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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-04-25

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

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

25/04/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Electrabel: la Commission obtient satisfaction sur la révision des statuts des intercommunales mixtes de distribution d'électricité en Belgique
  • [02] Commission clears franchise of UK privatised Thameslink Railway network
  • [03] Commission clears Liner Shipping Consortia
  • [04] Commission refers the case Rheinmetall/British Aerospace/STN Atlas to the Bundeskartellamt
  • [05] "EUR" - abréviation officielle de l'euro
  • [06] Nouveau Système de Transit Informatisé - la Commission organise une conférence à Bruxelles le 28 avril 1997
  • [07] João de Deus Pinheiro welcomes South Africa's accession to the Lomé Convention: an historical event
  • [08] Commission proposes reduced anti-dumping duties on cotton
  • [09] Kyrgyzstan: Commission approves humanitarian aid worth ECU 2.15 million

  • [01] Electrabel: la Commission obtient satisfaction sur la révision des statuts des intercommunales mixtes de distribution d'électricité en Belgique

    La Commission européenne a décidé de suspendre l'action qu'elle avait entamée contre Electrabel et les intercommunales mixtes de distribution d'électricité en Belgique au titre d'une éventuelle infraction aux règles de concurrence européennes. La décision de la Commission intervient après la présentation par Electrabel - une filiale de la Société Générale de Belgique active dans le secteur de la production et de la distribution d'éléctricité - et par Intermixt, l'organe groupant les représentants des communes au sein des intercommunales mixtes, d'un ensemble de propositions qui repondent aux critiques formulées par la Commission au printemps de 1996 à l'encontre de l'adoption de nouveaux statuts (appelés "statuts de 3è génération") par les intercommunales mixtes. La Commission se satisfait de cette évolution qui permettra, dès 2006, l'ouverture d'une part significative de la consommation des intercommunales mixtes à la concurrence. Cette ouverture pourrait constituer une opportunité importante pour plusieurs producteurs indépendants ou pour d'autres producteurs européens désireux d'être actifs sur le marché belge de l'électricité. La dynamique de concurrence qui a été insérée dans les nouveaux statuts suite à l'intervention de la Commission devra profiter aux consommateurs domestiques et aux petites et moyennes entreprises raccordées aux réseaux des intercommunales mixtes.

    [02] Commission clears franchise of UK privatised Thameslink Railway network

    The European Commission has approved under the Merger Regulation the acquisition by Go-Ahead plc (United Kingdom) and Via Générale de Transport et d'Industrie (France) of the former British Rail company which operates the Thameslink line, the passenger service connecting Bedford, London and Brighton. The operation confers upon Thameslink the right to operate the service for seven years; the tender procedure will then be repeated. The Commission has approved this acquisition after concluding that it will not lead to increases in market shares.

    [03] Commission clears Liner Shipping Consortia

    The European Commission has decided that the Joint Operational Service Agreement and the West Coast/Mediterranean Agreement can benefit from the group exemption for liner shipping consortia. The two agreements will be exempt until 21 April 2000. The Joint Operational Service is a joint liner shipping service between the ports of Felixstowe, Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg and the port of Limassol in Cyprus and the ports of Ashdod and Haifa in Israel. The West Coast/Mediterranean Service is a joint liner shipping between the ports of Liverpool and Dublin and the ports of Lisbon, Leixoes, Malta, Palermo, Salerno, Piraeus, Limassol in Cyprus and Ashdod and Haifa in Israel.

    [04] Commission refers the case Rheinmetall/British Aerospace/STN Atlas to the Bundeskartellamt

    The European Commission has decided to refer the planned acquisition of joint control in STN Atlas Elektronik GmbH (STN) from Bremer Vulkan (in receivership) by Rheinmetall AG (Rheinmetall) and British Aerospace Public Limited Company (BA) to the Bundeskartellamt for further investigation according to Article 9 of the merger control Regulation, to the extent that the markets for systems leadership for armoured vehicles are concerned. This is a clearly limited aspect of the planned concentration, an aspect which relates to national product markets which have traditionally only been accessible to a marginal extent to foreign competition. At the same time, the Commission reached the conclusion that, apart from these markets, the proposed concentration would not lead to the creation or strengthening of a dominant market position and therefore declared it compatible with the common market with the exception of those aspects mentioned.

    [05] "EUR" - abréviation officielle de l'euro

    La Commission européenne se félicite de la décision du "Maintenance Agency for ISO 4217", organe chargé de la fixation des abréviations des monnaies, de désigner l'abréviation "EUR" pour l'euro. Cette nouvelle abréviation a été établie maintenant afin de progresser dans les préparatifs techniques pour l'introduction de l'euro. Elle est destinée à s'appliquer dans le cadre des relations commerciales et bancaires qui se fondent sur les représentations des monnaies internationalement reconnues.

    [06] Nouveau Système de Transit Informatisé - la Commission organise une conférence à Bruxelles le 28 avril 1997

    La Commission européenne organisera, le 28 avril à Bruxelles, une conférence sur le Nouveau Système de Transit Informatisé (NSTI) réunissant les représentants des institutions communautaires ainsi que les opérateurs économiques et les autorités nationales de 31 pays européens (des États membres, des pays de l'AELE, des pays d'Europe centrale et orientale ainsi que de Turquie, Andorre et Saint Marin). Le but de cette conférence est de présenter aux milieux économiques le nouveau système informatisé de transit douanier et de les impliquer de manière active dans sa finalisation et sa mise en oeuvre dès 1998. Le projet NSTI se situe au coeur de la réforme des systèmes de transit, dont la Commission entend définir les grandes lignes par une communication et un plan d'action qu'elle adoptera ces prochains jours. Un tel système, correspondant aux exigences modernes de fonctionnement des procédures douanières, doit apporter au transit des éléments d'efficacité et de sécurité à l'égard des fraudes qui lui font défaut aujourd'hui.

    [07] João de Deus Pinheiro welcomes South Africa's accession to the Lomé Convention: an historical event

    João de Deus Pinheiro, European Development Commissioner believes that "South Africa will bring new strength and dynamism, to the Lomé Convention between the European Union (EU) and African Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP)". Speaking in Luxembourg after the EU and ACP countries had agreed on the terms of South Africa's membership of the Lomé Convention, the Commissioner "congratulated the people and the Government of South Africa who brought their country from isolation right into the heart of ACP/EU family of States". "This is an event of 'historical significance' ", he said. "22 years after the signing of the first Lomé Convention, it finally includes all of sub-Saharan Africa".

    [08] Commission proposes reduced anti-dumping duties on cotton

    The European Commission is proposing that the Council should impose definitive anti-dumping measures on imports of grey cotton fabric into the European Union, though at a lower rate than the provisional duties that have been in force since November last year. This follows in-depth analysis into the impact of the anti-dumping duties on European producers and finishers of cotton fabric. The investigation has confirmed that the dumping of cut-price imports has caused European competitors to suffer a decline in sales, strong downward pressure on prices and financial losses. The Commission's continued investigation has led it to revise the perceived dumping margin downwards, and as a result the overall level of proposed duties will drop from 19% to an average of some 15%. Furthermore, the Commission is proposing to exclude one product, medical gauze, from the duties given the specific nature and use of the product. The duties cover imports from India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Turkey, China and Egypt.

    [09] Kyrgyzstan: Commission approves humanitarian aid worth ECU 2.15 million

    The European Commission has approved a package of humanitarian aid worth ECU 2.15 million for Kyrgyzstan with the aim of providing drugs and medical equipment, especially in outlying regions where few people can afford medicines; and to distribute food aid to those in the greatest need, especially the elderly, the disabled, and single-parent families. The aid, managed by the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will enable members of the Red Cross family and other non-governmental organisations to carry out programmes over the next six to nine months.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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