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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-08-07

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 clears acquisition of Associated British Ports by Goldman Sachs/GICSI and Borealis
  • [02] Rédiffusion
  • [03] Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, on the reports of prison sentence against four members of "Partnyorstvo" NGO
  • [04] Commission regrets worsening of access situation for humanitarian relief in Lebanon
  • [05] Statement from the Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, on the formation of a new government in Ukraine Midday Express of 2006-08-07 Reference: MEX/06/0807 Date: 07/08/2006 EXME06 / 07.8

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    07/08/06


  • [01] Commission clears acquisition of Associated British Ports by Goldman Sachs/GICSI and Borealis

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Associated British Ports by Goldman Sachs/GICSI and Borealis. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc. is one of the largest infrastructure investors in the world. Associated British Ports Holdings PLC is a UK company, its principal business activities are in UK port operations and provision of related services. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [02] Rédiffusion

    [03] Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, on the reports of prison sentence against four members of "Partnyorstvo" NGO

    "I am shocked by reports of the heavy prison sentence given today by a Belarusian court against four members of the "Partnyorstvo" NGO, after they had attempted to peacefully observe the 19 March presidential elections. This latest sentence adds to the sad record of arrests and imprisonment in Belarus in the wake of the 19 March flawed elections. I consider this condemnation to be further confirmation of the conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR report that the elections failed to meet OSCE commitments for democratic elections. I condemn unreservedly any detention of members of civil society exercising their fundamental rights of freedom of expression and association and I call for their immediate release. "

    [04] Commission regrets worsening of access situation for humanitarian relief in Lebanon

    Following the targeting of transportation routes north of Beirut by the Israeli defence forces, the provision of humanitarian aid by land to the Lebanese population in need has become increasingly difficult. Access both to and from Lebanon as well as movement within Lebanon has been seriously affected by the recent attacks. European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, said: "The humanitarian situation in Lebanon is deteriorating and now more than ever it is essential that we continue to have access to the people that urgently need our help, in particular those displaced or stranded in the South. Harming those who have done no harm does not help anybody. Both parties have a responsibility to ensure that corridors for the safe provision of aid to the needed Lebanese are open and respected." European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, added: "The bombing of roads that have been previously cleared as safe for evacuation and humanitarian aid could have a major impact on the delivery or our aid. We will need guarantees for the safety of our people on the ground if we are to successfully continue the provision of aid. Louis Michel calls once more for the respect of the international humanitarian laws."

    [05] Statement from the Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, on the formation of a new government in Ukraine

    "The Rada has now approved the appointment of Viktor Yanukovych as Prime Minister of Ukraine. I congratulate Mr Yanukovych and look forward to working with the new government. The holding of free and fair parliamentary elections on 26 March was a further milestone in Ukraine’s democratic development and I trust that the new government will continue on the path of both political and economic reform. This is essential to create the conditions in which the country can build a prosperous and stable future, firmly rooted in the Ukrainian people’s attachment to the principles of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms. Since the Orange Revolution, the relationship between Ukraine and the EU has been substantially strengthened and there have been many concrete achievements (e.g. our joint work in the field of energy, based on the MoU on energy co- operation, our work towards visa facilitation and readmission agreements, the launch of the EU border Assistance Mission to Ukraine and Moldova). The EU-Ukraine Action Plan has been a key instrument in deepening this relationship and in moving forward reforms in Ukraine. I welcome the new government’s intention to continue working with the EU to implement our joint EU-Ukraine Action Plan. Together, we will further deepen our partnership and I look forward to working with the new administration to develop a new enhanced agreement to take our co operation further forward. I hope that, once the necessary legislative work has been finalised to open the way for Ukraine’s accession to the WTO, we can start working towards a Free Trade Area as part of this new agreement. " From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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