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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-08-23

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] Avian influenza in Malaysia: import of feathers and pet birds banned
  • [02] Rédiffusion de notes
  • [03] Commission clears Fox Paine’s purchase of Parts of Advanta operations
  • [04] The European Commission has cleared the following mergers, all examined under a simplified review procedure for unproblematic cases: Midday Express of 2004-08-23 Reference: MEX/04/0823 Date: 23/08/2004 EXME04 /23-08

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

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

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

    Communication

    23/08/04


  • [01] Avian influenza in Malaysia: import of feathers and pet birds banned

    Following the outbreak of avian influenza in Malaysia on 19 August, a European Commission Decision was adopted on Friday 20 August to ban the import into the EU of feathers and pet birds from Malaysia. The EU does not import live poultry or hatching eggs who could present as well a risk of transmission from Malaysia.

    [02] Rédiffusion de notes

    [03] Commission clears Fox Paine’s purchase of Parts of Advanta operations

    The European Commission has cleared, under the Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition by US investment fund Fox Paine & Company of all of the business units of Dutch-based seed producer Advanta BV except its North- American maize, soybean and cereals business units. The acquisition does not pose any competition problems.

    [04] The European Commission has cleared the following mergers, all examined under a simplified review procedure for unproblematic cases:

    1. Acquisition de contrôle par la banque Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (Spain) sur la banque italienne Banca Nazionale del Lavoro S.p.A., travers d'un accord entre actionnaires (l'opération a été notifiée la Commission le 22 juillet).

    2. Acquisition by Siemens Holdings plc (UK), a subsidiary of Siemens AG, of sole control of BBC Technology Holdings Ltd (UK) from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (the case was notified on July 17).

    3. Acquisition by Swiss Re GB plc (UK), a subsidiary of Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re, Switzerland) of control of the whole of Life Assurance Holding Corporation Limited (LAHC, UK), by way of purchase of shares (notified on July 20).

    4. Acquisition by Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Arabia) of joint control of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (Japan) by way of purchase of shares from Royal Dutch/ Shell Group (Shel, UK), which will also have joint control (notified on July 19).

    5. Acquisition by Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. and Rossmann Beteiligungs GmbH of joint control of the German undertaking Dirk Rossmann GmbH, a company active in the retail sale of health and beauty products in Germany (notified on July 23).

    6. Acquisition by Caterpillar Logistics Services (UK), which belongs to the Caterpillar group, of control of the whole of Xpart Ltd, a subsidiary of Phoenix Venture Holdings (UK). Xpart purchases and markets parts and accessories for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, in particular for MG Rover vehicles (notified on July 20).

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


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