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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-06-16

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] Mergers: Commission approves planned acquisition of Endesa by Enel and Acciona
  • [02] The European Commission appoints Head of Representation in Denmark
  • [03] Services financiers: la Commission lance un appel aux candidatures pour le nouveau groupe d'experts sur les historiques de crédit
  • [04] Les chercheurs européens au Japon se connectent!
  • [05] Euro area annual inflation up to 3.7%
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of Neochimiki by Carlyle
  • [07] Commission clears acquisition of SUNCoat by Renolit and Evonik Degussa
  • [08] Environment: Survey reveals widespread backing for EU action on invasive alien species
  • [09] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Scania by Volkswagen
  • [10] Commercial road transport: Commission welcomes Council's endorsement
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-06-16 Reference: MEX/08/0616 Date: 16/06/2008 EXME08 / 16.06

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    16/06/08


  • [01] Mergers: Commission approves planned acquisition of Endesa by Enel and Acciona

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of sole control through a public takeover bid for Endesa S.A., a Spanish energy company mainly active in the electricity sector, by ENEL S.p.A., based in Italy, and Acciona S.A., based in Spain. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [02] The European Commission appoints Head of Representation in Denmark

    The European Commission has announced today that Jan Høst Schmidt will be the new Head of Representation in Denmark.

    [03] Services financiers: la Commission lance un appel aux candidatures pour le nouveau groupe d'experts sur les historiques de crédit

    La Commission européenne va créer un groupe d'experts sur les historiques de crédit. Ce groupe, qui sera composé d'experts dans le domaine des données sur le crédit, aura pour mission de trouver des solutions permettant de favoriser au maximum la circulation des données sur le crédit au sein de l'UE. Il présentera ses recommandations sous la forme d'un rapport soumettre pour le 1er mai 2009 au plus tard. Les personnes intéressées sont invitées envoyer leur candidature la Commission avant le 14 juillet 2008.

    [04] Les chercheurs européens au Japon se connectent!

    Aujourd'hui, M. Janez Potočnik, membre de la Commission européenne chargé de la science et de la recherche, a officiellement inauguré le réseau des chercheurs européens au Japon. Consultés au moyen d'une enquête en ligne, les chercheurs européens travaillant au Japon se sont déclarés très favorables ce réseau (74 % des personnes interrogées) et ont fait part de leurs besoins spécifiques: étoffer leurs contacts et avoir accès aux informations relatives l'évolution de carrière, aux financements disponibles pour la recherche et aux possibilités de coopération entre l'Europe et le Japon. La Commission européenne répondra ces besoins grâce des outils interactifs d'information et de mise en réseau.

    [05] Euro area annual inflation up to 3.7%

    Euro area annual inflation was 3.7% in May 2008, up from 3.3% in April. A year earlier the rate was 1.9%. Monthly inflation was 0.6% in May 2008. EU annual inflation was 3.9% in May 2008, up from 3.6% in April. A year earlier the rate was 2.1%. Monthly inflation was 0.6% in May 2008. These figures come from Eurostat. In May 2008, the lowest annual rates were observed in the Netherlands (2.1%), Portugal (2.8%) and Germany (3.1%), and the highest in Latvia (17.7%), Bulgaria (14.0%) and Lithuania (12.3%). Compared with April 2008, annual inflation rose in twenty-one Member States, remained stable in three and fell in two. The lowest 12-month averages up to May 2008 were registered in the Netherlands (1.7%), Denmark and Malta (both 2.3%), and the highest in Latvia (13.8%), Bulgaria (10.9%) and Estonia (9.3%).

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of Neochimiki by Carlyle

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Neochimiki L.V. Lavrentiadis SA (Neochimiki) of Greece by The Carlyle Group (Carlyle) of the US. Carlyle is a private equity investment group. Neochimiki distributes and produces chemicals. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] Commission clears acquisition of SUNCoat by Renolit and Evonik Degussa

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of SUNCoat GmbH of Germany by Renolit AG of Germany and Evonik Degussa GmbH, also of Germany. Renolit manufactures thermoplastic films. Evonik Degussa manufactures chemical products. SUNCoat produces technical films. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [08] Environment: Survey reveals widespread backing for EU action on invasive alien species

    The Commission recently held a public consultation on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) and the problems they cause for biodiversity and nature across the EU. The consultation ran from March until May, attracted 880 replies, three quarters of them from individuals. Some 91% of respondents agreed on the urgent need to bring in new measures to prevent the spread of such organisms, with 85% agreeing on the importance of preventing the introduction of IAS in the wild. An EU-wide early warning system would be welcomed by 90% of respondents, and 86% thought that Member States should be legally obliged to take action against the most harmful IAS. Most respondents (90%) considered that the lack of public awareness would constitute a barrier to launching more stringent policies, and that it was therefore important to raise the profile of the issue (77%). Invasive alien species are non-indigenous species (plants and animals) which disrupt ecosystems and pose a serious threat to biodiversity, and their eradication costs European taxpayers millions of euros each year. Scientific evidence has found them to be a rapidly growing problem in Europe. The results of the consultation will now be used to help develop EU policy in this area, and inform the Communication from the Commission to be presented at the end of this year. Further information: Nature and Biodiversity website – Invasive Alien Species: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/invasivealien/index_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/invasivealien/index_en.htm Press release on launch of Public Consultation: <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/373&format=HTML&aged=1&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/373&format=HTML&aged=1&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

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    [09] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Scania by Volkswagen

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Swedish truck and bus manufacturer Scania by Volkswagen group of Germany. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [10] Commercial road transport: Commission welcomes Council's endorsement

    The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement on the road package that has been reached today in the Transport Council. The road package consists of three proposals for regulations aimed at modernising and simplifying the rules governing admission to the occupation of road transport operator and access to the road transport market for both passengers and goods.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on State aid: Competition Commissioner Kroes and Polish Treasury Minister Grad discuss Polish shipyards

    • Speech by Commissioner Vassiliou "Together for Mental Health and Well- being", Brussels

    • Speech by Commissioner Dimas 'Winning the Fight against Climate Change: an EU Perspective', Cambridge

    • Speech by Commissioner McCreevy 'Regulating in a Global Market', Dublin From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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