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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-09-16

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] Gouvernement d'entreprise : la Commission lance une consultation sur les droits des actionnaires
  • [02] Commission clears Banco Santander's takeover bid for Abbey National
  • [03] Commission clears TV ratings joint venture between VNU and WPP
  • [04] Commission clears CD&R acquisition of Culligan, a US water treatment company
  • [05] Commission clears Centris call centre JV between Dutch postal services operator TPG and Essent Retail
  • [06] Ao√Ľt 2004 : le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro stable √ 2,3% ; le taux de l'UE25 stable √ 2,3%
  • [07] Autre mat√©riel diffus√© Midday Express of 2004-09-16 Reference: MEX/04/0916 Date: 16/09/2004 EXME04 / 16.9

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    16/09/04


  • [01] Gouvernement d'entreprise : la Commission lance une consultation sur les droits des actionnaires

    La Commission européenne a lancé une consultation publique sur la manière de faciliter l'exercice des droits de base des actionnaires dans les assemblées générales des sociétés et de résoudre les problèmes que soulève l'exercice transfrontalier de ces droits, en particulier des droits de vote. Les réponses seront prises en considération dans une prochaine proposition de directive - qui fait partie du plan d'action de la Commission sur le gouvernement d'entreprise. Les réponses doivent parvenir à la Commission au plus tard le 16 décembre 2004.

    [02] Commission clears Banco Santander's takeover bid for Abbey National

    The European Commission has granted clearance, under the Merger Regulation, to the proposed acquisition of UK bank Abbey National Plc by Banco Santander Central Hispano S.A of Spain. The takeover raises no competition concerns since the two banks presently operate mostly in different countries.

    [03] Commission clears TV ratings joint venture between VNU and WPP

    The European Commission has granted regulatory clearance to a proposed joint venture between VNU of the Netherlands and Britain's WPP which will bring together their television audience measurement (TAM) services outside North America. Although the resulting company will be one of the three leading providers of TV ratings in Europe, the Commission has concluded that there will remain sufficient competition in the market.

    [04] Commission clears CD&R acquisition of Culligan, a US water treatment company

    The European Commission has granted clearance, under the Merger Regulation, to a proposed operation whereby private equity investment fund Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Fund VI Limited Partnership (CD&R, USA) acquires control of the whole of the undertaking Culligan Corporation (USA) by way of purchase of shares. Culligan provides water treatment products and related services. (The operation, notified on 13 August, was examined under a simplified procedure)

    [05] Commission clears Centris call centre JV between Dutch postal services operator TPG and Essent Retail

    The European Commission has granted regulatory clearance, under the Merger Regulation, to a proposed joint venture between Dutch undertakings Koninklijke TPG Post B.V. (TPG Post) and Essent Retail Bedrijven B.V., a supplier of electricity, gas and heat to private customers and SMEs, to which they will contribute their respective call centre businesses. The newly-created Dutch joint venture company will be called Cendris BSC Customer Contact B.V. (The operation, which was notified on 17 August, was examined under a simplified procedure)

    [06] Ao√Ľt 2004 : le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro stable √ 2,3% ; le taux de l'UE25 stable √ 2,3%

    Le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro a √©t√© de 2,3% en ao√Ľt 2004, inchang√© par rapport √ juillet, indique aujourd'hui Eurostat. Un an auparavant, il s'√©levait √ 2,1%. Le taux d'inflation mensuel a √©t√© de 0, 2% en ao√Ľt 2004. Le taux d'inflation annuel de l'UE25 a √©t√© de 2,3% en ao√Ľt 2004, inchang√© par rapport √ juillet. Un an auparavant, il s'√©levait √ 1,9%. Le taux d'inflation mensuel a √©t√© de 0,1% en ao√Ľt 2004.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de M. Lamy : "L'émergence des préférences collectives dans le champ de l'échange international: quelles implications pour la régulation de la mondialisation?" à la Conférence 'Préférences collectives et gouvernance mondiale: quel avenir pour le système commercial mondial?' (15/09)

    Speech by Peter Bal√°zs : "The European Commission's initiative toward competitiveness shared with the private sector in the context of the next financial perspectives" at Forum for EU-US legal economic affairs (Amsterdam) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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