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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-06-20

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] President Barroso and Danish Prime Minister Fogh Rasmussen visit Greenland to see climate change at first hand
  • [02] Le projet de recherche pour une aviation plus respectueuse de l'environnement prend son essor au salon du Bourget
  • [03] Eurobaromètre standard 67 : printemps 2007
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Hydrowingas by Wingas
  • [05] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Sulo par Veolia
  • [06] Commission completes multi-annual planning of financial assistance to the candidate and potential candidate countries
  • [07] Commission welcomes Parliament agreement on cat and dog fur ban
  • [08] Construction output down by 0.9% in the euro area ; down by 0.1% in the EU27
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-06-20 Reference: MEX/07/0620 Date: 20/06/2007 EXME07 / 20.6

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    20/06/07


  • [01] President Barroso and Danish Prime Minister Fogh Rasmussen visit Greenland to see climate change at first hand

    The European Union's focus on the need to step up the fight against climate change will be vividly illustrated when European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Danish Prime Minister Fogh Rasmussen visit Greenland on June 24-26. The Greenlandic Premier, Mr. Hans Enoksen, will host the meeting.

    [02] Le projet de recherche pour une aviation plus respectueuse de l'environnement prend son essor au salon du Bourget

    Aujourd'hui, au salon aéronautique du Bourget, M. Janez Potočnik, membre de la Commission européenne chargé de la science et de la recherche, présentera des plans pour un partenariat public-privé de grande ampleur visant rendre les transports aériens plus respectueux de l'environnement. Cette initiative technologique conjointe, dénommée "Clean Sky" ("ciel propre"), a pour objectif de réduire les émissions de CO² d'environ 40%, les émissions de NOx de 60% et le bruit de 50%. Des avancées technologiques sont espérées pour 2015, temps pour les importants renouvellements de flotte prévus. Ces avancées devraient concerner les trois principales catégories d'aéronefs (long courrier, transport régional, hélicoptères) et plus généralement les moteurs et les "systèmes". Le financement de l'UE portera sur €800 millions au titre du 7e programme-cadre pour la recherche, le secteur privé contribuant au projet pour le même montant. Cette dernière participation proviendra de tous les secteurs de l'aviation et de l'aéronautique, les entreprises jouant un rôle de premier plan dans six domaines de recherche: les aéronefs SMART voilure fixe, les avions de transport régional verts, les hélicoptères verts, les moteurs durables et verts, les systèmes pour des opérations respectueuses de l'environnement et l'écoconception.

    [03] Eurobaromètre standard 67 : printemps 2007

    L'Eurobaromètre standard du printemps révèle une amélioration considérable de l'opinion publique dans les Etats membres l'égard de l'Union européenne et de ses institutions par rapport l'enquête de l'automne 2006. Il apparaît aussi clairement que les Européens considèrent la situation économique de leur pays avec un peu plus de confiance.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Hydrowingas by Wingas

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of HydroWingas Limited of the UK, currently jointly controlled by Wingas and Norsk Hydro Limited by Wingas GmbH of Germany, controlled by Wintershall Holding AG of Germany and belonging to the BASF Group. Wingas is active in the supply, transportation and storage of natural gas. HydroWingas supplies and trades natural gas in the UK. Wintershall is active in the exploration, production and sale of crude oil and natural gas. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Sulo par Veolia

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement Concentrations, le projet d'acquisition de l'entreprise allemande SULO Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH (Sulo) par l'entreprise française Veolia Propreté, contrôlée par Veolia Environnement S.A. (Veolia). Veolia est active dans la collecte, l'élimination et le recyclage des déchets pour le secteur public et le secteur privé. Sulo fournit des services de gestion des déchets. Il ressort de l'enquête menée par la Commission que l'opération envisagée n'entravera pas de manière significative la concurrence dans le marché commun. Cette affaire a été traitée selon la procédure simplifiée.

    [06] Commission completes multi-annual planning of financial assistance to the candidate and potential candidate countries

    The European Commission adopted today a strategy for EU financial assistance to Croatia for the period 2007-2009. This completes the strategic planning of assistance under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) for this period to the candidate and potential candidate countries: Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo (under UN Security Council Resolution 1244). Financial assistance to those countries aims to help them enhance political and economic reform and development, on their path towards EU membership. For 2007-2009, the overall indicative amount of EU financial assistance to the countries is €3,961 billion.

    [07] Commission welcomes Parliament agreement on cat and dog fur ban

    Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health, welcomed the European Parliament's vote on 19 June in favour of a European Commission proposal for a Directive banning cat and dog fur in the EU. This now paves the way for First Reading agreement with Council on this dossier. Commissioner Kyprianou said: "I am delighted that the Parliament has given such rapid and robust support for an EU-wide ban on cat and dog fur. For years citizens have demanded EU action to ensure that animals we regard as pets are protected from this appalling practice, and this vote shows that the EU can deliver on the public's concerns. We will now be able to take efficient measures to reassure European consumers that they will not be at risk of inadvertently buying cat and dog fur anywhere in the EU." The Parliament showed strong support for the Commission's proposal, which will prohibit the import, export and sale of cat and dog fur, and any products produced from or containing this fur. Member States have also been very supportive of this initiative by the Commission. Member States will carry out checks on their markets, and should exchange information on the most effective detection methods and tests for cat and dog fur. Although some Member States already had national measures in place against cat and dog fur, a uniform EU ban will be more effective and create a clear-cut legal situation. For more information, see: <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/06/436&format=HTML&aged=1&language=FR&guiLanguage=fr">MEMO/06/436 and <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/welfare/index_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/welfare/index_en.htm. Please also speech delivered by Commissioner Kyprianou in the EP debate on cat and dog fur on 18 June (<a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=SPEECH/07/409&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=fr">SPEECH/07/409).

    [08] Construction output down by 0.9% in the euro area ; down by 0.1% in the EU27

    In the construction sector, seasonally adjusted production fell by 0.9% in the euro area (EA13) and by 0.1% in the EU27 in April 2007, compared with the previous month. In March production increased by 0.7% in the euro area and by 0.9% in the EU27. Compared with April 2006, output in April 2007 gained 3.9% in the euro area and 6.6% in the EU27. In March the annual growth was 10.8% in the euro area and 10.7% in the EU27. These first estimates are released by Eurostat.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Development of environmentally friendly technologies for the Air Transport System: the Clean Sky Initiative

    Discours de M. Olli Rehn : "Le grand défi européen: comment combiner approfondissement politique et élargissement graduel?" l'Ecole Nationale d'Administration (Strasbourg) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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