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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-03-07

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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 07/03/2000b


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] COMMISSION AUTHORISES THE ACQUISITION OF THE SEALING SYSTEMS GROUP BY THE VENTURE CAPITAL GROUP CVC
  • [02] The European Commission clears the formation of a South African joint venture 'AIBC' for the manufacture of motor vehicle components.
  • [03] Commission clears the acquisition of the Performance Polymers Division of Ciba Specialty Chemicals Holding Inc. by Deutsche Bank AG.
  • [04] Industrial producer prices rose by 0.6% in euro-zone and by 0.5% in EU15 in January 2000 compared to the previous month
  • [05] Journée internationale des femmes - 8 mars 2000
  • [06] EU Commission President Romano Prodi and Commissioner Verheugen praise Malta's progress towards accession
  • [07] Signature of the Joint Statement on Cross-Border Cooperation between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and UNMIK
  • [08] European Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten, addressed today the Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Skopje.
  • [09] COMMISSION EXTENDS TEMPORARY BAN ON PHTHALATES IN TOYS

  • [01] COMMISSION AUTHORISES THE ACQUISITION OF THE SEALING SYSTEMS GROUP BY THE VENTURE CAPITAL GROUP CVC

    The European Commission has approved the operation by which CVC acquires the Sealing Systems Group. The Sealing Systems Group develops and produces automotive sealing products, automotive hoses and rubber sheeting products. The operation is of a complementary nature and does therefore not give rise to competition problems. CVC consists of a group of companies which manage and control several venture capital funds. The Sealing Systems Group belongs to the UK based Invensys Group and develops and produces on a worldwide basis automotive sealing products. These are products usually made with a polymer or rubber base to seal vehicle windows doors, sunroofs, or body parts to stop water, wind and dust and to reduce noise penetration. Other products made by Sealing Systems are automotive hoses and rubber sheeting products. Two venture capital funds which are controlled and managed by CVC European Equity II Limited, which in turn belongs to the CVC group, acquire a number of companies and assets which make up the Sealing Systems Groups. The operation will not lead to any addition of market shares and the Commission has therefore decided not to oppose the operation.

    [02] The European Commission clears the formation of a South African joint venture 'AIBC' for the manufacture of motor vehicle components.

    The joint venture AIBC will consist of the businesses currently constituting the 'AI Group', the assets of which are all situated in South Africa and other African states; the components produced by AI are used almost excessively for the manufacture of vehicles within South Africa. The parents of the joint venture will be DFI, the current South African owner of AI, ZF Friedrichshafen AG ('ZF') of Germany, and Brembo S.p.A. of Italy. Both ZF and Brembo are manufacturers of motor vehicle components. The concentration has a Community dimension as a consequence of the turnovers of ZF and Brembo.The products of the new joint venture AIBC will continue to be used for vehicle manufacture in South Africa, and the concentration will have no effect on vehicle component markets within the EEA. In view of the above, the Commission has decided not to oppose the operation.

    [03] Commission clears the acquisition of the Performance Polymers Division of Ciba Specialty Chemicals Holding Inc. by Deutsche Bank AG.

    Deutsche Bank AG, the German bank active in international banking, is acquiring, by way of purchase of shares and assets, the Performance Polymers Division ('Division') of Ciba Specialty Chemicals Holding Inc. ('Ciba SC').Division manufactures and markets polymer resin systems for a wide range of industrial applications. Division's products include hardeners, coatings, structural composites, adhesives, and other products for use in the aerospace, electronics, and other industries.Deutsche Bank and Division are neither active in the same product market, nor in any product market located upstream or downstream of another product market in which the other party is active. There are no horizontal or vertical relations between Deutsche Bank and Division. In view of this absence of overlap and of the existence of strong competitors in the markets in which Division is active, the Commission has decided not to oppose the operation.

    [04] Industrial producer prices rose by 0.6% in euro-zone and by 0.5% in EU15 in January 2000 compared to the previous month

    Euro-zone industrial producer prices increased by 0.6% in January 2000 compared with the previous month, Eurostat Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg estimates today. Prices in EU15 rose by 0.5%. The increase of producer prices for December 1999 was revised to 0.6% from 0.5% for the euro-zone and for the EU15. The index for intermediate goods rose 0.9% in the euro-zone and 0.8% in the EU15. In both the euro- zone and the EU15, prices for the capital goods and non-durable consumer goods sectors rose 0.2% and the index for durable consumer goods increased 0.3%. Producer prices increased4 by 5.0% in the euro-zone and 4.5% in the EU15 compared to January 1999. The intermediate goods sector was the main contributor to this price increase with 8.0% in the euro-zone and 7.4% in the EU15. The increase in the other sectors was lower than 1%.

    [05] Journée internationale des femmes - 8 mars 2000

    Le thème retenu pour la traditionnelle célébration de la Journée internationale des femmes à la Commission est cette année en rapport direct avec l'actualité, suite aux décisions historiques prises en décembre 1999 lors du Sommet de Helsinki: l'élargissement de l'Union européenne. La conférence abordera le thème de l'élargissement vu sous l'angle et dans le cadre de la politique de l'égalité des chances entre les femmes et les hommes. Quel impact aura cet élargissement pour les femmes des pays concernés? Quels espoirs, quelles craintes ont-elles à la veille de l'intégration de leur pays dans l'Union européenne? Quel message ont-elles à passer vers les futurs concitoyens européens? Le Vice-président Neil KINNOCK, responsable pour la politique du personnel, présidera les travaux; d'autres Commissaires y sont prévus - Anna DIAMANTOPOULOU et Gunter VERHEUGEN - ainsi que des conférencières directement impliquées à divers titres dans la préparation de l'élargissement dans leur pays respectif: Mme Marianna Knothe, Présidente pour le Centre pour la promotion des femmes à Varsovie; Mme Julia Motoc, professeur à l'université de Bucarest et Mme Leslie Abdela, journaliste et Directrice générale de "Project Parity". La conférence aura lieu le mercredi 8 mars de 13 h à 15 h, à la salle CHAR S-3 (Rue de la Loi 170).

    [06] EU Commission President Romano Prodi and Commissioner Verheugen praise Malta's progress towards accession

    During their visit to Malta 5-6 March, the European Commission President Romano Prodi and EU Commissioner Günter Verheugen praised Malta's progress towards accession and underlined the valuable role Malta could play as a Member State of the European Union in the Mediterranean area. They also assured Malta that, according to the new approach decided by the EU in the negotiation process, it could be able to catch up with the candidate countries who have started negotiating in 1998. Mr. Prodi and Mr Verheugen met President Professor Guido de Marco, Prime Minister Dr Eddie Fenech Adami, Leader of Opposition Dr Alfred Sant, the Parliament where Mr Prodi held an important speech - as well as social partners and business community. Mr Verheugen also met Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Joe Borg and Mr Prodi was granted a Degree Honoris Causa by University of Malta.

    [07] Signature of the Joint Statement on Cross-Border Cooperation between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and UNMIK

    Today, in presence of European Commissioner for External Relations, the Rt Hon Christopher Patten, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and UNMIK, the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, are signing up for a joint programme of enhanced cross-border cooperation. FYROM and UNMIK have agreed on a comprehensive programme of co-operation on cross-border economic issues, initially aimed at improving the whole Skopje-Pristina corridor. This constitutes the result of considerable efforts on both sides to facilitating crossing times at this border, which is still etched in the minds of many as a result of the humanitarian disaster of last year, and had since become a byword for delay.

    [08] European Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten, addressed today the Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in Skopje.

    He acknowledged the immense contribution made by FYROM to cope with the massive impact of the Kosovo crisis last year and expressed the gratitude of the international community. The wish of the EU to strengthen now relations with FYROM found its expression today by the upgrading of the European Commission's representation in Skopje from an Office to a Delegation and by the formal launch of negotiations on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA). FYROM is the first country of the region to start negotiations on a SAA, providing for close political dialogue, the establishment of a free-trade with the EC and between the countries of the region, the approximation of legislation, and co-operation in many other areas, such as justice and home affairs. Commissioner Patten stated: "In signing up to the EU's Stabilisation and Association process, you commit yourselves to a serious agenda of reform milestones that you must pass on the road to Europe... It will be essential that you continue your commitment to multi-ethnicity and tolerance. There remain many years of hard work ahead of us if we are together to transform this region. For too long it has been a source of instability and conflict. For too long the rest of Europe has turned a blind eye, or attempted to apply the sticking plaster as one crisis has succeeded another. We have recognized that that approach had to change; and we are working to promote reform throughout the whole region."

    [09] COMMISSION EXTENDS TEMPORARY BAN ON PHTHALATES IN TOYS

    The European Commission has notified yesterday the Member States of its Decision to extend for another three-months its temporary ban on the use of certain phthalates in toys and childcare articles. The products covered by the Decision are those intended to be placed in the mouth by babies, for example dummies and teething rings, made of soft PVC containing phthalates. The Member States were consulted and gave their unanimous approval to this extension. This extension is necessary because the Commission proposal for permanent legislative measures, made in November 1999, is still the subject of discussions in the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. In the absence of new relevant scientific risk evaluation data the content of the Decision remains unchanged. The Commission will consider any new developments on the possible use of standardised methods for simulating and measuring phthalates release from toys and is prepared to discuss these with industry. Contacts have been established to that end. The Commission will actively encourage and co-ordinate work to develop and validate such methods. As long as test methods are not

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