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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 00-06-20

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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

20/06/2000


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Tragédie à Douvres - António Vitorino exprime l'émotion de la Commission suite à la tragédie survenue à Douvres
  • [02] David Byrne states Commission intention to adopt key health protection measure to reduce BSE risk
  • [03] Droit des sociétés : la Commission salue l'adoption d'une position commune sur la directive concernant les offres publiques d'acquisition
  • [04] Commission clears Deutsche Telekom's first sale of a regional cable TV network in Germany
  • [05] Commission opens full investigation into AOL/Time Warner merger
  • [06] Poul Nielson to visit Benin and attend the ACP-EC Council of Ministers meeting in Cotonou on 22 June 2000

  • [01] Tragédie à Douvres - António Vitorino exprime l'émotion de la Commission suite à la tragédie survenue à Douvres

    Le Commissaire européen à la Justice et aux Affaires intérieures António Vitoriro a fait hier la déclaration suivante : "Je souhaite exprimer, au nom de la Commission et en mon nom personnel, ma vive émotion à la suite de la découverte, par les autorités britanniques, des corps de 58 personnes mortes étouffées dans le camion dans lequel elles voyageaient clandestinement. Ces évènements nous confrontent, si besoin en était, à l'urgence de développer une politique commune de l'immigration et de l'asile au sein de l'UE. La maîtrise de ces questions complexes et sensibles dépasse en effet largement les limites des souverainetés nationales. Une telle politique doit viser le développement de la lutte contre l'immigration clandestine et ceux qui l'organisent ainsi qu'un renforcement de la coopération dans le contrôle de l'accès aux territoires des Etats membres de l'Union. Mais elle doit aussi comprendre la mise en place d'un partenariat avec les pays d'origine en vue d'y assurer le développement et la stabilité indispensables, l'institution d'un régime d'asile commun offrant, dans le respect de la Convention de Genève, une réelle protection à ceux et celles qui en ont besoin ainsi qu'une véritable politique d'admission et d'intégration rompant définitivement avec le fantasme de l'"immigration zéro". C'est le meilleur hommage que les institutions communautaires et les Etats membres pourraient rendre à ces malheureuses victimes."

    [02] David Byrne states Commission intention to adopt key health protection measure to reduce BSE risk

    European Commissioner David Byrne, responsible for Health and Consumer Protection has welcomed the support of a majority of Member States at the Agriculture Council for a key decision strengthening consumer health protection by taking animal tissues likely to be infected with BSE out of the food and feed chain. The proposed decision can now be adopted by the Commission in the absence of a simple majority of Member States against the proposal. The objective of the decision is to introduce harmonising rules for the removal of specified risk materials presenting a BSE risk as of October 1st. Slaughterhouses and meat cutting and processing plants in the UK and Portugal will have to take out more tissues given their higher BSE risk. In all Member States, including those countries where so far no BSE case has been detected, the tissues most likely to present a BSE risk will need to be discarded.

    [03] Droit des sociétés : la Commission salue l'adoption d'une position commune sur la directive concernant les offres publiques d'acquisition

    La Commission européenne salue l'adoption par le Conseil des Ministres, le 19 juin, d'une position commune sur la directive concernant les offres publiques d'acquisition (OPA). Cette directive figure dans le plan d'action pour le marché financier unique et est un élément important pour la réalisation d'un marché unique pour les services financiers dans l'objectif de 2005, approuvé au Sommet européen de Lisbonne. Elle garantira la sécurité juridique pour les OPA en prévoyant un encadrement minimum de la conduite des sociétés. En particulier, elle vise à assurer un niveau adéquat de protection des actionnaires minoritaires à travers l'Union en cas de changement de contrôle d'une société. Dans le cadre de la procédure de co-décision, la position commune sera maintenant envoyée au Parlement européen pour une seconde lecture qui devrait donner lieu à un avis avant fin octobre.

    [04] Commission clears Deutsche Telekom's first sale of a regional cable TV network in Germany

    The European Commission has granted regulatory clearance under the Merger Control Regulation to the sale of Deutsche Telekom's (DT's) regional cable TV network in Nordrhein Westfalen to Callahan Invest Limited. The sale is expected to lead to more competition in communications services, as sought in the Commission's 1999 Cable Directive. In its assessment of the transaction, the Commission found that the operation will not create or strengthen a dominant position.

    [05] Commission opens full investigation into AOL/Time Warner merger

    The European Commission has decided to open a full investigation into the proposed merger between AOL Inc. and Time Warner Inc., both of the United States. This deal is about the combination of Time Warner, one of the world's largest recording and music publishing companies, with AOL, the largest Internet access and service provider in the world. In the course of its investigation the Commission will examine the effects of the transaction on the emerging business of music distribution over the Internet and on the markets for Internet dial-up access and paid-for content.

    [06] Poul Nielson to visit Benin and attend the ACP-EC Council of Ministers meeting in Cotonou on 22 June 2000

    The ACP-EC Council of Ministers will meet on Thursday 22 June, in Cotonou, Benin. This will be a particularly important meeting, as it will be followed, on Friday 23 June, by the signature of the new ACP-EC Partnership Agreement. The Council will be preceded on 22 June in the morning by the two ACP ministerial meetings (Commodities and Development Finance), which will then report to the Council of Ministers. The Council is expected to formally agree to accept six candidate Pacific countries to become parties to the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement. These countries are the Cook Islands, the Republic of Naurau, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Niue and the Federated States of Micronesia. The following items will also be discussed by the Council : trade cooperation, including an agreement on sanitary and phytosanitary measures, follow-up to the WTO meeting held in Seattle, request for a WTO waiver, the sugar protocol, bananas, customs cooperation, commodities, development finance cooperation, enlargement, special measures for Somalia, and accessions to the Partnership Agreement. Also foreseen are informal exchanges of views on issues of common interest, which allow discussions to take place, but do not lead to conclusions. The three items retained for discussion are : methods of implementation of the political dialogue, the association of non- State actors to the ACP-EC Partnership, HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in ACP countries. Whilst in Benin, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Poul Nielson will visit EU funded projects. One of the poorest countries in the world, Benin has been allocated euro 204 million in aid under the 6th, 7th and 8th European Development Funds. The projects financed are mainly in the areas of improving the countries infrastructure and health system.

    MIDDAY EXPRESS


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