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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-08-05

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission clears take-over of IBM's hard-disk drive business by Hitachi
  • [02] La Commission clôt la procédure formelle d'examen des aides présumées en faveur du parc thématique "Terra Mítica" (Benidorm, Espagne)
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Masterlink by GeoPost
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of IGC by Klépierre
  • [05] Regional unemployment rates ranged from 1.2% to 33.3% in the EU in 2001
  • [06] La Commission propose des mesures de protection pour les requins
  • [07] Commission welcomes package of reforms in Turkey Midday Express 05/08/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 05/08/2002

  • [01] Commission clears take-over of IBM's hard-disk drive business by Hitachi

    The European Commission has given the go-ahead for Hitachi, Ltd., a Japanese manufacturer of electronics, to acquire sole control of the hard- disk drive business of US computer manufacturer IBM Corporation.

    [02] La Commission clôt la procédure formelle d'examen des aides présumées en faveur du parc thématique "Terra Mítica" (Benidorm, Espagne)

    La Commission européenne a décidé de clore la procédure formelle d'examen qu'elle avait partiellement ouverte le 20 juin 2001 afin de déterminer si des aides d'Etat avaient été octroyées en faveur du parc d'attraction "Terra Mítica", situé à Benidorm (Espagne). La Commission a conclu à l'absence d'aides d'Etat en faveur du parc en ce qui concerne la plupart des points examinés, à l'exception d'un point relatif à une bonification de taxes municipales par la Ville de Benidorm. Cette bonification constitue une aide d'Etat, mais la Commission a considéré qu'elle est compatible avec le marché commun.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Masterlink by GeoPost

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the Polish undertaking Masterlink Express Sp. Z.o.o., so far controlled by the Swedish undertaking Baltic Logistic System International AB (BLSI) which belongs to the group Posten (Sweden), by the French GeoPost S.A. belonging to the group La Poste (France). GeoPost is a holding company of La Poste for the subsidiaries which provide rapid and express document, parcel and freight delivery services in France and several other European countries. BLSI is a holding company of Posten AB for the subsidiaries engaged in domestic and international parcel services in the Baltic States, Poland and Russia. Masterlink is a company duly incorporated under the laws of Poland and is active within domestic and international rapid parcel services and domestic express parcel services in Poland. (The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of IGC by Klépierre

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the Italian undertaking Immobiliare Gallerie Commerciali S.p.A. (IGC) currently entirely controlled by Finiper S.p.A., by the French Klépierre S.A. Klépierre is a French company belonging to the Group BNP-Paribas operating in lease of immovable property for commercial use. Klépierre is active mainly in France and other European countries. Finiper is an Italian company active in Italy in the distribution sector of food products, healthcare and household products and electronic domestic appliances. IGC is an existing Italian company currently entirely controlled by Finiper operating in lease of immovable property for commercial use. (The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [05] Regional unemployment rates ranged from 1.2% to 33.3% in the EU in 2001

    Within the EU and the Central European Candidate Countries (CEEC), regional unemployment rates varied widely in 2001. Rates in the EU ranged from 1.2% in the region of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, to 33.3% in that of Réunion, in France. The disparities were of the same order of magnitude in the regions of the CECC : from 2.0% in the region of Közép-Magyarország, in Hungary, to 32.8% in that of Severozapaden, in Bulgaria. Regional unemployment rates fell between April 2000 and April 2001 in more than 80% of the 209 NUTS 2 regions of the EU, as well as in half the 53 NUTS 2 regions of the CECC between the second quarter of 2000 and the second quarter of 2001. The data on regional unemployment, compiled on the basis of the Community Labour Force Survey, are comparable between the regions of the EU and the CECC. They are taken from two reports published today by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities in Luxembourg.

    [06] La Commission propose des mesures de protection pour les requins

    La Commission européenne propose de mettre fin à une pratique qui entraîne la mort de grandes quantités de requins, le 'finning', qui consiste à enlever les ailerons du requin et à rejeter le reste de l'animal à la mer. Cette pratique, encouragée par l'important marché international des ailerons de requin, a de graves conséquences sur plusieurs populations de requins. C'est pourquoi la Commission propose de l'interdire dans toutes les eaux communautaires et à tous les navires de l'UE dans toutes les eaux non communautaires où ils opèrent. La Commission admet cependant la possibilité d'une pêche légitime ciblée du requin dans laquelle les captures seraient entièrement utilisées. "Nous nous sommes engagés à mieux intégrer la protection de l'environnement dans la politique commune de la pêche. Nous devons agir et mettre fin à une pratique qui constitue une grave menace pour plusieurs stocks de requins", a déclaré Franz Fischler, Commissaire chargé de l'agriculture, du développement rural et de la pêche. La présente proposition va maintenant être soumise pour décision au Conseil de la pêche.

    [07] Commission welcomes package of reforms in Turkey

    The European Commission welcomes the adoption of the third EU Reform Package by the Turkish Parliament on 3 August as an important signal of the determination of the majority of Turkey's political leaders towards further alignment to the values and standards of the European Union. The Turkish Parliament adopted these important decisions in record time and with an overwhelming majority. The Commission welcomes in particular the abolition of the death penalty, the allowance of broadcasting in different languages and dialects used traditionally by Turkish citizens in their daily lives and the improved education possibilities for minority languages. These reforms are significant steps towards better protection of human rights and the rights of minorities in Turkey.

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


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