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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 03-05-29

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] La Commission alloue une aide d'urgence de €1 million aux victimes du tremblement de terre en Algérie
  • [02] Behaviour change the key as Margot Wallström opens Green Week
  • [03] La Commission adopte une proposition en vue d'améliorer la coordination de la protection sociale au niveau de l'UE et de la rendre plus visible
  • [04] Die another day
  • [05] Année européenne de l'éducation par le sport 2004 : la Commission lance un appel à projets
  • [06] Commission clears purchase of orthopaedics products maker Centerpulse by Smith & Nephew
  • [07] La Commission autorise ThyssenKrupp à acquérir l'équipementier automobile français Sofedit
  • [08] La Commission autorise le groupe de construction espagnol Ferrovial à acquérir Amey
  • [09] Commission authorises acquisition of Royal Mail's IT division by Computer Sciences Corporation
  • [10] Commission clears purchase of German utility metering company Viterra by CVC
  • [11] Commission clears ING and Sonae joint control of Lisbon shopping mall
  • [12] Conférence sur le projet de transport d'hydrocarbures Odessa-Brody- Pllock : renforcer la sécurité et l'intégrité de l'approvisionnement énergétique de l'UE
  • [13] Turning the tide on environmental degradation : the EU examines ways to reverse damage in the Mediterranean and Black Seas
  • [14] Eleventh EU-Russia Summit (31/05, St. Petersburg)
  • [15] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 28/05/2003 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 28/05/2003

  • [01] La Commission alloue une aide d'urgence de €1 million aux victimes du tremblement de terre en Algérie

    L'aide de €1 million décidée par la Commission europénne permet de répondre aux besoins de première nécessité des populations victimes du tremblement de terre en Algérie, notamment dans le domaine médical, sanitaire et d'abris temporaires. Le dernier bilan du tremblement de terre qui a frappé le Nord de l'Algérie le 21 mai dernier fait état de plus de 2.200 morts, 9.000 blessés, 1.200 disparus et plusieurs dizaines de milliers de sans abri.

    [02] Behaviour change the key as Margot Wallström opens Green Week

    Changing our behaviour and choosing a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle are the key messages of Green Week 2003, which takes place in Brussels from 2-5 June. Accompanied by UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Executive Director, Dr Klaus Töpfer, and leading Indian environmental campaigner Ashok Khosla, European Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström will open this year's Green Week on 2 June, at 11 am. The Commissioner will outline the objectives and highlights of Green Week and she will also emphasise the significant contribution that the UN and other stakeholders continue to make to the cause of global environmental protection.

    [03] La Commission adopte une proposition en vue d'améliorer la coordination de la protection sociale au niveau de l'UE et de la rendre plus visible

    La Commission européenne a adopté une proposition visant à améliorer, simplifier et rendre plus visibles le travail de l'UE en matière de coordination des politiques de protection sociale des Etats membres - retraites, intégration sociale et lutte contre la pauvreté, soins de santé et soins aux personnes âgées, régimes de sécurité sociale et comment encourager les gens à travailler (renforcer l'attrait financier du travail). La Communication de la Commission, intitulée "Renforcement de la dimension sociale de la stratégie de Lisbonne : rationalisation de la coordination ouverte dans le domaine de la protection sociale", indique comment l'UE devrait intégrer la coordination dans les domaines susmentionnés de la protection sociale dans un cadre unique et un processus utilisant la méthode ouverte de coordination d'ici 2006. Cette proposition servira à renforcer la dimension sociale de la stratégie de Lisbonne en matière de réformes économiques, sociales et de l'emploi et accroîtra également l'efficacité des dimensions économique et de l'emploi. Le mandat pour cette proposition a été défini par le récent Conseil européen de printemps à Bruxelles. La proposition va maintenant être transmise au Conseil et au Parlement européen. Elle pourrait également être présentée au Conseil Emploi et Politique sociale le 3 juin à Luxembourg.

    [04] Die another day

    "Tobacco free fashion and film" is the theme of this year's World No Tobacco Day on 31 May. Welcoming this theme, European Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner David Byrne said : "Big tobacco uses film and fashion as a means of promoting and marketing their products. Movie characters smoking onscreen often look cool and glamorous doing it. Hollywood screenwriter and film producer Joe Eszterhas ("Basic Instinct") once said that a cigarette in the hands of a Hollywood star onscreen is a gun aimed at a 12- or 14-year-old. I agree. And to those who are the targets I say: Don't get fooled by the tobacco industry. See through the plot. Feel free to say no to their deadly products. Die another day." EU legislation bans tobacco advertising on television and is going to ban it in print media, radio and on the internet. A Recommendation on the "Prevention of smoking and on initiatives to improve tobacco control" complements EU law. Addressing national governments, David Byrne said : "One element of the Recommendation is that Member States should evaluate expenditure by the tobacco industry on the promotion of their products. I encourage them to do so. Looking at the presence of tobacco in fashion and film, we need to know more about all the industry's practices directly or indirectly addressed to promote tobacco products. In fact, such activities, which constitute means of promoting tobacco products while circumventing bans on direct tobacco advertising already in force for certain media, should be specifically regulated by Member States authorities."

    [05] Année européenne de l'éducation par le sport 2004 : la Commission lance un appel à projets

    Améliorer le partenariat entre monde éducatif et monde sportif, mieux utiliser les valeurs du sport dans l'éducation et l'intégration, accroître le volontariat sportif : ce sont quelques-uns des objectifs de l'Année européenne de l'éducation par le sport 2004. Cette Année, qui coïncide avec plusieurs événements sportifs majeurs comme l'Euro 2004 de football au Portugal et les Jeux olympiques d'Athènes, entre autres, a été dotée par le Parlement européen et le Conseil d'un budget de 11,5 millions d'€. Une partie de ce budget ira au soutien d'actions et de projets, du niveau communautaire au niveau local, pour lesquels la Commission vient de publier un appel à propositions.

    [06] Commission clears purchase of orthopaedics products maker Centerpulse by Smith & Nephew

    The European Commission has approved the acquisition of sole control of Swiss manufacturer of orthopaedic products Centerpulse AG (formely known as Sulzer Medica AG) by Smith & Nephew plc., a UK-based company active in the same field. The Commission has concluded that although the merged entity will become the European market leader for hip and knee devices, it will face sufficient competitive pressure from other players in the market.

    [07] La Commission autorise ThyssenKrupp à acquérir l'équipementier automobile français Sofedit

    La Commission européenne a autorisé le groupe industriel allemand ThyssenKrupp à acquérir l'équipementier automobile français Sofedit. L'opération ne comporte que des chevauchements limités, qui ne soulèvent pas de graves problèmes de concurrence.

    [08] La Commission autorise le groupe de construction espagnol Ferrovial à acquérir Amey

    La Commission européenne a autorisé est le groupe de construction espagnol Ferrovial à acquérir le contrôle exclusif de la société britannique Amey plc. Amey est un fournisseur de services intégrés d'aide aux entreprises au Royaume-Uni. La Commission a conclu que l'opération ne poserait aucun problème sur le marché en cause des services d'aide aux entreprises au Royaume-Uni.

    [09] Commission authorises acquisition of Royal Mail's IT division by Computer Sciences Corporation

    The European Commission has approved the acquisition of sole control over RM Business Systems Limited the IT division of UK postal operator Royal Mail Group plc - by the US-based IT services provider Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). The Commission has concluded that no competition concerns arise from the transaction.

    [10] Commission clears purchase of German utility metering company Viterra by CVC

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of full control of German firm Viterra Energy Services AG by CVC Funds from the E.On group. Viterra supplies and installs electricity and other utility meters in Germany where it also provides consumption-based measurement and billing of heat, electricity, gas and water. The acquisition is being carried out through a special vehicle created by CVC and called Meter Acquisition GmbH & Co. KG. (The operation, notified on 22 April 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [11] Commission clears ING and Sonae joint control of Lisbon shopping mall

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition by the Dutch financial group ING Groep N.V of 50% of the shares in Ascendente SGPS S.A., the Portuguese company which owns the Vasco da Gama shopping centre in Lisbon. Ascendente is currently solely controlled by Portuguese company Sonae Imobiliária SGPS, S.A. After the deal it will be jointly controlled by ING and Sonae. (The operation, notified on 22 April 2003, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure).

    [12] Conférence sur le projet de transport d'hydrocarbures Odessa-Brody- Pllock : renforcer la sécurité et l'intégrité de l'approvisionnement énergétique de l'UE

    Une conférence intitulée "Odessa-Brody-Plock Oil Transportation Project" a eu lieu le 27 mai r Bruxelles, avec la participation de Mme Loyola de Palacio, vice-présidente de la Commission européenne, de M. Marek Pol, vice- premier ministre polonais, de M. Vitaly Gaiduk, vice-premier ministre ukrainien, et de représentants de l'industrie du pétrole et du raffinage, du secteur financier privé ainsi que de la BERD et de la BEI.

    [13] Turning the tide on environmental degradation : the EU examines ways to reverse damage in the Mediterranean and Black Seas

    Fifty years of intense development and exploitation have resulted in significant change to the fragile natural resources of the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and their coastal areas. Agreeing ways to prevent further environmental degradation will be the focus of the "International Conference on the Sustainable Development of the Mediterranean and Black Sea Environment" (IASON), to be held from 28 May to 1 June in Thessaloniki (Greece), sponsored by the Greek Presidency and the European Commission. The conference will devise sustainable strategies for managing and preserving marine ecosystems, also taking into consideration economic and social factors. The event aims to strengthen the scientific and technological collaboration between the European Union and countries in the eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, in particular candidate countries. Researchers and policy-makers will address a range of related issues such as climate change, sustainable land use and coastal management, bio-diversity, biotechnology, the impact of human activities, sustainable fisheries, aquaculture and environmental economy.

    [14] Eleventh EU-Russia Summit (31/05, St. Petersburg)

    The 11th Summit between the European Union and the Russian Federation will be held in St. Petersburg on 31 May 2003. The EU will be represented by the leaders of all twenty five current and future EU Member States, the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi and the Secretary General/High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana. The Summit will commemorate the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, built as Peter the Great's 'window on Europe', and will take place against the background of a number of significant internal and international developments (constitutional referendum in Chechnya, developments in the Middle East including Iraq, signature of the Accession Treaty by ten future EU Member States and launch of the debate on Wider Europe ). In the run up to the Summit President Prodi said : "I am confident this Summit will bring our partnership with the Russian Federation yet one step further, consolidating past progress and developing further avenues for cooperation". Commissioner for External Relations Chris Patten declared : "The Summit will bring environmental issues and Justice and Home Affairs to the forefront of our cooperation, including our joint efforts to ensure that the Kyoto Protocol enters into force as soon as possible and the need to conclude a bilateral readmission agreement."

    [15] Autre matériel diffusé

    Note sur la préparation du Conseil Emploi, Politique sociale, Santé et Protection des Consommateurs (02-03, Luxembourg)

    Discours de M. Verheugen : "15 Staaten reichen Polen die Hand Polen muß die Hand nur noch ergreifen" (27/05, Varsovie)

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "Making European Higher Education a Worldwide Reference" at EUA Convention of European Higher Education Institutions (Graz, ! embargo 29/05 4 pm !)


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