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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-07-31

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] Commission warns AstraZeneca of preliminary findings in Losec antitrust investigation
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Zanussi Elettromeccanica by Sole
  • [03] Commission clears Procter & Gamble's acquisition of Wella subject to conditions
  • [04] La Commission propose les futures structures de gestion de Galileo, le programme européen de radionavigation par satellite
  • [05] June 2003 : economic sentiment increased slightly in both the EU and the euro area
  • [06] July 2003 : The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area deteriorated
  • [07] Estimation rapide - juillet 2003 : l'inflation de la zone euro estimée à 1,9%
  • [08] Une initiative de l'UE dotée de 2,5 millions d'€ stimule la participation des régions européennes à l'économie de la connaissance
  • [09] Statement by Günter Verheugen, European Commissioner for Enlargement, on the adoption of the 7th reform package and amnesty provisions by the Turkish Parliament
  • [10] Commission adopts proposal to grant €79,5 million for a third Reconstruction Programme for Afghanistan
  • [11] FMD in Swaziland and Botswana : imports again fully authorised
  • [12] Combating poverty related diseases : Philippe Busquin to visit Africa to promote clinical trials programme
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 31/07/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 31/07/2003

  • [01] Commission warns AstraZeneca of preliminary findings in Losec antitrust investigation

    The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections (SO) to the Anglo-Swedish group AstraZeneca outlining its preliminary findings that it may have misused the patent system and other regulatory procedures for the marketing of pharmaceutical products. The Commission believes that this was abusively done with the purpose of blocking or delaying market entry for generic products. The sending of an SO marks the opening of a formal antitrust investigation. AstraZeneca now has the opportunity to present its defence in writing and may, subsequently, request an oral hearing.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Zanussi Elettromeccanica by Sole

    The European Commission has cleared the acquisition of full control of the Italian undertaking Zanussi Elettromeccanica S.p.A (ZEM) by another Italian undertaking Sole S.p.A. Sole is active in the production of electrical engines for "white goods" and ultimately controlled by the German Allianz Group. ZEM is a market leader in Europe which produces compressor engines for refrigerators and currently belongs to the Electrolux Group, which, pursuant to the proposed transaction, would withdraw from the market for refrigeration compressors. (The operation, notified on 01 July 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [03] Commission clears Procter & Gamble's acquisition of Wella subject to conditions

    The European Commission cleared the proposed acquisition by the American Procter & Gamble Company of the German company Wella AG subject to a package of commitments. The Commission had identified competition concerns in markets for retail hair care products in Ireland, Norway and Sweden. The Procter & Gamble Company submitted a package of undertakings aimed at licensing its brand "Herbal Essences" and a number of other brands for five years to a licensee to be approved by the Commission. After careful evaluation of the commitments package, the Commission concluded that the remedies removed its concerns and would restore effective competition.

    [04] La Commission propose les futures structures de gestion de Galileo, le programme européen de radionavigation par satellite

    La Commission européenne présente aujourd'hui les futures structures de gestion du programme Galileo pendant ses phases de déploiement (2006-2008) et d'exploitation (à partir de 2008). Deux structures, qui assumeront des missions essentielles pour la défense de l'intérêt public, sont proposées : une Autorité de Surveillance et un Centre pour la Sécurité et la Sûreté. L'Autorité de Surveillance concédera le déploiement et l'exploitation du système Galileo à un consortium privé choisi après un appel d'offres à lancer dans les prochaines semaines. Le Centre pour la Sécurité et la Sûreté, créé auprès du Secrétaire général du Conseil, assurera notamment l'interface entre les autorités politiques et le concessionnaire en cas de crise. Loyola de Palacio, Vice-Présidente en charge de l'Energie et des Transports a souligné : "Cette proposition très attendue par les Etats membres et les industriels, est fondamentale parce qu'elle fixe le cadre juridique et institutionnel pour la gestion du programme à partir de 2006, j'encourage le Conseil et le Parlement européen à les examiner promptement."

    [05] June 2003 : economic sentiment increased slightly in both the EU and the euro area

    The economic sentiment indicator (ESI) recorded a slight increase in June for both the EU (0.2 percentage points) and the euro area (0.1), reaching a value of 98.5 and 98.2, respectively, thereby confirming the improvement since March. The small improvement of the ESI is the resultant of relatively small changes in the underlying components. In the euro area, the industrial and the consumer confidence indicator went up by 1 point while the retail confidence indicator fell by 1 point. For the EU as a whole, only the consumer and the construction confidence indicator changed ; the former increased by 1 point, while the latter declined by 1 point.

    [06] July 2003 : The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area deteriorated

    The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased by 0.19 percentage points between June and July, reaching a value of -0.89. This decrease was driven by negative developments in almost all components of the indicator. The BCI combines the responses of managers in industry to the questions regarding production trends in the recent past, production expectations, total order books, export order books and stocks of finished products. Among these components, only export order books showed an improvement in July.

    [07] Estimation rapide - juillet 2003 : l'inflation de la zone euro estimée à 1,9%

    Selon une estimation rapide publiée aujourd'hui par Eurostat, l'Office statistique des Communautés européennes à Luxembourg, le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro s'établirait à 1,9% en juillet 2003. En juin 2003, le taux était de 2,0%.

    [08] Une initiative de l'UE dotée de 2,5 millions d'€ stimule la participation des régions européennes à l'économie de la connaissance

    Le 1er août, la Commission européenne lancera le projet pilote "Régions de la Connaissance", doté d'un budget de 2,5 millions d'€ la première année. Cette initiative soutiendra des projets novateurs qui mobilisent des régions de plusieurs Etats membres et mettent en lumière le rôle central de la connaissance (savoir-faire, ressources humaines, R&D et autres facteurs "immatériels" présents dans la production) dans le développement des économies régionales. Elle atteste du rôle de moteur que les régions jouent dans la croissance économique. Les projets qui seront financés comprennent des audits technologiques, le développement à l'échelon régional de nouveaux modèles économiques et technologiques, des initiatives encourageant l'intervention directe des universités dans l'économie locale, la mise en place d'un tutorat entre régions technologiquement avancées et régions à la traîne, aussi bien que des projets de sensibilisation au rôle de la connaissance comme stimulus pour le développement régional.

    [09] Statement by Günter Verheugen, European Commissioner for Enlargement, on the adoption of the 7th reform package and amnesty provisions by the Turkish Parliament

    The European Commission welcomes the unanimous adoption of the 7th reform package by the Turkish Grand National Assembly on 30 July 2003. The continuation of the reform process shows the strong determination of the Turkish government to pursue the legislative changes needed to achieve compliance with the Copenhagen political criteria. The reform of the structure and functioning of the National Security Council is a significant step towards aligning civilian control of the military with practice in EU member States. Several other provisions included in this new package are important in light of the priorities under the revised Accession Partnership such as the fight against torture, freedom of expression, freedom of association and peaceful demonstration as well as respect for cultural rights. In order to benefit all Turkish citizens in their daily life, the reforms must be implemented effectively. The Commission underlines, in particular, the key role of executive and judicial bodies at different levels throughout the country to implement the reforms in line with the spirit in which they have been adopted. The Commission notes that this week Parliament has also adopted a law granting partial amnesty in relation to past events in South-eastern Turkey. It is hoped that this law will contribute to strengthen peace and stability in the region.

    [10] Commission adopts proposal to grant €79,5 million for a third Reconstruction Programme for Afghanistan

    As part of its €400 million package to Afghanistan for 2003-04, the European Commission has adopted a proposal to finance a third Reconstruction Programme for Afghanistan with a total budget of €79.5 million. The programme reflects the Country Strategy Paper and National Indicative Programme adopted by the Commission in February 2003. It is also fully in line with the development priorities of the Afghan Transitional Authority and will guarantee the Commission's ongoing financial assistance to the socio-political and economic rebuilding of Afghanistan. The programme aims to restore political stability coupled with a fully operational public administration, to promote respect for the rule of law and human rights, especially those of women, and to improve economic recovery, thus alleviating poverty.

    [11] FMD in Swaziland and Botswana : imports again fully authorised

    The European Commission today adopted a decision lifting the last remaining restrictions imposed after outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Swaziland and Botswana. Imports into the EU of de-boned and maturated fresh meat of bovine species from the whole country of Swaziland were suspended in December 2000, while imports of de-boned and maturated fresh meat of bovine and caprine species and farmed and wild game animals were suspended from the whole country of Botswana in January 2003 following outbreaks of FMD. Additional information and guarantees received from the veterinary authorities allowed the Commission to regionalise the countries and to authorise the imports of these products from certain zones of Swaziland in August 2001 and from certain zones of Botswana in March 2003. Intensive surveillance carried out in both countries have since confirmed that FMD is no longer present. These two countries can now again be considered free of FMD without vaccination. Therefore the remaining restrictions have now been lifted.

    [12] Combating poverty related diseases : Philippe Busquin to visit Africa to promote clinical trials programme

    The Europe-Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is an ambitious initiative to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis backed by €200 million of European Union money. European Research Commissioner Busquin recognises that providing funding is not enough and will be in Africa from 29 August to 2 September to raise the profile of the clinical trials programme and to encourage African countries to mobilise around this important initiative. The Commissioner will visit key research sites and meet ministers in Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa, in particular at a WHO meeting in Johannesburg where he will address the Ministers of Health of African States.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    Remarks by Franz Fischler at the closing press conference of WTO mini ministerial meeting (30/07, Montreal)

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