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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 98-05-15

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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

15/05/98


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission approves acquisition by Koch of the oil refinery activities of Euro-Splitter
  • [02] Accroître l'efficacité des contrôles dans la politique commune de la pêche
  • [03] EU and Canada sign ground-breaking trade agreement
  • [04] ECU 3 million to support Montenegro

  • [01] Commission approves acquisition by Koch of the oil refinery activities of Euro-Splitter

    The European Commission decided to approve the acquisition by the US corporation Koch, through its subsidiaries Koch HC Partnership BV and Koch Trading International Inc., of the oil refinery activities of the US company Aron and its Dutch subsidiary Euro-Splitter. Koch is engaged in Europe in the supply and trading of crude and refined products, chemical technology equipment and funds management. Euro-Splitter owns and operates a plant for the distillation of condensate and for the refinement of crude oil.

    [02] Accroître l'efficacité des contrôles dans la politique commune de la pêche

    La Commission européenne a adopté des propositions de modifications au Règlement relatif au régime de contrôle en matière de pêche, en vigueur depuis 1993. Le but de ces modifications est double. D'une part, celui d'accroître l'efficacité des contrôles tout au long de la filière de la pêche, en limitant les charges induites pour les pêcheurs et les opérateurs du secteur, d'autre part celui d'augmenter la transparence pour garantir que les mesures de contrôle soient appliquées de la même manière dans tous les pays de l'Union Européenne. Trois grands axes sous-tendent les aménagements proposés : le développement des échanges d'information et de la coopération entre les Etats membres et avec la Commission, le renforcement des contrôles des navires des pays tiers qui pêchent dans les eaux communautaires et le développement des contrôles après le débarquement des captures. Cette modification réglementaire n'est qu'un des volets de l'action nécessaire pour améliorer les contrôles en matière de pêche. La Commission va présenter un plan d'actions détaillé pour les 3 années à venir. A la fin de cette période, il conviendra d'évaluer les progrès réalisés.

    [03] EU and Canada sign ground-breaking trade agreement

    The European Union (EU) and Canada have signed a ground-breaking agreement to boost two-way trade - at the EU-Canada Summit in London. The Mutual Recognition Agreement will encourage trade by allowing product testing and certification to be undertaken in the exporting country instead of at destination. Annual savings to operators in both Canada and the EU will total at least ECU 40 million. The Summit was attended by the European Commission President Jacques Santer, Vice President Sir Leon Brittan, British Prime Minister Tony Blair (currently President of the European Council) and Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. The wide-ranging Summit agenda also examined ways to further liberalise bilateral trade flows and coordination on key foreign policy issues.

    [04] ECU 3 million to support Montenegro

    A financing Agreement will be signed on 18 May, in Brussels, between Mr Gunter Burghardt, Director-General of DG1A of the European Commission, and Dr Miomir Mugoša, Minister for Labour and Social Welfare of the Government of Montenegro. The Agreement, which consists of a contribution of ECU 3 million from the European Union (EU) towards outstanding social welfare costs, is the implementation of the political decision of EU Foreign Ministers, which was adopted on 30 April 1998, in the framework of the Common Foreign and Security Policy. The contribution underpins EU support for the political and economic reforms presently being undertaken by the Government of Montenegro. The EU's ECU 3 million contribution will be used to pay outstanding social welfare benefits, such as child support and family benefit, maternity leave and allowances, benefits for veterans and disabled persons, health insurance contributions and other such benefits. Mr Burghardt and Dr Mugoša are available for press questions after the signing at 9 a.m. at the Charlemagne Building (12th Floor).

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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