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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-09-10

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Message de solidarité de Romano Prodi à Jacques Chirac
  • [02] Commission clears Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts's acquisition of several Siemens units
  • [03] Commission intends to clear 3G network sharing agreements between T- Mobile and MMO2 in the UK and Germany
  • [04] Commission clears Toyota's full control of its Spanish wholesaler
  • [05] Franz Fischler : "Pas de politique de marché sans innovation"
  • [06] David Byrne : "European food sector has to drive innovation"
  • [07] La Commission met en place un groupe à haut niveau sur les technologies de l'hydrogène et des piles à combustible
  • [08] AIDS in the EU : 8,210 new cases in 2001, down by 11% compared with 2000 - large differences in transmission categories between Member States
  • [09] Franz Fischler visits Poland : "Time to stress the positives"
  • [10] Chris Patten at the General Assembly of the UN
  • [11] Humanitarian aid package worth €1,3 million for the people of Southern Peru and the Department of Potosi in Bolivia
  • [12] Emma Bonino to lead the EU Election Observation Mission to Ecuador
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 10/09/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 10/09/2002

  • [01] Message de solidarité de Romano Prodi à Jacques Chirac

    Le Président de la Commission européenne, Romano Prodi, a envoyé ce matin le message suivant au Président de la République française, Jacques Chirac : "Monsieur le Président, les inondations catastrophiques qui ont endeuillé cet été d'autres régions d'Europe frappent maintenant brutalement le Sud de la France. Au nom de la Commission européenne et en mon nom personnel, j'adresse mes plus sincères condoléances aux familles des victimes et j'exprime toute ma sympathie et ma solidarité aux populations affectées par ces terribles crues. Ensemble, les Européens sauront réagir à ces catastrophes qui nous touchent profondément."

    [02] Commission clears Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts's acquisition of several Siemens units

    The European Commission has cleared the acquisition of seven Siemens business activities and subsidiaries by investment firm Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts. The Siemens units involved are active in various fields including plastics machinery, gas springs and data communication. The transaction does not raise any competition concerns since the acquiring company presently has no or little presence in the markets concerned.

    [03] Commission intends to clear 3G network sharing agreements between T- Mobile and MMO2 in the UK and Germany

    Following careful examination, the European Commission has reached the preliminary conclusion, still subject to third-party comment, that it can take a favourable view regarding two sets of agreements to share infrastructure networks for the third generation (3G) of mobile phones. The agreements were filed for approval under the competition rules by mobile network operators T-Mobile and MMO2 and concern the networks that they are building in Germany and in the United Kingdom. The Commission's analysis of the two deals is that the significant cost savings anticipated from the sharing of network elements should lead to quicker 3G network roll-out and services competition, which will benefit consumers, without leading to undue restraints on network competition. Other benefits include greater network coverage and a more limited environmental impact.

    [04] Commission clears Toyota's full control of its Spanish wholesaler

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition by Toyota Motor Corp of full control of Toyota España, the exclusive wholesale distributor for the Toyota and Lexus motor vehicles in Spain (except the Canary Islands). Toyota España is currently a joint venture between Toyota Motor and Automóviles Nipones SA, a subsidiary of Bergé y Cia. (The operation, notified on 8 August 2002, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure).

    [05] Franz Fischler : "Pas de politique de marché sans innovation"

    Comme l'a souligné M. Franz Fischler, membre de la Commission européenne chargé de l'agriculture, au cours du débat tenu lors du Conseil informel des ministres de l'agriculture, à Nyborg, au Danemark, sur "l'innovation dans l'agriculture", l'innovation constitue un élément clé pour le succès de l'agriculture. "Ceux qui ne renouvellent pas leurs méthodes de production ou ne reconsidèrent pas les produits proposés, se retrouveront tôt ou tard en marge du marché. On avance parfois que la concurrence en agriculture n'est pas compatible avec l'objectif consistant à garantir des revenus stables à nos agriculteurs. Je suis convaincu pour ma part que la compétitivité est une condition préalable à des revenus stables. En outre, la compétitivité n'est pas seulement une question de prix. La sécurité et la qualité des produits, la garantie et les services qui y sont attachés, leur origine, le type de fabrication et de commercialisation, la sécurité d'approvisionnement sont autant de facteurs qui jouent un rôle essentiel. Par conséquent, l'innovation peut et doit avoir un rôle capital dans l'amélioration de tous ces éléments. Ceux-ci ont été pris en compte dans nos propositions de révision à mi-parcours de la politique agricole commune. Une production régie par les mécanismes du marché est synonyme d'innovation. C'est pourquoi la Commission propose d'introduire de nouvelles mesures afin de mieux répondre aux attentes des consommateurs en matière de sécurité et de qualité des aliments, d'aider les agriculteurs à s'adapter aux nouvelles normes plus exigeantes et de promouvoir les actions en matière de santé et de bien-être des animaux", a déclaré M. Fischler.

    [06] David Byrne : "European food sector has to drive innovation"

    Innovation in the farming and food sector is a vital issue to which Europe will need to devote significant attention and energy in the coming years. David Byrne, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, said at the Informal Agriculture Council in Nyborg today, that he regards it as essential in relation to food safety, tracability, food quality, new products and animal welfare. European policies look to further development on the basis of increased interaction between enterprise, research and consumer policies.

    [07] La Commission met en place un groupe à haut niveau sur les technologies de l'hydrogène et des piles à combustible

    Lors d'une visite au Centre de recherche de Jülich (Allemagne), le Commissaire européen chargé de la Recherche, Philippe Busquin, a annoncé aujourd'hui la mise en place prochaine d'un groupe à haut niveau sur l'hydrogène. L'hydrogène est la source d'énergie propre du XXIe siècle : dans les vingt prochaines années, elle pourrait alimenter nos voitures et centrales électriques, en remplaçant toutes les sources d'électricité, de la batterie de téléphone mobile jusqu'au moteur d'autobus. Ce groupe aura pour objectif de stimuler le développement et l'utilisation des technologies de l'hydrogène et des piles à combustible. Il comprendra des représentants à haut niveau des principaux centres de recherche européens, des fabricants de systèmes et de composants de piles à combustible, des entreprises du secteur de l'énergie et des réseaux de distribution d'énergie, des constructeurs automobiles et des transports publics. Le groupe examinera le rôle que ces technologies pourraient jouer dans une "nouvelle ère énergétique" afin de concevoir, au niveau de l'UE, une stratégie cohérente pour les technologies de l'hydrogène, qui pourrait déboucher sur une véritable plateforme industrielle de l'hydrogène. Les piles à combustible à hydrogène destinées aux véhicules et à la production d'électricité en site fixe ne dégagent aucune émission, sauf de la vapeur d'eau. Elles réduiront les coûts externes, encourageront un développement durable et créeront de nouveaux emplois hautement qualifiés.

    [08] AIDS in the EU : 8,210 new cases in 2001, down by 11% compared with 2000 - large differences in transmission categories between Member States

    (! embargo 12 am !) According to a study published today by Eurostat, in 2001, 8,210 new acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases were reported in the EU, down by 11% compared with 2000. With regard to transmission categories, 39.4% of total EU AIDS cases in the period 1981- 2001 resulted from injecting drug users, 32.6% from homo/bisexual male contacts and 17.6% from heterosexual contacts. The 25-39 age group recorded 2/3 of the total AIDS cases in the EU ; 19.1% in the 25-29 age group, 26.6% within the 30-34 age group and 18.9% in the 35-39 age group.

    [09] Franz Fischler visits Poland : "Time to stress the positives"

    Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries will visit Poland on 12 and 13 September. "With the enlargement negotiations approaching the finishing line, my visit will serve as an excellent opportunity to touch base on the state of play of the enlargement negotiations on agriculture, on the preparations in Poland and on SAPARD. I am looking forward to discuss with the Polish President and the government and the parliament, but also with farm representatives and the broader public. I think it is time to stress the positives : for the Polish rural sector, being in the EU is far better, and offers a far more stable and secure future, than staying out. I intend to use my trip to Poland to inform, to address the concerns and fears of the population and to reinforce support for EU integration", Mr Fischler said.

    [10] Chris Patten at the General Assembly of the UN

    European Commissioner responsible for External Relations Chris Patten will be in New York for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Before commencing the round of meetings in the context of UNGA his first engagement in New York is to attend Mayor Bloomberg's Service commemorating the terrorists attacks in New York and Washington on 11 September 2001. The Service takes place in Battery Park, New York City at 18h45 local time, in the presence of the President of the European Council and Prime Minister of Denmark, Mr Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Sec.Gen. High Representative Javier Solana and Foreign Ministers of Member States. The Middle East, Afghanistan and Iraq are expected to be the dominant issues throughout the session whilst UN reform and combating terrorism will be recurrent issues.

    [11] Humanitarian aid package worth €1,3 million for the people of Southern Peru and the Department of Potosi in Bolivia

    The European Commission has approved a total amount of €1,3 million for humanitarian aid operations for the people of Southern Peru and the department of Potosi in Bolivia affected by unusual freezing weather in July 2002. The funds, channeled through the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), will be used to support affected families in Peru and Bolivia by improving their shelter and preserving their livestock as well as enhancing people capacity to effectively respond to natural disasters.

    [12] Emma Bonino to lead the EU Election Observation Mission to Ecuador

    The EU is sending an Election Observation Mission to Ecuador (EOM) in view of the presidential, parliamentary and local elections scheduled for 20 October 2002. The EOM will be led by Emma Bonino (Italy) former Commissioner and current Member of the European Parliament. She will arrive in Quito on 12 September for a preliminary visit. The deployment of the EOM follows an invitation from the Ecuadorian election authorities and is a concrete expression of EU's effort to support the fostering of democratic institutions and stability in the Andean country.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    Closing speech by António Vitorino at the Conference on the role of civil society in promoting integration at the Economic and Social Committee

    Speech by Poul Nielson : "The Commission's role in coordinating the Member States' efforts to increase development aid to reach UN targets" at the IPPF meeting

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "Innovation in Europe's Farming and Food Sector" at the Informal Agriculture Council (Nyborg)

    Discours de M. Busquin à la journée de présentation du Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (! embargo 18h30 !)

    Mise à jour de la note sur l'élargissement de l'UE : questions et réponses sur la sécurité alimentaire


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