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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 99-05-25

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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-Parole 25/05/1999b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Rapport 1998 sur la qualité des eaux de baignade : nouveau mieux pour les eaux intérieures, pas d'amélioration sensible pour les eaux côtières
  • [02] Commission authorises Vodafone and AirTouch to merge
  • [03] Commission clears the change of shareholders of Omnitel
  • [04] Le commissaire Van Miert se félicite de la décision de Coca-Cola de renoncer à son acquisition de Schweppes en Europe continentale
  • [05] La Commission approuve l'acquisition de Berlin Brandenburg Airport Holding par un consortium regroupant Hochtief et Frankfurt Airport
  • [06] Franz Fischler: «Reform of sugar policy is not yet necesssary»
  • [07] Kavala (Greece) : Inaugural Meeting of the International Maritime Forum The inaugural meeting of the International Maritime Forum, chaired by the Greek Minister of Development Prof. Evangelos Venizelos took place the 21st May 1999 in the Greek town of Kavala. It is the starting point of a maritime network in the East Mediterranean, Black Sea and South Eastern Europe. The Forum`s first meeting saw the coming of 200 high level participants from governments, the European Commission, all segments of maritime industry (shipbuilding, shipping ports, marine equipment suppliers, marine resources) and related suppliers and users of Information Society technologies and services, from 21 countries from the Eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea and the Balkans. Kavala will host a regional MARIS office. MARIS is a pilot Global Information Society Initiative for the Maritime Sector created in 1995 by the group of the G7 (now G8) countries. Its guiding principles are the promotion of dynamic competition, the encouragement of private investment, the definition of an adaptable regulatory framework and the precision of open access to networks. The Forum which will have a permanent antenna in Kavala which will offer the opportunity to vitalize the communication links between the participant countries and their industries and create new services for the economic development and welfare of the region.

  • [01] Rapport 1998 sur la qualité des eaux de baignade : nouveau mieux pour les eaux intérieures, pas d'amélioration sensible pour les eaux côtières

    La Commission européenne a présenté aujourd'hui son 16e rapport sur la qualité des eaux de baignade en Europe. Il porte sur 13 218 plages côtières et 6 004 zones de baignade intérieures. Près de 95 % des zones de baignade côtières respectent les exigences de qualité minimales, ce qui représente une faible amélioration par rapport aux résultats du rapport précédent. Les zones de baignade intérieures affichent des résultats encourageants pour la deuxième année consécutive. Alors que pour la saison balnéaire 1996, une zone de baignade intérieure sur trois était insuffisamment surveillée ou ne répondait pas aux exigences minimales de qualité, en 1997 près de 80 % de ces zones respectaient les exigences minimales de la directive. Au cours de la saison de baignade 1998, cette proportion s'est élevée à plus de 85 %.

    [02] Commission authorises Vodafone and AirTouch to merge

    The European Commission has approved the merger between the British company Vodafone Group plc and the Californian AirTouch Communications, Inc. The companies' main activity is the operation of mobile telecommunications networks. The new company is active in most European countries either through joint ventures or own networks and will have a combined turnover of 10.3 billion Euro (1998). In relation to mobile telecommunications, the Commission identified a competition problem in the German market, where both companies are active through joint ventures (E-Plus and D2 respectively). Vodafone agreed to sell its stake in E-Plus, which eliminates any overlap between Vodafone and AirTouch in the German market for mobile telecommunications.

    [03] Commission clears the change of shareholders of Omnitel

    The European Commission has cleared the operation by which Mannesmann and Bell Atlantic acquire joint control over Omnitel Pronto Italia (OPI). The operation is conditional on the exit of Olivetti from the shareholding of Omnitel if its bid for Telecom Italia is successful. After examination of the notification, the Commission has concluded that the operation does not raise serious doubts as to its compatibility with the common market and the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement.

    [04] Le commissaire Van Miert se félicite de la décision de Coca-Cola de renoncer à son acquisition de Schweppes en Europe continentale

    Karel Van Miert, Commissaire européen chargé de la politique de conurrence, a pris connaissance avec satisfaction la décision récente de The Coca-Cola Company d'abandonner ses plans pour acquérir la division boissons non alcoolisées de Cadbury Schweppes plc en Europe continentale. Il y a quelques semaines, M. Van Miert avait mis en garde contre l'impact anti- concurre éventuel de l'achat et avait demandé que les sociétés notifient l'acquisition à la Commission européenne.

    [05] La Commission approuve l'acquisition de Berlin Brandenburg Airport Holding par un consortium regroupant Hochtief et Frankfurt Airport

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'autoriser l'acquisition de Berlin Brandenburg Airport Holding GmbH (BBF) par un consortium réunissant l'entreprise de construction Hochtief AG, Frankfurt Mainz Airport AG (FAG), le groupe électrique ABB et la banque de détail Bankgesellschaft Berlin AG. Le BBF, dont le capital est détenu par l'État fédéral allemand et par les Länder de Berlin et de Brandebourg, exploite les trois aéroports de Berlin, à savoir Tegel, Tempelhof et Schönefeld. Dans le cadre du plan qui vise à concentrer le trafic aérien de la région berlinoise dans un seul aéroport, ce consortium veut faire de Schönefeld un aéroport international, sous le nom de "Berlin Brandenburg International" (BBI), dont il assurerait également l'exploitation. L'opération crée des liens structurels entre l'aéroport de Berlin, l'aéroport de Francfort et, indirectement par l'entremise de Hochtief, l'aéroport de Düsseldorf. À l'issue de son examen, la Commission a conclu que le projet n'aurait aucun effet défavorable sur les rapports de concurrence, car les zones d'attraction des différents aéroports ne se chevauchent pas.

    [06] Franz Fischler: «Reform of sugar policy is not yet necesssary»

    In a speech given at the International Sugar Organisation Council in Brussels today, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Franz Fischler stressed the importance of sugar production within the European Union (EU) and added that the EU is the world's largest producer of white sugar and the second-largest producer of sugar as a whole. Mr. Fischler pointed out that the sugar sector was fundamentally affected by the conclusions of the Uruquay round, but has not been included into the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy, as a reform of this sector is not yet considered necessary. "However, Mr. Fischler said, the European sugar sector knows that it must take the opportunity to prepare for the forthcoming challenges of a larger Union and stiffer international competition".

    [07] Kavala (Greece) : Inaugural Meeting of the International Maritime Forum The inaugural meeting of the International Maritime Forum, chaired by the Greek Minister of Development Prof. Evangelos Venizelos took place the 21st May 1999 in the Greek town of Kavala. It is the starting point of a maritime network in the East Mediterranean, Black Sea and South Eastern Europe. The Forum`s first meeting saw the coming of 200 high level participants from governments, the European Commission, all segments of maritime industry (shipbuilding, shipping ports, marine equipment suppliers, marine resources) and related suppliers and users of Information Society technologies and services, from 21 countries from the Eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea and the Balkans. Kavala will host a regional MARIS office. MARIS is a pilot Global Information Society Initiative for the Maritime Sector created in 1995 by the group of the G7 (now G8) countries. Its guiding principles are the promotion of dynamic competition, the encouragement of private investment, the definition of an adaptable regulatory framework and the precision of open access to networks. The Forum which will have a permanent antenna in Kavala which will offer the opportunity to vitalize the communication links between the participant countries and their industries and create new services for the economic development and welfare of the region.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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