She added that bilateral agreements to boost cooperation on anti-trust issues were more likely to succeed in the short term than efforts to increase the World Trade Organisation’s influence: a move supported by Van Miert.“It’s my impression that the idea that the WTO should be the competent authority is not shared by the US,” she said. “The idea would be fraught with problems. It would pit countries that bust cartels against ones which actively encourage them. It is just not ready. We want to see improvements in the next two or three years, not when the Messiah comes.” “In the future, if we have a case against companies in the US, we can ask the US to investigate the issue for us. At the same time, the Americans can also ask us to investigate cases for them,” he said. “It also means we can take coordinated action when we both have an interest.”This aspect of the deal will herald the possibility of concerted anti-trust probes. They could include the famous ‘dawn raids’ which cartel offices carry out on unwary companies in order to obtain information about anti-competitive behaviour.However, officials emphasise that the deal will not cover merger investigations such as those involving British Airways and American Airlines.Top US trade sources welcomed the move to increase cooperation between competition authorities.Paula Stern, an economist in charge of a special White House committee looking at international competition cooperation, said the accord was a “very important step”.Stern, who also advises the Transatlantic Business Dialogue between EU and US business leaders, said the deal would help to end the delays which result from lack of cooperation on competition issues, and was “very much in line with the TABD’s line of thinking”. Diplomatic sources say the two trading powers are poised to sign a ground-breaking ‘positive comity’ agreement, thrashed out in principle last year, to boost cooperation in anti-trust probes into firms in each other’s market-places.Under the deal, one set of anti-trust officials either in the EU or US will be allowed to defer or suspend its own enforcement activities, giving the lead to its counterpart on the other side of the Atlantic.This will happen when anti-competitive behaviour by firms based in the US affects consumers and other firms in the EU market and vice versa, explained a spokesman for Competition Commissioner Karel van Miert.
Related Dan Halksworth, currently one of the UK’s best long-distance triathletes, is joining Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei as a sponsored athlete – with immediate effect. He joins Lucy Gossage in promoting the refreshing, isotonic ERDINGER Alkoholfrei in the UK.Dan’s career to date is notable – with two Ironman UK victories in the last two years. Equally impressive were his second place in the prestigious Challenge Fuerteventura (2012) and third place in the Koh Samui Triathlon (2013). His first event representing Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei was Ironman 70.3 Mallorca on Saturday 10 May, where he placed 8th.“As an athlete and a person, Dan makes a great addition to our team. I’m sure he’ll make quite a splash and together with his teammates help put the spotlight on ERDINGER Alkoholfrei,” said Florian Sosna, Head of Sponsoring at ERDINGER Alkoholfrei.Waltraud Kaiser, Export Director of Privatbrauerei ERDINGER Weißbräu, is equally delighted. “ERDINGER Alkoholfrei is enjoying growing popularity among endurance athletes and consumers in the UK,” he said. “We therefore plan to intensify our marketing activities here in the coming years in order to strengthen our brand presence.”Dan Halksworth will find himself in good company at Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei. The community is the sporting home for numerous triathlon professionals, such as world record holder Andreas Raelert, two-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Michael Raelert and multiple Ironman winner Sonja Tajsich.The ERDINGER Alkoholfrei community also includes over 400 ambitious amateur athletes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the UK who enjoy the benefits of an ERDINGER Alkoholfrei sponsorship.ERDINGER Alkoholfrei is increasingly a major promoter of endurance sport and this is illustrated by its continued support for UK events in 2014. Athletes crossing the finishing line at such events as the London Triathlon, Outlaw and the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Blenheim Triathlon – to name but a few – can celebrate their victory with a refreshing glass of ERDINGER Alkoholfrei.ERDINGER Alkoholfrei has been available in the UK for a number of years, and is well known internationally as ‘a refreshing isotonic recovery drink for endurance athletes.’www.ERDINGER-alkoholfrei.co.uk
02Nov Rep. Poleski invites residents to November coffee hours Categories: News State Rep. Earl Poleski will host coffee hours this month to meet with residents and discuss state and local issues.“Coffee hours give me a chance to hear what my constituents are most concerned about,” said Rep. Poleski, R-Jackson. “If you’ve never been before I strongly encourage you to attend.”Residents are invited to join Rep. Poleski at the following times and locations:Monday, Nov. 9, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Jackson Coffee Co., 201 S. Mechanic St. in JacksonMonday, Nov. 16, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Mars Avenue Grill, 1319 E. Michigan Ave. in JacksonMonday, Nov. 30, 7 to 8:30 a.m. at M-60 Grill, 13350 Spring Arbor Rd. in ConcordNo appointments are necessary to attend coffee hours. Those unable to attend can contact Rep. Poleski’s office by phone at (517) 373-1795 or by email at [email protected]###