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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-05-31

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] Simplification et efficacité accrue pour le financement de la PAC
  • [02] Commission proposes legislation to improve welfare of broiler chickens
  • [03] Commission clears aquisition of Polyconcept by the Investcorp group
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Outokumpu Copper Products Oy
  • [05] Marchés des réseaux téléphoniques mobiles : la Commission salue la décision du régulateur français d'approfondir son analyse du marché
  • [06] Répondre aux préoccupations des jeunes en Europe : la Commission adopte une Communication sur les politiques en faveur de la jeunesse
  • [07] Flash estimate - May 2005 : Euro-zone inflation estimated at 2.0%
  • [08] May 2005 : the decline of economic sentiment in the EU and the euro area continues in May
  • [09] May 2005 : Business Climate Indicator in the euro area continues to decline
  • [10] Benita Ferrero-Waldner visits the US from 1-3 June 2005
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-05-31 Reference: MEX/05/0531 Date: 31/05/2005 EXME05 / 31.5

    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

    31/05/05


  • [01] Simplification et efficacité accrue pour le financement de la PAC

    Le Conseil des ministres de l'Agriculture est parvenu un accord politique sur un règlement modifiant en profondeur le mode de financement de la politique agricole commune compter de 2007. Le financement de la PAC sera très sensiblement simplifié grâce au regroupement des différentes réglementations existantes en un seul règlement. Le nouveau système renforcera et modernisera la gestion et le contrôle des finances de la PAC et resserrera la discipline budgétaire. Il améliorera également les possibilités de recouvrement des fonds communautaires indûment dépensés. Le nouveau règlement met en place deux Fonds qui appliqueront dans la mesure du possible les mêmes règles : le Fonds européen agricole de garantie (FEAGA) et le Fonds européen agricole pour le développement rural (FEADR).

    [02] Commission proposes legislation to improve welfare of broiler chickens

    The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive on the protection of chickens kept for meat production (broilers). Scientific studies have revealed serious health and welfare shortcomings in the intensive farming of chickens. The legislation came as a response to the long-standing appeal of Member States and citizens for the Commission to take action in this area.

    [03] Commission clears aquisition of Polyconcept by the Investcorp group

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU merger regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Polyconcept Holding B.V. ('Polyconcept’, the Netherlands) by Metropolitan Management B.V. (‘Metropolitan’, the Netherlands), belonging to the Investcorp group. Metropolitan/Investcorp is an international group active in investment transactions and global asset management. Polyconcept is developing, sourcing, marketing and distributing promotional and lifestyle products (such as pens, lighters, watches, bags, audio products and telephones). The case was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Outokumpu Copper Products Oy

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU merger regulation to the acquisition of sole control of of Outokumpu Copper Products Oy (‘OCP’, Finland), currently controlled by Outokumpu Oyj (Finland), by Nordic Capital V L.P.(‘Nordic Capital’, Jersey). OCP is a global manufacturer of fabricated copper products. Nordic Capital funds is active as private equity fund manager. The case was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Marchés des réseaux téléphoniques mobiles : la Commission salue la décision du régulateur français d'approfondir son analyse du marché

    La Commission européenne a reçu, le 30 mai, une communication de l'ARCEP, le régulateur français des communications électroniques, selon laquelle elle décide de continuer surveiller le marché français de l'accès et du départ d'appel sur les réseaux téléphoniques publics mobiles. L'ARCEP souhaite ainsi réévaluer son analyse la lumière des développements récents du marché et vérifier si les contrats d'accès au réseau pour les opérateurs mobiles virtuels ("MVNO") récemment conclus sont de nature animer significativement le marché de gros et de détail et accroître la concurrence entre prestataires des services. Dans ces conditions, l'ARCEP retire son projet de décision portant sur l'analyse du marché de gros de l'accès et du départ d'appel mobile.

    [06] Répondre aux préoccupations des jeunes en Europe : la Commission adopte une Communication sur les politiques en faveur de la jeunesse

    La Commission européenne a adopté une Communication sur les "politiques européennes l'égard des jeunes". Ce texte s'inscrit dans le prolongement du Pacte européen pour la jeunesse adopté par le Conseil européen en mars 2005, qui donnait aux jeunes une place essentielle dans le partenariat de Lisbonne renouvelé pour la croissance et l'emploi et qui proposait de mener une action en leur faveur dans les domaines de l'emploi, de l'intégration et de la promotion sociale, de l'éducation et de la formation, de la mobilité et de la conciliation de la vie familiale et de la vie professionnelle.

    [07] Flash estimate - May 2005 : Euro-zone inflation estimated at 2.0%

    Euro-zone annual inflation is expected to be 2.0% in May 2005 according to a flash estimate issued by Eurostat. It was 2.1% in April. Euro-zone inflation is measured by the Monetary Union Index of Consumer Prices (MUICP). To compute the MUICP flash estimates, Eurostat uses early price information relating to the reference month from Member States for which data are available as well as early information about energy prices. The flash estimation procedure for the MUICP combines historical information with partial information on price developments in the most recent months to give a total index for the euro-zone. No detailed breakdown is available. Experience has shown the procedure to be reliable (13 times exactly anticipating the inflation rate, 10 times differing by 0.1 and once differing by 0.2, in January 2005, over the last two years). Further information can be found in Eurostat News Release 113/2001 of 5 November 2001.

    [08] May 2005 : the decline of economic sentiment in the EU and the euro area continues in May

    In May, the economic sentiment indicator (ESI) fell by 0.7 points in the EU and by 0.4 points in the euro area, continuing its almost uninterrupted decline since October of last year. However, with the rate of the decline decelerating (EU: March: -2.4, April: -1.7, May -0.7 ; euro area: March: - 1.3, April: -1.0, May: -0.4), the indicator could see a stabilisation in coming months.

    [09] May 2005 : Business Climate Indicator in the euro area continues to decline

    The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area fell in May for the fifth month in a row. With 0.09 points the decline was, however, significantly smaller than in the previous three months. The May decline of the BCI is reflected in almost all underlying components. The deterioration in industry managers' opinions was more pronounced for production expectations and total order books than for export order books and stocks of finished products while assessment improved slightly for the production trend observed in the recent past.

    [10] Benita Ferrero-Waldner visits the US from 1-3 June 2005

    The European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, will travel to the United States for a series of high-level meetings over three days. This visit centres on the forthcoming EU-US ministerial troika, to be held on 2nd June in Washington. At this ministerial the EU will be represented by the Commissioner, the High Representative, Javier Solana and the Luxembourg Foreign Minister, Jean Asselborn. The US will be represented by Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and the Deputy Secretary for Homeland and Security, Michael Jackson. The agenda concentrates on preparation of the forthcoming EU-US Summit on 20th June and a number of key international issues. In Washington, she will also hold bilateral discussions with the Director of National Intelligence, John Negroponte and with Secretary Rice, and address the US Chamber of Commerce. On 3rd June in New York, the Commissioner will meet a number of representatives of the UN including the Secretary General, Kofi Annan and President of the General Assembly, Jean Ping. At these meetings the Commissioner will underline the EU's support for UN reform and discuss the steps towards a successful UN Summit in September.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Viviane Reding : "Pay-as-you-use Computing Power for All – Europe and the Key Role of Grid Technology" at the occasion of European Grid Technology Day From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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