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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-08-01

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] Reducing Salmonella: Commission sets EU targets for laying hens and adopts new control rules
  • [02] Commission proposes to extend a scheme to fishing fleets in EU outermost regions
  • [03] Competition : new report on car prices across Europe available
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Muehlstein by Ravago
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of TFS by Platinum Equity
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of Synbra Group by GIMA
  • [07] Commission clears acquisition of New CO by AXA REIM, AREA and RDC
  • [08] Juin 2006 - Chômage en baisse à 7,8% dans la zone euro - Baisse à 8, 1% dans l’UE25
  • [09] Autre materiel diffusé
  • [10] Questions and answer on Salmonella and other food borne diseases Midday Express of 2006-08-01 Reference: MEX/06/0801 Date: 01/08/2006 EXME06 / 01.8

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    01/08/06


  • [01] Reducing Salmonella: Commission sets EU targets for laying hens and adopts new control rules

    The European Commission has today adopted two Regulations aimed at reducing and controlling the prevalence of Salmonella in poultry and eggs across the EU. The first Regulation lays down targets for the reduction of Salmonella in laying hens, which in turn should lead to less Salmonella contamination in eggs. Every Member State will have to work towards reducing the number of laying hens infected with Salmonella by a specific minimum percentage each year, with steeper targets for Member States with higher levels of Salmonella. The first target deadline is set for 2008, although Member States will have to submit national control programmes on Salmonella reduction in laying hens to the Commission by early 2007. The second Regulation adopted by the Commission today sets out rules on the methods used to control Salmonella in poultry, including mandatory vaccination from 2008 onwards for laying hens in Member States with a Salmonella prevalence of 10% or more. In addition to the 2 Regulations adopted today, the Commission is also currently looking into the possibility of introducing a trade ban on eggs from Salmonella infected flocks as soon as possible. This is in light of the recent findings in the preliminary EFSA report on Salmonella levels in laying hens . A Commission proposal for certain trade restrictions has already been presented to Member States and the options will be discussed further with national food safety experts in the autumn.

    [02] Commission proposes to extend a scheme to fishing fleets in EU outermost regions

    The European Commission has today proposed to extend until 31 December 2006 a scheme allowing derogations from the general EU rules on the management of fishing fleets and the granting of public aid for fleet modernisation and renewal, in the Azores and Madeira, the Canary Islands and the French departments of Guyana and Reunion. Special conditions for these regions are necessary because of the importance of their fisheries sector combined with their specific structural, social and economic situation

    [03] Competition : new report on car prices across Europe available

    This report is a service for consumers that the European Commission publishes twice per year to help them to compare car prices across Europe and to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the EU Single Market. This report covers the first half of 2006 and shows that price differentials have remained stable. The report also confirms a longer-term trend towards price convergence across the EU. During this period, car prices increased on average less than the general inflation rate. The report and its main highlights are available at

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/competition/car_sector/price_diffs/">http://europa.eu.int/comm/competition/car_sector/price_diffs/

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Muehlstein by Ravago

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Ravago S.A (‘Ravago’, Luxembourg) by Muehlstein Holding Corporation (‘Muehlstein’, USA). Ravago deals with the distribution, recycling and compounding of polymers, ancillary manufacture of some plastics and construction material and distribution of construction materials mainly in Europe. Muehlstein is active in the distribution and compounding of polymers in all major regions worldwide with a focus on North and South America. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of TFS by Platinum Equity

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Fastening Systems Business of Textron, Inc. (‘TFS’, USA) by Platinum Equity LLC (‘Platinum’, USA). Platinum is a private equity firm specializing in acquisition of companies with a broad range of business markets. TFS deals with fasteners (such as nuts, bolts and screws), fastening systems and services. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of Synbra Group by GIMA

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Synbra Group B.V. (‘Synbra’, The Netherlands) by GIMA B.V. (‘GIMA’, The Netherlands). GIMA deals with investment. Synbra is a company that is active in the manufacture and marketing of plastic products. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] Commission clears acquisition of New CO by AXA REIM, AREA and RDC

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of New CO (‘New Co 2’, Luxembourg) by AXA Real Estate Investment Managers France (‘AXA REIM’, France), Apollo Real Estate Advisors (‘AREA’, US) and Rida Development Corporation (‘RDC’, US). AXA REIM deals with financial protection by offering insurance and related financial services. AREA is active in the management of real estate investment funds. RDC takes care of the development, construction and management of commercial property in Europe and the United States. New Co 2 deals with the ownership and operation of commercial retail properties in Poland. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [08] Juin 2006 - Chômage en baisse à 7,8% dans la zone euro - Baisse à 8, 1% dans l’UE25

    Le taux de chômage de la zone euro, corrigé des variations saisonnières, s'est élevé à 7,8% en juin 2006 contre 7,9% en mai. Il était de 8,6% en juin 2005. Le taux de chômage de l’UE25 s'est élevé à 8,1% en juin 2006, contre 8,2% en mai. Il était de 8,8% en juin 2005. En juin 2006, les taux les plus bas ont été enregistrés aux Pays-Bas (3,8%), au Danemark (3,9%), en Irlande (4,4%) et au Luxembourg (4,7%). Les taux de chômage les plus élevés ont été observés en Pologne (16,0%), en Slovaquie (15,1%), en Grèce (9,6% au quatrième trimestre 2005), en France (8,7%) et à Malte (8,5%). Ces chiffres sont publiés par Eurostat.

    [09] Autre materiel diffusé

    [10] Questions and answer on Salmonella and other food borne diseases

    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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