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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-06-22

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] La Commission, les Etats membres et l'industrie investissent ensemble pas moins de €3 milliards dans la recherche en nanoélectronique
  • [02] Cohesion policy 2007-2013 : Commission approves the national strategy and priorities for Bulgaria
  • [03] Les exigences concernant l'efficacité énergétique des ampoules électriques et d'autres produits consommateurs d'énergie sont en voie d'adoption
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Selecta by Allianz
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of Nordpark by Leitner and STRABAG
  • [06] Statement by Joaquín Almunia, Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner, on the adoption of the euro in Cyprus and Malta (21/06)
  • [07] Marchés publics : la Commission se réjouit de l'accord obtenu au Parlement sur la directive renforçant les droits des soumissionnaires non retenus
  • [08] Avian Influenza : H5N1 virus confirmed in turkey farm in the Czech Republic
  • [09] Industrial new orders down by 0.4% in euro area - Down by 0.9% in EU27
  • [10] Iraq : second round of negotiations for a Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • [11] Benita Ferrero-Waldner visits Canberra and Sydney for political talks with PM Howard and FM Downer
  • [12] Further significant developments in the EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-06-22 Reference: MEX/07/0622 Date: 22/06/2007 EXME07 / 22.6

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    22/06/07


  • [01] La Commission, les Etats membres et l'industrie investissent ensemble pas moins de €3 milliards dans la recherche en nanoélectronique

    Un nouveau monde électronique, désormais miniature, est sur le point de faire un bond en avant grâce la proposition que la Commission européenne a adoptée aujourd'hui en vue de lancer un partenariat public- privé paneuropéen dans le domaine de la nanoélectronique, sous la dénomination ENIAC. Doté d'un budget estimé €3 milliards provenant de l'industrie, des Etats membres et de la Commission, ce partenariat permettra de créer une recherche en nanoélectronique performante et un secteur manufacturier fort en Europe. L'objectif final est de proposer des produits innovants contenant une intelligence intégrée et ce, dans d'innombrables domaines tels que l'électronique grand public ou encore les secteurs automobile, des soins de santé et environnemental.

    [02] Cohesion policy 2007-2013 : Commission approves the national strategy and priorities for Bulgaria

    Regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner and Employment and social affairs Commissioner Vladimír `pidla have reached agreement with Bulgaria on its national plan and priorities for Cohesion policy 2007-2013. In their National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) the Bulgarian authorities describe how they are going to invest EU funding worth €6.8 billion over seven years in line with the so-called Lisbon agenda. The adoption procedure has now been completed, with a European Commission decision on the Bulgarian framework, including its priorities, indicative annual allocations, and list of operational programmes.

    [03] Les exigences concernant l'efficacité énergétique des ampoules électriques et d'autres produits consommateurs d'énergie sont en voie d'adoption

    Aujourd'hui s'est tenue Bruxelles la première réunion du forum de consultation des parties prenantes, un organe qui soutient la Commission européenne en vue de l'instauration de seuils d'efficacité énergétique et d'autres exigences environnementales applicables aux produits consommateurs d'énergie. Les représentants des Etats membres, des ONG, de l'industrie et des associations de PME, des organismes de normalisation et d'autres parties prenantes feront part de leurs réflexions concernant les mesures envisagées par la Commission dans le cadre de la directive sur l'écoconception, afin de renforcer l'efficacité énergétique des luminaires et d'autres produits consommateurs d'énergie. La Commission lancera également dans les prochains jours une nouvelle étude sur l'éclairage domestique qui pourrait conduire, l'issue du processus décisionnel, la suppression progressive des ampoules incandescence après 2009.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Selecta by Allianz

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Selecta AG and affiliated companies (Selecta) of Switzerland by Allianz SE of Germany. Allianz is an international insurer and financial services provider, active in life insurance, property insurance, asset management and banking services. Selecta provides a wide range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and confectionery for vending machines and also sells machines and machine parts. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of Nordpark by Leitner and STRABAG

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Nordpark Errichtungs- und Betriebs GmbH (Nordpark) of Austria by A-WAY Infrastrukutrprojekt- entwicklungs- und –betriebs GmbH (A-WAY) of Austria, part of the Austrian STRABAG group, and Leitner GmbH, part of the Leitner group of Italy. Leitner GmbH constructs cablecars. STRABAG is active in the construction sector. Nordpark builds and operates cablecars in the Innsbruck region. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] Statement by Joaquín Almunia, Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner, on the adoption of the euro in Cyprus and Malta (21/06)

    "I am happy that the European Council has welcomed the adoption of the euro in Cyprus and Malta as proposed by the Commission. After the favourable vote by the European Parliament on Wednesday, the way is open for a formal decision of the Ministers for Finance on July the 10th. The expected adoption of the euro by Cyprus and Malta on the 1st of January 2008 means that 15 out of the 27 European Union countries will share a common currency. Together, they total a population of nearly 320 million people. Thanks to Economic and Monetary Union, the euro area has now enjoyed 10 years of price stability and low interest rates. Following Slovenia in January this year, it will be the turn of Cyprus and Malta to adopt the euro in 2008 and to benefit from the same macro-economic stability and protection brought about by the single currency. It is important that they make careful use of the next six months to ensure a smooth transition."

    For background see <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/07/673&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">IP/07/673 + <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/07/674&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">IP/07/674 Commission proposes that Cyprus and Malta adopt the euro and <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/07/193&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">MEMO/07/193

    [07] Marchés publics : la Commission se réjouit de l'accord obtenu au Parlement sur la directive renforçant les droits des soumissionnaires non retenus

    La Commission européenne a bien accueilli l'accord du Parlement européen en première lecture sur sa proposition de directive révisant les règles communautaires relatives aux procédures de recours en matière de passation de marchés publics. Cette nouvelle directive devrait améliorer les procédures de recours nationales dont disposent les entreprises lorsqu'elles jugent déloyale l'attribution d'un marché public. La Commission a présenté sa proposition de directive en mai 2006 (voir IP/06/601).

    [08] Avian Influenza : H5N1 virus confirmed in turkey farm in the Czech Republic

    On 19 June, the European Commission was informed by the Czech authorities of a suspected outbreak of avian influenza in the Pardubicky Region, district Ústí nad Orlicí, in the centre of the country. The outbreak occurred on a farm of 6,000 turkeys, and was detected following the death of around 1,800 birds. Laboratory tests carried out in the State Veterinary Institute in Jihlava and at the National Reference Laboratory in Prague on samples from the turkey farm have first detected the presence of an Influenza A virus and then this afternoon identified it as the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus. Samples are also being sent to the Community Reference Laboratory in Weybridge for confirmation.

    [09] Industrial new orders down by 0.4% in euro area - Down by 0.9% in EU27

    The euro area (EA13) industrial new orders index fell by 0.4% in April 2007 compared with March 2007. The index rose by 2.8% in March and declined by 0.6% in February. EU27 new orders decreased by 0.9% in April 2007, after increasing by 2.7% in March and remaining stable in February. Excluding ships, railway and aerospace equipment industrial new orders fell by 1.3% in the euro area and by 1.5% in the EU27 in April 2007. In April 2007 compared with April 2006, industrial new orders increased by 12.2% in the euro area and by 12.7% in the EU27. Total industry excluding ships, railway and aerospace equipment grew by 9.5% in the euro area and by 10.5% in the EU27. These estimates are released by Eurostat.

    [10] Iraq : second round of negotiations for a Trade and Cooperation Agreement

    On 25-26 June 2007 the EU and Iraq will hold the second round of negotiations for a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) in Brussels. The objectives for this round are to discuss the aims of the agreement, its overall structure, including its scope, as well as the pace and modalities for the negotiations. The TCA negotiations were launched by Commissioners Ferrero-Waldner and Mandelson, on behalf of the Commission, and by Barham Salih, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, on behalf of Iraq on 20 November 2006. The TCA will help to progressively strengthen the EU's relations with Iraq and integrate the country in the world economy.

    [11] Benita Ferrero-Waldner visits Canberra and Sydney for political talks with PM Howard and FM Downer

    On 25 and 26 June 2007, European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, will pay an official visit to Australia, where she will meet among others with the Governor of New South Wales, Professor Marie Bashir, Prime Minister John Howard, Minister for Foreign Affairs Alexander Downer, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock and other representatives of political life in Australia. With Foreign Minister Downer she will hold formal European Commission-Australia Ministerial Consultations which take place on a two-yearly basis. This year's joint ministerial declaration will be wide-ranging, demonstrating the breadth of EU-Australia relations, setting out common positions on many of the key issues facing the two partners: regional security, the current WTO round of negotiations, energy security and climate change, as well as a wide variety of bilateral issues. The Commissioner's visit will launch discussions for an upgrading of the EU-Australia relationship with a new partnership framework to be agreed next year.

    [12] Further significant developments in the EU-OPEC Energy Dialogue

    The fourth ministerial-level meeting of the energy dialogue between the European Union (EU) and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was held in Vienna, Austria, on 21 June. The meeting witnessed further significant developments in a process which was established in December 2004 and which has since resulted in enhanced understanding of each group's views on major topical issues affecting energy demand and supply. The energy dialogue has, in addition, helped strengthen key channels of communication across the two groups, and its accompanying joint roundtables, workshops and studies provide the facility to take an in-depth look at specific topics.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note on preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers (25/06)

    Speech by Joe Borg : "A European Marine Research Strategy for the European Maritime Policy" at EurOCEAN 2007 Conference (Aberdeen)

    Speech by Leonard Orban : "Multilingualism – fundamental value of the EU" at Conference organised by the European Institute of Romania and the EC Representation in Romania (Bucharest)

    Calendrier du 25 au 30 juin 2007

    Top News from the European Commission (25 June–22 July 2007) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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