gross registered tonnes) for fish/cephalopods and 1,500 GRT for shrimps. Tuna fishing possibilities have been slightly reduced from 68 vessels at present to 57 vessels. The EU financial compensation has been increased and will amount to a total of €19,975,000 over the five-year period. Almost half of this amount (€8,875,000) will be used for measures aiming, among other things, to improve scientific research into fish stocks in Guinean waters and €2.5 million to support surveillance of fisheries activities and for fisheries management in these waters. Licences paid by trawler owners will increase. Vessels operating under this agreement come from France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece.

    [15] Autre matériel diffusé

    Opening address by Margot Wallström at Stakeholders conference on European Environment and Health Strategy

    Calendrier du 14 au 19 juillet 2003


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