Browse through our Interesting Nodes of Greek Radio & Television A)? GHT="50">
Compact version
Today's Suggestion
Read The "Macedonian Question" (by Maria Nystazopoulou-Pelekidou)
HomeAbout HR-NetNewsWeb SitesDocumentsOnline HelpUsage InformationContact us
Friday, 22 November 2019
 
News
  Latest News (All)
     From Greece
     From Cyprus
     From Europe
     From Balkans
     From Turkey
     From USA
  Announcements
  World Press
  News Archives
Web Sites
  Hosted
  Mirrored
  Interesting Nodes
Documents
  Special Topics
  Treaties, Conventions
  Constitutions
  U.S. Agencies
  Cyprus Problem
  Other
Services
  Personal NewsPaper
  Greek Fonts
  Tools
  F.A.Q.
 

European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-10-30

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 plan to boost access to medicines for developing countries
  • [02] Vers une Union élargie : la Commission présente son programme législatif et de travail pour 2003
  • [03] Commission rules against collusive behaviour of Christie's and Sotheby's
  • [04] Commission fines Nintendo and seven of its European distributors for colluding to prevent trade in low-priced products
  • [05] Commission closes investigation into aid granted to Leuna 2000 refinery in Germany
  • [06] Commission approves proposed aid in favour of Communicant Semiconductor Technologies
  • [07] Commission authorises aid for a new farm investment programme in Bavaria (Germany)
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [08] Public procurement : Commission requests Germany, Italy and Sweden to rectify breaches of EU law in awarding contracts
  • [09] David Byrne critique l'annulation du Grand Prix de Belgique de Formule 1 motivée par l'interdiction de la publicité pour le tabac
  • [10] Commission provides over €17 million extra in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan
  • [11] Commission and China agree to establish consultation mechanism on industrial products
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 30/10/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 30/10/2002[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Commission clears plan to boost access to medicines for developing countries

    The European Commission has cleared a plan to boost developing countries' access to key medicines. It adopted a draft Council regulation enabling exporters to deliver essential medicines at reduced prices to poor countries, while making sure the goods are not diverted back to the European Union. Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy welcomed the decision : "The EU wants to set an example with a practical means of helping poorer countries struggling with public health crises. Vaccines and contraceptives have long been available at affordable prices now developed countries need to make an effort with other medicines. I hope other countries will follow suit." He said he hoped EU ministers would move quickly to approve the plan, which targets medicines for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the poorest countries. Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Poul Nielson, stated : "I welcome this proposal as a measure which delivers in a tangible, concrete way what we promised in the Programme of Action. We need to substantially increase the supply of tiered-price products so that cheaper medicines reach the poorest patients. This measure should be seen as part of a wider plan to improve the health situation in developing countries."

    [02] Vers une Union élargie : la Commission présente son programme législatif et de travail pour 2003

    La Commission européenne a présenté son programme législatif et de travail pour 2003 afin de montrer par quels moyens elle entend garantir la réussite de l'élargissement de l'Union européenne, contribuer à la stabilité et à la sécurité en faveur des citoyens européens et poursuivre l'objectif d'une économie européenne durable et solidaire. Cette présentation fait suite à la recommandation formulée par la Commission ce mois-ci d'élargir l'Union européenne à 25 Etats membres en 2004.

    [03] Commission rules against collusive behaviour of Christie's and Sotheby's

    In a decision adopted today, the European Commission has found that Christie's and Sotheby's, the world's two leading fine arts auction houses, breached European Union competition rules by colluding to fix commission fees and other trading terms between 1993 and early 2000. The Commission consequently fined Sotheby's €20.4 million, i.e. 6% of its worldwide turnover. Christie's, on the other hand, escaped a fine because it was the first to provide crucial evidence, which enabled the Commission to prove the existence of the cartel.

    [04] Commission fines Nintendo and seven of its European distributors for colluding to prevent trade in low-priced products

    The European Commission has imposed a total fine of €167.8 million on Japanese video games maker Nintendo and seven of its official distributors in Europe for colluding to prevent exports to high-priced from low-priced countries. The fine on Nintendo alone was calculated at €149 million to reflect its size in the market concerned, the fact that it was the driving force behind the illicit behaviour and also because it continued with the infringement even after it knew the investigation was going on. Prices for play consoles and games differed widely from one European Union country to another during the period investigated by the Commission, with the United Kingdom up to 65 percent cheaper than Germany and the Netherlands. "Every year, millions of European families spend large amounts of money on video games. They have the right to buy the games and consoles at the lowest price the market can possibly offer and we will not tolerate collusive behaviour intended to keep prices artificially high", Competition Commissioner Mario Monti said.

    [05] Commission closes investigation into aid granted to Leuna 2000 refinery in Germany

    After a careful investigation, the European Commission has confirmed its two-year old approval of €647 million in aid for the construction of the Leuna 2000 refinery in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The Commission re-examined the costs of the project and concluded that the allegations it had received that the investment costs had been inflated to receive more subsidies were unfounded. It should also be noted that the project's aid intensity is well below the ceiling of aid permissible in the region concerned. Consequently, the Commission no longer opposes the payment by Germany of a remaining sum of €61.4 million, which had been put in a blocked account pending the decision.

    [06] Commission approves proposed aid in favour of Communicant Semiconductor Technologies

    The European Commission has authorised Germany to grant a proposed aid of €371 million in direct grants and a loan guarantee in favour of Communicant Semiconductor Technologies AG for the construction of a new semiconductor plant located in the German eastern region of Brandenburg. The aid will help create jobs, has no negative impact on competition and, in any case, remains within the 26%-ceiling of aid allowable under the applicable rules for this project.

    [07] Commission authorises aid for a new farm investment programme in Bavaria (Germany)

    The European Commission has today authorised Germany (Bavaria) to pay national aid worth a total of € 335 million over four years for the introduction of a new investment programme. Its aim is to promote investments on farms which help to stabilise and improve farm incomes and improve living, working and production conditions. The duration of the programme is limited until 31 December 2005.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [08] Public procurement : Commission requests Germany, Italy and Sweden to rectify breaches of EU law in awarding contracts

    The European Commission has sent formal requests to Germany, Italy and Sweden to rectify irregularities in the award of certain public contracts for the purchase of services. In Germany, contracts were awarded in three regions without the open tendering procedures required by the EC Treaty and the public procurement Directives, which aim to open up public procurement to competition. These contracts were for waste disposal in the Landkreis Friesland, sewage water treatment and energy supply in Jever and for the development and marketing of a new services park in the city of Limburg. In Italy, the Piedmont region awarded a contract for technical assistance in the management of European funds according to criteria incompatible with the Directives. In Sweden, a contract for bus transport services was also awarded according to inappropriate criteria. When a major public contract is awarded without all eligible European tenderers having a chance to bid and/or awarded according to inappropriate criteria, European enterprises are deprived of their right to compete equitably for the contract concerned and safeguards against corruption are weakened. Moreover, the authorities awarding the contract - and therefore the taxpayer - may receive a worse or more expensive service than might have been provided had the correct procedures been applied. These formal requests to Germany, Italy and Sweden take the form of so-called "reasoned opinions", the second stage of infringement procedures under Article 226 of the EC Treaty. If the Member States do not comply within two months, the Commission may refer the cases to the Court of Justice.

    [09] David Byrne critique l'annulation du Grand Prix de Belgique de Formule 1 motivée par l'interdiction de la publicité pour le tabac

    David Byrne, commissaire européen chargé de la santé et de la protection des consommateurs, a critiqué la décision de la commission Formule 1 de la Fédération internationale automobile (FIA) de supprimer le Grand Prix de Belgique de Spa-Francorchamps en raison de la loi belge interdisant la publicité pour le tabac. "Quel type de signal pour les fans de course automobile ? L'argent sale des grands cigarettiers est-il plus important pour la Formule 1 que l'esprit du sport et l'attachement de ses fans à ce circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, qui est incontestablement l'un des plus spectaculaires du monde ? Le tabac n'a pas sa place dans les manifestations sportives internationales. Même le Conseil mondial du sport automobile l'a admis lorsqu'il a annoncé qu'il s'est engagé à bannir la publicité pour le tabac et le parrainage par l'industrie du tabac du sport automobile international au niveau mondial à partir de 2006", a déclaré M. Byrne.

    [10] Commission provides over €17 million extra in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

    The European Commission has adopted a new humanitarian aid package worth €17.645 million to support Afghan populations affected by years of conflict and drought. The decision focuses on former refugees returning to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries as well as on internally displaced people (IDPs) and other vulnerable and drought-affected populations. The aid is channelled through the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson, who stated : "The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is finely balanced. We need to sustain levels of support so as not to jeopardise the fragile humanitarian progress in the country. This decision is an important part of our ongoing commitment to the people of Afghanistan. Helping people is not only a moral imperative but also essential in consolidating the recovery process."

    [11] Commission and China agree to establish consultation mechanism on industrial products

    Today in Brussels, European Enterprise Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, and Mr Ge Zhirong, Vice-Minister of the General Administration of Quality, Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ), signed an agreement to establish a consultation mechanism on industrial products. The agreement will strengthen the cooperation and exchange between both parties, and enhance the smooth development of trade relations between China and the European Union (EU is China's third largest trading partner and China EU's fourth largest). The agreement will extend to all industrial products submitted to technical regulations. In addition, in order to permit efficiency and transparency in this dialogue, it is foreseen that the consultation mechanism could involve, if needed, proper participation of producers' organisations and bodies responsible for standardisation.

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    Eléments d'intervervention de M. Vitorino sur la Convention européenne (29/10, PE)

    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/
    © ECSC - EC - EAEC, Brussels-Luxembourg, 1995, 1996


    Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article
    Back to Top
    Copyright © 1995-2016 HR-Net (Hellenic Resources Network). An HRI Project.
    All Rights Reserved.

    HTML by the HR-Net Group / Hellenic Resources Institute, Inc.
    midex2html v1.04 run on Wednesday, 30 October 2002 - 12:30:05 UTC