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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-05-13

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] Commission clears acquisition of Gruppo Coin by PAI
  • [02] La Commission se félicite du rapport de la commission parlementaire sur le financement futur de l'Union
  • [03] Enregistrement de deux dénominations de produits agricoles
  • [04] Gouvernement d'entreprise : la Commission lance une consultation sur les normes minimales qu'il conviendrait d'appliquer aux droits des actionnaires
  • [05] Commission to participate in international seminar on future of climate change
  • [06] Internet usage in the EU25 : half of individuals and nine out of ten enterprises used the internet in 2004 ; three-quarters of young people aged 16 to 24 used the internet
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-05-13 Reference: MEX/05/0513 Date: 13/05/2005 EXME05 / 13.5

    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

    13/05/05


  • [01] Commission clears acquisition of Gruppo Coin by PAI

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Gruppo Coin S.p.A. of Italy by PAI Partners S.A.S. (PAI) of France. PAI is one of the largest private equity investors in Europe. PAI's managed funds hold controlling stakes in a large number of companies, which operate in different fields of business, primarily within the consumer goods and services and general industrial sectors. Gruppo Coin is an Italian-listed company active in the retail distribution of clothing and accessories, exclusively through large stores. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [02] La Commission se félicite du rapport de la commission parlementaire sur le financement futur de l'Union

    La Commission européenne a accueilli très favorablement le rapport de la commission temporaire du Parlement européen sur les perspectives financières 2007 2013, présidée par M. Borrell. Le rapport de la commission parlementaire, adopté cette semaine, sera débattu en juin Strasbourg par l'ensemble du Parlement européen et constituera la base de la position du Parlement dans les négociations. Les perspectives financières sont établies dans le cadre d'un accord interinstitutionnel conclu par les trois principales institutions de l'Union européenne.

    [03] Enregistrement de deux dénominations de produits agricoles

    La Commission européenne a ajouté deux dénominations de produits agricoles et alimentaires la liste des appellations d'origine protégées (AOP) et indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Il s'agit de "Miel d'Alsace" (France - IGP) et de "Ricotta Romana" (fromage - Italie - AOP). Les deux dénominations s'ajoutent la liste d'environ 700 produits déj protégés en vertu de la législation sur la protection des indications géographiques, des appellations d'origine et des spécialités traditionnelles. Des renseignements sur les produits de qualité ainsi que la liste des dénominations protégées sont disponibles sur l'internet l'adresse

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_fr.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/agriculture/foodqual/quali1_fr.htm

    [04] Gouvernement d'entreprise : la Commission lance une consultation sur les normes minimales qu'il conviendrait d'appliquer aux droits des actionnaires

    La Commission européenne a lancé une consultation publique sur les normes minimales qu'il serait souhaitable d'appliquer aux droits des actionnaires de sociétés cotées - en particulier le droit de vote - en vue de supprimer certains obstacles pratiques et juridiques qui entravent actuellement l'exercice transfrontalier de ces droits. Les réponses seront prises en considération dans une prochaine proposition de possible directive faisant partie du plan d'action de la Commission sur le gouvernement d'entreprise. La date limite de réponse est fixée au 15 juillet 2005.

    [05] Commission to participate in international seminar on future of climate change

    Informal discussions of current and future international responses to climate change will start next week with a seminar of government experts organised under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The two-day seminar 16 and 17 May in Bonn, Germany, will bring together experts from 189 countries. The objective of the EU, which will be represented by the European Commission and all 25 Member States, is to share information, hear the views of others, and begin building a common understanding on which actions need to be taken in the future to master the global climate change challenge. The Commission will present the European Climate Change Programme, including the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. The EU will not present proposals for a future regime, but looks forward to an open exchange of ideas with the other Parties. A decision on when to launch formal negotiations of a future climate change regime is expected to be taken at the next Conference of the UNFCCC Parties/first meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in December 2005 in Montreal, Canada. In February, the Commission issued a Communication setting out its ideas for future action against climate change (see IP/05/155 and MEMO/05/42). More information on the seminar can be found at :

    <a href="http://unfccc.int/meetings/seminar/items/3410.php">http://unfccc.int/meetings/seminar/items/3410.php

    [06] Internet usage in the EU25 : half of individuals and nine out of ten enterprises used the internet in 2004 ; three-quarters of young people aged 16 to 24 used the internet

    In the EU25, 47% of individuals aged from 16 to 74 used the internet during the first quarter of 2004. More men used the internet than women, and more young people than old. At the beginning of 2004, 89% of enterprises were using the internet, and over half of enterprises had a broadband connection. This information comes from a report released by Eurostat. This report presents the results of surveys of internet usage by individuals and enterprises for the EU25 Member States, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Norway and Iceland. As well as internet use, it covers broadband connections, e- commerce and e-government.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by President Barroso : "The EU and the US: a bilateral partnership for global solutions" at Council on Foreign Relations (New York, ! embargo 19h00 !)

    Speech by Vladimir pidla at the deaf and hearing impaired Europe Conference (London)

    Speech by Olli Rehn : "Cyprus: one year after accession" at Cyprus International Conference Center (Nicosia)

    Speech by Joe Borg : "EU policy for Mediterranean Fisheries" at MEDISAMAK Seminar on Small Scale Fisheries (Ancona)

    Discours de M. pidla : "Les soins de longue durée pour les personnes âgées" (12/05, Luxembourg)

    Calendrier du 16 au 22 mai 2005 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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