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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-06-18

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] Member States fail to implement EU legislation to combat corruption in the private sector
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Alliance Boots by KKR and Stefano Pessina
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of SER by Iberdrola and api
  • [04] Further strengthening EU-Ukraine bilateral relations : visa facilitation and readmission agreements are signed today
  • [05] EU will withdraw GSP trade preferences from Belarus over workers' rights violations
  • [06] La Commission et la FAA lancent un plan d'action transatlantique pour la réduction des émissions
  • [07] EU and Russia agree to set up aeronautics research cooperation
  • [08] Responsabilité des contrôleurs des comptes : la Commission publie les résultats de la consultation sur une réforme éventuelle des régimes de responsabilité dans l'UE
  • [09] Statutory minimum wages in euro varied by one to seventeen across the EU ; variation of one to seven taking account of differences in purchasing power
  • [10] Joe Borg : NEAFC review sets standard for other fisheries management organisations
  • [11] Information society focus for Danuta Hübner's visit to Polish port of Gdansk
  • [12] Andris Piebalgs welcomes the agreement between the Czech and Slovak Republics to co-host a new Forum on Nuclear Energy
  • [13] Andris Piebalgs opens the 1st European Wind Day with a strong call for more renewables in the EU
  • [14] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-06-18 Reference: MEX/07/0618 Date: 18/06/2007 EXME07 / 18.6

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    18/06/07


  • [01] Member States fail to implement EU legislation to combat corruption in the private sector

    Today the European Commission adopted a report on the implementation of Council Framework Decision 2003/568/JHA of 22 July 2003 on combating corruption in the private sector. This report finds that most Member States have not yet criminalised all circumstances in which corruption may occur in the private sector.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Alliance Boots by KKR and Stefano Pessina

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Alliance Boots plc of the UK by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, L.P. (KKR) of the US and Mr Stefano Pessina of the UK, through an investment vehicle, AB Acquisitions Limited. KKR is a private equity investment company. Stefano Pessina is a shareholder and Executive Deputy Chairman of Alliance Boots. Alliance Boots is active in the wholesaling of pharmaceutical products and retailing of health and beauty products. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of SER by Iberdrola and api

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Societ Energie Rinnovabili S.r.l. (SER) of Italy by Iberdrola S.A of Spain and api holding S.p.A. (api) of Italy. Iberdrola generates, distributes, supplies and trades electricity and supplies natural gas. api is active in the commercialisation and distribution of oil products and the generation and wholesale supply of electricity in Italy. SER generates and supplies electricity from wind power in Italy. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Further strengthening EU-Ukraine bilateral relations : visa facilitation and readmission agreements are signed today

    In the margins of the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Council that is taking place today, EU and Ukraine will make a concrete step forward in their bilateral relations, signing two agreements on visa facilitation and readmission. The signature of these agreements follows the official start of the negotiations on a new Enhanced Agreement reflecting the strategic importance of developing EU-Ukraine relations.

    [05] EU will withdraw GSP trade preferences from Belarus over workers' rights violations

    In December 2006 the EU warned that it would have to withdraw Belarus' trade preferences under the EU's Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) if Belarus did not comply with its International Labour Organisation (ILO) obligations relating to freedom of association for workers. On 15 June 2007, the ILO adopted its assessment that Belarus has not acted to ensure the protection of certain key labour rights related to freedom of association in Belarus. Belarus' GSP trade preferences will be therefore be withdrawn from 21 June 2007.

    [06] La Commission et la FAA lancent un plan d'action transatlantique pour la réduction des émissions

    Jacques Barrot, vice-président de la Commission européenne en charge des transports, et Marion Blakey, administrateur de la Federal Aviation Administration des Etats-Unis, lancent aujourd'hui, en présence de représentants de l'industrie aéronautique, une initiative transatlantique pour la réduction des émissions sous le nom d'AIRE.

    [07] EU and Russia agree to set up aeronautics research cooperation

    Today at the Paris Air Show, the EU and Russia will sign an agreement to work together more closely in the field of aeronautics research. As part of the overall objective of creating a EU-Russia common space of research and education, an Aeronautics Research working group will be set up, joining others in areas such as energy, food, life sciences and nanotechnologies. The working group will build on the good experience of EU-Russia collaboration in the Sixth Research Framework Programme, as well as two high-level workshops, to increase the potential for partnerships within the Seventh Research Framework Programme.

    [08] Responsabilité des contrôleurs des comptes : la Commission publie les résultats de la consultation sur une réforme éventuelle des régimes de responsabilité dans l'UE

    La Commission européenne publie un résumé des 85 réponses apportées dans le cadre de la consultation publique sur une réforme possible des régimes de responsabilité des contrôleurs des comptes dans l'UE, lancée en janvier 2007 (IP/07/60). Cette consultation faisait suite une étude indépendante sur les répercussions économiques des régimes de responsabilité actuels des auditeurs et sur la situation en matière d'assurance dans les Etats membres.

    [09] Statutory minimum wages in euro varied by one to seventeen across the EU ; variation of one to seven taking account of differences in purchasing power

    In January 2007, 20 of the 27 Member States of the EU had national legislation setting statutory minimum wages. They varied widely, from €92 per month in Bulgaria to €1,570 per month in Luxembourg. When adjusted to take into account differences in purchasing power, the disparities between the Member States are reduced from a range of one to seventeen (in euro), to a range of one to seven (in PPS) with Luxembourg (1503 PPS per month) the highest and Romania (204 PPS) the lowest. It should be noted that the proportion of employees receiving the minimum wage also differs greatly between Member States, ranging from less than 1% in Spain to 17% in France. These figures are published by Eurostat.

    [10] Joe Borg : NEAFC review sets standard for other fisheries management organisations

    "The North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission should be congratulated for undertaking an independent performance review, as recommended by the UN General Assembly last December. This is an essential step towards strengthening these Fisheries Organisations and enabling them to be effective in protecting fish stocks on the high seas. I hope that others will follow NEAFC's lead and launch similar reviews", commented Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. NEAFC is the first RFMO to have commissioned an independent review of its activities. The conclusions of this review were presented last week at an extraordinary meeting held in London. Several of the critical points made by the review panel have already been addressed by NEAFC, and others were the subject of proposals to the meeting. Commissioner Borg also congratulated NEAFC on the success of its list of vessels identified as engaging in illegal fishing activities. NEAFC noted that 15 vessels out of the 20 on the list have since been effectively taken out of operation. The NEAFC meeting agreed to extend the ban on fishing for orange roughly to the end of the year, and adopted interim management measures for the recently-developed fishery for pelagic redfish in the Norwegian Sea. The Commission would have liked to see the application of a more precautionary approach to the redfish fishery but acknowledged that the introduction of the new measures is encouraging. On 1 May NEAFC contracting parties began to enforce the groundbreaking port state control system which makes the landing of frozen fish in an EU port impossible unless the vessel concerned has the necessary clearance from its flag state (see IP/07/640).

    [11] Information society focus for Danuta Hübner's visit to Polish port of Gdansk

    Information and Communication Technology is the theme for European Commissioner Danuta Hübner's visit to the Polish port of Gdansk, capital of the Pomorskie region, on 18 June. She will address a conference on the role of new technologies in creating jobs, as well as discussing the region's Operational Programme for 2007-2013 period with local authorities.

    [12] Andris Piebalgs welcomes the agreement between the Czech and Slovak Republics to co-host a new Forum on Nuclear Energy

    European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed on 15 June the agreement reached by the Czech and Slovak governments to co-host the new "EU Nuclear Energy Forum", a structure for open and transparent dialogue on nuclear issues. This Forum, proposed by the Commission and endorsed by the European Council in 9th March, will meet twice per year, alternatively in Bratislava and in Prague. "The EU Nuclear Energy Forum will be fundamental to structure an open debate without any taboo on this source of energy. With their generous offer the Czech and Slovak governments have taken an important step forward to put on the table the challenges and the opportunities of nuclear energy in full transparency", Commissioner Piebalgs said. The European Council of 9th March approved the 10th January proposal of the Commission to create a discussion Forum on nuclear energy which would allow all the relevant stakeholders to hold an open and transparent debate on nuclear energy. Similar forums exist already for electricity (Florence), gas (Madrid), fossil fuels (Berlin) and renewable and energy efficiency (Amsterdam). Prague and Bratislava had expressed their interest to host the Nuclear Forum, and it will be the first time that an energy forum is co-hosted by two countries. It is also the first Energy Forum to be hosted in new Member States. Bratislava will host the first meeting of the Forum for which no date has been yet decided.

    [13] Andris Piebalgs opens the 1st European Wind Day with a strong call for more renewables in the EU

    European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs inaugurated on 15 June the first European Wind Day by breaking a bottle of champagne to a wind generator installed on the occasion in the centre of the European quarter in Brussels. "If we want to reach the ambitious European target for Renewable Sources of Energy we need to develop state of the art technology. The wind generator installed in Rond Point Schuman is a good example of this: it shows the citizens that wind energy is not dangerous and can produce clean energy in a safe and sustainable way", said Commissioner Piebalgs.

    [14] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Joaquín Almunia : "Euro-med partnership: environmental challenge as a driver for economic transition" at 11th Euro-Mediterranean Economic Transition Conference

    Speech by Janez Potočnik : "Knowledge – the borderless commodity" at the first Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Higher Education and Scientific Research (Cairo)

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : "Inwestycje w nowe technologie motorem rozwoju regionalnego" (Gdańsk) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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