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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-08-22

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] European works’ share of TV broadcasting time now stable at over 60%, says Commission
  • [02] European Commission outlines proposed Joint Undertaking for the European contribution to the ITER fusion energy project
  • [03] Commission clears car retailing joint venture between Fogeca and Mapfre
  • [04] Bluetongue: Commission Decision on precautionary measures backed by Member States
  • [05] Industrial new orders down by 2.5% in euro area - EU25 down by 1.2% Midday Express of 2006-08-22 Reference: MEX/06/0822 Date: 22/08/2006 EXME06 / 22.8

    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

    22 / 08 / 06


  • [01] European works’ share of TV broadcasting time now stable at over 60%, says Commission

    Europe's television broadcasters on average devote over 60% of their programming time to European works and over 30% to works by independent European producers, says the European Commission in its seventh progress report on the promotion of European works (2003-2004), issued today. Broadcasters in the new EU Member States show as much European content as those in the EU-15, demonstrating the public popularity of European content and, in some countries, the effectiveness of promotional measures taken in accordance with the EU "Television without Frontiers" Directive.

    [02] European Commission outlines proposed Joint Undertaking for the European contribution to the ITER fusion energy project

    Today the Commission has published proposals for the creation of a Joint Undertaking to provide the European contribution to the ITER international fusion energy project. The European Joint Undertaking for ITER & the Development of Fusion Energy will work with European industry and research organisations to build around half of the high-technology components that make up the ITER fusion project. It will also support other projects to accelerate the development of fusion as a clean and sustainable energy source for the 21st century. The Joint Undertaking will be based in Barcelona and should be up and running by the first half of 2007.

    [03] Commission clears car retailing joint venture between Fogeca and Mapfre

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the joint venture in Spain between Fogeca Multiauto S.A. (‘Fogeca’, Portugal) and Mapfre Mutualidad de Seguros (‘Mapfre’, Spain). The joint venture will be active in the car retailing and after- sales servicing, vehicle insurance, property management, in Spain. Fogeca activities include vehicle assembly, manufacture of car components, vehicle and spare parts retailing. Mapfre is active in the insurance and financial services. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Bluetongue: Commission Decision on precautionary measures backed by Member States

    A Commission Decision on protection measures to be taken against Bluetongue was backed by Member State veterinary experts in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health this afternoon. The Decision was drawn up in response to the recent outbreaks of this disease in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany (see IP/06/1113). The 150km surveillance zone is formally defined and listed in the Annex of the Decision, covering most of the Netherlands and Belgium, all of Luxembourg and areas in the German Lander of North Rhine Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Hessen. Ruminants and their semen, embryos and ova, produced after 1 May 2006, cannot be moved out of the listed areas. Within the surveillance zone, certain exemptions for transit and domestic slaughter apply, subject to strict controls.

    [05] Industrial new orders down by 2.5% in euro area - EU25 down by 1.2%

    The euro area industrial new orders index fell by 2.5% in June 2006 compared to May 2006. The index increased by 2.7% in May and decreased by 0.8% in April. EU25 new orders dropped by 1.2% in June 2006, after rising 2.0% in May3 and remaining stable in April. Excluding ships, railway and aerospace equipment4 industrial new orders fell by 2.1% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU25 in June 2006. In June 2006 compared to June 2005, industrial new orders rose by 5.2% in the euro area and by 6.4% in the EU25. Total industry excluding ships, railway and aerospace equipment grew by 6.8% in the euro area and by 6.9% in the EU25. These estimates are released by Eurostat. From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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