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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-08-07

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 clears Philips/Sony CD licensing programme
  • [02] Response to marine pollution and security : new tasks proposed for the European Maritime Safety Agency Midday Express 07/08/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 07/08/2003

  • [01] Commission clears Philips/Sony CD licensing programme

    The European Commission has cleared a set of bilateral agreements establishing the worldwide Philips/Sony CD Disc licensing programme. The Commission also cleared a standard joint licence agreement - modified following discussions with the Commission in order to render it fully compliant with EU competition rules (the 2003 SLA). The 2003 SLA covers only patents held by either Philips or Sony and which are essential to manufacture several standard types of pre-recorded CD discs (CD Audio, CD ROM, CD TEXT and CD Extra discs). The Commission found that the 2003 SLA, by which Philips and Sony offer access to their patents for any one or more of the different CD disc types, whilst each retaining the right to license their patents separately, does not restrict competition.

    [02] Response to marine pollution and security : new tasks proposed for the European Maritime Safety Agency

    The European Commission has proposed to equip the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) with the legal and technical means necessary to operate specialised pollution response ships and equipment for collecting oil and other noxious substances in the sea. The Commission also proposes to widen the EMSA's powers to maritime security and seafarer's qualifications. The expanded jurisdiction of the EMSA would enable it to play a decisive role in the implementation of European legislation in the fields of maritime security and qualifications of seafarers. "In the aftermath of the Erika and Prestige disasters, maritime safety legislation has been drastically improved to guarantee the highest level of environment protection to European shores and waters. The Commission is determined to ensure that these rules are adequately and strictly applied. The widening of the European Maritime Safety Agency's competence is today a key step in this strategy to ensure safety and security of maritime transport", said the Commission's Vice-President Loyola de Palacio, responsible for Transport and Energy.

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