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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-12-19

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] Concurrence : la Commission publie un document de r√©flexion sur les abus de position dominante
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Kwintet by Industri Kapital
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Sidenor by Gerdau, Grupo Santander and Bogey
  • [04] Commission clears joint venture between Logista and Planeta de Agostini
  • [05] Commission clears joint venture between Logista and Editorial Planeta
  • [06] Cabotage maritime : la Commission demande au Portugal et √ la Gr√®ce d'appliquer les r√®gles
  • [07] Comp√©tence externe de l'UE en mati√®re de politique des transports : la Commission adresse un avis motiv√© √ la Gr√®ce
  • [08] Formation des marins : la Commission envoie des avis motiv√©s √ l'Italie et au Royaume-Uni
  • [09] Maritime safety and port State control : Commission requires proper implementation of the rules
  • [10] Passenger ships safety : Commission summons Belgium and UK to implement the rules
  • [11] Port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues : three Member States summoned to implement the rules
  • [12] Statement by Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn on the European Council decision to grant candidate status to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (17/12)
  • [13] EU move on export subsidies takes Doha forward - statement by Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel (18/12, Hong Kong)
  • [14] EU move on export subsidies takes Doha forward - statement by Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson (18/12, Hong Kong)
  • [15] Octobre 2005 par rapport √ septembre 2005 : baisse de 0,8% de la production industrielle dans la zone euro ; baisse de 0,7% dans l'UE25
  • [16] First estimates for 2005 : EU25 real agricultural income per worker down by 6.3%
  • [17] Suite au referendum constitutionnel, Louis Michel se rend ce lundi en R√©publique D√©mocratique du Congo
  • [18] EU response to Tsunami
  • [19] Commission to host Sri Lanka Co-Chairs' meeting
  • [20] Autre mat√©riel diffus√© Midday Express of 2005-12-19 Reference: MEX/05/1219 Date: 19/12/2005 EXME05 / 19.12

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Presse etb

    Communication

    19/12/05


  • [01] Concurrence : la Commission publie un document de r√©flexion sur les abus de position dominante

    La Commission européenne a publié un document de réflexion sur l'application des règles de concurrence du traité CE relatives aux abus de position dominante (article 82). Ce document est destiné à lancer le débat sur la manière de protéger au mieux les marchés de l'UE contre les comportements d'éviction des entreprises en position dominante, comportements qui risquent d'affaiblir la concurrence sur un marché. Ce document propose un cadre pour pouvoir continuer à appliquer strictement l'article 82, en s'appuyant sur l'analyse économique menée dans de récentes affaires, et en exposant une méthode qu'il serait possible de suivre pour apprécier certaines des pratiques abusives les plus courantes, telles que les ventes liées, ainsi que les rabais et remises. Les autres formes de pratiques abusives, telles que le comportement discriminatoire et l'exploitation abusive d'une position dominante, feront l'objet de travaux complémentaires de la Commission en 2006. La Commission invite les parties concernées à lui soumettre leurs observations sur le présent document d'ici le 31 mars 2006.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Kwintet by Industri Kapital

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Kwintet A/S (KT) of Denmark by Industri Kapital 2000 Ltd (IK) of the UK. IK is a private equity company and KT is active in industrial professional wear. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Sidenor by Gerdau, Grupo Santander and Bogey

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Corporación Sidenor, S.A. (Sidenor) of Spain by Gerdau S.A. (Gerdau) of Brazil, Banco Santander Central Hispano S.A. (Grupo Santander) of Spain and Bogey Holding Company Spain S.L. (Bogey). Gerdau manufactures and sells long common and special steel products. Grupo Santander is a Spanish group of companies active in the banking and financial sectors in Europe and South America. Bogey is active in the securities sector. Sidenor is a Spanish manufacturer of special steels, forgings and castings. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears joint venture between Logista and Planeta de Agostini

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to a joint venture between Compa√Ī√≠a de Distribuci√≥n Integral Logista S.A. (Logista) of Spain, belonging to the Altadis group and Editorial Planeta de Agostini S.A (Planeta de Agostini) also of Spain. Logista belongs to the French-Spanish group Altadis. Its main activities are logistics and the distribution of different products in Spain and Portugal (tobacco, stamps, books and publications). Planeta de Agostini is jointly controlled by the Spanish group Planeta and the Italian company De Agostini S.p.A. Its main activities are editing and marketing of publications. The joint venture will create a new company based in Spain. Its main activity will be logistics related to the distribution of publications in Spain and Portugal. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Commission clears joint venture between Logista and Editorial Planeta

    he European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of a newly created company by Compa√Ī√≠a de Distribuci√≥n Integral Logista S.A. (Logista) of Spain and Editorial Planeta S.A. of Spain. Logista belongs to the French-Spanish group Altadis. Its main activities are logistics and the distribution of different products in Spain and Portugal (tobacco, stamps, books and publications). Editorial Planeta belongs to the Spanish Planeta group and is active in the edition and sale of books. The new joint venture will be active in the logistics related to book distribution in Spain and Portugal. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] Cabotage maritime : la Commission demande au Portugal et à la Grèce d'appliquer les règles

    La Commission européenne a décidé de saisir la Cour de Justice à l'encontre du Portugal et d'envoyer un avis motivé à la Grèce pour non respect de la réglementation européenne en matière de cabotage maritime.

    [07] Compétence externe de l'UE en matière de politique des transports : la Commission adresse un avis motivé à la Grèce

    La Commission europ√©enne a d√©cid√© d'envoyer un avis motiv√© √ la Gr√®ce, derni√®re √©tape avant une √©ventuelle saisine de la Cour de justice, pour n'avoir pas respect√© sa comp√©tence externe exclusive pour la mise en Ňďuvre de la politique commune des transports.

    [08] Formation des marins : la Commission envoie des avis motivés à l'Italie et au Royaume-Uni

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'envoyer des avis motivés, dernière étape avant une éventuelle saisine de la Cour de justice, à l'Italie et au Royaume-Uni pour défaut de transposition dans leur droit national des règles européennes sur le niveau minimal de formation des gens de mer.

    [09] Maritime safety and port State control : Commission requires proper implementation of the rules

    The European Commission sent reasoned opinions ‚Äď the last step before lodging a case to the Court of Justice ‚Äď to Italy and Malta for failure to respect EU legislation on port State control of shipping. Latvia was also sent a reasoned opinion for failure to transpose into national law EU legislation on maritime safety and the prevention of pollution by ships.

    [10] Passenger ships safety : Commission summons Belgium and UK to implement the rules

    The European Commission sent reasoned opinions ‚Äď the last step before lodging a case to the Court of Justice ‚Äď to Belgium and the United Kingdom for failure to fully transpose into national law EU legislation on ro-ro passenger ships. The Commission will not tolerate Member States' delay in fully implementing rules related to people's safety when they travel by ship.

    [11] Port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues : three Member States summoned to implement the rules

    The European Commission sent reasoned opinions to Greece and Slovenia and decided to lodge a case to the Court of Justice against Poland for failure to respect EU legislation on the improvement of the availability and use of port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues.

    [12] Statement by Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn on the European Council decision to grant candidate status to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (17/12)

    "I welcome the decision of the European Council to grant the status of candidate country for EU accession to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The European Commission recommended taking such a decision because the country deserves it on objective grounds. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has achieved the necessary track record in implementing its Stabilisation and Association Agreement and made substantial progress in implementing the political agenda of the Ohrid Framework Agreement. (Stabilisation and Association Agreement is a contractual relation established between the EU and each of the countries of the Western Balkans, it has both a free trade and an important political component.) At this stage, the Commission has not recommended the opening of accession negotiations. As regards further steps, the European Council gave a clear orientation. It will depend on the country's ability to meet its obligations under the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and to comply sufficiently with the membership criteria. The Commission will continue to assess the progress made by the country and report on it to the Member States. This decision is also the right political signal to send to the region of the Western Balkans as a whole : the EU has given a clear European perspective to these countries, provided they fulfil the conditions. It proves the credibility of our policy for the Western Balkans and that the EU respects its commitments."

    [13] EU move on export subsidies takes Doha forward - statement by Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel (18/12, Hong Kong)

    "I am happy that 2013 is in this paper as the phase-out date for export subsidies. This is clearly linked to the period when the current CAP reforms will be fully operational. The rest of the text on the phase-out is not a Christmas gift for us. However, what matters is that we will define later what the word ‚Äúsubstantial‚ÄĚ means, in terms of how much we have to reduce export subsidies before 2013. We will not accept that it is so high that it disrupts our markets and makes new reforms necessary. We have achieved good changes on parallel commitments on export subsidies for other countries. And the US will now have to make significant farm reforms, for example to the infamous Counter Cyclical Payments. All this is a good step for the negotiations over the coming months, when we hope to get agreement on final modalities."

    [14] EU move on export subsidies takes Doha forward - statement by Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson (18/12, Hong Kong)

    "Today Europe has gone further in its existing commitment to eliminate its export subsidies by setting a clear end date in 2013. I said we came to Hong Kong to do business and this shows we meant it. We have demanded, and received, equivalent commitments from others for similar subsidy reform. This is a genuine advance for the agriculture negotiation and for the development goals of the Doha Round. Europe made it happen and we are pleased to have done so. We rejected the demand for a 2010 final date for what it is: a political gesture that would see Europe withdraw from global export markets faster than is economically sustainable. We have insisted on equal reform from others because effective reform means that all export subsidies are eliminated, not just Europe's. That is what can be achieved in a multilateral negotiation. We will continue to demand that others move with us, every step, and every cut until all forms of export subsidy are ended. In a week of disappointments this is no small prize. It is not enough to make this meeting a true success. But it is enough to save it from failure."

    [15] Octobre 2005 par rapport √ septembre 2005 : baisse de 0,8% de la production industrielle dans la zone euro ; baisse de 0,7% dans l'UE25

    Selon les estimations publi√©es aujourd'hui par Eurostat, la production industrielle corrig√©e des variations saisonni√®res a baiss√© de 0,8% dans la zone euro en octobre 2005 par rapport √ septembre. La production avait diminu√© de 0,3% en septembre et progress√© de 0,8% en ao√Ľt. Dans l'UE25, la production a recul√© de 0,7% en octobre 2005, apr√®s des hausses de 0,1% en septembre et de 0,3% en ao√Ľt. En octobre 2005, par rapport √ octobre 2004, la production industrielle a augment√© de 0,1% dans la zone euro et de 0,2% dans l'UE25.

    [16] First estimates for 2005 : EU25 real agricultural income per worker down by 6.3%

    According to the first estimates from Eurostat, EU25 real agricultural income per worker has dropped by 6.3% in 2005. This decrease is the result of a reduction in real agricultural income (-8.4%) and a reduction in the volume of agricultural labour input (-2.3%). The fall in EU25 real agricultural income in 2005 is itself the result of a combination of various elements: a) a decrease in the overall output at producer prices of agriculture in real value terms (-5.0%) ; b) decreases in input costs (- 1.6%) and depreciation (-0.3%), in real terms ; c) a rise in the overall value of subsidies : product specific subsidies and other subsidies on production net of taxes (1.9%). The strongest rises have been estimated for the Lithuania (+25.9%), Estonia (+23.0%), Ireland (+12.8%), Latvia (+5.7%), the Netherlands (+5.4%) and the Czech Republic (+4.0%). The largest declines in agricultural income are expected in Hungary (-19.3%), Slovakia (-14.9%), Spain (-12.0%), Portugal (-11.0%), Slovenia (-10.4%), France (- 10.1%) and Italy (-9.6%).

    [17] Suite au referendum constitutionnel, Louis Michel se rend ce lundi en République Démocratique du Congo

    Suite au referendum sur la nouvelle Constitution, Louis Michel, Commissaire europ√©en au D√©veloppement et √ l'Aide humanitaire, se rend ce lundi en R√©publique D√©mocratique du Congo (RDC) pour faire le point sur la continuation de la transition. Avec ‚ā¨149 millions, la Commission est le premier donateur du processus √©lectoral.

    [18] EU response to Tsunami

    A year after the Asian Tsunami the EU can record a rapid and coherent response, both in humanitarian and reconstruction aid, to the disaster, and a substantial contribution made by the EU to support the resolution of long- standing conflicts in some of the affected countries. The EU remains fully aware of the dire conditions in which many people are still living, and will continue to work to restore communities and livelihoods. Details of the EU response to the Tsunami are set out in a Progress Report (<a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/world/tsunami/index.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/world/tsunami/index.htm).

    [19] Commission to host Sri Lanka Co-Chairs' meeting

    The European Commission will host on Monday 19 December in Brussels a meeting of the Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka. The meeting will be chaired by the European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and will be attended by representatives of Japan, Norway, the US and the Council Presidency of the EU. The Co-Chairs will review the current political situation and examine ways to support the efforts towards a peaceful solution in Sri Lanka. The participants will also discuss the coordination of the Tsunami assistance in the light of the current political situation. The EU is one of four Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka (June 2003). It was agreed in Tokyo that the four Co-Chairs would continue to meet regularly and monitor progress in the peace process in Sri Lanka.

    [20] Autre matériel diffusé

    Document de r√©flexion de la Commission sur les abus de position dominante ‚Äď questions les plus fr√©quentes

    Note on the preparation of the Agriculture/Fisheries Council of December 2005 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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