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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-07-06

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] EU chemical and biotech players join forces to foster sustainable and competitive chemistry
  • [02] Commission extends probe into paper board and tubes JV between Sonoco and Ahlstrom
  • [03] Mai 2004 par rapport √ mai 2003 : volume des ventes du commerce de d√©tail en baisse de 0,9% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 1,6% dans l'UE25
  • [04] Autre mat√©riel diffus√© Midday Express of 2004-07-06 Reference: MEX/04/0706 Date: 06/07/2004 EXME04 / 6.7

    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

    06/07/04


  • [01] EU chemical and biotech players join forces to foster sustainable and competitive chemistry

    (! embargo 15h30 !) Although Europe is a world leader in chemical production, holding 28% of the world market, its proportion of global trade has dropped by 4% over the past decade. Today in Brussels chemical and biotechnology sector organisations CEFIC and EuropaBIO, with the support of the European Commission, launched a European "Technology Platform on Sustainable Chemistry" for establishing a long-standing public-private partnership to increase investment on research and innovation and to boost European competitiveness in this sector. The platform brings together industry, research centres, the financial world and regulatory authorities at European level to tailor a strategic research agenda for the sector. Issues to be addressed include three key technology areas for Europe : industrial biotechnology, materials technology, reaction and process design, and an area for cross-cutting issues including the environment, health and safety, education and skills, research infrastructures, and access to risk capital.

    [02] Commission extends probe into paper board and tubes JV between Sonoco and Ahlstrom

    The European Commission has initiated a detailed investigation into the planned joint venture between US packaging company Sonoco Products and Finnish fibre-based materials firm Ahlstrom which would combine their European core board and paper core activities. At this stage of the investigation, the Commission has concerns that the deal could significantly reduce competition in the markets for high-end paper mill cores (tubes for winding magazine paper) and for low-end cores (less sophisticated tubes for winding paper, film or textile). The decision to start an in-depth review does not prejudge its final outcome.

    [03] Mai 2004 par rapport à mai 2003 : volume des ventes du commerce de détail en baisse de 0,9% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 1,6% dans l'UE25

    En mai 2004, par rapport à mai 2003, le volume des ventes du commerce de détail a diminué de 0,9% dans la zone euro, mais a progressé de 1,6% dans l'UE25, selon les premières estimations publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat. Par rapport à avril 2004, l'indice des ventes a baissé de 1,3% dans la zone euro et de 0,4% dans l'UE25. Parmi les Etats membres pour lesquels les données sont disponibles, les ventes du commerce de détail ont progressé au Royaume-Uni (+8,0%), en Suède (+5,4%) et en Espagne (+1, 2%). Des baisses ont été observées en Allemagne (-2,9%), en France (-1, 1%) et au Portugal (-0,5%).

    [04] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Busquin : "Une plateforme technologique européenne pour une industrie chimique soutenable" (! embargo 15h30 !) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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