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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-09-03

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 rejects request to establish a temporary ban on the use of GMOs in Upper Austria
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Instrumentarium by General Electric subject to conditions
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [03] La Commission signe un programme de coopération avec la République Démocratique du Congo de 205 millions €
  • [04] Commission approves €36.5 million to support regional cooperation between the Newly Independent States
  • [05] June 2003 compared to June 2002 : volume of retail trade up by 0.7% in euro-zone ; EU15 up by 2.3%
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 03/09/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 03/09/2003[I] Résultats de la Commission du 2 septembre 2003 - Outcome of Commission meeting of 2 September

  • [01] Commission rejects request to establish a temporary ban on the use of GMOs in Upper Austria

    The European Commission has decided to reject a request from Austria to introduce national measures banning the use of GMOs in the region of Upper Austria for a three-year period. The request was notified in March 2003, under Article 95(5) of the EC Treaty. This Article allows Member States to derogate from European Union harmonisation measures, under certain strict conditions. These include the emergence of new scientific evidence as well as the existence of particular country-specific conditions. After thorough examination of the Austrian request, the Commission concluded that these conditions were not met in this specific case.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Instrumentarium by General Electric subject to conditions

    The European Commission has approved, subject to conditions, the acquisition by GE Medical Systems of Finnish firm Instrumentarium. The Commission was concerned that GE and Instrumentarium would hold too high a share of the patient monitoring market, which would have been detrimental for hospitals. In order to get regulatory approval in the European Union, GE has undertaken to sell Instrumentarium's Spacelabs business and to enter into a series of supply agreements with its acquirer as well as to ensure that its anaesthesia equipment, patient monitors and clinical information systems will interoperate with third parties' devices.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [03] La Commission signe un programme de coopération avec la République Démocratique du Congo de 205 millions €

    La Commission européenne a signé le programme de coopération avec la République Démocratique du Congo d'un montant de 205 millions € dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre de l'Accord de Cotonou. Le programme détermine les orientations générales de la coopération pour la période 2003-2004.

    [04] Commission approves €36.5 million to support regional cooperation between the Newly Independent States

    The European Commission has adopted the Tacis Regional Action Programme 2003 with a total budget of €36.5 million. In 2003, TACIS regional priorities are three key cross border themes : protecting the environment (€8 million), promoting investment in infrastructure networks (€17.5 million, and fighting crime (€11 million). The TACIS Regional Programme is the main EU instrument for promoting cooperation between NIS countries, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

    [05] June 2003 compared to June 2002 : volume of retail trade up by 0.7% in euro-zone ; EU15 up by 2.3%

    In June 2003, compared to June 2002, the volume of retail trade increased by 0.7% in the euro-zone and by 2.3% in the EU15, Eurostat estimates today. Compared to May 2003, the sales index remained unchanged in the euro-zone but increased by 0.7% in the EU15.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Prodi : "Une constitution démocratique pour l'Union européenne" au Parlement européen (Strasbourg)

    Discours de M. Lamy : "Etat de préparation de la réunion ministérielle de l'OMC à Cancun" à la séance plénière au Parlement européen (02/09, Strasbourg)

    Speech by Chris Patten on Iraq at the European Parliament (Strasbourg, ! embargo 3 pm !)


    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/
    © ECSC - EC - EAEC, Brussels-Luxembourg, 1995, 1996


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