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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-06-28

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] Déclaration du Commissaire européen la Recherche Janez Potocnik sur ITER
  • [02] En un an, la carte européenne d'assurance maladie s'impose dans toute l'UE
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of EHAA by EHA and REWE
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Edinburgh Oil and Gas by ONG and SHV
  • [05] Pacte de stabilité et de croissance : le Conseil formalise la réforme
  • [06] Signature of agreement to open new European Commission Delegation in Moldova
  • [07] EU-ACP : the EU grants €243,000 in support of Eastern Caribbean States Representation at WTO in Geneva
  • [08] Vice-President Jacques Barrot attends the EU-China Aviation Summit
  • [09] Joe Borg visits Lithuania
  • [10] Summit of EU influenza experts discusses coordinated response to possible pandemic
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-06-28 Reference: MEX/05/0628 Date: 28/06/2005 EXME05 / 28.6

    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

    28/06/05


  • [01] Déclaration du Commissaire européen la Recherche Janez Potocnik sur ITER

    "Aujourd'hui, une page de l'histoire de la coopération scientifique internationale a été écrite. Après de longues et difficiles négociations, les six Parties aux négociations du projet de recherche ITER ont décidé, lors d'une réunion ministérielle Moscou, qu'ITER serait implanté sur le site proposé par l'Union européenne, Cadarache dans le sud de la France. En tant que projet d'une complexité sans précédent dont la durée de construction et d'exploitation devrait s'étaler sur plus d'une génération, ITER marque une étape importante dans la coopération scientifique internationale. Cette décision prise aujourd'hui démontre, de la part des Parties aux négociations, leur reconnaissance que la meilleure manière d'aborder les défis qui nous font tous face est de s’unir et travailler ensemble. Par la priorité que nous accordons au projet ITER, nous avons ainsi fait la preuve de notre engagement développer la Fusion comme source de production d'énergie. L'intégration du projet ITER dans le cadre d'une approche élargie devrait aussi aider l'introduction plus rapide de la Fusion sur le marché. En outre, la force du partenariat exprimée par les partenaires du projet ITER est un excellent exemple pour les coopérations futures en science et technologie. Maintenant que le consensus est réalisé sur le site du projet ITER, nous allons faire tout ce qui est en notre pouvoir pour finaliser l'accord ITER, afin que la construction puisse commencer aussi rapidement que possible."

    [02] En un an, la carte européenne d'assurance maladie s'impose dans toute l'UE

    Douze mois très précisément après son lancement, plus de trente millions de citoyens de l'Union européenne détiennent leur carte européenne d'assurance maladie. Ce nombre pourrait atteindre le cap des cinquante millions cet été. La carte jouit d'une popularité nettement supérieure celle de son prédécesseur, le formulaire E 111. Dans certains pays, comme la Suède, le nombre de titulaires de la carte s'est accru de 600% par rapport au nombre des anciens titulaires du formulaire E 111.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of EHAA by EHA and REWE

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of EHA Austria Energie- Handels-Gesellschaft mbH (EHAA) of Austria by EHA Energie-Handels- Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (EHA) of Germany and REWE Austria AG. EHA is a 50/50 joint venture between REWE and the Vattenfall group of Sweden, which was set up in 1998 to supply gas and electricity in Germany. REWE Austria belongs to the REWE group and is active in food retail, drugstores and travel agencies in Austria through the brands Billa, Merkur, Mondo, Emma and Bipa. The new joint venture will act as a gas and electricity trading company and will supply gas and electricity in Austria. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Edinburgh Oil and Gas by ONG and SHV

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Edinburgh Oil & Gas plc (Edinburgh) of the UK by Oranje-Nassau Group B.V. (ONG) and SHV Holdings (SHV) of the Netherlands. ONG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the French investment corporation Wendel, invests and manages interests in energy, real estate and private equity. SHV is a privately owned diversified Dutch group of companies active in the supply and distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), consumer goods, the provision of private equity, production and supply of raw materials and the exploration and production of oil and gas. Edinburgh is a relatively small UK offshore and onshore oil and gas exploration and production company. It holds a small number of minority interests at the exploration, appraisal and development stage in different offshore projects. Onshore, Edinburgh produces small amounts of oil and gas and also operates a small-scale gas storage facility. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Pacte de stabilité et de croissance : le Conseil formalise la réforme

    La Commission européenne a salué l'adoption par le Conseil de l'UE, le 27 juin, des deux règlements modifiés qui constituent le pacte de stabilité et de croissance. L'approbation complète la réforme du pacte et confirme le rôle important qu'il joue dans la promotion de la discipline budgétaire. Les nouveaux règlements entreront en vigueur vingt jours après leur publication au Journal officiel.

    [06] Signature of agreement to open new European Commission Delegation in Moldova

    Today, the European Commission and the Government of the Republic of Moldova will sign an Establishment Agreement to open a Delegation of the Commission in Chisinau. The agreement will be signed by Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero- Waldner, and Ambassador Eugen Carpov, on behalf of Moldova. This is an important step towards the implementation of the EU-Moldova European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan, endorsed by the EU-Moldova Cooperation Council on 22 February of this year. The opening of a Delegation will also contribute to the further development and strengthening of EU-Moldova bilateral relations. The Commission is planning to open the Delegation in early autumn. The signing will take place today in the Commissioner's office at 17h15. Camera crews are welcome to attend the signing and should contact Anna Wallace on 02 2920900 to do so.

    [07] EU-ACP : the EU grants €243,000 in support of Eastern Caribbean States Representation at WTO in Geneva

    The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States has today opened a Technical Mission to the WTO in Geneva with the support of the European Union, which will grant €243,000 through the European Development Fund. This mission will strengthen the representation of Eastern Caribbean States in the WTO by assisting their participation in the work of the WTO. It will also contribute to cementing regional economic and trade integration in the Eastern Caribbean region.

    [08] Vice-President Jacques Barrot attends the EU-China Aviation Summit

    The EU-China Aviation Summit, which is jointly organised by the European Commission and the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) will take place in Beijing on 30 June-1 July 2005. It aims at enhancing political and industrial co-operation between China and the EU in the aviation sector. China is one of the world's fastest growing aviation markets and of strategic importance to the EU and its industry. China is also taking a lead in market opening in Asia. "The EU and its industry have much to offer China in the run-up to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai", said Vice-President Jacques Barrot before leaving for China. "The EU-China Aviation Summit is an excellent opportunity for bringing together top-level policy makers and industry executives to identify priority areas for future cooperation."

    [09] Joe Borg visits Lithuania

    Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, arrived in Vilnius yesterday afternoon after his visit to Estonia. After a presentation, by the Lithuanian Fisheries Department, at its Vilnius headquarters, of the various electronic tools used in the control and monitoring of fishing activities, the Commissioner went on to Plunge, where he had a meeting with Lithuanian minister for Agriculture, Ms Kazimira Danute Prunskiene, before visiting a fisheries processing plant. This morning, Mr Borg went to Klapeida to visit the Fisheries Control Department as well as a fisheries inspection vessel. He then had a meeting with representatives of the different branches of the Lithuanian fishing industry. The Commissioner said that measures, such as the temporary ban on Baltic cod fisheries, were difficult but essential in the endeavour to rebuild valuable fish stocks for the long-term benefit of the fisheries sector. He told them that he was convinced that better management of our fisheries would come from greater dialogue among the interested parties. He urged them to take part in the fisheries management process. This, Commissioner Borg said, would become easier once the Regional Advisory Council for the Baltic, currently in the process of being set up, was up and running.

    [10] Summit of EU influenza experts discusses coordinated response to possible pandemic

    Influenza experts from the 25 Member States and other European countries are meeting in Luxembourg today to discuss the threats of avian and human influenza, and possible responses to a pandemic, as part of the integrated zoonoses strategy. The workshop, which was organised by the European Commission and also attended by experts from the ECDC, EFSA, WHO, FAO and OIE, is being held in light of the current avian flu situation in Asia and growing concerns that a mutant virus could lead to a worldwide pandemic amongst humans. Among the topics on the workshop agenda are how to improve coordination between avian and human influenza networks, and the role of various bodies in the fight against the disease.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. pidla : "La carte européenne d'assurance maladie, un an après" (! embargo 14h00 !)

    Discours de M. pidla : "Compétitivité et développement responsables" la Seconde Convention de coopération européenne

    Discours de M. pidla : "Répandre la diversité" l'ouverture de la conférence de la présidence sur l'anti-discrimination (27/06, Luxembourg)

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Regulatory and supervisory challenges of financial integration" at the Lamfalussy London Summer Dinner (27/06) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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