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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 01-02-09

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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 Service Presse et Communicationb

Midday Express 09/02/2001

  • [01] E-commerce / financial services : Commission aims for integrated retail market by 2005 A comprehensive strategy designed to create a regulatory and supervisory environment to encourage the development of e-commerce in financial services and build consumer confidence has been launched by the European Commission as part of the Financial Services Action Plan, as foreseen in the Commission's contribution to the Stockholm Summit (see IP/01/170). Harnessing the power of new technology is vital if the Lisbon European Council deadline of 2005 for the creation of an integrated European market in financial services is to be met. The approach outlined in the Commission Communication is based on the principle that the trading rules applied to the cross-border sale and purchase of financial services should be those of the Member State where the service provider is established (i.e. the country of origin). This should ensure a level playing field between on- line and more traditional modes of distance trade. Underpinning the strategy is a series of measures designed to enhance consumer confidence and protection, including further harmonisation of national consumer and investor protection rules, the establishment of out-of-court redress, measures to build trust in internet payments and enhanced cooperation between public authorities responsible for the supervision of cross-border trade in financial services. The Communication also provides clarification of the impact on financial services of the e-commerce legal framework Directive (2001/31/EC), its interaction with other financial services legislation and contains steps to ensure that its implementation in the financial services area takes full account of the need to protect consumers and retail investors operating on-line within the European Union.
  • [02] Diplômes : la Commission poursuit des procédures d'infraction relatives à la reconnaissance des diplômes La Commission européenne a décidé de poursuivre les procédures d'infraction engagées contre la France, l'Italie, la Grèce, et l'Allemagne pour manquement au droit communautaire en ce qui concerne la reconnaissance des diplômes. Elle a décidé de traduire la France devant la Cour de justice européenne pour non-conformité de sa législation sur l'accès à la profession d'administrateur hospitalier et d'envoyer un avis motivé concernant l'accès à la profession de pharmacien. La Commission a décidé d'adresser à l'Allemagne des avis motivés pour non-conformité de sa législation relative au port de titres universitaires acquis dans un autre Etat. Dans le cas italien, la Commission a décidé d'introduire un recours devant la Cour de justice concernant la reconnaissance des diplômes de moniteurs de ski. Le cas de la Grèce, qui fait également objet d'un recours devant la Cour de justice, concerne les diplômes d'architectes. L'envoi d'un avis motivé constitue la deuxième étape de la procédure d'infraction prévue à l'article 226 du traité. En l'absence d'une réponse satisfaisante de la part de l'Etat membre concerné dans un délai de deux mois à compter de la date de réception de cet avis, la Commission peut décider de saisir la Cour de justice.
  • [03] Commission refers part of transaction between Metsäliitto and Vapo to the Finnish Competition Authority The European Commission has decided to refer to the Finnish Competition Authority - Kilpailuvirasto - part of the examination of the impact of the proposed acquisition by Finland's Metsäliitto Osuuskunta of a stake in Vapo Oy, which is currently solely owned by the State of Finland. The decision follows a request by the Finnish Competition Authority to investigate the deal's impact on the market for wood based fuels, the market for peat or the combined market for wood based fuels and peat in Finland. The Commission cleared the aspects of the transaction that relate to the markets for sawn timber and wood procurement.
  • [04] Better regulation : Commission proposal to streamline Machinery Directive The European Commission has issued a proposal to streamline the Machinery Directive (98/37/EC), which ensures the free movement of machinery within the internal market and lays down essential health, safety and consumer protection requirements. The proposal seeks to enhance legal certainty by clarifying the Directive's scope and meaning, whilst at the same time ensuring the highest possible level of health protection and consumer safety. Based on the experience of the past twelve years, it reflects the Commission's determination to cut "red tape" whilst facilitating compliance with EU legislation, taking due account of the subsidiarity and proportionality principles.
  • [05] Fusions approuvées selon la procédure simplifiée - REWE Group (DE) / BML-Vermögensverwaltungs AG (DE) / Standa Commerciale srl (IT) - ABN AMRO LBO / Perkins Foods PLC
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Note sur les résultats de la réunion de la troïka des ministres des Sports (08, Stockholm) Note sur la préparation du Conseil des ministres de l'Education (12/02) Note sur la préparation du Conseil Ecofin (12/02) Calendrier du 12 au 17 février 2001 Discours de M. Lamy : "Between globalisation and enlargement" à la Freie Universität (08/02, Berlin) Discours de M. Byrne : "The Commission policy on the health aspects of BSE" devant la COPA Discours de M. Busquin : "Coopération industrielle et scientifique en sciences de la vie : impact social et industriel" à la session plénière de BioVision 2001 (Lyon, ! embargo 14h !)

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