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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-02-11

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] President Prodi met Stjepan Mesicc, President of the Republic of Croatia
  • [02] Commission clears joint venture between Acea, BTicino and Siemens Metering
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Finnish company Nordkalk in limestone business
  • [04] La Commission autorise le rachat de Hertz Lease Europe par la Société Générale
  • [05] La Commission autorise la prise de participation d'Intracom dans le capital du fabricant grec d'équipements de télécommunications STI
  • [06] Commission clears dual listed company combining the cruise activities of Carnival and P&O Princess
  • [07] Somalia : Commission grants €5 million in humanitarian aid
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 11/02/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 11/02/2003

  • [01] President Prodi met Stjepan Mesicc, President of the Republic of Croatia

    On 10 February, European Commission President Romano Prodi and External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten invited the President of the Republic of Croatia, Mr Stjepan Mesic, to a working lunch to discuss the current status of relations between the EU and Croatia. Mr Neven Mimica, Minister for European Integration, was also present. During the meeting, President Prodi underlined the Commission's support to Croatia's reform process and reiterated the European integration perspective for this country and other South-eastern European countries. President Mesic informed of the Croatia's intention to submit application for EU membership on 18 February in Athens.

    [02] Commission clears joint venture between Acea, BTicino and Siemens Metering

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to plans by Italy's Acea Distribuzione S.p.A., which is controlled via the holding ACEA S.p.A. by the municipality of Rome, BTicino S.p.A., a subsidiary of Legrand S.A. (which in turn is jointly controlled by the financial holding Wendel Investissement S.A. and investment fund Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts) and Siemens Metering S.p.A. (also controlled by KKR) to create a joint venture. The joint venture will design, develop, manufacture and market a new system for the management and control of low voltage electrical distribution networks. (The operation, which was notified on 10 January 2003, is identical to case COMP/M.3006 Acea Distribuzione/BTicino/Siemens notified to the Commission on 16.10.2002 and cleared on 19.11.2002. Changes in the structure of ownership of both BTicino/Legrand and Siemens Metering have required a new notification. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure).

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Finnish company Nordkalk in limestone business

    The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of joint control over the Finnish company Nordkalk Corporation by Ahlström Capital together with CapMan Capital Management Ltd from Partek Corporation, its current owner. Nordkalk is a producer of limestone-based products in the Northern Europe.

    [04] La Commission autorise le rachat de Hertz Lease Europe par la Société Générale

    La Commission européenne a autorisé le projet de rachat des activités européennes de location de véhicules de Hertz Lease par la banque française Société Générale à Ford Motor Company. L'opération ne modifiera pas significativement les rapports de force sur les marchés de la location de véhicules dans les Etats membres de l'Union européenne.

    [05] La Commission autorise la prise de participation d'Intracom dans le capital du fabricant grec d'équipements de télécommunications STI

    La Commission européenne a autorisé l'acquisition par le fabricant grec d'équipements de télécommunications Intracom SA de 41% du capital de son concurrent Siemens Tele Industry (STI), qui est actuellement contrôlé par Siemens AG. L'étude du marché réalisée par la Commission a montré que cette opération ne soulevait aucun problème de concurrence.

    [06] Commission clears dual listed company combining the cruise activities of Carnival and P&O Princess

    The European Commission has approved an agreement whereby cruise operators Carnival Corp. of the United States and Britain's P&O Princess plc will create a dual listed company structure combining their activities. The Commission has concluded that there have been no significant changes in the cruise markets in Europe since July, when it cleared what was then a takeover bid from Carnival for P&O Princess.

    [07] Somalia : Commission grants €5 million in humanitarian aid

    The European Commission has adopted a humanitarian aid package worth €5 million to help tackle some of the severe humanitarian needs in Somalia, resulting from prolonged conflict, drought and floods. This latest decision is targeted at those sectors where needs are greatest, namely health, water and sanitation, and food security. More than a million people will benefit from this aid. It is channelled through the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de Mme Reding : "Vers un plan d'action pour l'apprentissage des langues et la diversité linguistique" devant l'Intergroupe langues régionales et minoritaires (PE, Strasbourg, ! embargo 17h30 !)

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