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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-01-22

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] La Commission fixe des priorités pour relancer l'agenda de Lisbonne
  • [02] Joint Employment Report
  • [03] Rapport sur la mise en œuvre de la stratégie pour le marché intérieur
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [04] Commission clears acquisition by Bain Capital of Interfer and Brenntag
  • [05] Commission approves General Electric's purchase of diagnostic pharmaceuticals maker Amersham
  • [06] Commission clears Koch's purchase of Invista from DuPont
  • [07] Pollution atmosphérique : la Commission entame de nouvelles actions en justice à l'encontre de neuf Etats membres
  • [08] Internal Market : Commission refers eight Member States to the Court over failure to implement EU insurance law
  • [09] Maritime safety and security : Commission and IMO look forward to enhanced cooperation
  • [10] Commission focuses on human tissue engineering potential
  • [11] Chernobyl Shelter Fund : EU €18 million contribution for 2003
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 22/01/2004 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 22/01/2004[I] Résultats de la Commission du 21 janvier 2004 - Outcome of Commission meeting of 21 January (see also - voir aussi ME of 21/1)

  • [01] La Commission fixe des priorités pour relancer l'agenda de Lisbonne

    La Commission européenne invite le Conseil européen de printemps à profiter de la reprise économique et de la dynamique de l'élargissement pour donner une nouvelle impulsion à la stratégie de Lisbonne. Trois priorités sont définies : améliorer l'investissement dans les réseaux et la connaissance, renforcer la compétitivité de l'industrie et des services et, enfin, promouvoir la prolongation de la vie active. Après quatre années de mise en œuvre de la stratégie de Lisbonne, les progrès réalisés par l'Union demeurent insuffisants pour atteindre les objectifs que celle-ci s'est fixés. En effet, malgré des progrès dans certains domaines importants, la mise en œuvre des réformes par les Etats membres n'est pas à la hauteur des enjeux. Plusieurs secteurs rencontrent même des difficultés importantes.

    [02] Joint Employment Report

    The European Commission has adopted a draft of the Joint Employment Report to be presented to the Spring European Council. The Joint Employment Report (JER) is an assessment of the progress in implementation of the new European Employment Strategy that was adopted in 2003 (IP/03/508). It is based on contributions from Member States in the form of National Action Plans for Employment and Social Inclusion. The report shows that reforms are continuing across the range of activities identified in the European Employment Strategy, but more needs to be done to accelerate employment and productivity growth. A broad approach is necessary, encompassing macro- economic policies, investment policies, entrepreneurship, innovation, structural reform, research and development, education and training and social protection systems.

    [03] Rapport sur la mise en œuvre de la stratégie pour le marché intérieur

    Beaucoup trop d'industries européennes continuent d'exercer leurs activités sur des marchés fragmentés en raison de la subsistance d'obstacles au commerce et de différences dans les normes et réglementations, selon le premier rapport de la Commission européenne sur la mise en œuvre de la stratégie pour le marché intérieur 2003-2006 (voir IP/03/645). Ce rapport fait partie du "Paquet Orientations", au même titre que les rapports sur la mise en œuvre des grandes orientations de politique économique (GOPE) et des lignes directrices pour l'emploi (LDE). Les trois rapports sont présentés dans le cadre du rapport de la Commission au Conseil européen de printemps 2004.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [04] Commission clears acquisition by Bain Capital of Interfer and Brenntag

    The European Commission has cleared under the Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of chemical distributor Interfer and of steel and metal operator Brenntag by Bain Capital Investors.

    [05] Commission approves General Electric's purchase of diagnostic pharmaceuticals maker Amersham

    The European Commission has decided to clear the proposed acquisition by the US company General Electric Company (GE) of the UK diagnostic pharmaceuticals and biosciences company Amersham Plc. In the absence of overlaps between the companies' activities, the investigation focused on whether GE would be able to foreclose its competitors, namely through the bundling of its products with those of Amersham. But the Commission was satisfied that such a strategy was unlikely to succeed and that European hospitals will continue enjoying competition from a variety of suppliers.

    [06] Commission clears Koch's purchase of Invista from DuPont

    The European Commission has approved the acquisition of Invista, the former interiors and textiles division of DuPont, by Koch, another US-based company active in the energy and chemicals sectors among others. The transaction does not raise any competition concerns even in the market for man-made fibres for industrial applications where Invista and Koch are both active.

    [07] Pollution atmosphérique : la Commission entame de nouvelles actions en justice à l'encontre de neuf Etats membres

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'entamer plusieurs actions en justice pour faire en sorte que les Etats membres respectent la législation de l'UE destinée à améliorer la qualité de l'air dans l'Union européenne. Ces actions concernent la Belgique, l'Italie, la Grèce, le Portugal, les Pays- Bas, l'Allemagne, le Luxembourg, l'Autriche et l'Espagne. Les affaires ont trait à sept instruments législatifs différents relatifs à la qualité de l'air, qui visent tous à prévenir ou réduire les effets néfastes de la pollution atmosphérique sur la santé publique et l'environnement. Les procédures se justifient essentiellement par le fait que les Etats membres n'ont pas adopté, dans les délais convenus, de mesures nationales d'application de la législation européenne. La législation qui n'a pas été mise en œuvre dans les délais porte sur l'incinération des déchets, les valeurs limites pour le benzène et le monoxyde de carbone dans l'air ambiant, les plafonds d'émission nationaux pour l'anhydride sulfureux, les oxydes d'azote, les composés organiques volatils et l'ammoniac et les grandes installations de combustion. La Commission a également entamé des actions en justice pour faire respecter l'obligation de communiquer des informations imposée par la législation de l'UE sur la pollution atmosphérique ainsi que par le règlement qui vise à protéger la couche d'ozone.

    [08] Internal Market : Commission refers eight Member States to the Court over failure to implement EU insurance law

    The European Commission has decided to refer Belgium, Greece, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and the UK to the European Court of Justice as they have not yet implemented Directive 2001/17/EC (see IP/01/216), designed principally to guarantee consumer protection when insurance companies are wound up. The deadline for writing the Directive into national law was 20th April 2003.

    [09] Maritime safety and security : Commission and IMO look forward to enhanced cooperation

    Following a meeting held yesterday 21 January 2004 between the European Commission Vice-President Loyola de Palacio, responsible for Energy and Transport, and the new Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Efthimios Mitropoulos, both institutions committed themselves to strengthening their relationship. The Commission and the IMO stressed the need to rapidly enhance the already existing cooperation between the two bodies, so that maritime safety and security and environmental protection are better served in the future.

    [10] Commission focuses on human tissue engineering potential

    The European Commission published a report today on prospects for commercial and research activities in the field of human tissue engineering (regeneration of tissues). Tissue engineering is an emerging, multidisciplinary, biotechnology sector. It promises to change medical practice profoundly, regenerating diseased tissues and organs instead of just repairing them. The development of this novel biotechnology is connected to new treatment possibilities, better quality of life of patients and, not least, the ability to gradually overcome the constant shortage of donor organs for transplantation. The first products include artificial skin, cartilage and bone. The regulatory framework applied differs across the EU, which presents an obstacle to the growth of tissue- engineering markets in Europe. The Commission is currently seeking to prepare legislation which will harmonise the authorisation procedures for marketing products/processes from human tissue engineering.

    [11] Chernobyl Shelter Fund : EU €18 million contribution for 2003

    At the second pledging Conference held in Berlin in July 2000, the European Union pledged €100 million to the Chernobyl Shelter Fund to be paid in four instalments over the years 2001-2004. The European Commission has recently approved payment of the third instalment of €18 million as the EU contribution for 2003. The first two instalments were for €40 million (2001) and €20 million (2002). Before 2000, the EU had already contributed €90.5 million. The Chernobyl Shelter Fund, which is administered and managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), was constituted at the end of 1997 in order to implement a project to transform the existing sarcophagus into a safe and environmentally stable system.

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    Présentation par le Président Prodi du rapport de printemps 2004 à la Conférence des Présidents du Parlement européen (21/01)

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "The future of organic farming" at European Hearing on Organic Food and Farming

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "EU Enlargement: A future for European farmers" at the 9th Carrefour on Animal Production (21/01, Gembloux)

    Discours de M. Verheugen : "The Neighbourhood Policy of the European Union: An opportunity for Tunisia" à l'Institut Arabe des Chefs d'Entreprises (21/01, Tunis)


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