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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-03-24

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 concludes on Microsoft investigation, imposes conduct remedies and a fine
  • [02] Rationalisation du système de contrôle des aides d'Etat
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [03] President Prodi hosts the African Union Commission in Brussels
  • [04] Europe gives €32 million for vaccines to stop tuberculosis
  • [05] Chris Patten in Kosovo
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 24/03/2004 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 24/03/2004[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Commission concludes on Microsoft investigation, imposes conduct remedies and a fine

    The European Commission has concluded, after a five-year investigation, that Microsoft Corporation broke European Union competition law by leveraging its near monopoly in the market for PC operating systems (OS) onto the markets for work group server operating systems and for media players. Because the illegal behaviour is still ongoing, the Commission has ordered Microsoft to disclose to competitors, within 120 days, the interfaces required for their products to be able to 'talk' with the ubiquitous Windows OS. Microsoft is also required, within 90 days, to offer a version of its Windows OS without Windows Media Player to PC manufacturers (or when selling directly to end users). In addition, Microsoft is fined €497 million for abusing its market power in the EU.

    [02] Rationalisation du système de contrôle des aides d'Etat

    Pour faciliter la préparation par les Etats membres des notifications d'aides d'Etat ainsi que leur appréciation par la Commission européenne, cette dernière a établi un nouveau formulaire de notification obligatoire. Ce formulaire doit être aussi détaillé et complet que possible. Un nouveau règlement de la Commission, adopté aujourd'hui, contient des dispositions détaillées sur ce formulaire et son contenu ainsi que sur d'autres aspects des notifications et des rapports annuels visés par le règlement (CE) n° 659/1999. Il comporte également des dispositions sur le calcul des délais dans toutes les procédures relatives aux aides d'Etat et sur le calcul du taux d'intérêt applicable à la récupération d'une aide illégale.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [03] President Prodi hosts the African Union Commission in Brussels

    The European Commission will today welcome its African counterpart, the African Union Commission (AUC), for a day long meeting in Brussels. The first of its kind, this occasion is an important contribution to the emerging strategic partnership between the two continental institutions. During the seminar, Commissioners will share experiences in driving their respective processes of regional integration and explore ways of strengthening and deepening the ties between the two institutions. There will also be an exchange of views on issues of common interest relating to the EU-Africa dialogue, including the peace and security agenda, regional integration, the on-going negotiations for Economic and Partnership agreements between the EU and African regions and cooperation issues such as water, energy and commodities.

    [04] Europe gives €32 million for vaccines to stop tuberculosis

    The European Commission today launched the largest-ever collaborative tuberculosis (TB) initiative for World TB-day, March 24. Fifty-two research teams from academia and industry from 15 European and African countries are joining forces with the European Commission to help eradicate TB. Globally, TB kills 2 million people a year, with one-third of the world's population currently infected with the bacillus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). While most cases and deaths occur in developing countries, resistant Mtb strains are mainly found among the poorest people in developed countries, as incomplete treatment increases drug resistance. The European Union is confronting the re-emerging threat of TB by investing €32 million in two overlapping research projects. This cash will be used in an accelerated effort to develop new, effective vaccines to fight TB.

    [05] Chris Patten in Kosovo

    European Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten is visiting Kosovo today with Secretary General/High Representative Javier Solana to convey the European Union's strong condemnation of last week's ethnically motivated violence in which many were killed and injured. They will meet political figures from all sides, including President Ibrahim Rugova, Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi, and representatives of the Serb Community. They will also have talks with the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Harri Holkeri, and the commander of KFOR General Holger Kammerhoff. Commissioner Patten will be underlining the EU's continuing commitment to Kosovo. He will stress the need to restore calm ; for those responsible for the violence to be brought to justice ; and for all sides to refrain from provocative acts. Extremist forces will have no role to play in settling Kosovo's future.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Microsoft - Questions and answers on Commission Decision

    Questions and answers - EU / African Union strategic partnership

    Note sur les résultats du Conseil Agriculture / Pêche


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


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