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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-08-23

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] Mauritanie : financement de 26 millions € en faveur du projet d'enlèvement des épaves de la Baie de Nouhadibou en Mauritanie
  • [02] Commissioner Piebalgs recalls EU’s support to North Sea oil research in a top conference in Norway
  • [03] European companies set to increase their R&D spending over the next three years, Commission survey shows
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Travelport by Blackstone Midday Express of 2006-08-23 Reference: MEX/06/0823 Date: 23/08/2006 EXME06 / 23.8

    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

    23 / 08 / 06


  • [01] Mauritanie : financement de 26 millions € en faveur du projet d'enlèvement des épaves de la Baie de Nouhadibou en Mauritanie

    Les fonds Stabex débloqués par la Commission dans le cadre de ce projet est l’amélioration de la navigation et de sa sécurité dans la Baie de Nouadhibou et, par conséquent, l'accroissement de l'activité industrielle de son port. Le bénéficiaire principal sera le secteur de la pêche mais, l'action entamée produira des retombées économiques plus importantes en faveur du pays. La baie de Nouadhibou connaît un trafic maritime diversifié en raison de la présence de plusieurs types d’activités (commerciales, de pêche industrielle et port de la pêche artisanale).Les épaves présentes actuellement dans la Baie constituent un réel danger pour la navigation, entraînant depuis quelques années une baisse du trafic, sensible surtout au niveau des navires de pêche, avec des conséquences économiques et sociales certaines pour l'Etat et la population mauritaniens. Dans le projet d'enlèvements de ces épaves, les composantes environnementales ont été prises en compte afin de contrôler tout risque de pollution physique ou chimique. Les résultats attendus de ce projet de 26,2 millions €, approuvé par la Commission, sont: l’amélioration des conditions de navigation, la mise aux normes de sécurité de la baie de Nouadhibou, la protection de l’environnement et le renforcement des capacités de l'administration.

    [02] Commissioner Piebalgs recalls EU’s support to North Sea oil research in a top conference in Norway

    "The EU has invested a lot of effort and funds to develop efficient European technologies capable of facing the enormous energy challenger of the North Sea. The success has been remarkable: starting from literally no previous experience at the beginning of the North Sea era, the EEA has become a key global leader in the field of Energy today". This is one of the messages that Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, addressed at the participants of the Offshore Northern Seas Conference that opened today in Stavanger (Norway)

    [03] European companies set to increase their R&D spending over the next three years, Commission survey shows

    A recent survey of European companies about their R&D investment shows that these companies expect their global investments in R&D to grow by roughly 5% a year over the next three years. This contrasts with growth of just 0.7% for R&D investment reported in the 2005 Scoreboard. The European Commission questioned more than 400 companies in ten major industrial sectors about their R&D investment intentions. The survey also gives an insight into other aspects of private companies’ decisions about their R&D activities, such as the incentives that lead companies to invest in R&D, the factors that lead to a decision as to where their R&D operations are located and the sources of finance. Companies that do not invest in R&D were also asked about their reasons for not doing so.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Travelport by Blackstone

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Travelport (‘Travelport’, USA) by the Blackstone Blackstone Group (‘Blackstone’ USA). Blackstone is a private merchant banking firm active mainly in financial advisory services, private equity and property investments. Travelport has a geographically diverse collection of travel distribution brands and businesses. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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