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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-11-08

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] EU-US : EU requests WTO to confirm that there is no justification for US/Canada to continue to apply sanctions
  • [02] Commission clears Conoco stake in Russian oil company
  • [03] Commission clears Cinven's acquisition of German clothing company CBR
  • [04] Safety first in feed additive authorisations
  • [05] Consumer groups assemble in Brussels to discuss future consumer policy in the new enlarged Europe
  • [06] 2004 EU Marie Curie Awards announced : European Excellence in Research rewarded
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-11-08 Reference: MEX/04/1108 Date: 08/11/2004 EXME04 / 8.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    08/11/04


  • [01] EU-US : EU requests WTO to confirm that there is no justification for US/Canada to continue to apply sanctions

    Today, the EU has initiated a dispute against Canada and the United States in the World Trade Organization (WTO). The EU challenges Canada's and the United States' continued imposition of sanctions against EU exports because of the EU's ban on hormone beef. The EU believes these sanctions are illegal since the EU has removed the measures found to be WTO-inconsistent in the WTO dispute on hormone beef dating from 1998. Canada and the United States have maintained their sanctions in place, while refusing to challenge the Directive adopted by the EU to comply with the WTO ruling.

    [02] Commission clears Conoco stake in Russian oil company

    The European Commission has cleared, under the Merger Regulation, a deal whereby US oil company Conoco Philips and Russian oil company OAO Lukoil will have joint control over Naryanmarneftegaz (NMN), a Russian company active in the exploration and production of oil. NMN is presently an indirect subsidiary of Lukoil. (The deal, notified on 29 September 2004, was examined under a simplified procedure).

    [03] Commission clears Cinven's acquisition of German clothing company CBR

    The European Commission has cleared, under the Merger Regulation, a deal whereby private equity firm Cinven Ltd acquires control of Germany's CBR Group, which designs and distributes women's clothing. (The deal, notified on 4 October 2004, was examined under a simplified procedure)

    [04] Safety first in feed additive authorisations

    On 9 November, the Community Reference Laboratory (CRL) for the authorisation of feed additives will be inaugurated in Geel, Belgium. Feed additives are used in animal feed to improve the productivity or health of the animals. Before being authorised, all feed additives must undergo a safety assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the CRL will evaluate the analytical methods proposed to detect the presence of feed additives. The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) has been nominated as the CRL for Feed Additives, which is established at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) in Geel.

    [05] Consumer groups assemble in Brussels to discuss future consumer policy in the new enlarged Europe

    Tomorrow and Wednesday (9-10 November 2004) consumer representatives from across Europe will gather in Brussels to attend the EU General Assembly of Consumer Associations. Some 300 delegates from both national and European level consumer associations are expected to attend. Top of their agenda will be to address the challenges facing consumers in an enlarged EU and the future priorities of EU consumer policy - for which consumer input is crucial. European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection David Byrne is due to give the keynote address at the opening session of the general assembly. Karien van Gennip, Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade with the responsibility for consumer protection, and Phillip Whitehead MEP, Chair of the European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, will also address the meeting. Speaking ahead of the general assembly David Byrne said : "Progress in the field of consumer policy over the last years was only possible thanks to the help and support of consumer organisations across Europe, and the constructive and fruitful cooperation the Commission developed with the European Parliament and the Member States, both "old" and "new". Consumer organisations are not only instrumental in making EU policy better, they are crucial to empowering consumers in the internal market. This is why we have increased our support to networking and capacity building activities. In order to have a real impact on consumer policy, consumer organisations should also pool expertise and financial resources and cooperate effectively, at national and international level. Such cooperation is essential to deliver real benefits for European consumers." The opening session of the meeting (10h to 13h tomorrow), and the plenary session on Wednesday afternoon are open to the press.

    For a full programme of speakers and debates see:

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/consumers/cons_org/assembly/assembly_en.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/consumers/cons_org/assembly/assembly_en.htm

    [06] 2004 EU Marie Curie Awards announced : European Excellence in Research rewarded

    The European Commission announced on 7 November in Warsaw the winners of the 2004 Marie Curie Awards, with grants of up to €50,000 going to five outstanding European researchers. The Marie Curie Awards are given in recognition of the excellence achieved by researchers who have benefited from EU support schemes and to boost their careers by contributing to their international exposure. This year's graduates include two Germans, two Italians and an Israeli. They made scientific breakthroughs on issues such as the creation of galaxies, the roots of human empathy, quantum physics, new catalysts and the science of materials.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    2004 EU Marie Curie Awards - The winners and their research From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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