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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-03-07

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] Statement by the EU Troika following incidents during a women's rights demonstration in Istanbul on 6 March 2005
  • [02] Making life easier for business : Commission launches "Your Europe" internet portal
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Elkem by Orkla
  • [04] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de France Télécom Câble et NC Numéricâble par Cinven
  • [05] Customs : Budapest conference 9-11 March
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-03-07 Reference: MEX/05/0307 Date: 07/03/2005 EXME05 / 7.3

    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

    07/03/05


  • [01] Statement by the EU Troika following incidents during a women's rights demonstration in Istanbul on 6 March 2005

    Ahead of a ministerial meeting between the EU Troika and Turkey in Ankara on 7 March, the representatives of the European Union - Jean Asselborn, current President of the Council of the European Union, Olli Rehn, European Commissioner in charge of Enlargement and Denis MacShane, British Minister for Europe – issued the following joint statement : "We were shocked by images of the police beating women and young people demonstrating in Istanbul in connection with International Women's Day. We condemn all violence, as demonstrations must be peaceful. On the eve of a visit by the EU during which the rights of women will be an important issue, we are concerned to see such disproportionate force used against demonstrators. We ask the Turkish authorities to carry out an investigation into this event to prevent similar incidents in the future."

    [02] Making life easier for business : Commission launches "Your Europe" internet portal

    Where should I register my company in Germany? What do I need to know about taxes in Slovakia? And how do I find out more about EU's funding schemes? The new "Your Europe" portal answers these and a wealth of other questions, such as how to start up a business, financing and public procurement opportunities in other Member States. Enterprises wishing to trade and carry out business across the EU frequently encounter administrative requirements and have to interact with public administrations. "Your Europe" aims to make it easier to to find out about them and overcome obstacles and to make life easier of businesses in the EU. It represents a first step towards European eGovernment services and assists - through a single entry point - businesses to find their way around.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Elkem by Orkla

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Elkem ASA (Elkem) of Norway by Orkla ASA (Orkla) also of Norway. Orkla is active in branded consumer goods, chemicals, energy and financial investments. Elkem is active in the production and supply of metals and materials to the steel, foundry, chemicals, electronics and aluminium industries as well as in the energy sector. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de France Télécom Câble et NC Numéricâble par Cinven

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en application du règlement sur les concentrations de l'UE, le projet d'acquisition par le fonds d'investissement britannique Cinven des sociétés françaises France Télécom Câble et NC Numéricâble, opérateurs de réseaux câblés offrant des services de télévision et d'Internet. Bien que ces deux entreprises soient toutes deux actives dans le secteur de la télévision payante en France, la Commission a conclu que l'opération n'aurait pas pour conséquence d'entraver de manière significative une concurrence effective dans l'Espace Economique Européen (EEE) ou une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [05] Customs : Budapest conference 9-11 March

    The European Commission will, together with the Hungarian customs administration, host a conference on the modernisation of the EU Customs Code from 9 to 11 March in Budapest, Hungary. The conference will bring together representatives of the European Parliament, traders and customs and information technology experts from national customs administrations and the Commission. The conference is the final stage of a purpose of consultation on a draft Commission proposal for a radical overhaul of the customs code so as to facilitate traders in their dealings with customs administrations. Stakeholders have already been given the opportunity to comment on the Commission's plans via the public consultations that the Commission held in 2004. Journalists are welcome to participate in the conference and in particular to attend the press conference that will take place from 10h35-11h15 on 9 March.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    "Your Europe" Portal : first step to EU wide E-government

    International Women's Day (08/03) - Gender Mainstreaming in EU policies

    Preparation of Eurogroup and Council of Economics and Finance Ministers (07- 08/03) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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