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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-03-05

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] L'UE tient son engagement de ratification précoce du protocole de Kyoto
  • [02] Financial services : Commission welcomes Council's Common Position on collateral Directive
  • [03] January 2002 - Euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.4% ; EU15 steady at 7.7%
  • [04] La Commission lance une plate-forme pan-européenne sécurisée pour les services de e-gouvernement
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition by EnerSys of the Invensys Energy Storage Business
  • [06] Commission approves Norsk Hydro's acquisition of German aluminium producer VAW
  • [07] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par Merloni d'une participation de 50% dans le producteur de produits électroménagers britannique GDA
  • [08] Commission clears acquisition of industrial cleaning products manufacturer DiverseyLever by Johnson Wax
  • [09] Commission clears Swerock stake in Aros, in Swedish construction sector
  • [10] Statement of Chris Patten on the election of the President and Prime Minister of Kosovo
  • [11] "Publishing in the Digital Age" : Commission meets European publishing industry
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 05/03/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 05/03/2002

  • [01] L'UE tient son engagement de ratification précoce du protocole de Kyoto

    Le Conseil des Ministres de l'Environnement de l'UE a adopté hier la proposition de décision de la Commission européenne sur la ratification du Protocole de Kyoto. La Commission se félicite de cette décision. En l'adoptant, l'UE a ainsi réaffirmé son engagement à rechercher des solutions multilatérales aux sujets de préoccupations planétaires. En décidant de ratifier le protocole au niveau de l'UE, l'Union est fidèle à son ambition de permettre l'entrée en vigueur de cet instrument au moment du sommet mondial sur le développement durable, en août-septembre prochains. Cette décision donne également force juridiquement contraignante aux engagements pris en juin 1998 (dans le cadre de l'accord dit de "partage de la charge") par les Etats membres en matière de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre. L'UE continue d'appeler les Etats-Unis à participer au cadre mondial pour l'action sur le changement climatique.

    [02] Financial services : Commission welcomes Council's Common Position on collateral Directive

    The European Commission has welcomed the Common Position on the Commission's proposal for a Directive on collateral agreed unanimously, without discussion, by the 5th March Council of Finance Ministers. The Directive will create a clear and uniform EU legal framework to limit credit risk in financial transactions through the provision of securities and cash as collateral. The Commission's proposal was presented on 27 March 2001 (see IP/01/464 and MEMO/01/108). The Directive is a priority measure under the Financial Services Action Plan (see IP/00/1269), endorsed by the Lisbon and Stockholm European Councils as a key element in the making Europe's economy the most competitive in the world by 2010. Collateral is already a huge market in the EU, with the total value of outstanding contracts on the market for repurchase agreements ('repos') alone estimated to be worth around euro 2 trillion.

    [03] January 2002 - Euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.4% ; EU15 steady at 7.7%

    Euro-zone seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 8.4% in January 2002, the same as December 2001, Eurostat reports today. It was also 8.4% in January 2001. The EU15 unemployment rate was 7.7% in January, the same as December 2001. It was also 7.7% in January 2001. In January 2002, lowest rates were registered in the Netherlands (2.4% in December), Luxembourg (2.6%), Austria (3.9%), Denmark (4.2% in December), Ireland (4.2%), and Portugal (4.3%). Spain's 12.8% remained the EU's highest rate.

    [04] La Commission lance une plate-forme pan-européenne sécurisée pour les services de e-gouvernement

    La Commission européenne a annoncé aujourd'hui qu'elle avait mis en place une infrastructure de communication sécurisée pour l'échange d'informations entre administrations publiques européennes. Conformément à l'initiative e- Europe, ce service, qui est financé et géré au titre du programme Echange de données entre administrations (IDA), fournira une plate-forme pour les nouveaux services pan-européens de e-gouvernement destinés aux citoyens et entreprises en améliorant la coopération entre les services publics européens à tous les niveaux de gouvernement.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition by EnerSys of the Invensys Energy Storage Business

    The European Commission has approved the acquisition by US company EnerSys Holdings Inc. of the Energy Storage Business (ESB) from Invensys Plc of the United Kingdom.

    [06] Commission approves Norsk Hydro's acquisition of German aluminium producer VAW

    The European Commission has approved under the European Union's Merger Regulation the acquisition by Norwegian company Norsk Hydro of VAW Aluminium AG (VAW), an aluminium company based in Germany. The acquisition does not give rise to any competition concerns in Europe due to only minor overlaps of the companies' activities and limited market shares.

    [07] La Commission autorise l'acquisition par Merloni d'une participation de 50% dans le producteur de produits électroménagers britannique GDA

    La Commission européenne a autorisé la société Merloni, qui produit des appareils électroménagers, à racheter à la société britannique Marconi Corporation Plc une participation de 50% dans General Domestic Appliances (GDA). L'autre moitié des actions est en fait détenue par la société américaine General Electric.

    [08] Commission clears acquisition of industrial cleaning products manufacturer DiverseyLever by Johnson Wax

    The European Commission has approved the acquisition by US-based Johnson Professional Holdings Inc. of Dutch-based DiverseyLever, the worldwide industrial and institutional cleaning and hygiene products arm of the Unilever group. The Commission's review of the case showed that the companies' activities were mostly complementary and that where they overlap there will remain sufficient competition.

    [09] Commission clears Swerock stake in Aros, in Swedish construction sector

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition by Sweden's Swerock AB of a stake in Swedish construction company Aros Grusförädling AB and Aros Grusförädling KB. Aros is currently owned and controlled by Jehander and AB Färdig, both Swedish. (The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [10] Statement of Chris Patten on the election of the President and Prime Minister of Kosovo

    European External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten made the following statement yesterday : "I extend my warm congratulations to Ibrahim Rugova on his election as President of Kosovo, and to Bajram Rexhepi on his election as Prime Minister. Both men face a formidable task. The people of Kosovo look to them to make the newly established provisional institutions work effectively, and to work tirelessly to move Kosovo ahead. The European Commission looks forward to continuing to lend its full support to their work, and to maintaining its strong commitment to a peaceful and prosperous future for the people of Kosovo."

    [11] "Publishing in the Digital Age" : Commission meets European publishing industry

    High-level representatives of the European publishing industry will meet Enterprise and Information Society Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, European Commission officials and Members of the European Parliament in a one-day event in Brussels on 5 March 2002 to exchange views on policy issues affecting the publishing industry. These include the role of self- regulation and co-regulation, content and editorial liability, advertising in the digital economy, data protection and privacy, and applicable law in the sector. The European publishing and content industries are key growth catalysts for the Information Society in Europe and should help deliver on the March 2000 Lisbon European Council aim of making Europe into the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world by the next decade.

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "You are what you eat - Education, Innovation and Investment for Better Quality" at the Alimentaria Fair (04/03, Barcelona)

    Speech by Pascal Lamy at the Opening Ceremony of the 9th Round of EU/Chile Association Negotiations (04/03, Santiago de Chile)

    Discours de Mme de Palacio : "La politique énergétique européenne et accès des citoyens à l'énergie" au Séminaire 'Ouverture des marchés'

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Emploi


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