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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-04-29

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Scribona by Tech Data
  • [02] CAP reform: Council formally adopts wine reform which will boost competitiveness of European wines
  • [03] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of BEA by Oracle
  • [04] Concentrations: la Commission autorise l'acquisition d'un contrôle exclusif sur la Compagnie Nationale du Rhône par Electrabel
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of TIOC by Total France and S-Oil
  • [06] New report on car prices across Europe now available
  • [07] N'ayez pas peur de la concurrence – Commissaire Kroes devant le Sénat Paris
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-04-29 Reference: MEX/08/0429 Date: 29/04/2008 EXME08 / 29.04

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    29/04/08


  • [01] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Scribona by Tech Data

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Scribona of Sweden by the US-based company Tech Data. Both companies are active in the wholesale distribution of information technology products. The Commission's investigation has shown that the concentration would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [02] CAP reform: Council formally adopts wine reform which will boost competitiveness of European wines

    The Council of Ministers today formally adopted a wide-ranging reform of the Common Market Organisation for wine, on which agriculture ministers reached a political agreement in December. The changes will bring balance to the wine market, phase out wasteful and expensive market intervention measures and allow the budget to be used for more positive, proactive measures which will boost the competitiveness of European wines. The reform provides for a fast restructuring of the wine sector in that it includes a voluntary, three-year grubbing-up scheme to provide an alternative for uncompetitive producers and to remove surplus and uncompetitive wine from the market. Subsidies for crisis distillation and potable alcohol distillation will be phased out and the money, allocated in national envelopes, can be used for measures like wine promotion on third country markets, innovation, restructuring and modernisation of vineyards and cellars. The reform will ensure environmental protection in wine-growing regions, safeguard traditional and well-established quality policies and simplify labelling rules, for the benefit of producers and consumers alike. The very restrictive planting rights system will also be abolished at EU level from 1 January 2016 onwards. The European Commission will now begin the process of adopting the detailed implementing regulations to allow the reform to enter into force on 1 August 2008.

    [03] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of BEA by Oracle

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the US-company BEA Systems, an independent provider of middleware software, by Oracle Corporation, also of the US. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [04] Concentrations: la Commission autorise l'acquisition d'un contrôle exclusif sur la Compagnie Nationale du Rhône par Electrabel

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en application du règlement CE sur les concentrations, l'acquisition d'un contrôle exclusif sur l'entreprise française Compagnie nationale du Rhône (CNR), deuxième producteur d'électricité français, par le producteur d'électricité belge Electrabel SA. Après examen, la Commission est parvenue la conclusion que l'opération n'entraverait pas de manière significative l'exercice d'une concurrence effective dans l’Espace économique européen (EEE) ou dans une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of TIOC by Total France and S-Oil

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Total Isu Oil Company Ltd (TIOC) of Korea by Total France SA of France and S-Oil Corporation (S-Oil) of Korea. Total France refines and sells petroleum products, including lubricants, in and outside Europe. S-Oil refines and manufactures base oils and lubricants for sale mainly in Korea but also abroad. TIOC manufactures, sells and distributes lubricants, mainly in Korea. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] New report on car prices across Europe now available

    The European Commission has just published its latest report on car prices in Europe with prices as of 1 January 2008. This report now appears annually each Spring. The report enables consumers to compare car prices across Europe and therefore take advantage of the opportunities of the EU Single Market. Compared to last year, car prices in real terms (i.e. adjusted for headline inflation) have significantly decreased in all Member States. This general price trend, which is more pronounced in Member States with cheaper pre-tax prices and which has therefore moderately increased prices differentials within the EU, confirms a longer-term positive evolution of competition in the car price sector, to the benefit of consumers. The report and its main highlights are available at: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/comm/competition/sectors/motor_vehicles/prices/report.html">http://ec.europa.eu/comm/competition/sectors/motor_vehicles/prices/report.html

    [07] N'ayez pas peur de la concurrence – Commissaire Kroes devant le Sénat Paris

    S'adressant des sénateurs français Paris cette après-midi, Neelie Kroes va encourager la France mieux exploiter la compétitivité des marchés et la flexibilité de la politique de concurrence de la Commission. Mme Kroes va rendre hommage la culture et l'innovation françaises, mais affirmer que la France a besoin d'une approche plus positive de la mondialisation. Kroes dira "quand on parle de concurrence dans ce pays, on l’associe trop souvent des faillites, des délocalisations, des pertes d’emploi. On donne l’impression que le marché ne fait que sanctionner les plus faibles et que l’Etat est le seul recours possible. Quelle mythologie éloignée de la réalité ! Aujourd’hui, je vous demanderais de regarder les faits. C’est la seule façon d’éviter la naïveté ou l’idéologie aveugle. La réalité est que concurrence rime avec croissance, avec confiance, avec opportunité." Mme Kroes va souligner que la concurrence est synonyme la fois de meilleures rapports qualité/prix et de meilleurs choix pour les citoyens, et constitue une assurance contre les défis posés par la mondialisation. Selon Mme Kroes, les règles de concurrence de la Commission défendent l'intérêt des consommateurs tout en offrant la flexibilité requise pour prendre en compte les préoccupations françaises en termes de concentrations, aides d'Etat et PME. Elle dira: "je compte sur vous pour attaquer les mythes et les préjugés et pour expliquer que la politique de concurrence est un atout pour l’Europe et pour la France". - EMBARGO 15:45 CET - (voir SPEECH/08/218).

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on European Chemicals Bureau hands over to new Chemicals Agency in Helsinki

    • Speech de la Commissaire Kroes 'N'ayez pas peur de la concurrence', Paris - EMBARGO 15:45 CET-

    • Speech by Commissioner Borg on 'The South West of England's contribution to the EU Integrated Maritime Policy', Exmouth From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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