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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-07-08

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] Statement by President Barroso on the London attacks (07/07)
  • [02] Statement by Vice President Franco Frattini on the London attacks (07/07)
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Saltend and Calpine by IPM
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Sejet by Carlsberg and DLG
  • [05] Commission opens in-depth investigation into E.ON's acquisition of Hungary's MOL gas business
  • [06] Commission clears PCM and Wegener newspaper joint venture, subject to conditions
  • [07] Leonardo da Vinci : en 2005, près de 70.000 personnes effectueront un stage professionnel dans un autre pays européen grâce l'UE
  • [08] Coopération internationale dans le domaine de l'enseignement supérieur : la Commission donne le feu vert 108 projets Tempus
  • [09] Financial services : Commission report shows potential economic benefits of further integration in new Member States and retail financial services
  • [10] Financial reporting : EU Accounting Regulatory Committee supports Commission proposal to endorse "IAS 39 Fair Value Option"
  • [11] Investissements directs étrangers de l'UE25 : diminution des flux d'IDE avec les pays tiers et des flux intra-UE25 en 2004
  • [12] Benita Ferrero-Waldner to visit Brazil, Uruguay and Peru from 11 to 15 July
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-07-08 Reference: MEX/05/0708 Date: 08/07/2005 EXME05 / 8.7

    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

    08/07/05


  • [01] Statement by President Barroso on the London attacks (07/07)

    Speaking yesterday in Gleneagles, after terrorist attacks caused multiple explosions in London, the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said : "I want to express my deepest sympathy, condolences and solidarity to the bereaved families of the innocent dead for this outrageous and unjustifiable attack. This is an attack on the people of Britain, it is an attack on democracy, and it is an attack on the fundamental freedoms which go to the heart of the European Union. Citizens across Europe share the grief which is being felt by the people of Britain, and we share the sense of vulnerability about a threat which can strike any of our Member States at any time. The European Union will offer every support and assistance available to the British authorities coping with this atrocity. We must stand resolutely together against terrorism in all its forms. At a time when world leaders are uniting to fight poverty, we can not allow the language of violence to prevail. Today’s attacks reinforce the urgency of global solidarity and action. The European Union will stand together with the British people against terrorism, we will stand together for freedom and democracy. I want to say, as a matter of duty to the British people, and to the people of Europe, there must be no safe haven for terrorists and terrorism in the European Union."

    [02] Statement by Vice President Franco Frattini on the London attacks (07/07)

    "I am shocked by the news about the dreadful events happened in London. This unfortunately confirms that terrorism is a permanent threat and has struck again at the very heart of Europe. I express my deepest sympathy to the victims of these appalling acts and to the citizens of the United Kingdom in general. However, I like to stress that this attack is not attack on the United Kingdom or its citizens only, but an attack on the whole of Europe and on all of us, all EU citizens. It is an attack on all those who defend and promote human rights and our shared values of freedom, liberty, justice and security. Along with my Directorate-General Freedom, Security and Justice, I am in constant contact with the British Authorities. I have already offered to them, and to my friend and colleague Home Secretary Charles Clarke in particular, every support and assistance they may find useful. The priority for the UK Presidency in the area of justice and home affairs already identified is that of security and it is a priority which I fully share and on which it is necessary to make progress in the next 6 months. On behalf of the European Commission I confirm the full commitment of the Commission to promote and accelerate concrete actions for preventing and reacting immediately to terrorist attacks. Next week, on 13 July 2005, the Commission will discuss further measures on the fight against terrorism ; in particular a proposal for a terrorism related rapid response mechanism, enabling the EU to respond more efficiently and in a coordinated way to terrorist attacks such as these happened today."

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Saltend and Calpine by IPM

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of UK undertakings Saltend Cogeneration Company Limited (Saltend) and Calpine UK Operations Limited (Calpine) by IPM Eagle LLP (IPM Eagle) of the UK, jointly controlled by International Power plc (IPR) of the UK and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Mitsui) of Japan. IPM Eagle was set up by IPR and Mitsui in 2004 to acquire the international electricity generation assets of Edison Mission Energy. IPM Eagle currently holds interests in two electricity generation plants in the UK. IPR is an electricity generating company with power plants in the UK, Portugal, the Czech Republic, the US, Asia and the Middle East. Mitsui is a trading company engaged in worldwide commodity businesses, including power and energy-related products. Mitsui does not have any interests in electricity generation within the EEA. Saltend and Calpine currently belong to Calpine UK Holdings Limited. They own and operate a 1,200 MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) electricity cogeneration plant in Saltend in the North-East of England. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Sejet by Carlsberg and DLG

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Sejet Planteforaedling I/S (Sejet) of Denmark by Danish undertakings Carlsberg A/S (Carlsberg) and Dansk Landbrugs Grovvareselskab a.m.b.a. (DLG). Carlsberg's main activities are through Carlsberg Breweries A/S, which is an international brewing company active worldwide in the production, sale, marketing and distribution of beer and soft drinks. It has limited activities outside the brewing business, one of which is research into optimising each step of beer production. DLG is one of Denmark’s largest cooperative feeding- stuff companies. DLG supplies Danish farmers with feed, cereal seed, fertilisers, agricultural lime and crop protection products for the day-to- day running of a farm. Its main activities are in Denmark, but it also exports some agricultural crops. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Commission opens in-depth investigation into E.ON's acquisition of Hungary's MOL gas business

    The European Commission has opened a detailed investigation under the EU Merger Regulation into the planned acquisition by German energy group E.ON of the gas wholesale and storage activities of Hungarian oil and gas group MOL. The Commission's initial market investigation has found that the proposed transaction could create significant competition concerns at all levels of the gas and electricity supply chain in Hungary, given the horizontal and vertical overlaps between the two companies' activities. The decision to open an in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation. The Commission now has 90 working days (until 17th November 2005) to take a final decision on whether the concentration would significantly impede effective competition within the European Economic Area or a significant part of it.

    [06] Commission clears PCM and Wegener newspaper joint venture, subject to conditions

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the creation of a joint venture between Dutch newspaper publishers PCM Holding (“PCM”) and Koninklijke Wegener (“Wegener”) through the combination of some of their newspapers. The joint venture will publish a new national daily with local editions in the Randstad region. To avoid competition concerns arising from possible co-ordination of Wegener with PCM and the joint venture in the sale of advertising space, Wegener has committed not to sell national advertisement space jointly with the joint venture or with PCM. In light of this commitment, the Commission has concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [07] Leonardo da Vinci : en 2005, près de 70.000 personnes effectueront un stage professionnel dans un autre pays européen grâce l'UE

    La sélection des projets de mobilité dans le cadre du programme Leonardo da Vinci s'est soldé pour l'année en cours par un résultat très satisfaisant : 3015 projets ont été sélectionnés travers l'Europe, pour un total de près de 70.000 stages (soit une moyenne de 23 stagiaires par projet). Cette action de mobilité, dotée d'un budget de €120 millions cette année, connaît un succès croissant : en cinq ans, le nombre de boursiers a pratiquement doublé.

    [08] Coopération internationale dans le domaine de l'enseignement supérieur : la Commission donne le feu vert 108 projets Tempus

    La Commission européenne a sélectionné, au titre du programme Tempus, 108 projets de coopération universitaire dont le lancement est fixé au 1er septembre 2005. Chaque projet a une durée de deux ou trois ans et associe au minimum trois universités de l'Union européenne et des pays voisins. Les projets représentent la contribution de l'Union la modernisation des systèmes d'enseignement supérieur des pays partenaires concernés.

    [09] Financial services : Commission report shows potential economic benefits of further integration in new Member States and retail financial services

    The European Commission has published the Financial Integration Monitor (FIM) 2005, the second annual report on the state of integration in EU financial markets. Whereas the FIM 2004 described the headline trends which have affected financial markets in the original 15 Member States (EU15) in recent years, this year's report aims to go into greater depth in specific areas which are at the forefront of political debate: the entry into the EU of ten new Member States just over a year ago and the rate of integration of EU retail financial markets. Along with the Green Paper on Financial Services Policy, the FIM report provides input to the ongoing policy debate.

    [10] Financial reporting : EU Accounting Regulatory Committee supports Commission proposal to endorse "IAS 39 Fair Value Option"

    At its meeting on 8 July 2005, the Accounting Regulatory Committee (ARC), which advises the European Commission on the endorsement of individual International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) for use in the European Union, agreed unanimously to recommend endorsement of an amended version of IAS 39 relating to the Fair Value Option (FVO) previously carved out. Unless the European Parliament raises objections, the Commission will therefore adopt the amended standard as soon as possible. Adoption will be retroactive to 1st January 2005, so that companies will be able to apply the amended standard for their 2005 financial statements.

    [11] Investissements directs étrangers de l'UE25 : diminution des flux d'IDE avec les pays tiers et des flux intra-UE25 en 2004

    Selon des données publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat, en 2004, les IDE (investissements directs étrangers) de l'UE25 dans les pays tiers (flux sortants) ont reculé d'un quart, passant de 132 milliards d'€ en 2003 99 milliards en 2004, alors que les IDE vers l'UE25 en provenance du reste du monde (flux entrants) ont diminué de plus de moitié, passant de 125 milliards en 2003 58 milliards en 2004. Ces baisses ont été fortement influencées par les flux entre l'UE25 et les Etats-Unis. En 2004, l'UE25 a enregistré un désinvestissement de 17 milliards d'€ aux Etats-Unis, comparé des investissements de 48 milliards en 2003. Dans le même temps, les investissements des Etats-Unis dans l'UE25 ont chuté de près de 80%, passant de 50 milliards d'€ en 2003 11 milliards en 2004. En excluant les Etats-Unis, les investissements de l'UE25 dans les autres pays tiers ont augmenté de 37%, pour atteindre 116 milliards en 2004 contre 84 milliards en 2003, tandis que ceux réalisés par les autres pays tiers dans l'UE25 ont baissé de 37%, passant de 75 milliards d'€ en 2003 47 milliards en 2004.

    [12] Benita Ferrero-Waldner to visit Brazil, Uruguay and Peru from 11 to 15 July

    On her first official trip to Latin America, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero- Waldner, will visit Brazil on 11-12 July, Uruguay on 13 July and Peru on 14- 15 July 2005. During her visit, the Commissioner will meet with representatives of the government of each country as well as with the business community. She will express the EU's interest in reinforcing the bilateral relations with these countries and will stress the EU's commitment to deepening and strengthening ties with Mercosur and the Andean Community. In Brazil and Uruguay she will also express the Commission's determination to see progress in the ongoing negotiations with Mercosur on an ambitious Association Agreement. While in Peru, she will underline the importance attached to the joint assessment exercise on the state of regional economic integration, with a view to fulfilling our common strategic objective of the negotiation of an Association Agreement between the European Union and the Andean Community.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Günter Verheugen : "Further Improving EU-Japan Business Ties" at EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table annual meeting

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "Reinforcing the links between the EU and Japan in the ICT and media business" at the EU-Japan Business Dialogue Round Table

    Calendrier du 11 au 15 juillet 2005 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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