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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-10-22

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] Commission clears acquisition by Deutsche Post of full control of DHL
  • [02] Commission clears Jabil's acquisition of Philips' printed circuit board business
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Jessops Limited by ABN AMRO
  • [04] Propriété industrielle : la date de l'enregistrement de dessins ou de modèles au niveau européen approche
  • [05] August first estimates, July revised figures : Euro-zone external trade surplus ; €9.6 billion in August 2002 ; €2.3 billion surplus for EU15
  • [06] Franz Fischler in the Netherlands : "Enlargement will not trigger cost explosion"
  • [07] Les crises humanitaires oubliées
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 22/10/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 22/10/2002

  • [01] Commission clears acquisition by Deutsche Post of full control of DHL

    The European Commission has granted regulatory clearance to an agreement which will give Germany's Deutsche Post AG sole control of Bermuda-based express mail company DHL International Ltd. The operation will not significantly modify the current competitive structure of the market since Deutsche Post is already closely linked to DHL, which it presently shares control of with Lufthansa.

    [02] Commission clears Jabil's acquisition of Philips' printed circuit board business

    The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of the Dutch company Contract Manufacturing Services International B.V. (CMS) by the US- based firm Jabil Circuit, Inc (Jabil) from Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Philips) of the Netherlands. The Commission has concluded that the transaction will not significantly alter the competitive structure of the market for electronic manufacturing services, either world-wide or at the European level.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Jessops Limited by ABN AMRO

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of full control of the whole of the group of companies owned by Jessops Limited (UK), active in the retail sales and services of photo imaging products, by the British financial services company ABN AMRO LBO Fund. (The operation, notified 18 September 2002, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [04] Propriété industrielle : la date de l'enregistrement de dessins ou de modèles au niveau européen approche

    La Commission européenne a arrêté un règlement permettant à l'Office de l'harmonisation du marché intérieur (OHMI) de l'UE, qui se trouve à Alicante, de commencer à enregistrer des dessins et modèles communautaires au début de l'année 2003. Le règlement de la Commission met en œuvre le règlement sur les dessins ou modèles communautaires adopté par le Conseil en décembre 2001 (voir IP/01/1803) et donne à l'OHMI les instruments administratifs dont il a besoin pour appliquer, de manière souple et efficace, les procédures nécessaires, comme par exemple l'enregistrement et l'annulation de dessins ou de modèles ainsi que les recours. L'enregistrement de dessins ou de modèles communautaires offrira aux entreprises une protection à l'échelle européenne grâce à une demande unique. Néanmoins, les entreprises conserveront la possibilité d'enregistrer les dessins ou modèles selon le droit national, harmonisé par la directive 98/71/CE.

    [05] August first estimates, July revised figures : Euro-zone external trade surplus ; €9.6 billion in August 2002 ; €2.3 billion surplus for EU15

    According to Eurostat, the first estimate for euro-zone trade with the rest of the world in August 2002 was a €9.6 billion surplus, against +5.5 billion in August 2001. The revised July 2002 balance was +13.9 billion, compared with +8.5 billion in July 2001. Euro-zone trade recorded a surplus of €66.9 billion for the first eight months of 2002, against +19.7 billion in 2001. The first estimate for August 2002 extra-EU15 trade was a €2.3 billion surplus, compared with a 2.7 billion deficit in August 2001.

    [06] Franz Fischler in the Netherlands : "Enlargement will not trigger cost explosion"

    During his visit to the Netherlands to discuss the European Commission's proposals to review the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with the Dutch Parliament and farm, consumers and environment groups, Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, said that the CAP must be changed to make it more in tune with modern-day society. "The proposals respect the EU farm budget unanimously fixed by the Heads of State until 2006. But we want to spend this money in a more effective and targeted way." Mr Fischler warned to link the enlargement negotiations to the discussions on the farm reform. "Those who want to do so should also have the courage to spell out what this means in practice: delaying enlargement. I will not allow that agriculture becomes the scapegoat for those who want to turn the debate on enlargement into a pure "piggy-bank operation". A larger EU costs money. But the costs are manageable. The Commission's strategy to finance enlargement fully respects the amounts foreseen by the Heads of State, although in 1999 only six new member states were foreseen and we now accommodate ten with the same amount of money", Commissioner Fischler said.

    [07] Les crises humanitaires oubliées

    L'Office d'aide humanitaire de l'Union européenne (ECHO) soutient l'organisation d'une conférence internationale d'une journée intitulée "Crises humanitaires oubliées - le rôle des médias, des décideurs et des agences humanitaires". Tenue à Copenhague à l'initiative du Danish Refugee Council et d'autres ONG danoises partenaires, cette conférence portera essentiellement son attention sur l'attitude des médias et des bailleurs de fonds à l'égard des "crises oubliées". Ces crises oubliées sont celles pour lesquelles les besoins humanitaires restent importants mais pour lesquelles la couverture par la presse et les interventions des bailleurs de fonds sont faibles. M. Poul Nielson, Commissaire européen chargé du développement et de l'aide humanitaire, et Mme Costanza Adinolfi, directeur d'ECHO, compteront parmi les principaux orateurs de cette manifestation, qui coïncide avec la présidence danoise de l'UE. D'autres participants importants représenteront le gouvernement danois, les Etats membres, les journalistes et les travailleurs et chercheurs humanitaires.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Romano Prodi : "A stronger, better stability and growth pact" at the European Parliament (21/10, Strasbourg)

    Speech by Pedro Solbes : "Economic situation and budgetary developments : implementation of the stability and growth pact" at the European Parliament (21/10, Strasbourg)

    Speech by Erkki Liikanen : "Review of the EU pharmaceutical legislation" at the European Parliament (Strasbourg)

    Enquête d'opinion publique sur les attitudes des jeunes par rapport aux drogues (Eurobaromètre 57.2)


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