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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-08-11

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition of Nedcon Groep N.V. by Voestalpine AG in the storage systems sector
  • [02] Commission approves acquisition of British combat vehicles maker Alvis by BAE Systems
  • [03] Commission provides a further €1.35 million in aid for victims of house demolitions in Rafah (Gaza Strip)
  • [04] Commission suspends imports of ostriches from South Africa after avian influenza outbreaks
  • [05] Enregistrement de quatre dénominations de produits agricoles
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-08-11 Reference: MEX/04/0811 Date: 11/08/2004 EXME04 / 11.8

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    11/08/04


  • [01] Commission clears acquisition of Nedcon Groep N.V. by Voestalpine AG in the storage systems sector

    The European Commission has approved the acquisition of the Dutch Nedcon Groep N.V. by the Austrian steel producer Voestalpine AG. Nedcon and Voestalpine (the latter through its Krems Finaltechnik division) are both active in the manufacture and installation of steel static storage systems for industrial use (pallet racks and shelving for warehouses and distribution centres). They also produce components for these systems. The analysis of the transaction has confirmed that the transaction does not lead to significant changes in the competitive structure of this market either in the EU, nor on a national basis.

    [02] Commission approves acquisition of British combat vehicles maker Alvis by BAE Systems

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the proposed acquisition of Alvis plc, a UK-based manufacturer of armoured combat vehicles, by UK defence contractor BAE Systems. The transaction does not raise competition concerns in Europe since overlaps are limited and other large and capable players compete in the market.

    [03] Commission provides a further €1.35 million in aid for victims of house demolitions in Rafah (Gaza Strip)

    The European Commission has allocated €1.35 million for victims of house demolitions in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip. More than 10,000 people whose houses were destroyed or damaged during the Israeli army incursions last May and June will be provided with temporary accommodation pending permanent re-housing. They will also receive cash assistance to replace household goods and belongings that were lost in the rubble. Part of the funds will be used to repair shelters housing some 2,000 people as well as key public infrastructure that was damaged during the incursions in Rafah. Water supply networks, sewage systems, and two schools will be rehabilitated. The grant, channelled through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), is directed to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

    [04] Commission suspends imports of ostriches from South Africa after avian influenza outbreaks

    Following the confirmation of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) outbreaks in two ratite (ostriches) farms in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, the European Commission adopted, on 10 August, a decision suspending the import of live ratites and their eggs, meat and products of ratites and pet birds from this country into the European Union with immediate effect until 1 January 2005. Avian influenza is a highly contagious poultry disease that can cause severe economic damage to the poultry industry and can, in exceptional cases, be transmitted to humans.

    [05] Enregistrement de quatre dénominations de produits agricoles

    La Commission européenne a ajouté quatre dénominations de produits agricoles et alimentaires la liste des appellations d'origine protégées (AOP) et indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Il s'agit des produits "Valençay" (Fromage - France - AOP), "Scottish Farmed Salmon" (Poisson - Royaume-Uni - IGP), "Ternera de Extremadura" (Viande - Espagne - IGP) et "Aceite de Mallorca ou Aceite mallorquín ou Oli de Mallorca ou Oli mallorquí" (huile - Espagne - AOP). Les quatre dénominations s'ajoutent la liste d'environ 650 produits déj protégés en vertu de la législation sur la protection des indications géographiques, des appellations d'origine et des spécialités traditionnelles. Des renseignements sur les produits de qualité ainsi que la liste des dénominations protégées sont disponibles sur l'internet l'adresse :

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_fr.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_fr.htm

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Immigration & asylum : current state of play From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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