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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-08-27

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] European Union: Targets with timetables are vital for ensuring WSSD commitments are kept
  • [02] Commission launches web site on applications to register EU quality products
  • [03] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Nouvelles Frontières International par TUI
  • [04] Commission clears merger between Ernst & Young, Andersen Germany and Menold & Aulinger
  • [05] European Maritime Safety Agency : Commission recruits Executive Director
  • [06] Commission approuve une joint venture entre Electrabel et ACEA SpA
  • [07] Commission clears joint venture between Deutsche Bahn subsidiary and Norway's Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines
  • [08] Commission clears CVC acquisition of Britain's Halfords Midday Express 27/08/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 27/08/2002

  • [01] European Union: Targets with timetables are vital for ensuring WSSD commitments are kept

    The European Union today reaffirmed the importance of setting clear targets and timetables for reducing poverty and environmental degradation as the World Summit on Sustainable Development opened. Danish Minister of the Environment Hans Christian Schmidt and European Development and Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Poul Nielson arrived in Johannesburg for the summit, which continues until 4 September. Minister Schmidt will act as President of the EU delegation until Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen arrives on 1 September.

    [02] Commission launches web site on applications to register EU quality products

    As from today, the applications for registration of a product as a 'Protected Designation of Origin' (PDO), a 'Protected Geographical Indication' (PGI) or a 'Traditional Speciality Guaranteed' (TSG) can be consulted on the web site of the Directorate-General for Agriculture. This new service should contribute to more transparency, simplification and effectiveness in the consultation procedure before registration of a PDO/PGI/TSG. The rules on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin of agricultural products and foodstuffs and the rules on certificates of specific character for agricultural products and foodstuffs foresee that at least six months before finally registering a product, the European Commission has to publish the main characteristics of the application request in the Official Journal of the European Communities. The publication of the application for registration confers the right to object to this request. Consequently, a transparent registration procedure is the pre-requisite for other parties concerned to exercise their right of objection. In order to facilitate the consultation of the requests published in the various issues of the Official Journal all pending registrations can now be consulted at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/foodqual/protec/firstpub/index_en.htm

    [03] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Nouvelles Frontières International par TUI

    La Commission Européenne a autorisé le voyagiste allemand TUI AG à acquérir le contrôle exclusif de Nouvelles Frontières, société française également active dans le secteur des vacances. Le marché belge des vacances à forfait à l'étranger est le seul où les activités des parties se chevauchent, mais l'opération ne conduit pas à un gain important de parts de marché.

    [04] Commission clears merger between Ernst & Young, Andersen Germany and Menold & Aulinger

    The European Commission has granted regulatory clearance to the proposed merger between Ernst & Young's German entities, most of Andersen Germany's business and the German based law firm Menold & Aulinger. The Commission examined the merger's impact particularly for audit and accounting services to large and quoted companies headquartered in Germany, which tend to choose one of the Big Five players to audit their accounts. It concluded that the merger would not lead to competition problems in this market, given the strong position of the market leaders KPMG and PWC.

    [05] European Maritime Safety Agency : Commission recruits Executive Director

    The European Commission has launched the procedure to recruit an Executive Director for the European Maritime Safety Agency. The new agency was created in the aftermath of the Erika disaster to provide the Commission and the Member States with the technical and scientific advice needed to increase maritime safety levels, ensure their uniform application in Europe and promote their dissemination throughout the world. The agency is provisionally hosted within the Commission's premises in Brussels pending a decision of the European Council on its seat together with that of other new agencies.

    [06] Commission approuve une joint venture entre Electrabel et ACEA SpA

    La Commission européenne a approuvé sous le Réglement Concentrations un projet de co-entreprise entre Electrabel S.A. de Belgique, qui fait partie du groupe Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, et ACEA S.p.A, une entreprise italienne controllée par la Municipalité de Rome et qui, entre autres choses, produit, transmet et vend de d'électricité (l'opération a été éxaminée sous la procédure simplifié)

    [07] Commission clears joint venture between Deutsche Bahn subsidiary and Norway's Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines

    The European Commission has cleared plans by German logistics firm ATG Autotransportlogistik GmbH, controlled by German rail operator Deutsche Bahn AG, and the Norwegian shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines AS to acquire joint control of German undertaking ATN Autoterminal Neuss GmbH & Co KG by way of purchase of assets. ATN will operate an automobile transfer logistics centre. (The operation, which was notified to the Commission on July 29 under the Merger Regulation, was examined under the simplified procedure)

    [08] Commission clears CVC acquisition of Britain's Halfords

    The European Commission has cleared plans by UK investment fund CVC Group to acquire the whole of Halfords Limited, a UK retails car parts and accessories company. The deal, which was notified to the Comission on July 25 under the Merger Regulation, was examined under the simplified procedure).

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