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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-07-26

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] Commission challenges UK international roaming rates
  • [02] Commission approves acquisition of GSW by Goldman Sachs and Cerberus Group
  • [03] Avian influenza in Asia : prolongation of import embargo on poultry products until 15 December
  • [04] La Commission nomme les membres de trois comités consultatifs scientifiques en matière non alimentaire
  • [05] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2004-07-26 Reference: MEX/04/0726 Date: 26/07/2004 EXME04 / 26.7

    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

    26/07/04


  • [01] Commission challenges UK international roaming rates

    The European Commission has sent two separate "statements of objections" to two UK mobile network operators (MNOs), O2 and Vodafone. The objections relate to the rates that both O2 and Vodafone charged other MNOs for international roaming at wholesale level. Other MNOs needed to roam on O2's and Vodafone's UK networks in order to enable their own subscribers to use their mobile phones while in the UK. This situation is known as international roaming. The high roaming fees were detrimental to consumers travelling to the UK.

    [02] Commission approves acquisition of GSW by Goldman Sachs and Cerberus Group

    The European Commission has cleared, under the Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition by two investment groups, Goldman Sachs Group (USA) and Cerberus Group (USA), of the German residential and real estate company GSW Berlin. (The operation, which was notified on 25 June, was examined under a simplified procedure for unproblematic mergers).

    [03] Avian influenza in Asia : prolongation of import embargo on poultry products until 15 December

    The European Commission has adopted a decision to continue the suspension of imports into the EU of chicken products and pet birds from several Asian countries where avian influenza has been confirmed since the beginning of this year. The countries concerned are Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Pakistan, China, South Korea and Vietnam. In some of these countries outbreaks of avian influenza still occur and the overall disease situation in the area remains unclear. The Commission therefore decided, with the support of the Standing Committee for the Food Chain and Animal Health, to prolong the existing ban (until 15 August 2004 - see IP/04/160) on imports of poultry products until 15 December 2004. In detail the ban covers fresh meat of poultry, ratites, wild and farmed feathered game, meat preparations, meat products and raw pet food consisting of, or containing meat of those species, eggs for human consumption, live birds, unprocessed feathers and untreated game trophies.

    [04] La Commission nomme les membres de trois comités consultatifs scientifiques en matière non alimentaire

    La Commission européenne a nommé les membres de trois nouveaux comités consultatifs scientifiques : le comité scientifique des produits de consommation (CSPC), le comité scientifique des risques sanitaires et environnementaux (CSRSE) et le comité scientifique des risques sanitaires émergents et nouveaux (CSRSEN). Ces comités ont été créés par la Commission en mars dernier et remplacent un certain nombre de comités existants (voir IP/04/296). Les 51 scientifiques qui ont été nommés membres de ces nouveaux comités représentent un vaste éventail de compétences scientifiques l'échelle européenne et conseilleront la Commission sur toutes les questions faisant partie de leur mandat. Etant donné la variété des thèmes qu'aborderont les nouveaux comités, la Commission a également établi une liste d'experts scientifiques possédant des compétences spécifiques et pouvant être invités participer aux travaux des comités sur une base ad hoc. Ces nominations sont intervenues la suite d'une procédure de sélection rigoureuse et ouverte. Près de 300 scientifiques ont répondu un appel candidatures un siège l'un de ces comités qui avait été publié sur le site web Europa de la Commission ainsi que dans le Journal officiel de l'Union européenne.

    [05] Autre matériel diffusé

    Background note on international roaming From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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