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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-05-04

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] L'Union europĂ©enne Ă votre portĂ©e : une nouvelle gĂ©nĂ©ration de relais d'information est nĂ©e
  • [02] RĂ©seau transeuropĂ©en : €14,8 millions pour des infrastructures de transport
  • [03] Commission approves the acquisition of RAC by Aviva
  • [04] Commission approves acquisition of Creo by Kodak
  • [05] Commission approves joint venture between Rautaruukki, Wärtsilä and SKF
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of ISS by EQT and GSCP
  • [07] Austria failed to implement EU race anti-discrimination law
  • [08] MarchĂ© intĂ©rieur de l'Ă©nergie : Andris Piebalgs rappelle l'importance des interconnections Ă©lectriques
  • [09] Commission puts women's reproductive health and child rights at the heart of Development policy
  • [10] Margot Wallström to visit Hungary and Czech Republic
  • [11] March 2005 compared to March 2004 : volume of retail trade up by 1.4% in euro-zone ; up by 2.1% in EU25
  • [12] Autre matĂ©riel diffusĂ© Midday Express of 2005-05-04 Reference: MEX/05/0504 Date: 04/05/2005 EXME05 / 4.5

    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

    04/05/05


  • [01] L'Union europĂ©enne Ă votre portĂ©e : une nouvelle gĂ©nĂ©ration de relais d'information est nĂ©e

    A partir du 1er mai 2005, toute personne désireuse de s'informer sur l'Union européenne pourra s'adresser à un nouveau réseau de centres locaux appelé le "réseau d'information EUROPE DIRECT". Ce dispositif, déployé à travers toute l'Union, remplace les Info-Points Europe et les Carrefours, qui mettaient traditionnellement à la disposition du public des données sur des sujets ayant trait à l'UE, respectivement dans les zones urbaines et rurales.

    [02] Réseau transeuropéen : €14,8 millions pour des infrastructures de transport

    La Commission européenne vient d’allouer quelque €15 millions à neuf projets d'intérêt commun du réseau transeuropéen de transport (RTE-T). Ces décisions de financement constituent la dernière tranche de l'allocation des €625 millions disponibles au titre du budget 2004 (voir IP/05/50). Le soutien à ces neufs projets porte notamment sur des études techniques et des travaux visant à développer les systèmes de transport intelligents dans les secteurs ferroviaire, aérien et de la navigation intérieure. Il porte aussi sur l'installation d'un système de gestion du trafic routier dans les nouveaux Etats membres harmonisé avec celui des anciens Etats membres. "Le soutien de l'Union européenne contribue à rendre la mobilité européenne plus sûre et plus efficace. Il faut supprimer les barrières techniques au trafic transfrontalier", a rappelé M. Jacques Barrot, vice-président de la Commission responsable du transport.

    [03] Commission approves the acquisition of RAC by Aviva

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition by public bid of RAC plc (RAC), a roadside assistance provider, by the UK insurance group Aviva plc (Aviva). After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it.

    [04] Commission approves acquisition of Creo by Kodak

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Creo Inc. (Creo) of Canada by the Eastman Kodak Company (Kodak) of the United States. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it and has therefore approved the concentration.

    [05] Commission approves joint venture between Rautaruukki, Wärtsilä and SKF

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed joint venture for the production of steel products between the Finnish companies Rautaruukki and Wärtsilä, and SKF of Sweden. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it and has therefore approved the concentration.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of ISS by EQT and GSCP

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of ISS A/S (ISS) of Denmark by the undertakings EQT III and EQT IV, belonging to the EQT group of funds (EQT) of Denmark and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners (GSCP) of the UK. EQT Group is a private equity portfolio company ultimately controlled by Investor AB. GSCP is an equity investment fund controlled by investment banker Goldman Sachs. ISS provides a wide range of facility services and services related to damage control, food hygiene and health care. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] Austria failed to implement EU race anti-discrimination law

    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) today ruled that Austria had breached EU law by failing to transpose fully a European Directive prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of race or ethnic origin (Directive 2000/43/EC). The deadline for EU Member States to transpose this Directive was 19 July 2003 - except for the 10 new Member States, who had to ensure that their legislation complied with the Directives by their accession to the EU on 1 May 2004.

    [08] Marché intérieur de l'énergie : Andris Piebalgs rappelle l'importance des interconnections électriques

    En visite à Templeuve, à la frontière franco-belge, le Commissaire européen à l'Energie Andris Piebalgs s'est félicité de la réalisation prochaine de nouvelles interconnexions électriques entre la France et la Belgique. Bénéficiant du soutien financier des réseaux transeuropéens d'énergie, celles-ci devraient permettre de développer les échanges et la concurrence sur les marchés de l'électricité et de renforcer la sécurité d'approvisionnement dans les deux pays. Le Commissaire a toutefois souligné l'importance de veiller à ce que ces nouvelles capacités soient allouées de manière transparente et non discriminatoire, au bénéfice de tous les consommateurs, et a tenu à rappeler à cet égard le rôle fondamental des régulateurs. "Les gestionnaires de réseaux français et belge coopèrent étroitement tant pour le développement de ces interconnexions que dans la gestion journalière des flux transfrontaliers et il s'agit là d'un très bon exemple au niveau européen", a conclu le Commissaire.

    [09] Commission puts women's reproductive health and child rights at the heart of Development policy

    The European Commission and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are hosting today an international conference on Women, Children and Newborn Health at the Albert Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels. By hosting this conference, the Commission intends to enhance the EU's response to the unacceptable state of women's and children's health, particularly in Africa.

    [10] Margot Wallström to visit Hungary and Czech Republic

    Ms Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy, will be in Budapest from 5 to 7 of May to attend for the first time the conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments. She will also meet President of the Republic of Hungary Mr Ferenc Mádl, Prime Minister Mr Ferenc Gyurcsány and Minister for European Affairs Mr Etele Baráth. On Sunday 8 May, Ms Wallström will take part in the ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Terezin concentration camp. On the 9th of May, on the occasion of the Europe Day, she will meet the students at the Charles University in Prague, and address them on the topic: "The future of Europe - superstate or more democratic Union". On the same day she will meet the Prime Minister Mr JiĹ™í Paroubek, and meet Czech NGO's.

    [11] March 2005 compared to March 2004 : volume of retail trade up by 1.4% in euro-zone ; up by 2.1% in EU25

    In March 2005, compared to March 2004, the volume of retail trade grew by 1.4% in the euro-zone and by 2.1% in the EU25, according to first estimates released by Eurostat. Compared to February 2005, the retail sales index rose by 0.3% in both the euro-zone and the EU25. In March 2005, compared to March 2004, retail trade of "food, drinks and tobacco" gained 1.3% in the euro-zone and 2.0% in the EU25. The non food sector increased by 1.3% and 2.0% respectively.

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    Preparation of the Competitiveness Council (11/05)

    Documentation de référence sur Europe Direct contact centre

    The new Europe Direct information network: Europe on your doorstep

    Speaking points by Mariann Fischer Boel on WTO agricultural negotiations at meeting with FIPs (03/05, Paris)

    Calendrier du 5 au 13 mai 2005 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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