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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-09-16

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 clears Vestar purchase of Swedish rail brake systems maker Cardo
  • [02] Commission clears Cinven's buy of Britain's National Car Parks group
  • [03] Commission clears joint control of Oppenheim Fonds by Prudential and Oppenheim
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Teksid aluminium business by Questor
  • [05] Celebration of one million "Erasmus students" : 30 Erasmus ambassadors invited to Brussels for the European Erasmus Week
  • [06] Taxation des voitures : la Commission traduit la Grèce devant la Cour de justice
  • [07] Commission to support peace talks in Sri Lanka
  • [08] Public lending right applied inconsistently across the EU, says Commission report
  • [09] Commission presents first results of joint work with industry on eSafety
  • [10] Commission hosts Public Hearing on the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor for the criminal-law protection of the EU financial interests
  • [11] Commission holds public workshop in Brussels on 3G study results
  • [12] Chris Patten to visit Kosovo and Bosnia & Herzegovina (18-20/09)
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 16/09/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 16/09/2002

  • [01] Commission clears Vestar purchase of Swedish rail brake systems maker Cardo

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of full control of the Sweden's Cardo Rail, which produces and supplies brake systems for rail vehicles and related products, by the US private equity fund Vestar Capital Partners IV. (The operation, notified on 9 August, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [02] Commission clears Cinven's buy of Britain's National Car Parks group

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of full control of Britain's National Car Parks Group by Cinven Limited from the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. (The operation, notified on 14 August 2002, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [03] Commission clears joint control of Oppenheim Fonds by Prudential and Oppenheim

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the German fund manager Oppenheim Fonds Trust GmbH by Prudential Financial Inc. of the United States and Germany's Sal. Oppenheim Jr. & Cie. KGaA. (The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Teksid aluminium business by Questor

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of full control of the aluminium business of Italy's Teksid S.p.A., a company ultimately controlled by Fiat, by Questor Partners Bermuda, L.P. (Bermuda). (The operation, notified on 9 August, examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [05] Celebration of one million "Erasmus students" : 30 Erasmus ambassadors invited to Brussels for the European Erasmus Week

    At a press conference held today in Brussels, European Commissioner for Education and Culture, Viviane Reding, has announced the launch of a European Erasmus Week that will take place in the 30 Erasmus countries (15 Member States, 3 EEA countries and 12 candidate countries) and in Brussels from 18th to 25th October. 30 students from all participating countries will symbolise the one millionth Student and come to Brussels for the celebration. The Erasmus programme supports students' and academic staff's mobility in higher education. Named after a popular Renaissance humanist and philosopher, it began in 1987 and has become one of the best known EU initiatives in the field of education, and a flagship of European integration.

    [06] Taxation des voitures : la Commission traduit la Grèce devant la Cour de justice

    La Commission européenne a décidé de saisir la Cour de Justice européenne concernant le régime appliqué par la Grèce aux véhicules immatriculés dans d'autres Etats membres et utilisés temporairement en Grèce par des résidents d'autres Etats membres. La Commission estime que la perception de taxes sur cette catégorie de véhicules est contraire à la directive 83/182/CEE qui, en vue de supprimer toute entrave à la libre circulation, exige l'application des franchises fiscales lors de l'importation temporaire dans un Etat membre de certains moyens de transport utilisés à titre privé et professionnel dans d'autres Etats membres. La Commission estime aussi que les peines sévères prévues par la législation grecque en cas de non-respect de certaines procédures en matière d'utilisation temporaire du véhicule ne sont pas compatibles avec le droit communautaire. La Cour de justice a déjà indiqué dans un arrêt concernant la Grèce que toute amende appliquée en cas d'importation irrégulière en franchise sous le régime d'importation temporaire établi par la directive 83/182 doit être proportionnelle à la gravité de l'infraction et justifiée par des raisons impératives de répression et prévention.

    [07] Commission to support peace talks in Sri Lanka

    The European Commission has adopted on 13 September 2002 a decision to support the peace process in Sri Lanka under its Rapid Reaction Mechanism. Following the February 23 Cease Fire Agreement, the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will start on Monday September 16, formal talks in Thailand on further steps to be taken in the peace process. The Commission's decision is timed to coincide with the start of these talks. The additional EU funding is in recognition of the parties' commitment to the Cease Fire Agreement. Its main objective, for which the total budget is €1.8 million, is to finance a series of measures to implement key provisions of the Cease Fire Agreement and to build confidence in the peace process.

    [08] Public lending right applied inconsistently across the EU, says Commission report

    The Public Lending Right (PLR) is being applied differently in different EU Member States. In some cases, it is not being applied properly as required by the 1992 Council Directive on the Rental and Lending Right and Certain Related Rights. Those are the conclusions of a European Commission report published today. The report assesses the implementation of the PLR provisions under the Directive and reiterates the Commission's commitment to ensuring that the PLR is effective in all Member States and to monitoring the way increasing use of new technologies is affecting the application of the PLR. The Directive requires that the authors of books, films and any other copyright works and (at Member States' discretion) other rightholders, either have the right to authorise or refuse lending of their works by institutions such as public libraries, or that they be remunerated for such public lending.

    [09] Commission presents first results of joint work with industry on eSafety

    On September 16 at the eSafety Congress in Lyon, Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, will present the progress and first results of the joint industry - Commission Working Group on eSafety. Organised by ERTICO - ITS Europe, the e-Safety Congress in which over 600 people from 35 countries will participate will focus on progress made so far in Information Technology solutions for safety and security in intelligent transport. There will also be an exhibition on this subject during the Congress.

    [10] Commission hosts Public Hearing on the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor for the criminal-law protection of the EU financial interests

    The establishment of an European Public Prosecutor is one of the main subjects for the European Commission. On 11 December 2001 Budget and Anti- Fraud Commissioner Michaele Schreyer announced the publication by the Commission of a Green Paper on criminal-law protection of the financial interests of the Community and the establishment of a European Prosecutor [COM(2001)715] on the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor. The purpose of the Green Paper was to launch a wide-ranging public debate with the Member States and all concerned, but particularly with practitioners, on the powers and modus operandi of the European Public Prosecutor. At the end of the period of public consultation announced in the Green Paper, the Commission is holding a public hearing on the subject. This event takes place in Brussels on 16-17 September. The public hearing will give the possibility for all the European Institutions, Member States, professionals in the areas of investigation and the administration of justice as well as representatives of civil society to give their views in a public forum on the subject.

    [11] Commission holds public workshop in Brussels on 3G study results

    The European Commission will hold on 17 September a public workshop in Brussels on the results of the study "Comparative assessment of the licensing regimes for third generation (3G) mobile communications in the EU and their impact on the mobile communications sector". The workshop will provide an opportunity for interested parties to express their views on future regulatory policy in the EU, drawing on the experience of 3G licensing.

    [12] Chris Patten to visit Kosovo and Bosnia & Herzegovina (18-20/09)

    European Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten will visit Kosovo and Bosnia & Herzegovina on 18th-20th September, to review progress in each case towards the goals set out in the Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP). In meetings with senior members of the Kosovo Provisional Institution of Self-Government (PISG) and the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), as well as the BiH Council of Ministers and the Office of the High Represenative (OHR), the Commissioner will underline the EU's continuing commitment to support the Western Balkan's transition from turmoil to eventual membership. In Bosnia & Herzegovina, Mr Patten will consult with the High Representative Lord Ashdown, with whom he will also participate in a 'meet the public' session. He will discuss preparations for the EU Police Mission (EUPM) which begins at the beginning of 2003, and he will lay the foundation stone of the EU- supported Police Academy in Banja Luka. In Kosovo, the Commissioner will meet Special Representative of the Secretary-General Michael Steiner, and the European Agency for Reconstruction.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Solbes : "Gouvernance économique : réforme de la partie UEM du traité" devant le Groupe de travail sur la Gouvernance économique de la Convention (13/09, PE)

    Speech by Antonio Vitorino at the Public Hearing 'Green Paper on criminal- law protection of the financial interests of the Community and the establishment of a European Prosecutor'

    Speech by Antonio Vitorino at the 'Justice en Mouvement' Conference


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