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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-02-26

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission et l'OLAF agissent sur base d'allégations de mauvaise conduite professionnelle
  • [02] Commission clears new ownership structure of CAT joint venture
  • [03] La Commission autorise la reprise de Schöller par Nestlé
  • [04] Commission clears inland tanker joint venture in mineral oils shipping sector
  • [05] Commission initiates formal investigation into the takeover of Dutch sand-lime brick producers
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of EP Europost by Hermes Versand
  • [07] Afghanistan reconstruction : Commission approves €57.5 million for Initial Recovery Programme
  • [08] Maritime transport : Commission proposes to conclude agreement with China
  • [09] Pascal Lamy visits Argentina, Brazil, and Chile to strengthen Europe's regional and multilateral trade ties with region (27/03-04/03)
  • [10] Margot Wallström : "A wake-up call for global sustainability"
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 26/02/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 26/02/2002

  • [01] La Commission et l'OLAF agissent sur base d'allégations de mauvaise conduite professionnelle

    La presse de plusieurs Etats membres s'est fait l'écho ces derniers mois d'un document, rédigé par le fonctionnaire de la Commission européenne Paul van Buitenen, faisant référence à des allégations de mauvaise conduite professionnelle. Son document a été transmis le 31 août 2001 à l'Office de lutte anti-fraude de l'UE (OLAF) et à la Direction Générale de l'administration de la Commission (DG ADMIN). A ce stade, la Commission ne peut pas dévoiler le contenu précis des allégations contenues dans ce document, car elles doivent être vérifiées et cela pouvant affecter les droits des individus mentionnés. De nombreux sujets évoqués dans le document de M. van Buitenen ont déjà fait ou font actuellement l'objet d'enquêtes ; d'éventuels faits nouveaux peuvent bien sûr entraîner de nouvelles investigations. C'est pourquoi tant l'OLAF que la DG ADMIN ont chacun entrepris leur propre analyse du contenu du document afin de déterminer s'il contenait des faits nouveaux nécessitant une enquête formelle. L'OLAF a maintenant soumis un résumé de ses conclusions à la Commission et le Vice-Président Kinnock a fait rapport au Parlement européen sur ce sujet. Une réunion aura prochainement lieu entre la DG ADMIN et l'OLAF pour assurer le suivi approprié.

    [02] Commission clears new ownership structure of CAT joint venture

    The European Commission has granted regulatory clearance to a deal whereby a consortium made up of British company Autologic Holding Plc, TNT Holdings B.V. of the Netherlands and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines AS of Norway will acquire joint control of Compagnie d'Affrètement et de Transport (CAT), a company which provides logistics services to the automobile sector and which was until last year fully-owned by Renault SA.

    [03] La Commission autorise la reprise de Schöller par Nestlé

    La Commission européenne a autorisé la reprise du groupe allemand Schöller par l'entreprise suisse Nestlé S.A. La Commission a examiné l'impact de la fusion sur le marché des glaces en Allemagne, aux Pays-Bas, en Autriche et en France, mais a conclut à l'absence de problèmes compte tenu, notamment, de la concurrence exercée par Unilever Plc qui reste le numéro un de la glace en Europe et dans le monde.

    [04] Commission clears inland tanker joint venture in mineral oils shipping sector

    The European Commission has granted regulatory clearance to a deal whereby the Vopak Group and Van der Sluijs, both based in the Netherlands, will acquire joint control of the Interstream joint venture, which will be active in inland mineral oil tanker transport.

    [05] Commission initiates formal investigation into the takeover of Dutch sand-lime brick producers

    The European Commission has decided to carry out a detailed investigation into the 1999 acquisition of the Dutch sand-lime brick cooperative CVK by the German Haniel group and Dutch firm Cementbouw. The Commission has doubts as to the competitive impact of this transaction on the wall- building materials sector in the Netherlands.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of EP Europost by Hermes Versand

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control in the the mail distribution sector of the German undertakings EP Europost AG & Co KG and EP Europost Geschäftsführungs AG (EP Europost) by the Dutch company City Courier (Nederland) B.V., controlled by TPG N.V. (TPG) and Hermes Boten Service GmbH & CO. KG, belonging to the Otto Versand Combined Group (Otto Versand). (The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [07] Afghanistan reconstruction : Commission approves €57.5 million for Initial Recovery Programme

    The European Commission has approved an Initial Recovery Programme for Afghanistan worth €57.5 million. The aim of the programme is to support the stabilisation of the country, assisting its new Interim Administration and meeting primary needs. The main components of the package are : support to public administration, rural recovery, mine clearance and basic urban infrastructures as well as help with information and co-ordination mechanisms to boster the reconstruction effort. Welcoming the adoption of the programme, External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten stated : "The aid approved today is another sign of Europe's substantial and sustained effort to help rebuild Afghanistan's society and economy. The Commission's contribution in 2002 amounts to €200 million : a clear expression of our commitment to the Afghan people."

    [08] Maritime transport : Commission proposes to conclude agreement with China

    Following the successful conclusion of negotiations last December in Beijing, the European Commission has presented a proposal to conclude an Agreement on maritime transport between the European Union and the People's Republic of China. The Agreement covers commercial, safety and security maritime issues and could be formally signed on the occasion of the EU- China summit at the end of the year. "This agreement is of key interest to European shipping companies", said Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President in charge of transport and energy. "It is a very important step ahead which paves the way to closer relations with one of our main non-European commercial partners", she added. The proposal for a Decision to formalise the terms of the Agreement negotiated between the Commission and China will be submitted to the EU's Council of Ministers for adoption.

    [09] Pascal Lamy visits Argentina, Brazil, and Chile to strengthen Europe's regional and multilateral trade ties with region (27/03-04/03)

    European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy will visit Argentina, Brazil and Chile from 27 February until 4 March. In Argentina, Mr Lamy will express the EU's solidarity with Argentina as it strives to recover from the recent dramatic economic and social crisis. On the eve of his departure, Mr Lamy said : "We stand by Argentina when it most needs the support of its friends and neighbours. It is at times like these that the value and importance of being part of the Mercosur is brought into sharper focus. Our commitment to strengthening the Mercosur family through our on-going negotiations is if anything stronger now than ever." Mr Lamy's visit to Brazil will also serve to underline the importance the EU attaches to the Mercosur negotiation as well as to nurturing the excellent relationship struck up with Brazil in the WTO context. In Chile, the Commissioner will attend the opening session of the 9th round of negotiations for an EU-Chile Association Agreement that both sides hope to conclude at the Second EU-Latin American Summit to be held in Madrid in May. The visit will also provide an opportunity for the EU and Brazil, Argentina and Chile to underline their commitment to the new WTO round of multilateral trade talks agreed last year in Doha (Doha Development Round). During his trip, Commissioner Lamy will meet President Cardoso of Brazil, Argentine President Duhalde and President Lagos in Chile. He will also meet his Ministerial counterparts, as well as representatives of business, civil society and academics.

    [10] Margot Wallström : "A wake-up call for global sustainability"

    (! embargo 4 pm !) In a speech today to the European Policy Centre Dialogue on sustainabilty and globalisation, European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström outlines her views on the outcomes that the Johannesburg World Summit next August should include. She calls on all participating countries to sign up to concrete action at the Summit. The Commissioner says : "We do not need new statements of principles. We do need a concrete Action Plan with deliverables upon which we can be held to account". She continues : "We must inject a sense of urgency into our preparations for Johannesburg. We must shake off any sense of complacency surrounding the subject of global sustainability. We face enourmous challenges ... but we cannot allow the enormity of the task to paralyse us into inaction."

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Mario Monti : "Competition and the Consumer : What are the aims of European Competition Policy ?" at the European Competition Day in Madrid

    Speech by Pedro Solbes : "Topical issues in economic policy" at the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament


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