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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-06-13

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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 Service Presse et Communicationb

13/06/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Romano Prodi at the funeral of Hafez-al-Assad
  • [02] Commission clears the acquisition of Colonial plc by Winterthur Life UK Holdings Ltd
  • [03] Commission welcomes Council agreement on a Directive on copyright in the information society

  • [01] Romano Prodi at the funeral of Hafez-al-Assad

    European Commission President Romano Prodi is attending the funeral of Syrian President Hafez-al-Assad in Damascus. President Prodi left this morning from Paris together with French President Jacques Chirac. This high- level representation by the Commission and the incoming French Presidency underlines the European Union's readiness to strengthen EU-Syria relations further and to support reform efforts by President Assad's successor. It also demonstrates the strong commitment of the European Union towards stability and lasting peace in the Middle East.

    [02] Commission clears the acquisition of Colonial plc by Winterthur Life UK Holdings Ltd

    The European Commission has approved the acquisition of UK based company Colonial (UK) Plc by Winterthur Life (UK) Holdings, which is part of the Credit Suisse Group, under the EU's merger control rules. The parties overlap mainly in the provision of life assurance and pensions in the UK. The acquisition did not give rise to any competition concerns.

    [03] Commission welcomes Council agreement on a Directive on copyright in the information society

    The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement confirmed on 8 June within the framework of the Council of Ministers on a Directive on Copyright and related rights in the information society. The proposed Directive will stimulate creativity and innovation by ensuring that music, films, videos and all materials protected by copyright are adequately protected throughout the Internal Market. Throughout the legislative process, the Commission has paid particular attention to safeguarding a fair balance between all the rights and interests involved including rightholders, network operators, consumers, consumer electronic industries and the educational community. The Directive will make cross-border trade in copyright-protected goods and services easier, with particular emphasis on "new" Information Society products and services (both on-line and on off line via CDs for example). Network operators will have the benefit of an obligatory exception for technical copies on the net. There is an exhaustive list of exceptions to copyright which Member States may maintain provided that copyright holders receive fair compensation for particular exceptions. The relationship of the exceptions with the legal protection of anti-copying devices especially where legitimate users are concerned is also clarified.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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