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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-07-13

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

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Towards a European Consensus for Development : Commission approves a proposal for an ambitious development policy
  • [02] Commission commends Hungarian efforts to correct 2005 budget deficit but sees vulnerabilities
  • [03] Commission opens in-depth investigation into Blackstone's takeover of Acetex
  • [04] Commission approves takeover of VA Tech by Siemens, subject to conditions
  • [05] Personnel : la Commission nomme le Directeur Général adjoint pour le Commerce
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [06] José Manuel Barroso visits China to deepen the strategic partnership
  • [07] Liberté d'établissement : la Commission demande la France, l'Italie et l'Espagne de modifier leurs législations en matière de concessions hydroélectriques
  • [08] Copyright : infringement proceedings against France, Finland, Spain and the Czech Republic for non-implementation of 2001 Copyright Directive
  • [09] Liberté d'établissement et libre circulation des services : procédures d'infraction contre l'Italie, le Portugal, les Pays-Bas, le Luxembourg, la Finlande et l'Espagne
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-07-13 Reference: MEX/05/0713 Date: 13/07/2005 EXME05 / 13.7

    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

    13/07/05


  • [I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

    [01] Towards a European Consensus for Development : Commission approves a proposal for an ambitious development policy

    The European Commission has adopted a proposal defining the new development policy of the European Union. The policy aims at reducing poverty in line with the Millennium Development Goals. The Communication is a proposal for a joint statement by the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission. This "European Consensus" would provide, for the first time in 50 years of development cooperation, a common framework of objectives, values and principles that the Union - all 25 Member States and the Commission - supports and promotes as a global player and as a global partner. The EU is the biggest aid donor in the world, accounting for 55% of development assistance, 20% of which is managed by the Commission.

    [02] Commission commends Hungarian efforts to correct 2005 budget deficit but sees vulnerabilities

    The European Commission has concluded that the Hungarian authorities had taken effective action regarding the 2005 budget deficit, in line with the new Council recommendations of March this year. But achieving the deficit target of 3.6% of GDP in 2005 may require further action and important and decisive adjustments will be needed to cut it further to 2.9% in 2006.

    [03] Commission opens in-depth investigation into Blackstone's takeover of Acetex

    The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation under the EU Merger Regulation into the planned acquisition by the US-based merchant- banking firm Blackstone of the Canadian chemicals company Acetex. One of the companies controlled by Blackstone (Celanese) is active on the same markets as Acetex. The Commission's initial market investigation has found that the proposed acquisition may create significant competition problems given the parties' horizontal overlaps in the markets of acetic acid, vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) and acetic anhydride. The decision to open a detailed inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation. The Commission now has four months to take a final decision on whether the concentration would significantly impede effective competition within the European Economic Area.

    [04] Commission approves takeover of VA Tech by Siemens, subject to conditions

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed takeover of the VA Tech group of Austria by Siemens of Germany, subject to the condition that Siemens divests itself of VA Tech's hydro power business and ensures the independence of metal plant builder SMS Demag. The Commission decision follows an in-depth investigation into the takeover (see IP/05/175). In light of the commitments given by Siemens, the Commission has concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or a significant part of it.

    [05] Personnel : la Commission nomme le Directeur Général adjoint pour le Commerce

    M. Karl Friedrich Falkenberg a été nommé Directeur Général adjoint la Direction Générale du Commerce. M. Falkenberg aura la responsabilité de superviser les services en charge des relations commerciales bilatérales et de l'accès aux marchés pour tous les pays, l'exception de la Chine et du Japon. Il sera également en charge des questions commerciales industrielles telles que l'acier, le charbon, la construction navale et la chimie.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [06] José Manuel Barroso visits China to deepen the strategic partnership

    European Commission President José Manuel Barroso will visit Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macao from 14 to 18 July, at the invitation of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao. This is the first official visit of Mr Barroso and the fourth visit to China by a President of the European Commission. President Barroso will meet Chinese President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen to discuss ways to enhance the maturing partnership between the EU and China, and with the Chief Executives of Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions. He will also make three keynote speeches in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

    [07] Liberté d'établissement : la Commission demande la France, l'Italie et l'Espagne de modifier leurs législations en matière de concessions hydroélectriques

    La Commission européenne a décidé de traduire la France devant la Cour de Justice européenne pour sa législation qui accorde le droit de préférence au concessionnaire sortant, lors du renouvellement des concessions des ouvrages utilisant l'énergie hydraulique. La Commission fera de même pour l'Italie en raison de sa législation nationale qui accorde une préférence analogue au concessionnaire sortant et, dans la Région Trentino-Alto Adige, aux entités publiques locales. Néanmoins, cette décision concernant l'Italie est suspendue pendant une période de quatre mois, puisque des modifications législatives visant supprimer ces préférences sont en préparation au niveau national. Enfin, la Commission a demandé formellement l'Espagne de modifier sa loi qui ne prévoit pas de procédure de mise en concurrence aux fins de l'attribution des concessions hydroélectriques. Cette demande prend la forme d'un avis motivé, la deuxième étape de la procédure d'infraction prévue l'article 226 du traité CE : faute de réponse satisfaisante dans un délai de deux mois, la Commission pourra saisir la Cour.

    [08] Copyright : infringement proceedings against France, Finland, Spain and the Czech Republic for non-implementation of 2001 Copyright Directive

    The European Commission has taken action against three Member States and initiated informal contact with another to ensure that they implement the 2001 Copyright Directive, which all Member States had agreed to do before 22 December 2002. The Commission has decided, under Article 228 of the EC Treaty, to send France and Finland further "reasoned opinions" requesting them to comply immediately with the previous judgments of the European Court of Justice on their non-implementation of the 2001 Copyright Directive. If the Member States concerned do not comply, the Commission can ultimately ask the Court to impose fines. In addition, the Commission has sent the Czech Republic a letter of formal notice - the first stage of infringement proceedings under Article 226 of the EC Treaty - asking it to provide full information on its implementation of the 2001 Copyright Directive. Finally, the Commission has also sent an informal letter to Spain asking it about how it intends to comply with a previous judgment of the European Court on its non-implementation of the 2001 Copyright Directive.

    [09] Liberté d'établissement et libre circulation des services : procédures d'infraction contre l'Italie, le Portugal, les Pays-Bas, le Luxembourg, la Finlande et l'Espagne

    La Commission européenne est intervenue pour mettre fin des obstacles la liberté d'établissement et la libre circulation des services dans six Etats membres. Tout d'abord, la Commission a décidé de saisir la Cour européenne de justice l'encontre de l'Italie, pour sa législation relative la prestation de services de sécurité privés. Dans un contexte similaire, la Commission a décidé, au titre de l'article 228 du traité CE, d'adresser au Portugal et aux Pays-Bas une lettre de mise en demeure leur demandant des informations complètes relatives leur exécution d'arrêts de la Cour concernant également la prestation de services de sécurité privés. Ensuite, la Commission a officiellement enjoint quatre Etats membres de modifier leur législation : le Luxembourg pour son système d'octroi de permis de travail aux étrangers non-UE ; la Finlande pour sa réglementation sur la mobilité des patients ; l'Italie pour sa réglementation en matière d'immatriculation de véhicules de société ; et l'Espagne pour sa réglementation en matière de location touristique de propriétés aux Îles Canaries. Ces injonctions ont été formulées sous la forme d'avis motivés, la deuxième étape de la procédure d'infraction énoncée l'article 226 du traité CE. Faute de réponse satisfaisante dans les deux mois, la Commission pourra porter l'affaire devant la Cour. Enfin, la Commission a classé une action contre l'Allemagne concernant les licences radio car l'Etat fédéral concerné a introduit une nouvelle loi qui respecte le principe de liberté d'établissement entériné l'article 43 du traité CE.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by President José Manuel Barroso : "Europe's response to demographic change" at Conference on Demography (12/07)

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : "The future of Cohesion policy after the European Council" at Centre for European Policy Studies (12/07)

    Speech by Olli Rehn : "EU enlargement under stress – the policy of consolidation, conditionality and communication" at Institute for European Policy (12/07, Berlin) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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