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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-04-01

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Emissions trading: Commission to publish verified emissions data for 2007
  • [02] Successful strike against euro coin counterfeiters
  • [03] Euro area unemployment stable at 7.1%
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Annecy Courier by AXA and Klépierre
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of SLIB by BNPP and Natixis
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-04-01 Reference: MEX/08/0401 Date: 01/04/2008 EXME08 / 01.04

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    01/04/08


  • [01] Emissions trading: Commission to publish verified emissions data for 2007

    According to the data recorded in the CITL by 8:00 CET, the submitted 2007 verified emissions data did not yet reach the level of at least 80% of 2006 emissions. Therefore, the CITL will not give public access to installation- level verified emissions data today. Installations participating in the EU ETS are required to submit data on 2007 verified emissions to Member State registries by 31 March 2008. Member State registries automatically transmit this information to the Community Independent Transaction Log ("CITL"). The CITL will give unlimited, "real time" public access to submitted verified 2007 emissions data as soon as it has received data for installations that were responsible for at least 80% of the emissions recorded in 2006. For further information: the verified emissions data for 2007 will be published at: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/emission/citl_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/emission/citl_en.htm.

    [02] Successful strike against euro coin counterfeiters

    The Italian Carabinieri with support from the European Commission (OLAF) successfully uncovered an important counterfeiters' network, arresting six persons and preventing thousands of counterfeit euro coins from entering into circulation. The results of this major operation are being presented today to the public by the Italian authorities and experts from OLAF. At European level, cooperation took place between the Italian authorities and the European Commission/European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The latter is hosting the European Technical and Scientific Centre (ETSC) which coordinates the technical analysis of counterfeit euro coins. For the counterfeit coins in this specific case, the ETSC strongly supported the investigations by the Carabinieri through a series of analyses and reports on materials used and other technical characteristics. This significantly contributed to the positive result of the operation. From a technical point of view, the type of counterfeits discovered are considered as the most sophisticated type of counterfeit euro coins detected in circulation until now. In total, more than 25.000 coins of this type have been detected in Europe since mid 2005 and quantities have been increasing in 2007. Although overall the numbers of counterfeit euro coins detected in circulation increased over the years, the ratio of counterfeit coins detected vs. genuine coins in circulation is extremely low (approx. 1/66 000 for the three bigger denominations). The European Commission actively supports national authorities and the coin operating industry with technical and practical expertise to fight counterfeiting of euro coins. (For further information: http://www.carabinieri.it/Internet/Cittadino/Informazioni/ComunicatiStampa/2008/Marzo/ - Contact person Ten. Marco Di Benedetto - Comando Carabinieri Antifalsificazione Monetaria phone:+39064450391- email ccafm@carabinieri.it -http://europa.eu.int/comm/anti_fraud/pages_euro/index_en.html- MEMO/08/10 of 10 January 2008 - M. Strotmann: Tel. +32-2-29-99 898).

    [03] Euro area unemployment stable at 7.1%

    The euro area (EA15) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate stood at 7.1% in February 2008, unchanged compared with January. It was 7.6% in February 2007. The EU27 unemployment rate was 6.7% in February 2008, compared with 6.8% in January. It was 7.4% in February 2007. Eurostat estimates that 15.970 million men and women in the EU27, of which 10.909 million in the euro area, were unemployed in February 2008. Compared with January 2008, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 130 000 and 59 000 respectively. Compared with February 2007, unemployment was down by 1.5 million in the EU27 and by 0.7 million in the euro area. These figures are published by Eurostat.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Annecy Courier by AXA and Klépierre

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the commercial centre Annecy Courier situated in the agglomeration of Annecy in France (Annecy Courier) by SCI Vendôme Commerces of France, belonging to the French AXA group, and Klépierre SA, also of France and controlled by the group BNP Paribas (BNPP). AXA is active in insurance and related financial services and the management of real estate in both Europe and the rest of the world. BNPP is active in investment banking, retail banking, private banking and asset management, notably the management of commercial centres in Europe through its subsidiary Klépierre.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of SLIB by BNPP and Natixis

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Services Logiciels d'Intégration Boursière (SLIB) of France by BNP Paribas (BNPP) and Natixis, both of France. BNPP and Natixis are both active in investment banking, private banking and asset management. SLIB provides application software for financial markets. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Speech by Commissioner Piebalgs on ' Positive developments in wind sector', Brussels

    • Speech by Commissioner McCreevy on ' Single Euro Payments Area', La Hulpe From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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