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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 98-07-14

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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

14/07/98


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission approves the acquisition of UTA Telekom by VTÖB and Swisscom
  • [02] La Commission autorise Finnair et Maersk Air à continuer à exploiter le service commun sur la liaison Copenhague-Stockholm
  • [03] Hans van den Broek launches stagiaires' charity project in support of Roma communities

  • [01] Commission approves the acquisition of UTA Telekom by VTÖB and Swisscom

    The European Commission has cleared a concentration by which Vereinigte Telekom Österreich Beteiligungs GmbH (VTÖB) and Swisscom Telekommunikation Holding GmbH (Swisscom Holding) acquire joint control of UTA Telekom AG. The joint venture will operate in data communication via terrestrial lines, voice telephony and leased lines in Austria. In view of the dominance of Austria's formerly state-owned monopolist, PTA, UTA's present market shares are irrelevant. The company intends to establish itself as a serious alternative provider of telecom services in Austria over the next decade. UTA will face competition from other competitors entering the rapidly growing telecom market, such as Telering, Verbund or Citykom. The present operation is therefore pro-competitive and does not create or strengthen a dominant position.

    [02] La Commission autorise Finnair et Maersk Air à continuer à exploiter le service commun sur la liaison Copenhague-Stockholm

    La Commission européenne a décidé de ne pas émettre de doutes sérieux concernant l'accord d'entreprise commune conclu entre le transporteur finlandais Finnair, d'une part, et le transporteur danois Maersk Air, d'autre part, qui vise à proposer des services aériens entre Stockholm et Copenhague. Concrètement, cette décision signifie que la Commission autorise Finnair et Maersk Air à poursuivre l'exploitation de leur service commun sur la liaison reliant les capitales danoise et suédoise pendant une période de six ans. Cette entreprise commune a reçu le feu vert car elle stimule le jeu de la concurrence sur une liaison auparavant dominée par un seul transporteur.

    [03] Hans van den Broek launches stagiaires' charity project in support of Roma communities

    European Commissioner for External Affairs Hans van den Broek will ceremonially start the engines of a truck as part of the Commission stagiaires' charity project supporting Roma communities in South Eastern Europe. The truck contains one of two brick-making machines for a social housing project for Roma in Bulgaria. He will also hand over a check of BEF 200,000 to a representative from the schooling project for young Roma women in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Also present will be Boyko Kotzev and Zoran Stojcevski from the missions of Bulgaria and FYROM to the European Union (EU). "This charity project will make a valuable contribution to counter the social exclusion of Roma. It testifies to the wide scope of our stagiaires' initiative and concern beyond their daily work", said Mr van den Broek. Twice a year some 600 European graduates come to work as stagiaires in the Commission through its five months traineeship programme. Earlier this year in February, the last group of trainees sent wheelchairs and medical supplies to mentally and physically handicapped in Estonia. EU support for the Roma communities has focused mainly on education, training, legal projects and combating unemployment and amounts to ECU 12 million since 1993. The event will take place in front of the Council building at Rond Point Schuman at 12h00 on Thursday, 16 July

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