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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 98-01-19

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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

19/01/98


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition of parts of Pro-Group by Spar Handels AG/ITM-Group
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Pfannkuch-Group by Spar Handels AG/ITM-Group
  • [03] La Commission a autorisé la création d'une entreprise commune entre Eastman Kodak et Sun Chemical dans le secteur des arts graphiques
  • [04] Commission clears the acquisition by Mannesmann of a controlling stake in the Italian telecommunications operator Infostrada
  • [05] Commission approves merger in information technology sector in Denmark
  • [06] Commission decides to open in-depth investigations regarding the creation of a Joint Venture between Wienerberger and Cremer & Breuer
  • [07] Situation d'urgence due à "El Niño" : la Commission autorise une aide humanitaire d'une valeur de 4,1 millions d'Ecus en faveur des pays andins
  • [08] North Korea : Commission clears additional humanitarian aid worth ECU 10 million
  • [09] Poland and Czech Republic : Commission approves humanitarian aid worth ECU 10 million
  • [10] Earthquake in China : Commission clears humanitarian aid worth ECU 525, 000

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition of parts of Pro-Group by Spar Handels AG/ITM-Group

    The European Commission has decided that the proposed acquisition of parts of the Pro-Group by Spar Handels AG is compatible with the common market. The concentration leads to an insignificant addition of market shares in the food retailing market in the regions of Kassel and Hamburg. The insignificant increase in buying power arising from the concentration does not give rise to serious competition problems. The Spar Handels AG/ITM- Group had a turnover of around ECU 18,000 million in 1996 and is one of the ten leading retail groups in Germany. Its main activities are in food retailing and wholesaling. The Pro-Group is active in the same sectors as Spar. The turnover of the parts concerned of the Pro-Group is much less than ECU 1,000 million.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Pfannkuch-Group by Spar Handels AG/ITM-Group

    The European Commission has decided that the proposed acquisition of the Pfannkuch-Group by Spar Handels AG is compatible with the common market. The concentration leads to an insignificant addition of market shares in the food retailing market in the regions of Southwest of Germany and Sachsen-Anhalt. The insignificant increase in buying power arising from the concentration does not give rise to serious competition problems.

    [03] La Commission a autorisé la création d'une entreprise commune entre Eastman Kodak et Sun Chemical dans le secteur des arts graphiques

    La Commission européenne a autorisé la création d'une entreprise commune entre Eastman Kodak et Sun Chemical dans le secteur des arts graphiques au titre du règlement des fusions. La nouvelle entreprise commune, Kodak Polychrome Graphics, sera active mondialement dans le secteur des arts graphiques. Les marchés affectés par l'opération seront les films pour les arts graphiques, les plaques offset pour l'impression, les papiers de composition, l'équipement, les produits chimiques et les services. La dimension géographique dans laquelle l'opération a été examinée est l'Espace Economique Européen (EEE). Dans l'EEE, l'entreprise commune détiendra un maximum de 33% pour les films photo et ses parts de marché seront plus limitées sur les autres marchés affectés. Sur ces marchés sont présents des concurrents puissants tels que Agfa-Gevaert et Fuji qui sont actifs dans le monde entier. Ainsi, l'opération ne crée pas ou ne renforce pas une position dominante.

    [04] Commission clears the acquisition by Mannesmann of a controlling stake in the Italian telecommunications operator Infostrada

    The European Commission has authorised the acquisition by the German company Mannesmann AG ("Mannesmann") of a controlling interest in the Italian telecommunications operator Infostrada S.p.A. ("Infostrada"). Infostrada is an already existing company which was previously jointly controlled by the U.S.A. company Bell Atlantic and the Italian company Olivetti S.p.A. ("Olivetti"). Bell Atlantic sold its participation in Infostrada on 1.12.1997. With this operation, Infostrada will be jointly controlled by Olivetti and Mannesmann.

    [05] Commission approves merger in information technology sector in Denmark

    The European Commission has decided to approve an operation by which the two Danish companies Maersk Data A/S and Den Danske Bank Aktieselskab acquire joint control of DM Data which will encompass the parents' former activities within the information technology sector, more specifically centralised data processing services. However, the Commission has noted that the transaction was concluded and put into effect several months before its notification. Therefore, the Commission will consider to take appropriate measures in this respect.

    [06] Commission decides to open in-depth investigations regarding the creation of a Joint Venture between Wienerberger and Cremer & Breuer

    The European Commission has decided to investigate further the creation of a Joint Venture between the Austrian undertaking Wienerberger Baustoffindustrie AG ("Wienerberger") and the undertaking Deutsche Steinzeug Cremer & Breuer ("Cremer & Breuer"). The parties intend to combine their activities in the field of clay sewage pipes. The Commission is concerned that the concentration could create a dominant position in the market for clay pipes. The definition of the market in both product and geographical dimensions are not yet entirely clear. Given the presumption that clay pipes form a different product market, the Community-wide combined, market shares of Cremer & Breuer and Wienerberger raise serious concern. Furthermore, if Germany forms a distinct geographical market, the marketshares of the joint venture are far above 50%.

    [07] Situation d'urgence due à "El Niño" : la Commission autorise une aide humanitaire d'une valeur de 4,1 millions d'Ecus en faveur des pays andins

    La Commission européenne a débloqué une aide humanitaire d'une valeur de 4, 1 millions d'Ecus en faveur des victimes des conditions météorologiques catastrophiques régnant dans les pays andins et dues à "El Niño". Cette aide permettra à des organisations non-gouvernementales (ONG) européennes de réaliser des programmes d'aide d'urgence établis par ECHO (Office Humanitaire de la Communauté Européenne) en Equateur, au Pérou et en Bolivie. Les ONG fourniront une aide alimentaire et médicale, des abris temporaires, de l'eau et des systèmes d'assainissement aux victimes pendant les six prochains mois. Les programmes seront gérés par un bureau d'ECHO installé récemment en Equateur et chargé d'apporter l'appui logistique nécessaire au suivi de "El Niño" et à la coordination de la réponse européenne à ce phénomène. Cette aide non remboursable de 4,1 millions d'Ecus fait suite à une précédente série d'actions d'une valeur de 1,535 million d'Ecus en faveur du Pérou et de l'Equateur, qui sont les deux pays les plus touchés. Une aide supplémentaire pourrait être accordée en cas de besoin.

    [08] North Korea : Commission clears additional humanitarian aid worth ECU 10 million

    The European Commission has approved an additional package of humanitarian aid worth a total of ECU 10 million for North Koreans suffering the consequences of a severe humanitarian crisis. It will be recalled that the Commission had already announced a combined aid package worth more than ECU 57 million (comprising food aid and public health-related assistance) in May 1997. This additional aid, managed by the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will cover needs over the next six to nine months. It will enable specialist organisations of the United Nations and non-governmental organisations to provide emergency health cover as well as carrying out distribution of winter clothing for children.

    [09] Poland and Czech Republic : Commission approves humanitarian aid worth ECU 10 million

    The European Commission has approved humanitarian aid worth a total of ECU 10 million for regions of Poland and the Czech Republic that suffered catastrophic floods last summer. The aid will be split as follows : ECU 6.95 million for Poland and ECU 3.05 million for the Czech Republic. Over 100 people died in the worst flood disaster ever to hit the region. Well over 20 million people were affected by it, and the damage to property, infrastructure and agricultural land was immense. Many homes are still uninhabitable. Buildings that did not dry out before winter frosts are likely to suffer further damage as they crack in the cold. The aid, managed by the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will enable European non-governmental organisations to carry out essential repairs and rehabilitation work. ECHO's priority is to get repairs carried out to public buildings such as old people's homes, schools and health centres, as well as homes. This ECU 10 million package of disaster relief follows previous ECHO funding worth ECU 4.1 million granted in the immediate aftermath last year. Separately, the Commission's Phare programme earmarked a total of ECU 64.6 million for a Flood Damage Reconstruction Programme.

    [10] Earthquake in China : Commission clears humanitarian aid worth ECU 525, 000

    The European Commission has cleared humanitarian aid worth ECU 525,000 for victims of the recent earthquake in China. The aid, managed by the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO), will enable the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to carry out a programme over the next six months. The quake struck Hebei province in north-eastern China on January 10. Some 50 people died, over 11,000 were injured and about 160,000 found themselves homeless in temperatures of minus 25 degrees. The IFRC will cooperate with local Red Cross organisations on a programme to distribute clothes and blankets, to provide food and medical aid, and to make available temporary shelters.

    (for more information : F. di Robilant - tel : 296.69.40 - fax : 296.42.84)

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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