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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-08-28

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] What’s in and what are the undesirable effects of your cosmetic product? From now on you can ask to the manufacturer
  • [02] Integrating third-country nationals: the Commission launches the 2006 call for proposals for projects under the INTI programme
  • [03] La Commission européenne et l'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) signent un protocole d'accord afin d'unir leurs forces et travailler en synergie.
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of United Biscuits Iberia S.L by Kraft Foods International Inc.
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of GNT Holding Oy GmbH by ALSO Schweiz AG
  • [06] Bluetongue: Virus serotype 8 identified as cause of recent outbreaks
  • [07] Discours de Mme Ferrero-Waldner: « Europas Antwort auf die globale Zeitenwende »
  • [08] Discours de Mme Ferrero-Waldner: « Europa und Lateinamerika - Die Zukunft unserer Partnerschaft nach dem Wiener Gipfel »
  • [09] Discours de Louis Michel l’occasion de la signature d’un protocole d’accord avec l’OIF
  • [10] Notifications Préalables disponibles au secrétariat de J. Todd -BERL 3/315 Midday Express of 2006-08-28 Reference: MEX/06/0828 Date: 28/08/2006 EXME06 / 28.8

    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

    28 / 08 / 06


  • [01] What’s in and what are the undesirable effects of your cosmetic product? From now on you can ask to the manufacturer

    Some cosmetic products may have undesirable effects and can, for example, cause allergic reactions. This is why the Commission has issued guidelines established together with Member States and stakeholders to allow more access to information for the public. According to European Commission guidelines published today consumers have now the choice between writing to the company at the address mentioned on the package, to phone them or to post a question on their website. In order to facilitate public access to the relevant product information, industry has created a central public directory of companies placing cosmetic products on the EU market. Producers are obliged to inform customers upon their request on undesirable effects that may have been reported to them regarding their products. A second obligation for producers is to inform consumers on quantitative and qualitative composition of cosmetic products. Member States have to ensure that companies fulfil those obligations.

    [02] Integrating third-country nationals: the Commission launches the 2006 call for proposals for projects under the INTI programme

    The Commission has published the 2006 INTI call for proposals for preparatory measures designed to promote the integration of third-country nationals. 5 million euros have been allocated for INTI programme in 2006; grants will cover up to 70% of the total eligible costs of the projects.

    [03] La Commission européenne et l'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) signent un protocole d'accord afin d'unir leurs forces et travailler en synergie.

    Le Commissaire européen chargé du développement et de l'aide humanitaire, Louis Michel, au nom de la Commission, et le Secrétaire général de l'OIF, Abdou Diouf, ont signé un protocole d'accord visant renforcer la concertation, la coopération et la coordination entre la Commission européenne et l'OIF. Ce partenariat constitue un exemple concret de la volonté de la Commission européenne d'unir ses forces d'autres acteurs du développement afin d'aider les pays partenaires faire face aux défis majeurs que sont la lutte contre la pauvreté, la promotion de la démocratie et droits de l’homme, la diversité culturelle et linguistique, l’éducation et la formation ainsi que le développement économique et social

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of United Biscuits Iberia S.L by Kraft Foods International Inc.

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of United Biscuits Iberia S.L by Kraft Foods International Inc. Kraft already controls the business to be acquired through a series of veto rights, including the right to appoint three board members and to veto the appointment of senior management and the annual budget. As a result of the transaction, Kraft will continue to have sole control over United Biscuits Iberia. At the same time, it will relinquish its veto rights and other means of control over the remainder of the United Biscuits business. Kraft Foods is involved in the manufacture and sale of packaged food and beverages while United Biscuits Iberia manufactures and sells biscuits, desserts, fruit juice and other foodstuffs. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of GNT Holding Oy GmbH by ALSO Schweiz AG

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of GNT Holding Oy GmbH by ALSO Schweiz AG (controlled by Schindler group). ALSO and GNT are both involved in the wholesale distribution of IT and consumer electronic products and services; the Schindler group produces, installs and maintains escalators and elevators. ALSO Schweiz has business operations in Switzerland and Germany, while GNT group operates in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Poland. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] Bluetongue: Virus serotype 8 identified as cause of recent outbreaks

    The European Commission was informed by the Community Reference Laboratory for Bluetongue in Pirbright (UK) over the weekend that the virus responsible for the recent bluetongue outbreak in the Netherlands has been identified, through genetic testing, as being a virus of serotype 8. This strain of virus has never been reported in Europe before, and the disease recently detected in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany (see <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/06/1113&format=HTML&aged=0&language=FR&guiLanguage=fr">IP/06/1113 and <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/06/1112&format=HTML&aged=0&language=FR&guiLanguage=fr">IP/06/1112) is now considered to be of exotic origin. First results suggest that the bluetongue virus serotype 8 is of a sub-Saharan lineage, although the precise origin is not yet known, nor is the way in which the virus was introduced into Europe. The Commission has also been informed that the bluetongue virus was isolated in a cell culture by the National Reference Laboratory for Bluetongue in Belgium on Friday afternoon.

    An extraordinary meeting of EU laboratory experts is taking place in Brussels today, to discuss the results of the CRL and those of other Member States’ laboratories which have been deeply involved in the investigations into the recent bluetongue outbreaks in north-western Europe. The disease control measures currently being applied in the three affected Member States and in Luxembourg (see <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/06/1114&format=HTML&aged=0&language=FR&guiLanguage=fr">IP/06/1114) will be adapted as necessary at a meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health this afternoon.

    For further information, see: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/bluetongue_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/diseases/controlmeasures/bluetongue_en.htm

    Autre matériel diffusé

    [07] Discours de Mme Ferrero-Waldner: « Europas Antwort auf die globale Zeitenwende »

    [08] Discours de Mme Ferrero-Waldner: « Europa und Lateinamerika - Die Zukunft unserer Partnerschaft nach dem Wiener Gipfel »

    [09] Discours de Louis Michel l’occasion de la signature d’un protocole d’accord avec l’OIF

    [10] Notifications Préalables disponibles au secrétariat de J. Todd -BERL 3/315

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