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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-03-13

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] La Commission accueille favorablement les modifications apportées aux accords de distribution et de service après-vente de BMW
  • [02] Commission welcomes changes to General Motors' distribution and servicing agreements
  • [03] Commission clears merger between Toyota Tsusho and Tomen
  • [04] La première conférence sur le dialogue social réunit les représentants de 31 secteurs d'activité européens
  • [05] Cultural heritage : five projects to be awarded European prizes
  • [06] Capitales européennes de la culture 2010 : réunion du jury cette semaine
  • [07] Drought in Mozambique : Commission allocates €2 million in humanitarian aid
  • [08] Commission sends new letter to Microsoft on compliance with decision
  • [09] Space policy : EU and Russia join forces and sign cooperation agreement
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-03-13 Reference: MEX/06/0313 Date: 13/03/2006 EXME06 / 13.3

    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

    13/03/06


  • [01] La Commission accueille favorablement les modifications apportées aux accords de distribution et de service après-vente de BMW

    La Commission européenne a clôturé son enquête sur les accords de distribution et de service après-vente de BMW après leur modification en vue de leur mise en conformité avec le règlement (CE) n° 1400/2002 de la Commission d'exemption par catégorie pour la distribution automobile (voir document IP/02/1073). Grâce aux modifications introduites par BMW, les concessionnaires et les réparateurs pourront désormais vendre des voitures de marques concurrentes ou en assurer le service après vente sans restrictions (multimarquisme), et tous les réparateurs satisfaisant aux normes qualitatives requises pourront devenir membres du réseau agréé. Une affaire analogue concernant General Motors a également été clôturé (voir document IP/06/303).

    [02] Commission welcomes changes to General Motors' distribution and servicing agreements

    The European Commission has closed its investigation into General Motors' (GM) distribution and servicing agreements following changes to bring them into line with the Commission's car distribution block exemption Regulation 1400/2002 (see IP/02/1073). The changes introduced by GM ensure that dealers and repairers are not restricted in selling or servicing cars of competing brands (multi-branding), and that all repair-shops who fulfill the necessary quality standards can become members of the authorised network. The case followed complaints from the French, German, Spanish and Italian Opel dealers' associations. A similar case involving BMW has also been closed (see IP/06/302).

    [03] Commission clears merger between Toyota Tsusho and Tomen

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to a full merger between Toyota Tsusho Corporation (Toyota Tsusho) of Japan and Tomen Corporation (Tomen) also of Japan. Tomen Corporation is a general trading company active in a broad range of sectors including vehicles and chemicals. Toyota Tsusho is active in trading and logistics services and the wholesale and retail sales of vehicles. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] La première conférence sur le dialogue social réunit les représentants de 31 secteurs d'activité européens

    La première conférence sur le dialogue social sectoriel s'ouvre aujourd'hui au Palais d'Egmont, Bruxelles ; elle accueillera au côté de Vladimir pidla, commissaire l'Emploi, aux Affaires sociales et l'Egalité des chances, des représentants des syndicats et des employeurs des 31 secteurs d'activité - dont le textile, l'agriculture, la construction ou la chimie, par exemple - dans lesquels ont été créés des comités de dialogue social européen. Les participants se pencheront sur le rôle des partenaires sociaux dans la résolution de divers problèmes auxquels est confrontée l'UE, parmi lesquels les restructurations, les insuffisances en matière de compétences et la modification des tendances démographiques.

    [05] Cultural heritage : five projects to be awarded European prizes

    The European Commission and Europa Nostra announced today the five top prizes for the annual European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra awards. These awards were jointly launched in 2002 by Europa Nostra and the European Commission, in the framework of the Commission's Culture 2000 programme, to recognize best practices in heritage conservation on a European level. Prizes will be presented to the laureates late June in Madrid, during a ceremony which will be presided by the Queen of Spain.

    [06] Capitales européennes de la culture 2010 : réunion du jury cette semaine

    Le jury chargé d'évaluer les villes candidates au titre de "Capitales européennes de la culture 2010" va se réunir cette semaine Bruxelles. Le rapport qui sera publié par la Commission ce printemps sera alors transmis au Parlement européen, au Conseil et au Comité des Régions. Le Conseil devrait prendre une décision finale lors de sa formation Culture sous présidence finlandaise au cours du deuxième semestre 2006.

    [07] Drought in Mozambique : Commission allocates €2 million in humanitarian aid

    The European Commission is providing humanitarian aid worth €2 Million to communities affected by prolonged drought in southern and central Mozambique. More than 800,000 people are estimated to be particularly at risk. Among the most vulnerable are children and households headed either by children or by grandparents.

    [08] Commission sends new letter to Microsoft on compliance with decision

    On 10 March, the European Commission sent a letter to Microsoft setting out its preliminary view on how Microsoft is still not in compliance with its obligations under the March 2004 Commission decision (see IP/04/382). In particular, the letter includes a report from the Monitoring Trustee (see IP/05/1215) that contains factual information supporting the Commission's objections outlined in a Statement of Objections (SO) of 21 December 2005 (see IP/05/1695). The SO indicated that Microsoft had not yet complied with the obligation, imposed by the Commission's March 2004 decision that Microsoft infringed EC Treaty rules on abuse of a dominant position (Article 82), to disclose complete and accurate interface documentation which would allow non-Microsoft work group servers to achieve full interoperability with Windows PCs and servers. This letter brings this information to Microsoft's immediate attention, in order to provide Microsoft the opportunity to make its views known in writing.

    [09] Space policy : EU and Russia join forces and sign cooperation agreement

    The EU and Russia are getting closer in space activities. The Head of the Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation (Roscosmos) Anatoliy Perminov, the Director General of the European Space Agency Jean-Jacques Dordain and European Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen signed on 10 March a joint document to enhance bilateral cooperation in space activities. The enhanced cooperation encompasses space applications (satellite navigation, earth observation and satellite communications), access to space (launchers and future space transportation systems), space exploration and the use of the International Space Station (ISS) and space technologies development.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Complaints against BMW and General Motors regarding contractual standards required from their dealers and repairers - questions and answers

    Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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