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(January 1952)

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HICOM Meeting of Nov. 29
Following their meeting with the trade
union representatives the Allied High
Commissioners convened on Nov. 29, also
at Mehlem, for the 81st meeting of the
Council of the High Commission.
Present at the meeting, during which
current matters were reviewed, were John
J. McCloy, United States High Commis-
sioner (chairman), Andre Francois-Poncet,
French High Commissioner, and Sir Ivone
Kirkpatrick, United Kingdom High Com-
missioner.
HIICOM Meeting of Dec. 6
The Council of the Allied High Commis-
sion met at the Petersberg Dec. 6. Present
were Armand Berard, French Deputy High
Commissioner (chairman), J. G. Ward,
United Kingdom Deputy High Commis-
sioner, and John J. McCloy, United States
High Commissioner.
The Council took note that, in response
to the invitation from the United Nations
organization, Dr. Heinrich von Brentano
and Dr. Hermann Schaefer (representing
the Federal Republic) and Prof. Ernst
Reuter (representing the Western sectors
of Berlin) had been appointed by the
German authorities to appear before the
ad hoc Political Committee of the United
Nations General Assembly in Paris. The
committee is now discussing the appoint-
ment of an international impartial commis-
sion to carry out investigations throughout
Germany to determine whether existing
conditions niake possible the holding of
free all-German elections.
The High Commission is informing the
secretary-general of the United Nations
of the appointment of these German rep-
resentatives.
HICOM Meeting of Dec. 20
The Council of the Allied High Com-
mission held its 83rd meeting Dec. 20 at
the Quartier Napoleon, Berlin headquar-
ters of the French High Commis-sioner.
Present were Andre Francois-Poncet
(chairman), French High Commissioner;
Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick, United Kingdom
High Commissioner; John J. McCloy,
United States High Commissioner, and the
Berlin commandants, General de Brigade
P. Carolet (French), Maj. Gen. C. F. C.
Coleman (UK) and Maj. Gen. Lemuel
Mathewson (US).
At the conclusion of the normal business
of the meeting, the high commissioners
took the opportunity of discussing with
the Berlin commandants the present situ-
ation regarding Berlin trade.
The next meeting of the Council is pro-
visionally scheduled for Jan. 3, 1952, at
the Petersberg.
Labor-Relations Problems Discussed
At the request of the German Federation
of Trade Unions (DGB), the Allied High
Commissioners met representatives of the
trade unions at the office of the chairman
high commissioner in Mehlem Nov. 29 to
discuss labor-relations problems in connec-
tion with implementation of AHC Law 35
(Deconcentration of the I. G. Farbenindus-
trie), in particular the question of co-
determination.
Union representatives were Willi Gefel-
ler, president of the Chemical-Industry
Union, and Hans vom Hoff and Ludwig
Rosenberg, members of the executive board
of the DGB.
After an exchange of views the high
commissioners reaffirmed their position
that the question of co-determination in
this industry as in others was a matter for
German determination.
Laws 'and Regulations
Formation of First Coal Unit
Companies
The reorganization of the German coal
and iron and steel industries, under which
19 new iron and steel unit companies have
already been created, entered a new stage
Nov. 14 with the issue by the Allied High
Commission of regulations providing for
the creation of the first five coal unit
companies from the existing complex of
the coal industry.
The formation of these new companies
has been agreed with the Federal Govern-
ment. Of the five companies, which are
to be formed from assets of the Krupp,
Kloeckner and Hoesch combines, three
will be affiliated with iron and steel unit
companies already established.
The new stage is introduced by three
regulations and one decision under Allied
High Commission Law No. 27 (Reorgani-
zation of German Coal and Iron and Steel
Industries).
Regulation No. 9 requires the Combined
Coal Control Group to take all necessary
action to form the following coal unit
companies:
Coal Unit Company
1.
2.
III.
(See Note "B")
V.
VIII.
Coal unit companies III, V and VIII are,
to be affiliated with steel unit companies
as follows: III with Westfalenhuette Dort-
mund AG.; V with Huettenwerk Haspe AG.,
and Georg-Marienhuette and Stahlwerke
Osnabrueck AG.; VIII with Huettenwerk
Rheinhausen A.G.
Regulation No. 9 also provides that the
Combined Coal Control Group shall form
additional unit companies as specified by
further regulations of the High Commission
and shall cause the transfer to unit com-
panies of any additional assets considered
necessary or appropriate.
Unit companies may be formed either
from existing companies or by the creation
of new companies. No taxes, duties, fees
or costs may be charged in connection
with the creation of unit companies. The
use or formation of subsidiary companies
may also be authorized. Under Regulation
No. 9, unit companies will, in general,
assume rights and duties arising out of
contracts or other legal transactions that
have been entered into in connection with
the operation of assets transferred to them.
Upon assumption by a unit company of
any contractual duty or other liability, the
former obligor or debtor shall thereby be
released from any obligation with respect
to any such contractual duty or liability.
Rights and duties of the trustees of the
new coal unit companies are defined in
Regulation No. 10. They are to be ap-
pointed by the Combined Coal Control
Group and will exercise their rights of
administration in accordance with its in-
structions.
Regulation No. 11 applies to the affili-
ation of coal unit companies with steel
unit companies.
Managing holding companies which re-
ceive shares of unit coal and steel com-
panies will be considered as "unit com-
panies" within the meaning of Law No. 27.
Decision No. 14 requires that orders of
the Combined Coal Control Group pursuant
to Regulatio No. 9 shall, unless other-
wise specified, come into force as soon
as they are enacted.
The texts of the three regulations and
the decision will be published in the Of-
ficial Gazette dated Nov. 14, 1951.
Transfer of Assets to New Coal
Companies
The Combined Coal Control Group of
the Allied High Commission issued Dec. 6
the first order seizing coal assets and
transferring them to new unit companies
created under Allied High Commission Law
No. 27 (Reorganization of the German
"Colliery Assets"
to be operated by it
(See Note "A")
Mine Emil Emscher
Mine Fritz Heinrich
Mine Radbod
Mine Werne
Mine Koenigsborn
Mine Kaiserstuhl 1
Mine Kaiserstuhl 2
Mine Fuerst Leopold-Baldur
Mine Viktor Ickern
Mines Bergwerke Essen
Steinkohlengewerkschaft
Rossenray
Present Owner
of Assets
Hoesch A.G.
Kloeckner Werke A.G.
Hoesch A.G.
Kloeckner Werke A.G.
Friedrich Krupp
Coal and Iron and Steel Industries). The
formation of new unit coal companies is
provided for in Regulations Nos. 9, 10
and 11 under Law No. 27.
The Coal Control Group's orders which
were issued to representatives of the
Kloeckner Werke A.G., transfer assets
of Kloeckner to the following new coal
unit companies:
1) Bergwerke Koenigsborn-Werne A.G.,
Unna-Koenigsborn.
JANUARY 1952
INFORMATION BULLETIN
Official Communiques
Note "A": Precise determination of the assets which are to be transferred
to the unit com-
panies will be made in the orders of seizure.
Note "B": Coal unit companies .which are to be affiliated with
steel unit companies are
designated by Roman numerals, non-affiliated coal unit companies by Arabic
numerals.
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