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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-02-05

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Clean Sky Research Programme takes off at launch forum
  • [02] Journée internationale de tolérance zéro l'égard des mutilations génitales féminines 6 février 2008
  • [03] Area of Freedom Security & Justice boosted by launch of 'Justice Forum'
  • [04] New cosmetic regulation to strengthen product safety and to cut red tape
  • [05] Commission proposes to improve and streamline the European system for collecting, analysing and reporting environmental information
  • [06] Baisse du volume des ventes du commerce de détail de 0,1% dans la zone euro
  • [07] Commission clears acquisition of Arsys Group by Mercapital and Carlyle Midday Express of 2008-02-05 Reference: MEX/08/0205 Date: 05/02/2008 EXME08 / 05.02

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    05/02/08


  • [01] Clean Sky Research Programme takes off at launch forum

    A new generation of greener, more environmentally efficient aircraft moved a step closer today, with the official launch of the Clean Sky JTI research programme, in Brussels. The Clean Sky TAKE-OFF Forum today formally instigated this EU wide collaborative private-public partnership, which encourages the full participation of SMEs, universities and research centres as well as leading aeronautics manufacturers, in the Clean Sky programme.

    [02] Journée internationale de tolérance zéro l'égard des mutilations génitales féminines 6 février 2008

    Déclaration de Mme Benita Ferrero-Waldner, commissaire responsable des relations extérieures et de la politique de voisinage et de M. Louis Michel, commissaire chargé du développement et de l'aide humanitaire.

    [03] Area of Freedom Security & Justice boosted by launch of 'Justice Forum'

    The Vice-President of the European Commission, Franco Frattini, will unveil today the imminent launch of a unique and innovative new 'Justice Forum'. As of 15 April 2008 a multi-disciplinary, collaborative forum of practitioners involved in judicial and legal processes will come into being. The Justice Forum, in addition to existing processes, will inform the Commission's work on justice policies and practice.

    [04] New cosmetic regulation to strengthen product safety and to cut red tape

    The European Commission has proposed to simplify the European law on cosmetics and: 27 transposing national pieces of legislation representing over 3500 pages of legal text will be replaced by one single regulation. The EU Cosmetics Directive from 1976 has become a “patchwork” of 55 amendments without coherent terminology. Today’s proposal aims at strengthening product safety while reducing costs for businesses. For example, requirements for product safety assessments are clarified and simplified notification rules for new cosmetics cut administrative costs for enterprises by 50%. The existing provisions on the ban and phasing-out of animal-tests for cosmetic products by 2009/2013 remain untouched.

    [05] Commission proposes to improve and streamline the European system for collecting, analysing and reporting environmental information

    Timely, reliable and relevant information on the state of environment is essential for sound policies. This includes information on how the climate is changing, whether European waters are improving and how nature is reacting to pollution and changing land use. Such information should be made available to all and be easily understood. To this end the Commission proposes to improve, modernise and streamline the present information systems by establishing a European Shared Environment Information System. The objective of this system is to tie better together all existing data gathering and information flows using modern tools such as the internet and satellite technology. The objective is also to move away from paper based reporting and reports to a system where data is made available to the users at source in an open and transparent way.

    [06] Baisse du volume des ventes du commerce de détail de 0,1% dans la zone euro

    En décembre 2007, par rapport novembre 2007, le volume des ventes du commerce de détail a diminué de 0,1% dans la zone euro (ZE13) et est resté stable dans l’UE27. En novembre, le commerce de détail avait baissé respectivement de 0,7% et 0,3%. En décembre 2007, par rapport décembre 2006, l’indice des ventes a diminué de 2,0% dans la zone euro et de 0,1% dans l’UE27. Par rapport 2006, l'indice moyen du volume des ventes de détail a progressé en 2007 de 0,7% dans la zone euro et de 2,2% dans l'UE27. Ces premières estimations sont publiées par Eurostat.

    [07] Commission clears acquisition of Arsys Group by Mercapital and Carlyle

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Arsys Group of Spain by Mercapital Private Equity SGECR, S.A. controlled by Mercapital S.L. (Mercapital) of Spain, and CETP Participations SARL SICAR, controlled by the Carlyle Group (Carlyle) of the US. Mercapital and Carlyle are private equity investment funds. Arsys Group provides internet housing and hosting services. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

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    Euler Hermes/OeKB/JV From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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