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

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] President Barroso meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai - and announces details of Afghan reconstruction programmes for 2005/2006
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of IHG Portfolio by Lehman Brothers and Europe Realty
  • [03] Perspectives et enjeux du cinéma européen dans la société de l'information, lors de la Journée de l'Europe organisée dans le cadre du Festival de Cannes 2005
  • [04] Illegal dyes in spices : Member States agree common approach proposed by Commission
  • [05] Statement by Charlie McCreevy on adoption of the European Parliament opinion on the cross-border mergers Directive (10/05)
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-05-11 Reference: MEX/05/0511 Date: 11/05/2005 EXME05 / 11.5

    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

    11/05/05


  • [01] President Barroso meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai - and announces details of Afghan reconstruction programmes for 2005/2006

    European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, will meet Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, in Brussels on 11 May. They will review the reconstruction process and the ongoing political transition in Afghanistan. They will also discuss counter-narcotics efforts, priorities for future cooperation between the EU and Afghanistan and forthcoming elections. Presidents Barroso and Karzai will announce details of the Commission's programme for reconstruction assistance for 2005 and 2006. This programme will complete the delivery of the Commission's pledge of €1 billion of reconstruction aid for Afghanistan for the period 2002-2006. So far under this reconstruction programme, €657 million has been delivered. This figure does not include an additional €216.5 million in humanitarian assistance over the 2001-2004 period. With 87% of these funds already contracted, the Commission has consistently delivered the money it has pledged to Afghanistan on time.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of IHG Portfolio by Lehman Brothers and Europe Realty

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of IHG Portfolio of the UK by Lehman Brothers Real State Partners (LBREP II) of the US and Europe Realty Holdings Pte. Ltd. (Europe Realty) of Singapore. LBREP II is an investment fund ultimately controlled by Lehman Brothers, a global investment bank, based in the US, providing financial services to corporations, institutions, governments and investors worldwide. Europe Realty invests in real estate in Europe on behalf of the Government of Singapore. IHG Portfolio is composed of 73 hotels located in the UK and operated under the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Express by Holiday Inn brands. These hotels will continue to be managed by the InterContinental Hotels Group, who owns these brands. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [03] Perspectives et enjeux du cinéma européen dans la société de l'information, lors de la Journée de l'Europe organisée dans le cadre du Festival de Cannes 2005

    Le Festival international du film de Cannes débute aujourd'hui avec la projection d'un film européen, "Lemming", de Dominik Moll, qui a bénéficié du soutien du programme MEDIA de l'Union européenne. Le 17 mai, le Festival célèbrera la troisième Journée de l'Europe, sur le thème : "Les cinémas d’Europe et la société de l’information". Les ministres de la culture et de l'audiovisuel de l'UE discuteront des effets des nouveaux canaux de diffusion des œuvres audiovisuelles, comme les films en ligne et la vidéo la demande, avec des réalisateurs, des acteurs économiques – producteurs, propriétaires de chaînes, directeurs de studios – et les nouveaux venus – les sociétés de télécommunication. Le célèbre cinéaste Michael Winterbottom ("In this World", "Welcome to Sarajevo", "Code 46") a accepté d'être l'invité d'honneur de cette journée.

    [04] Illegal dyes in spices : Member States agree common approach proposed by Commission

    The European Commission and food safety experts from the EU Member States yesterday discussed and agreed a common approach to tackling recent contaminations of spices and other foods by industrial dyes such as Para Red and dyes similar to Sudan I. In particular, four Member States (UK, the Netherlands, France and Spain) agreed that their laboratories would work together to further develop analytical methods for Para Red and similar dyes for the benefit of all Member States. Pending the results of this exercise, it was agreed that the limit of detection for most illegal dyes similar to Sudan 1 was 0.5 – 1 mg/kg, and that all foods prepared from spices containing illegal dyes above this level should be withdrawn from the market. The meeting also agreed to ask the European Food Safety Authority to carry out a review of toxicological data available on Para Red and other similar dyes. Pending the availability of harmonised methodology, Member States should continue to carry out controls and report unfavourable results to the Rapid Alert System. The Commission and Member States will continue to raise the awareness of the food industry about their responsibilities, and the Commission will transmit the analytical methods developed to third countries.

    [05] Statement by Charlie McCreevy on adoption of the European Parliament opinion on the cross-border mergers Directive (10/05)

    European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Charlie McCreevy welcomed vote in the European Parliament on the proposed 10th Company Law Directive on cross-border mergers of limited liability companies. He said : "The cross-border Directive opens new ground. It is a major step in favour of EU businesses, which have been calling for the adoption of this text for many years. This is true, in particular, of those mid-sized businesses which are active in more than one Member State, yet too small to form European companies. With this Directive, European companies will be able to organise themselves and develop efficiencies on a cross-border basis, and further reap the benefits of the Single Market."

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Afghanistan: How EU support is making a real difference

    Note on Competitiveness Council (10/05)

    Speech by Olli Rehn : "The regional dimension in European integration" at the South-East European Cooperation Process – 8th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Participating Countries (Bucharest) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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