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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-10-01

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] Antitrust : Commission initiates formal proceedings against Qualcomm for suspected exploitative practices
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of C&A Automotive Interior Businesses by WL Ross
  • [03] Commission clears joint venture between INEOS and NOVA
  • [04] Commission clears joint venture between Aegon and Caja Cantabria
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of Teksid Aluminum and Getti Speciali by Fiat
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of bathroom and kitchens business of American Standard by Bain Capital
  • [07] Commission approves proposed acquisition of Depfa Bank by Hypo Real Estate Group
  • [08] Commission to boost support for refugees and displaced people in Chad and the Central African Republic
  • [09] J√°n Figel' to visit Albania
  • [10] La Commission rend hommage √ Loyola de Palacio lors d'une conf√©rence √ haut niveau sur l'√©nergie √ Madrid
  • [11] The Energy Community organises the first conference to attract investment in the Balkans
  • [12] New convention will strengthen Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation
  • [13] Europe stands firm on ambitious action to cut Aviation Emissions
  • [14] Autre mat√©riel diffus√© Midday Express of 2007-10-01 Reference: MEX/07/1001 Date: 01/10/2007 EXME07 / 1.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    01/10/07


  • [01] Antitrust : Commission initiates formal proceedings against Qualcomm for suspected exploitative practices

    The European Commission has decided to open formal anti-trust proceedings against Qualcomm Incorporated, a US chipset manufacturer, concerning an alleged breach of EC Treaty rules on abuse of a dominant market position (Article 82). Qualcomm is a holder of intellectual property (IP) rights in the CDMA and WCDMA standards for mobile telephone. The WCDMA standard forms part of the 3G (third generation) standard for European mobile phone technology (also referred to as "UMTS"). This follows complaints lodged with the Commission by Ericsson, Nokia, Texas Instruments, Broadcom, NEC and Panasonic, all mobile phone and/or chipsets manufacturers. The complaints allege that Qualcomm's licensing terms and conditions are not Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory ("FRAND") and, therefore, may breach EC competition rules.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of C&A Automotive Interior Businesses by WL Ross

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of certain assets of C&A Corporation (C&A Automotive Interior Business) by WL Ross of the US via International Automotive Components North America Mexico, S de R.L. de C.V., International Automotive Components North America, International Automotive Components Group Brazil and International Automotive Components Group LLC (together IAC). WL Ross is a private equity found which through IAC produces and supplies certain interior parts for vehicles. C&A Automotive Interior Businesses manufacture and supply cockpit modules, instrument panels, interior trim and flooring and acoustic systems. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [03] Commission clears joint venture between INEOS and NOVA

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of a newly established American joint venture between INEOS of the UK and NOVA of Canada, and also to the extension of their European joint venture in the polystyrene sector through the transfer of some of NOVA's assets. INEOS is a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, specialty chemicals and oil products. NOVA is a chemical company active in olefins/polyolefins and styrenics. The American joint venture combines INEOS' and NOVA's North American styrene and polystyrene operations with NOVA's thermoplastic resins business. The new assets of the European joint venture are NOVA's European styrene and engineering thermoplastic resins business. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears joint venture between Aegon and Caja Cantabria

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the joint venture between Aegon Spanje Holding, BV (Aegon) of the Netherlands, belonging to the Aegon Group, and Caja Cantabria of Spain. Aegon sells life insurance and pensions, savings and investment products. Caja Cantabria is active in banking and insurance distribution. The joint venture will sell life insurance and pension products in Spain. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of Teksid Aluminum and Getti Speciali by Fiat

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Teksid Aluminum S.r.l of Italy and Teksid Aluminum Getti Speciali S.r.l. (Getti Speciali) of Italy by Fiat S.p.A., also of Italy. Fiat manufactures and sells cars, commercial vehicles, agricultural machinery, construction equipment, car parts and metallurgical products. Teksid and Getti Speciali produce cast aluminium components for the car industry and other residual applications. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of bathroom and kitchens business of American Standard by Bain Capital

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of the bathroom and kitchen business (B&K Business) of American Standard Companies Inc of the US by certain funds controlled by Bain Capital Investors, LLC (Bain Capital) of the US. Bain Capital is a private equity investment firm. B&K Business manufactures bathroom and kitchen products. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] Commission approves proposed acquisition of Depfa Bank by Hypo Real Estate Group

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the Irish banking group Depfa by Hypo Real Estate of Germany. The Commission concluded that the operation would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [08] Commission to boost support for refugees and displaced people in Chad and the Central African Republic

    The European Commission will contribute more than ‚ā¨50 million to a joint UN and EU initiative in Eastern Chad and the North East of the Central African Republic. The Commission will support a police mission which will have the task of assisting in protecting the refugee camps near the Darfur border and in creating security conditions for the return of the displaced persons. The EC will finance substantial rehabilitation and reconstruction work in the zones of return for the displaced persons. Humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable people affected by the ongoing crisis will continue.

    [09] J√°n Figel' to visit Albania

    On 1-2 October, European Commissioner in charge of Education, Training, Culture & Youth J√ n Figel' will visit Albania and meet the country's highest authorities, including President Bamir Topi and Primer minister Sali Berisha. Before his departure, Commissioner Figel' said : "Cooperation and dialogue in the areas of education and culture play a crucial role in drawing the countries in the Western Balkans closer to the EU". Albania is successfully participating in the Tempus and Erasmus Mundus programme, and, since 2000, more than 65 organisations from this country have had the possibility to participate in the Youth actions of the EU. This country has also expressed interest in the Citizenship programme as a full member. In the cultural area, Albania has ratified the Unesco Convention on Cultural diversity. During his meetings with the national authorities, Commissioner Figel' intends to strengthen cooperation in the framework of the programmes he's in charge of.

    [10] La Commission rend hommage à Loyola de Palacio lors d'une conférence à haut niveau sur l'énergie à Madrid

    Le pr√©sident de la Commission europ√©enne, M. Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, ainsi que M. Andris Piebalgs, membre de la Commission charg√© de l'√©nergie, et Mme Neelie Kroes, membre de la Commission responsable de la concurrence, ont particip√© aujourd'hui √ une conf√©rence √ haut niveau sur l'√©nergie tenue √ Madrid en hommage √ Loyola de Palacio, ancienne vice-pr√©sidente de la Commission europ√©enne et membre de la Commission responsable de l'√©nergie et des transports (2000-2005). Sous le titre "les d√©fis √©nerg√©tiques europ√©ens", cette manifestation a r√©uni les principaux responsables du secteur de l'√©nergie en Europe. "Au moment o√Ļ l'√©nergie figure en premi√®re place des pr√©occupations europ√©ennes et mondiales, les travaux vastes et ambitieux de Loyola de Palacio apparaissent d'autant plus brillants", a d√©clar√© M. Andris Piebalgs.

    [11] The Energy Community organises the first conference to attract investment in the Balkans

    Energy Ministers from Contracting Parties and Observers to the Treaty Establishing the Energy Community met today in Athens with investors and International Financing Institutions to find ways to promote investment in energy infrastructures in the region. This marked the first Investment Conference after the entry into force of the Treaty in July 2006. The conference was co-chaired by Mr Andris Piebalgs, EU Energy Commissioner, and by Mr Aleksandar Popovińá, Minister of Mining and Energy of Republic of Serbia, representing the Presidency of the Energy Community, and hosted by Mr Christos Folias, Minister for Development of the Hellenic Republic. It brought together close to 200 senior level energy policy decision makers and investors.

    [12] New convention will strengthen Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation

    The European Commission welcomed the outcome of the annual meeting of the North-West Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO), which ended on 28¬ September in Lisbon, Portugal. Parties were able to agree the text of a new Convention, which will simplify the organisation's structure, strengthen its decision-making processes and give it a clear mandate to manage its fishery resources in an integrated and sustainable manner. The meeting also set fishing possibilities for the main fish stocks which NAFO manages, including Greenland halibut. In response to the recommendations on destructive fishing practices, adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2006, NAFO decided to close an area to all fishing in order to protect concentrations of corals.

    [13] Europe stands firm on ambitious action to cut Aviation Emissions

    The 36th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) ended on Friday 28 September without clear agreement on a way forward to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation. Europe pressed for a more ambitious outcome, but safeguarded its ability to introduce an aviation emissions trading scheme.

    [14] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by José Manuel Barroso : "Europe's energy policy and the third industrial revolution" at Loyola de Palacio energy conference (Madrid, !embargo 13h00!)

    Speech by Andris Piebalgs : "Balancing European Energy and Environmental Needs" at the European Energy Challenges Conference (Madrid)

    Speech by Danuta H√ľbner : "Cohesion Policy: Genuinely modern and still reinventing itself" at closing session of Fourth Cohesion Forum (28/09)

    Speech by Olli Rehn : "What's the future for EU enlargement?" at German Marshall Fund of the United States (25/9, New York) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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