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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-05-20

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 approves TeliaSonera's proposed buyers for Com hem and Telia Mobile Finland
  • [02] Commission clears Internet hotel bookings JV between Accor, Hilton and Six Continents through WorldRes Europe
  • [03] Sécurité maritime : Loyola de Palacio se félicite de l'accord pour de nouveaux niveaux d'indemnisation des victimes de marées noires
  • [04] Statement of the Commission following the referendum on EU accession in Slovakia
  • [05] Informal regional policy council in Chalkidiki, Greece : Ministers from the 25 call for a strengthening of European cohesion policies in the light of enlargement
  • [06] EU and South Korea discuss scientific cooperation
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 19/05/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 19/05/2003

  • [01] Commission approves TeliaSonera's proposed buyers for Com hem and Telia Mobile Finland

    The European Commission has approved TeliaSonera's proposal to sell its Swedish cable TV business Com hem AB to EQT Partners AB and Telia Mobile Finland to Suomen 2G/DNA. The sale of the two businesses is the result of the conditions attached to last year's merger between the telecommunications operators of Sweden and Finland. The divestitures will ensure that consumers in Finland will continue to enjoy the benefits of competition in the market for third-generation (3G) mobile services and that Swedish consumers will benefit from increased competition in the market for fixed line telephony and Internet services.

    [02] Commission clears Internet hotel bookings JV between Accor, Hilton and Six Continents through WorldRes Europe

    The European Commission has granted regulatory approval regarding a proposed joint venture between French hotel chain Accor, the British hotel chains Hilton and Six Continents and the American e-commerce company in the global lodging industry WorldRes.Com. The agreement will give joint control to all concerned of WorldRes.Europe, which will operate an Internet-based reservation system and travel agency websites. The deal does not give rise to any significant competition concerns.

    [03] Sécurité maritime : Loyola de Palacio se félicite de l'accord pour de nouveaux niveaux d'indemnisation des victimes de marées noires

    L'organisation maritime internationale a approuvé, le 16 mai, une forte augmentation du niveau du fonds FIPOL (le fonds international de d'indemnisation pour les pollutions pétrolières), qui atteindra désormais pratiquement 1 milliard d'€. Cet accord définitif suit les propositions très importantes faites par la Commission européenne en décembre 2000, au lendemain de la catastrophe de l'Erika. La Commission avait alors proposé la mise en place d'un fonds complémentaire européen permettant d'élever les niveaux internationaux d'indemnisation, d'environ 200 millions d'€, jusqu'à 1 milliard d'€. "Il s'agit d'une nouvelle avancée très importante dans notre lutte contre les pollutions maritimes : grâce à l'opiniâtreté de la Commission et des autres institutions de l'UE, nous sommes parvenus à un grand résultat qui permettra de mieux indemniser les victimes de marées noires", a déclaré Loyola de Palacio, vice-présidente en charge des Transports et de l'Energie. "Mais cela ne suffit pas, nous devons maintenir la pression et aller de l'avant simultanément aux niveaux de l'UE et international, afin d'éviter de telles catastrophes", a-t-elle ajouté. "Dans les prochains mois, nous devons adopter et appliquer pleinement la nouvelle législation de l'UE proposée après les catastrophes de l'Erika et du Prestige : c'est notre responsabilité", a-t-elle conclu.

    [04] Statement of the Commission following the referendum on EU accession in Slovakia

    The European Commission congratulates Slovakia for the overwhelming support for EU accession as shown by the outcome of the referendum. It is the first referendum in Slovakia since its independence which is valid, since the required 50% threshold has been passed. This demonstrates the strong will of the Slovak people to join the European family of democratic nations as a member of the European Union, with equal rights and obligations. The Commission is confident that Slovakia will play an important role in the development of the European integration process and looks forward to it. Once in the EU, Slovakia will take advantage of all the opportunities of membership in order to consolidate political stability, justice, the rule of law and to boost economic development.

    [05] Informal regional policy council in Chalkidiki, Greece : Ministers from the 25 call for a strengthening of European cohesion policies in the light of enlargement

    Michel Barnier, the European Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, met the Ministers of the Member States and accession countries responsible for regional policy last Friday, 16 April, in Chalkidiki, Greece. Hosted by the Minister for Economy and Finance, Mr Nicos Christodoulakis, the meeting addressed the question of the future of cohesion policy after 2006 as well as issues relating to the implementation of the current generation of European regional development programmes. The presidency presented conclusions of this meeting.

    [06] EU and South Korea discuss scientific cooperation

    On 16 May, in Brussels, European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin met the South Korean Minister for science and technology, Mr Ho Koon Park. They discussed the ways and means to enhance scientific and technological cooperation between the EU and South Korea. They addressed the possibility of negotiating a EU-South Korea scientific cooperation agreement, and the potential participation of South Korea in the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) fusion energy project.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Romano Prodi condamne les attentats de Casablanca

    Discours de M. Prodi : "Costruire uno spazio euromediterraneo" aux Giornate dell'Osservanza (17/05, Bologne)

    Statement by Pedro Solbes at the G8 ministerial press conference (17/05, Deauville)

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "CAP: Why reform is necessary" at the Conference of the Chairmen of Committees for Agriculture of the Parliament of the European Union, the Candidate Countries and the European Parliament (Athens)


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