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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-06-20

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] La Commission aide les entreprises à tirer le meilleur parti des perspectives commerciales de l'élargissement
  • [02] Thessaloniki Summit : Western Balkan countries to endorse European Charter for Small Enterprises
  • [03] Sécurité routière : la Commission veut l'installation obligatoire de ceintures de sécurité dans tous les véhicules automobiles dès 2004
  • [04] Commission approves merger of chemicals firms Vantico and Huntsman
  • [05] Commission clears joint acquisition of Naturcorp
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of KVWS by Victor Rijssen
  • [07] Commission clears Deutsche Post's sole control of Securicor distribution activities
  • [08] Foreign Direct Investment : EU FDI flows with extra-EU countries decreased again in 2002 ; inflows (-35%) fell less than outflows (-48%)
  • [09] Cohésion économique et sociale : consultation sur la mise en oeuvre des Fonds structurels dans le secteur des communications électroniques
  • [10] Consultation de l'OMC sur les OGM : l'UE réaffirme que son système d'autorisation est conforme aux règles de l'OMC
  • [11] EU and Cambodia conclude bilateral package for Cambodia's accession to the WTO
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 20/06/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 20/06/2003

  • [01] La Commission aide les entreprises à tirer le meilleur parti des perspectives commerciales de l'élargissement

    La Commission européenne a lancé une campagne pan-européenne afin d'aider les petites et moyennes entreprises à tirer profit des perspectives commerciales générées par l'élargissement de l'UE. Cette campagne est menée par les Euro Info Centres, le plus grand réseau de soutien aux entreprises de la Commission. Au cours de l'année prochaine, 200 Euro Info Centres de 26 pays (Etats membres de l'UE, Norvège, Islande et pays candidats) organiseront quelque 400 activités, telles que des clubs d'entreprises, des ateliers, des journées d'information et des centres de consultation sur l'élargissement, afin d'offrir des renseignements pratiques et d'adapter l'assistance aux circonstances individuelles. Des informations seront fournies sur les marchés nationaux (législation, guides pour les exportateurs) et sur certains secteurs d'activité spécifiques destinés à ressentir le plus fortement les effets de l'élargissement. Cette campagne s'inscrit dans le cadre de la stratégie globale de la Commission en vue de soutenir l'esprit d'entreprise dans le contexte de l'élargissement de l'UE.

    [02] Thessaloniki Summit : Western Balkan countries to endorse European Charter for Small Enterprises

    The countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro) are due to endorse the European Charter for Small Enterprises at the European Union - Western Balkans Summit of Thessaloniki (Greece) on 21 June 2003. Following recommendations made by the European Commission in its second annual report on the Stabilisation and Association process for South Eastern Europe and its recent Communication "The Western Balkans and European Integration", the heads of State and government of the region will now formally commit their countries to the 10 principles of the Charter, which outlines what national governments and the Commission must do to improve the environment for small businesses. With this step, they join 29 other European countries EU Members, the thirteen candidates as well as Norway who are already working closely together on the implementation of the principles of this Charter. This will bring the number of countries that have formally committed themselves to the Charter to 34. Through the work of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Kosovo is also covered by the scheme.

    [03] Sécurité routière : la Commission veut l'installation obligatoire de ceintures de sécurité dans tous les véhicules automobiles dès 2004

    La Commission européenne a adopté une nouvelle proposition de directive imposant l'installation de ceintures de sécurité pour tous les nouveaux types de véhicules commercialisés à partir de juillet 2004. Jusqu'à présent, seules les voitures individuelles devaient être équipées de ceintures de sécurité : désormais, toutes les autres catégories de véhicules devront aussi en être équipés, en particulier les minibus, les autocars, les véhicules utilitaires légers, les camions, etc. Au total, ce sont près de deux millions de véhicules utilitaires qui seront concernés chaque année par cette obligation. Cette mesure s'inscrit dans le cadre du programme d'action européen pour la sécurité routière visant à réduire de moitié le nombre de victimes de la route d'ici 2010.

    [04] Commission approves merger of chemicals firms Vantico and Huntsman

    The European Commission has authorised the acquisition of the Luxembourg- based chemical producer Vantico Group S.A. by the US fund MatlinPatterson, which has joint control of Huntsman Holdings LLC, also a chemicals company based in the United States. The deal foresees that MatlinPatterson will contribute the Vantico equity to Huntsman, which will then control the company. The deal creates minimal or no overlaps and the vertical integration between the two companies' products is not such as to raise serious competition concerns.

    [05] Commission clears joint acquisition of Naturcorp

    The European Commission cleared a joint venture, Naturcorp I S.A., which is to be active in distribution and supply of gas in Spain. The Spanish undertaking Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico S.A., the German undertaking Energie Baden-Württemberg Atkiengessellschaft, the Spanish undertaking Caja de Ahorros de Asturias and the Spanish public entity Ente Vasco de la Energía (EVE) will jointly control the new entity. (The operation, notified on 15 May 2003, was cleared according to the simplified merger review procedure)

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of KVWS by Victor Rijssen

    The European Commission cleared the acquisition of full control of the Dutch undertaking Koninklijke Volker Wessels Stevin (KVWS), active in the development and building of business premises, infrastructure and other building projects, by the Dutch investment group Victor Rijssen B.V. (The operation, notified on 14 May 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure).

    [07] Commission clears Deutsche Post's sole control of Securicor distribution activities

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition by Deutsche Post AG (DPAG) of sole control of Securicor Omega Holdings Ltd, a mail, parcel, freight delivery and logistics company currently controlled by DPAG and Securicor Plc. The deal gives rise to only limited overlaps which do not trigger dominance concerns in either the UK or Ireland, which are the only two EU countries where both are active in these postal distribution activities.

    [08] Foreign Direct Investment : EU FDI flows with extra-EU countries decreased again in 2002 ; inflows (-35%) fell less than outflows (-48%)

    According to Eurostat, flows of EU FDI (foreign direct investment) with extra-EU countries contracted in 2002 for the second consecutive year, according to preliminary data. At €140 billion in 2002, investment by the EU in the rest of the world (outflows) was 48% lower than in 2001, while investment by the rest of the world in the EU (inflows) was €76 billion, 35% down. In 2001 outflows fell by 34% and inflows by 22%, with respect to 2000, according to the revised data now available for 2001. In 2002, the EU continued to be a net investor in the rest of the world, although the difference between outflows and inflows of FDI fell to €64 billion (0.7% of GDP), compared with €151 billion (1.7% of GDP) in 2001.

    [09] Cohésion économique et sociale : consultation sur la mise en oeuvre des Fonds structurels dans le secteur des communications électroniques

    La Commission européenne a décidé de consulter toutes les parties intéressées, en particulier les autorités régionales et locales, sur un projet de lignes directrices concernant les critères et les modalités de mise en œuvre des fonds structurels dans le secteur des communications électroniques.

    [10] Consultation de l'OMC sur les OGM : l'UE réaffirme que son système d'autorisation est conforme aux règles de l'OMC

    Le 19 juin, l'Union européenne a aujourd'hui tenu des consultations avec les Etats-Unis et l'Argentine relatives à son système d'autorisation pour les organismes génétiquement modifiés (OGM). Lors de ces consultations, l'UE a souligné son droit légitime d'établir un régime réglementaire pour assurer que les OGM ne sont mis sur le marché que sur la base d'une évaluation soigneuse des risques. Elle a également souligné que toutes les demandes de commercialisation de OGM sont évaluées sur la base du régime réglementaire de l'UE actuellement en place. Enfin, l'UE a souligné que chaque demande est examinée sur son propre bien-fondé, sur la base du cadre réglementaire de l'UE.

    [11] EU and Cambodia conclude bilateral package for Cambodia's accession to the WTO

    Today in Geneva, the EU and Cambodia have concluded the bilateral market access negotiations for Cambodia's accession to the World Trade Organisation. This is a first but decisive step towards the conclusion of the negotiations for the accession of Cambodia to the WTO. The European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said during the signing ceremony : "We are glad to be among the first WTO Members to sign the bilateral agreement with Cambodia. This is a clear demonstration of Europe's commitment to facilitate the accession of least developed countries to the WTO. We are confident now that the accession of Cambodia can be rapidly concluded making it the first least developed country to join the WTO since its creation in 1995. I'd like to pay tribute here to my colleague, Trade Minister Cham Prasidh, whose personal commitment was crucial in moving negotiations forward. I also trust that others will shortly follow, including before Cancun. The least developed countries have asked for this, it is reasonable, and we, the richer members of the WTO, have to deliver."

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Lamy : "L'avenir du secteur du textile et de l'habillement en vue des négociations à l'OMC" au Parlement européen (18/06)

    Calendrier du 23 au 28 juin 2003


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