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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-02-11

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] EU regulators favour pro-competitive approach to Internet telephony
  • [02] Secteur du transport ferroviaire : Vladim√≠r Ň pidla salue l'accord des partenaires sociaux sur les conditions de travail
  • [03] La Commission autorise le projet d'acquisition de Cama√Įeu par AXA Private Equity
  • [04] Earth & Space Week : "A flag for planet Earth" - competition rewards nine children
  • [05] EU Constitution goes space
  • [06] Visit of L√°szl√≥ Kov√°cs to London
  • [07] Autre mat√©riel diffus√© Midday Express of 2005-02-11 Reference: MEX/05/0211 Date: 11/02/2005 EXME05 / 11.2

    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

    11/02/05


  • [01] EU regulators favour pro-competitive approach to Internet telephony

    "Voice over Internet Protocol has the potential to radically change the existing market structure" : this has been stressed today by the European Regulators Group (ERG), which brings together the 25 national regulatory authorities responsible for electronic communication markets. Meeting in Brussels, the ERG adopted a common statement on Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services in order to facilitate the roll out and widespread use of Internet telephony in Europe. The European Commission itself favours an EU-wide "light touch" approach to Internet telephony as the best way to encourage competition between internet carriers of telephone traffic and traditional telephone networks.

    [02] Secteur du transport ferroviaire : Vladim√≠r Ň pidla salue l'accord des partenaires sociaux sur les conditions de travail

    Vladim√≠r Ň pidla, le commissaire europ√©en charg√© de l'Emploi, des Affaires sociales et de l'Egalit√© des chances, a salu√© cette semaine une proposition de directive qui √©tablit des r√®gles sp√©cifiques pour le temps de travail, de conduite et de repos des cheminots dont l'activit√© au cours d'une m√™me journ√©e s'√©tend sur le r√©seau ferroviaire d'au moins deux Etats membres. La directive consacre l'accord conclu l'ann√©e derni√®re par les repr√©sentants des employeurs et des travailleurs au niveau europ√©en.

    [03] La Commission autorise le projet d'acquisition de Cama√Įeu par AXA Private Equity

    La Commission europ√©enne a autoris√© la soci√©t√© fran√ßaise AXA Investment Managers Private Equity Europe (AXA Private Equity) √ racheter la soci√©t√© Cama√Įeu SA (France). AXA Private Equity constitue le p√īle "capital-investissement" de l'activit√© de gestion d'actif du Groupe d'assurance AXA (Groupe AXA). Son activit√© consiste √ g√©rer et √ conseiller les fonds d'investisseurs tiers et les investir dans des entreprises ou d'autres fonds d'investissement. Cama√Įeu est active dans la vente au d√©tail des articles de pr√™t-√ -porter f√©minin courant (hors luxe et hors lingerie). Il ressort de l'enqu√™te men√©e par la Commission, trait√©e selon la proc√©dure simplifi√©e du r√®glement Concentrations, que l'op√©ration envisag√©e n'entravera pas de mani√®re significative la concurrence dans le march√© commun.

    [04] Earth & Space Week : "A flag for planet Earth" - competition rewards nine children

    Nine children have been awarded for their designs for a flag for planet Earth as part of the Earth & Space Week opening ceremony on 11 February 2005, in Brussels. The flag design aimed to capture the "motto" of Earth & Space Week: Celebrating our planet, while reaching for the stars. The contest was open to children aged 5 to 19 from the European Union, Norway and Switzerland.

    [05] EU Constitution goes space

    Today European Commission Vice-President G√ľnter Verheugen handed over a copy of the EU Constitution to the European Astronaut Corps, represented by French astronaut Michel Tognini. Symbolising the aspiration of almost 500 million Europeans to work peacefully together, Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori will fly the EU Constitution to the International Space Station (ISS) on 15 April 2005, on board the "Soyuz" launcher taking off from Baikonour in Kazakstan. The copy was handed over at the opening of the Earth and Space Week in Brussels.

    [06] Visit of László Kovács to London

    On his first official visit in London on 10 February, European Taxation and Customs Commissioner László Kovács held a series of constructive meetings with the Paymaster-General, Ms Dawn Primarolo, and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Mr John Healey. Issues discussed included the UK's proposed work programme in the tax and customs fields during its forthcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union; company taxation and VAT issues, particularly in the light of the Lisbon Strategy; savings taxation; and the promotion of the use of information technology in the customs field. Commissioner Kovács stressed the Commission's readiness to provide every assistance to the UK in achieving results in EU tax and customs matters during its Presidency.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    The European Commission's Approach to Voice over IP: frequently asked questions

    Discours de M. Michel : "Le nouveau mandat de la Commission en mati√®re de coop√©ration et d'action humanitaire" √ la journ√©e organis√©e par la 'Coordinadora de ONG para el Desarrollo Espa√Īa' (10/02, Madrid)

    Speech by Andris Piebalgs : "Energy Community is a key to the stabilisation and development of South East Europe" at High Level EBRD Southeast Europe Regional Energy Seminar (10/02, Tirana)

    Speech by G√ľnter Verheugen : "Space: Place of Excitement, Challenge, Risk" at opening of Earth and Space Exposition

    Calendrier du 14 au 18 février 2005 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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