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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-08-23

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Mergers: Commission approves joint venture between NYK Reefers and Lauritzen
  • [02] Commission proposes new rules on the health of farmed fish
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Leica MS by Danaher
  • [04] EU Agriculture Commissioner at the Quint meeting in Australia: Joint effort needed for Doha success
  • [05] EU fact-finding mission departs for Moldova/Ukraine border
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-08-23 Reference: MEX/05/0823 Date: 23/08/2005 EXME05 / 23.8

    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

    23 / 08 / 05


  • [01] Mergers: Commission approves joint venture between NYK Reefers and Lauritzen

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed creation of a joint venture LauritzenCool (LauCool) between NYK Reefers and Lauritzen. Laucool, currently full subsidiary of Lauritzen, operates and manages bulk refrigerated vessels used for the transport by sea of perishable goods. The Commission found that although NYK Reefers was also active in the transport by sea of perishable goods, the transaction will not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [02] Commission proposes new rules on the health of farmed fish

    The Commission has proposed new EU legislation on the health of farmed fish and shellfish (molluscs) and the control of certain diseases in the aquaculture sector. The proposed legislation aims to simplify and upgrade existing legislation, in order to improve the general aquaculture health situation across Europe. It also aims to better facilitate safe trade in aquaculture animals and products, and to boost the competitiveness of this important sector for the EU. A central aspect of the proposal is a shift in focus to preventing disease occurrence at each point in the production chain rather than dealing with it only when an outbreak occurs.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Leica MS by Danaher

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Leica Microsystmes AG (Leica MS) of Germany by Danaher Corporation (Danaher) of the US. Danaher is the ultimate holding company of a corporate group that is active in professional instruments (e.g. water disinfection; electronic test tools; dental hand pieces), industrial technologies (robotics, electric vehicles; identification and scanning of products) and mechanics’ hand tools. Leica MS manufactures high precision optical instruments and provides solutions for the analysis of micro-structures. In particular, it provides light microscopy systems, pathology diagnostics products, surgical microscopes, microelectronic inspection equipment and lithography systems for the semiconductor industry. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] EU Agriculture Commissioner at the Quint meeting in Australia: Joint effort needed for Doha success

    All countries must make an effort and work towards a common and workable solution, said the European Union’s chief agricultural negotiator, if there is to be greater progress on agriculture in the WTO Doha Development Round (DDA). In Queensland to attend the Quint meeting of Agriculture Ministers, the EU’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mariann Fischer Boel, said the EU had already shown leadership through its reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and by putting its export subsidies on the negotiating table. “All parties now have to be prepared to move,” said the Commissioner. The Quint Ministerial provides an informal forum for Agriculture Ministers from the EU, Australia, Japan, Canada and the US to meet and discuss current issues in world agriculture. With negotiations in the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) to reach a crucial point at the WTO Ministerial in Hong Kong in December, the Quint has provided the Ministers with a valuable forum for discussion. “The DDA is about development and building a system whereby developing countries can better participate in the world market,” said the Commissioner. “The EU is already the largest importer of agricultural products from the developing world, and imports more than the US, Canada, Japan and Australia combined. “We all realise what is at stake and now all sides have to contribute to keeping this train on track, making sure there is movement in all three agricultural pillars – export subsidies, domestic support and market access. Together, we have to find a way to reach common ground.” Commissioner Fischer Boel said it was also important that agriculture be considered in the wider context of the DDA negotiations. “Hong Kong cannot just be about agriculture,” she said. Given the crucial importance of the rural population in Europe, the Commissioner also gave a presentation to the Quint on EU policy for rural development. “Future EU policy will focus on diversifying the rural economy and society in rural areas, as well as increasing the competitiveness of the farming and forestry industries and enhancing modes of land management,” said the Commissioner. “The aim is a healthy balance between environmental, social and economic factors, while still encouraging entrepreneurialism in the regions and the input of young people into the process.”

    [05] EU fact-finding mission departs for Moldova/Ukraine border

    Following a joint request of the Presidents of Moldova and Ukraine, an EU fact-finding mission leaves today for the Moldova-Ukraine border. Its aim is to assess the possibilities for EU assistance for capacity building in overall border and customs management and the creation of an effective international customs control arrangement and border monitoring mechanism on the Moldova - Ukraine state border. This mission, led by the EU Special Representative for Moldova, Amb. Jacobovits de Szeged, has been dispatched by the Council and Commission. The mission will maintain close contact with the OSCE mission in Moldova and will discuss with the Moldovan and Ukrainian authorities all aspects related to the possible deployment of an EU mission on the Moldova-Ukraine state border. The assessment mission will take place 23-29 August.

    Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations, said “The EU stands ready to help in whatever way it can with the settlement of the conflict in Transnistria. Effective control of the border and customs control could be an important element of such a settlement, which is why we are sending a mission at this time. I am intending to visit the region in the near future to discuss with the authorities how best the Commission can help.”

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Commission proposes new rules on the health of farmed fish From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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