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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-06-10

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 secures changes to gas supply contracts between Ruhrgas and Gazprom
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Glud & Marstrand by Gluma
  • [03] Enregistrement de deux dénominations de produits agricoles
  • [04] First estimates for the first quarter of 2005 : EU25 current account deficit €15.7 billion - €9.7 billion surplus on trade in services
  • [05] Un outil au service des consommateurs : Markos Kyprianou inaugure un Centre européen des consommateurs Chypre
  • [06] Florence : three countries join the European University Institute
  • [07] More reforms and improved fiscal consolidation hold the key for growth and jobs
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-06-10 Reference: MEX/05/0610 Date: 10/06/2005 EXME05 / 10.6

    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

    10/06/05


  • [01] Commission secures changes to gas supply contracts between Ruhrgas and Gazprom

    In the light of improvements made to gas supply contracts between German gas company Ruhrgas and Russian gas producer Gazprom to remove clauses that infringed EC Treaty rules on restrictive business practices (Article 81), the European Commission has closed its investigation. Ruhrgas will no longer be contractually prevented from reselling outside Germany the gas it buys from Gazprom. Gazprom will no longer be bound by a "most favoured customer" provision with Ruhrgas.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Glud & Marstrand by Gluma

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Glud & Marstrand Invest A/S (Glud & Marstrand) of Denmark by Gluma Holding A/S (Gluma), also of Denmark, belonging to the ABN AMRO group. Gluma is an acquisition vehicle set up specially for the purpose of this transaction. ABN AMRO is a Dutch- based group active in private equity, banking and financial services. Glud & Marstrand is active in the manufacture and sale of metal food cans, customised cans for tobacco and shoe polish and storage and decorative cans. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [03] Enregistrement de deux dénominations de produits agricoles

    La Commission européenne a ajouté deux dénominations de produits agricoles et alimentaires la liste des appellations d'origine protégées (AOP) et indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Il s'agit de "Miel de Granada" (Espagne - AOP) et de "Olive de Nice" (France - AOP). Les deux dénominations s'ajoutent la liste d'environ 700 produits déj protégés en vertu de la législation sur la protection des indications géographiques, des appellations d'origine et des spécialités traditionnelles. Des renseignements sur les produits de qualité ainsi que la liste des dénominations protégées sont disponibles sur l'internet l'adresse: <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_fr.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_fr.htm

    [04] First estimates for the first quarter of 2005 : EU25 current account deficit €15.7 billion - €9.7 billion surplus on trade in services

    The EU25 external current account recorded a deficit of €15.7 billion in the first quarter of 2005, as compared with a deficit of €3.9 billion in the first quarter of 2004 and a deficit of €2.3 billion in the fourth quarter of 2004. In the first quarter of 2005 the EU25 external balance of trade in services recorded a surplus of €9.7 billion as compared with a surplus of €7.6 billion in the first quarter of 2004 and a surplus of €9.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2004. These provisional data, issued by Eurostat, will be subject to revision.

    [05] Un outil au service des consommateurs : Markos Kyprianou inaugure un Centre européen des consommateurs Chypre

    Markos Kyprianou, Commissaire européen chargé de la santé et de la protection des consommateurs, a assisté l'inauguration du Centre européen des consommateurs de Nicosie (Chypre) aujourd'hui. Ce centre fait partie d'un réseau européen créé dans le but d'informer les citoyens de leurs droits de consommateurs européens et de les aider lorsqu'ils rencontrent des problèmes dans le cadre d'achats effectués par-del les frontières. L'Europe compte désormais vingt-trois centres des consommateurs, des centres ayant également été ouverts il y a peu en République tchèque, en Estonie, en Lituanie et en Pologne. Des centres seront ouverts en 2006 dans les nouveaux Etats membres où il n'y en a pas encore.

    [06] Florence : three countries join the European University Institute

    Ján Figel', European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Multilingualism, visited the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence on 8 and 9 June. During a meeting of the EUI High Council, composed of delegations drawn from all governments of those EU Member States which are also members of the EUI, a unanimous vote approved the accession to the EUI of three new EU Member States, Cyprus, Slovenia, and the Slovakia.

    [07] More reforms and improved fiscal consolidation hold the key for growth and jobs

    (! embargo 14h30 !) European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia called on Member States to improve economic coordination to achieve the dual goals of price stability and structural reforms as the necessary conditions for more growth and better jobs in Europe. This is also necessary to confront the problem of an ageing population. "The disappointing performance of the European economy in recent years, the EU's low rate of potential growth, and the strains on public finances all underline the importance of putting in place a system of economic governance that is efficient, well-balanced and credible", he said.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Calendrier du 13 au 19 juin From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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