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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 97-07-14

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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

14/07/97


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission authorises a joint venture between Cable & Wireless and Maersk Data
  • [02] Renouvellement du protocole de l'accord de pêche UE / Cap Vert
  • [03] Central European countries: growth in 1997 and 1998 expected to accelerate
  • [04] Padraig Flynn welcomes the commitment of the UK Government to discuss the need for a ban on tobacco advertising at European level

  • [01] Commission authorises a joint venture between Cable & Wireless and Maersk Data

    The European Commission has authorised a proposed concentration by which the undertakings Cable and Wireless plc and Maersk Data A/S -a member of the Danish A.P. Moller Group- will acquire joint control of a newly-created company: Cable&Wireless Nautec Limited ("Nautec"). Cable & Wireless and Maersk Data will establish Nautec as a 50/50 owned joint venture in the market for the supply of telecommunications and IT goods and services to the container transportation market. The Commission has taken into account in clearing the present transaction the fragmented character of the market and the existence of sufficient potential competition.

    [02] Renouvellement du protocole de l'accord de pêche UE / Cap Vert

    Le protocole à l'accord de pêche entre l'Union européenne et le Cap Vert en vigueur expire le 5 septembre 1997. L'UE et le Cap Vert ont paraphé à Praia, Cap Vert, un nouveau protocole pour une période de trois ans à partir du 6 septembre 1997, qui autorise la capture essentiellement de thonidés et d'autres espèces hautement migratoires, par un total de 76 navires (espagnols, français, portugais) en augmentation par rapport au protocole actuel. Le coût à charge du budget communautaire est de 510.600 Ecus par an.

    [03] Central European countries: growth in 1997 and 1998 expected to accelerate

    The European Commission, in a publication "Economic reform monitor" n° 2, expects sustained economic growth in Central Europe. The economic slowdown in Western Europe has had a negative impact on economic growth in Central European countries (CEC) in 1996, although the impact remained limited in most countries. In 1997 and 1998, growth is expected to accelerate again as the CECs should be able to benefit from the anticipated faster recovery in Western Europe. Because economic growth is now mainly driven by domestic demand, imports are rising very fast, well export growth is constrained by foreign demand. Consequently, external deficits are rising rapidly, and the total trade deficit now represents some 7.5% of the region's GDP.

    [04] Padraig Flynn welcomes the commitment of the UK Government to discuss the need for a ban on tobacco advertising at European level

    Speaking today at a conference in London, Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner, Padraig Flynn welcomed the commitment of the UK Government to an active policy of smoking prevention. He said that "we need to reduce incentives to smoke, particularly for young people. This means that the promotion of tobacco, by direct or indirect advertising must be removed." He said our labelling rules need to be brought up to date to provide full and accurate information and warnings to the general public and he made a commitment to look at the need for a reduction of the permissible tar and nicotine content of cigarettes. Europe needs to examine the consequences of recent US initiatives and alert developing countries to the damage caused by tobacco. Mr Flynn concluded by urging the adoption of the Community-wide Directive on tobacco advertising.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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