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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-09-03

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission clears Legal & General's acquisition of joint control of IWP Household Group
  • [02] Commission clears Bertelsmann's buy of Zomba
  • [03] La Commission approuve le rachat de Plus Ultra par Groupama dans l'assurance en Espagne
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Montrada by Dresdner
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of Filo by ING and Sonae
  • [06] July 2002 - Industrial producer prices stable in euro-zone and EU15
  • [07] Commission to study Ukrainian request for market economy status
  • [08] EU reaffirms commitment to reaching global deal at World Summit Midday Express 03/09/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 03/09/2002

  • [01] Commission clears Legal & General's acquisition of joint control of IWP Household Group

    The European Commission has granted regulatory clearance to an operation by which the venture capital business of the Legal & General Group Plc will acquire joint control in IWP International Plc's household business, all of which are UK companies.

    [02] Commission clears Bertelsmann's buy of Zomba

    The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of Dutch companies Zomba Record and Zomba Music by Germany's Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) from Summer Shore of the Netherlands. The Commission has asserted that the transaction will result in relatively small increases of BMG's market shares which will not significantly alter the competitive structure of the European music market.

    [03] La Commission approuve le rachat de Plus Ultra par Groupama dans l'assurance en Espagne

    La Commission européenne a approuvé la proposition de rachat de la totalité de la société d'assurance espagnole Plus Ultra, Compañía Anónima de Seguros y Reaseguros, qui appartient au groupe britannique AVIVA, par Groupama Seguros y Reaseguros S.A., une compagnie d'assurances espagnole qui appartient au groupe français Groupama. (Le rachat, qui a été notifié à la Commission sous le Règlement Concentrations le 29 juillet, a été examiné sous la procédure simplifiée).

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Montrada by Dresdner

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the German undertaking Montrada GmbH, active in the network services for electronics card-based payments, by the German bank Dresdner Bank AG, which belongs to Allianz AG and Commerzbank AG. (The operation, notified on 30 July 2002, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of Filo by ING and Sonae

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the Spanish commercial real estate firm Filo by Dutch financial services group ING Groep N.V. and Sonae Imobiliária SGPS of Portugal. (The operation, notified on 31 July 2002, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [06] July 2002 - Industrial producer prices stable in euro-zone and EU15

    The euro-zone and EU15 industrial producer price index remained unchanged in July 2002 compared with the previous month, Eurostat estimates today. In June 2002 prices decreased by 0.1% in the euro-zone and by 0.2% in the EU15. In July 2002 compared to July 2001 industrial producer prices fell by 0.6% in both zones.

    [07] Commission to study Ukrainian request for market economy status

    The President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, yesterday met the President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, in the margins of the Summit in Johannesburg. They discussed the political and economic situation in the Ukraine as well as the wider international situation. President Kuchma asked that his country be granted market economy status as soon as possible. President Prodi promised that the Commission will study the issue urgently and report on its findings in six months.

    [08] EU reaffirms commitment to reaching global deal at World Summit

    The European Union yesterday welcomed the progress achieved at the World Sustainable Development Summit in Johannesburg towards a global deal between North and South to eradicate poverty and protect the environment, and reaffirmed its commitment to reach an overall agreement.

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