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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-06-14

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 to light up Europe's world-leading networking infrastructure for scientists and students
  • [02] La Commission Ă l'Ă©coute des acteurs clĂ©s sur une future approche de l'UE concernant l'admission des migrants Ă©conomiques
  • [03] Competitive, Small... and Responsible - How Europe's SMEs are seeing the business advantage in CSR
  • [04] Ouverture de la distillation de crise en Grèce
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of DSM by Gilde Buy-Out
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of ABJV by SV and HMC
  • [07] Echange de quotas d'Ă©mission : la Commission lance le rĂ©examen du système communautaire
  • [08] EU launches second phase of its on-line export helpdesk for developing countries
  • [09] EU Election Observation Mission deployed for legislative elections in Burundi
  • [10] SESAME : la Commission et Eurocontrol annoncent le lancement imminent de la phase de dĂ©finition
  • [11] Danuta HĂĽbner met Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Traavik
  • [12] Premier trimestre 2005 comparĂ© au quatrième trimestre 2004 : la production du secteur de la construction en baisse de 2,3% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 1,6% dans l'UE25
  • [13] Autre matĂ©riel diffusĂ© Midday Express of 2005-06-14 Reference: MEX/05/0614 Date: 14/06/2005 EXME05 / 14.5

    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

    14/06/05


  • [01] Commission to light up Europe's world-leading networking infrastructure for scientists and students

    From today onwards, GÉANT2, Europe's world-class research networking infrastructure, will use pulsed light (photons), rather than electrons, to carry huge volumes of research data faster than ever before. Dark fibre- optic cables offering a performance of up to 320 Gigabit per second are lit to process data for advanced applications such as high-energy physics experiments or to connect radio telescopes worldwide. Europe's research network will thereby supply unprecedented computing power to an estimated three million users from over 3,500 academic institutions in 34 countries across Europe. Compared with similar research networks in the US or in Asia, GÉANT2 innovates by seamlessly combining dark fibre with more traditional broadband technology, notably to supply research networking services to schools, via its partner networks.

    [02] La Commission à l'écoute des acteurs clés sur une future approche de l'UE concernant l'admission des migrants économiques

    La Commission européenne tient aujourd'hui, sur le thème de la migration économique, une audition publique qui sera ouverte conjointement par le vice-président Franco Frattini et le commissaire Vladimir Špidla. Cette audition fait suite au livre vert sur une approche communautaire de la gestion des migrations économiques, que la Commission a présenté en janvier de cette année. Elle repose sur une approche ascendante plutôt que descendante, en associant au débat les principaux intéressés, notamment les syndicats, les organisations patronales, les gouvernements, le Parlement européen, le Conseil économique et social européen, les organisations non gouvernementales et les pays tiers intéressés.

    [03] Competitive, Small... and Responsible - How Europe's SMEs are seeing the business advantage in CSR

    What does a small cleaning company from Lyons paying for its employees to learn to read and write have in common with a small video production company from rural Wales that makes a point of recording and creating videos for its local community? And what, for that matter, do both these companies have in common with a group of Maltese hotels that are built to minimise their impact on the island’s environment and its natural resources? The answer is that they are all small businesses that are practising corporate social responsibility (or CSR). CSR is a concept whereby companies integrate social and environmental concerns in their business operations on a voluntary basis. The term itself tends to be associated with large companies, but some of the most innovative and inspiring examples of CSR are to be found amongst smaller businesses.

    [04] Ouverture de la distillation de crise en Grèce

    La Commission européenne a adopté un règlement ouvrant la distillation de crise en Grèce. Suite à une production abondante, des excédents importants ont été constatés sur le marché du vin de table ainsi que sur le marché des vins de qualité produit dans des régions déterminées (vqprd) en Grèce qui se reflètent par une baisse de prix et une augmentation inquiétante des stocks. Une distillation de crise de 340.000 hectolitres de vin de table au prix d'achat de 1,914 € par % vol et par hl est ouverte ainsi que de 40.000 hectolitres de vin de qualité au prix d’achat de 2,30 € par % vol et par hl. L'alcool issu de cette distillation ne pourra pas être utilisé pour produire de l'alcool de bouche mais devra plutôt être utilisé pour des besoins industriels ou comme biocarburant. Le règlement est applicable à partir du 13 juin 2005. Une distillation de crise de 1,5 millions d'hl de vin de qualité pour la France et de 4 millions d'hl de vins de table pour l'Espagne a déjà été ouverte (voir Midday Express du 29 avril 2005).

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of DSM by Gilde Buy-Out

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of DSM Bakery Ingredients, currently controlled by Royal DSM NV (DSM) of the Netherlands, by Gilde Buy- Out Fund II (Gilde Buy-Out) also of the Netherlands, belonging to the Rabobank Group. DSM Bakery Ingredients is a leading producer of fresh yeast, dry yeast and related bread ingredients for artisanal, home and industrial bakers. Gilde Buy-Out is a specialised investment fund which focuses on investing in medium sized to larger companies through management buy- outs/buy-ins in continental Europe. The company is part of the Rabobank Group, a Dutch bank and credit institution active in the financial services sector. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of ABJV by SV and HMC

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Autonet Co and Bontec Co (ABJV) of Korea by Siemens VDO Automotive AG (SV) of Germany, belonging to the Siemens Group, and the Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) of Korea. SV and ABJV both produce electronic control, navigation and entertainment systems for cars. HMC manufactures and exports cars on a global scale. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] Echange de quotas d'émission : la Commission lance le réexamen du système communautaire

    La Commission européenne a lancé une consultation publique sur internet pour connaître l'avis des citoyens sur le système communautaire d'échange de quotas d'émission (SCEQE). Ce système existe depuis janvier 2005. Cette enquête constitue la première étape de l'examen du fonctionnement du système et fera l'objet d'un rapport de la Commission à la mi-2006. L'évaluation finale pourrait conduire à la modification de la directive sur l'échange de quotas d'émission, et notamment à l'inclusion d'autres secteurs et d'autres gaz dans le système.

    [08] EU launches second phase of its on-line export helpdesk for developing countries

    Today the European Commission is launching the second phase of its on-line export helpdesk for developing countries. The new service provides detailed information on the specific import requirements of the EU and Member States, as well as up to date notice of internal taxes. By providing information on the EU's preferential access schemes and guiding exporters through the process of exporting to the EU, the service is designed to help producers in developing countries benefit fully from the EU market. The service can be accessed at <a href="http://export-help.cec.eu.int">http://export- help.cec.eu.int

    [09] EU Election Observation Mission deployed for legislative elections in Burundi

    The European Commission has deployed an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) for the legislative elections in Burundi scheduled to take place on 4 July 2005. The elections are a milestone in Burundi’s search for lasting peace and democracy. The EU EOM is led by Alain Hutchinson, Member of the European Parliament. The EOM is a further contribution by the Commission to supporting peace and democratisation in Burundi.

    [10] SESAME : la Commission et Eurocontrol annoncent le lancement imminent de la phase de définition

    Lors d'une confĂ©rence de presse tenue Ă l'occasion du Salon de l'aĂ©ronautique de Paris, M. Jacques Barrot, vice-prĂ©sident de la Commission europĂ©enne, et M. Víctor M. Aguado, directeur gĂ©nĂ©ral d'Eurocontrol, ont annoncĂ© le lancement imminent de la phase de dĂ©finition de SESAME, programme de modernisation de l'infrastructure de contrĂ´le du trafic aĂ©rien europĂ©en, qui constitue l'un des principaux Ă©lĂ©ments du dĂ©veloppement du Ciel unique europĂ©en.

    [11] Danuta HĂĽbner met Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Traavik

    European Commissioner Danuta HĂĽbner met on 13 June Kim Traavik, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Norway, on the occasion of a seminar held in Brussels on the 'European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanism and Lessons from EU Cohesion Policy'. The aim of the seminar was to contribute to exchange of information and experience and to create conditions for good quality of regional development projects and their implementation.

    [12] Premier trimestre 2005 comparé au quatrième trimestre 2004 : la production du secteur de la construction en baisse de 2,3% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 1,6% dans l'UE25

    Selon les estimations publiées par Eurostat, la production corrigée des variations saisonnières du secteur de la construction a reculé au premier trimestre 2005 par rapport au quatrième trimestre 2004 de 2,3% dans la zone euro et de 1,6% dans l'UE25. Au quatrième trimestre 2004, la production était demeurée stable dans la zone euro et avait augmenté de 0,1% dans l'UE25. Par rapport au premier trimestre 2004, la production a diminué au premier trimestre 2005 de 3,8% dans la zone euro et de 3,0% dans l'UE25, après respectivement -0,1% et +0,1% au quatrième trimestre 2004.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    Launch of the GÉANT2 network for scientists and students : questions and answers

    Admission des migrants Ă©conomiques

    Speech by Günter Verheugen : "Corporate Social Responsibility Matters" at 'CRS – Competitive, Small, Responsible' Conference

    Speech by Neelie Kroes : "Reforming Europe's State aid regime : an action plan for change" at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr/University of Leiden joint conference on European State Aid Reform

    Speech by Peter Mandelson : "The Future of Europe" at Fabian Lecture (13/06, London)

    Speech by Stavros Dimas : "Protecting Europe's Environment through a Comprehensive Policy Approach" to the EP Environment Committee (13/06) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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