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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 98-06-05

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

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Spokesman's midday briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi du Porte-Paroleb

05/06/98


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune entre Alcatel et Thomson dans le domaine des satellites
  • [02] EU wins WTO victory over computer networking equipment
  • [03] Le Centre commun de Recherche de la Commission valide pour la première fois une méthode de détection d'OGM
  • [04] ECU 10.2 million for Georgia 1998 Action Programme
  • [05] Ukraine and EU Foreign Ministers to hold first Cooperation Council in Luxembourg
  • [06] Franz Fischler : "Mutual recognition for the trading partners' approach to agriculture is crucial in the global market"

  • [01] La Commission autorise la création d'une entreprise commune entre Alcatel et Thomson dans le domaine des satellites

    La Commission européenne a autorisé l'acquisition par Alcatel et Thomson C.S.F. du contrôle conjoint de la Société Commune de Satellites (SCS), sous condition de l'exécution d'engagements. Cette opération, notifiée en même temps que la prise de contrôle conjoint des activités dans l'électronique de défense et professionnelle de Thomson-CSF par Alcatel et Thomson SA, s'inscrit dans le processus de privatisation du groupe Thomson C.S.F. SCS reprendra les activités de ses entreprises fondatrices ainsi que celles de la société Aérospatiale, dans le domaine des satellites. L'enquête menée par la Commission ayant montré que l'opération présentait des risques d'effets verticaux liés à la position de Thomson sur un marché amont de composants, les parties ont proposé des engagements visant à remédier à ces risques.

    [02] EU wins WTO victory over computer networking equipment

    A World Trade Organisation's (WTO) Appellate Body today backed the European Union (EU) over a complaint filed by the United States (US) about computer network equipment. The Appellate body found in the EU's favour on all the substantial points, overturning the original findings of the panel. The case involved ECU 425 million of US telecom equipment exports to the EU. The dispute arose in 1996 when the US filed a WTO complaint against the EU, Ireland and Britain, alleging they had violated commitments by reclassifying Local Area Network (LAN) equipment into a higher tariff category.

    [03] Le Centre commun de Recherche de la Commission valide pour la première fois une méthode de détection d'OGM

    Le Centre Commun de Recherche (CCR) de la Commission européenne vient de valider pour la première fois une méthode permettant de détecter la plupart des produits agricoles génétiquement modifiés (OGM) mis sur le marché. Cette méthode n'a pas été validée pour déterminer la quantité d'OGM présente, ni pour déceler la présence d'OGM dans des produits alimentaires transformés. Conformément aux orientations adoptées par la Commission pour le 5ème programme-cadre de recherche, le CCR poursuivra ses efforts en vue d'améliorer et d'étendre le champ d'application de ces méthodes de détection.

    [04] ECU 10.2 million for Georgia 1998 Action Programme

    The European Commission adopted its Tacis 1998 Action Programme for Georgia. It will devote ECU 10.2 million in grants to three selected areas of cooperation : development of infrastructure (energy and transport), private enterprise and human resources. Another ECU 3.8 million has been set aside for Georgia's participation in the Small Projects Programmes (Facilities). The common objective of these actions is to assist and accelerate the transition of Georgia towards a market economy and a fully developed democracy. Activities will be complemented with assistance provided separately under the Nuclear Safety, Inter-State and Cross-border Cooperation Programmes. The Action Programme is part of the Tacis Indicative Programme 1996-1999 for the country with a funding envelope of ECU 32 million. The European Union has provided so far ECU 200 million to Georgia in grants alone. This includes humanitarian aid provided by ECHO aimed at restoring Georgia's ability to feed its population and rehabilitation projects in or around former conflict zones in South Ossetia and Abkhasia.

    [05] Ukraine and EU Foreign Ministers to hold first Cooperation Council in Luxembourg

    Nuclear safety, bilateral trade and investment and the fight against organised crime will be on the agenda as Ukraine and the European Union (EU) meet for their first Cooperation Council in Luxembourg on Tuesday 9 June. This ministerial meeting is taking place in the framework of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), which entered into force three months ago. Commenting on this meeting, European Commissioner for Foreign Affairs van den Broek said : "Ukraine is a valued partner of the EU and we are a strong supporter of transition to democracy and a market economy there. With the new PCA now in force, we have a firm basis for building even closer relations. This first meeting of the Cooperation Council will set clear priorities for our work in the months and years to come." The meeting will be chaired by the EU Presidency, UK Foreign Minister Robin Cook, and the Ukrainian delegation will be headed by Prime Minister Pustovoitenko.

    [06] Franz Fischler : "Mutual recognition for the trading partners' approach to agriculture is crucial in the global market"

    (! embargo 3 pm !) Speaking at the Canadian National Press Club today, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Franz Fischler illustrated the benefits of the European Union's (EU) model of agriculture. "The EU views agriculture not merely as an economic activity, but as a social and environmental one", Mr Fischler explained and continued : "Active and developed rural areas form an integral part of Europe's landscape and heritage. European society wants these protected for the future." High demands of European consumers in food quality standards and awareness about animal welfare, place EU-producers at a competitive disadvantage, declared Mr Fischler. This should be taken into account when considering EU support for farmers. Adding that EU was supporting 7.5 million farmers with only 0.5% of it's GDP, he opposed accusations about oversized subsidies. " Calculated per farm it is about a quarter of the level of support given to US-farmers", Mr Fischler underlined.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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