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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-10-13

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] European Commission launches PLAN D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate
  • [02] 450 millions € pour la restructuration et la reconversion des vignobles
  • [03] Simulation d’un tremblement de terre en Sicile dans le cadre d’un exercice de protection civile européen
  • [04] Sustainable Energy Forum, Amsterdam, 13-14 October 2005
  • [05] La Commission clôture la procédure contre l’Italie concernant les règles comptables applicables aux clubs de sport professionnels («loi Salva Calcio»)
  • [06] Free movement of capital: Commission calls on Italy to modify law on privatised companies and to apply Court ruling on investment in energy companies
  • [07] Electronic Communications: Commission takes action against nine Member States to ensure competitive conditions in the market
  • [08] Commission indicator forecasts euro area quarterly GDP growth of 0.2% to 0.6% for the third quarter and 0.4% to 0.8% for the fourth quarter.
  • [09] Mergers: Commission clears planned acquisition of Salomon by Amer Group, subject to conditions
  • [10] Joe Borg visits Sweden
  • [11] Régions: Annuaire statistique 2005 - La diversité régionale en chiffres - des données sur les 268 régions de l’UE25, de la Roumanie et de la Bulgarie
  • [12] Second estimate for the second quarter of 2005 - Euro-zone GDP up by 0.3% and EU25 up by 0.4% - +1.1% and +1.3% respectively compared to second quarter of 2004
  • [13] Stavros Dimas welcomes conciliation agreement on revised bathing water directive
  • [14] Rédiffusion
  • [15] Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of car airbag producer Dalphi Metal España by TRW
  • [16] Concentrations: la Commission autorise le projet d’acquisition de CP Ships par TUI, sous réserve du respect de certaines conditions
  • [17] Avian Influenza in Romania: presence of virus confirmed
  • [18] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-10-13 Reference: MEX/05/1013 Date: 13/10/2005 EXME05 / 13.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Presse etb

    Communication

    13/10/05


  • [01] European Commission launches PLAN D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate

    The European Commission has today launched its Plan D (Democracy, Dialogue, Debate) laying the foundations for the profound debate about Europe’s future which is to take place in the months to come. Faced with French and Dutch no votes on the European Constitution, Heads of Government called for a “period of reflection” to enable a broad debate to take place in each Member State. Ultimately, Governments must steer these national debates forward, but the Commission has a key role in facilitating the process. The Commission’s “Plan D” - Democracy, Dialogue and Debate - puts in place a framework, through national governments, for a 25 country debate on Europe’s future. The clear objective is to build a new political consensus about the right policies to equip Europe to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

    [02] 450 millions € pour la restructuration et la reconversion des vignobles

    La Commission européenne a adopté deux décisions sur la restructuration et la reconversion des vignobles. La première décision porte sur l'allocation financière indicative de 450 millions € aux États membres producteurs de vin en faveur de la restructuration et de la reconversion des vignobles pour la campagne de commercialisation 2005/2006. La deuxième décision concerne l'allocation définitive pour la campagne 2004/2005.

    [03] Simulation d’un tremblement de terre en Sicile dans le cadre d’un exercice de protection civile européen

    Ce week-end, des équipes de protection civile italienne, française, grecque, portugaise, suédoise et britannique participeront un exercice de protection civile en vue de simuler les réponses un tremblement de terre en Sicile. M. Stavros Dimas, membre de la Commission responsable de l’Environnement, assistera l’exercice, qui exige le déploiement d’équipes de recherche et de sauvetage et d’autres spécialistes en gestion des catastrophes. Il s’agit l du quatrième exercice international sur le terrain organisé dans le cadre du mécanisme de protection civile de l’UE en 2005. Les exercices de ce type permettent aux équipes de protection civile de collaborer plus efficacement en cas de catastrophe réelle.

    [04] Sustainable Energy Forum, Amsterdam, 13-14 October 2005

    The first meeting of the Sustainable Energy Forum is taking place today and tomorrow in Amsterdam, hosted by the Dutch authorities. This will be the first time that Member States, the European Parliament, the Commission, industry and stakeholders in the field of sustainable energy will gather. “The coming years will be a watershed period for both European and global energy policy as a result of a changing market. We will need to continue to develop and diversify our energy supply, and we should increase the efficiency of our energy systems,” said Commissioner Piebalgs.

    [05] La Commission clôture la procédure contre l’Italie concernant les règles comptables applicables aux clubs de sport professionnels («loi Salva Calcio»)

    La Commission européenne a décidé de clore la procédure d’infraction contre l’Italie concernant sa loi dite «Salva Calcio» relative aux informations financières fournir par les clubs de sport professionnels. La Commission considère qu’étant donné les récents amendements apportés cette loi, il n’y a plus violation des règles comptables communautaires.

    [06] Free movement of capital: Commission calls on Italy to modify law on privatised companies and to apply Court ruling on investment in energy companies

    [07] Electronic Communications: Commission takes action against nine Member States to ensure competitive conditions in the market

    [08] Commission indicator forecasts euro area quarterly GDP growth of 0.2% to 0.6% for the third quarter and 0.4% to 0.8% for the fourth quarter.

    [09] Mergers: Commission clears planned acquisition of Salomon by Amer Group, subject to conditions

    [10] Joe Borg visits Sweden

    After his visit to Lisbon at the beginning of the week, Joe Borg, Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, will leave for Sweden this afternoon. He will have a meeting with Minister of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Affairs, Ms Ann-Christin Nykvist, and Director-General of the Swedish Board of Fisheries, Axel Wenblad, in Gothenburg. Topics for discussion will include the proposed European Fisheries Fund, the long-term management plan for Baltic cod, autonomous tariff quotas and the eel management measures, proposed last week by the Commission. Commissioner Borg will also highlight the possibilities that are available under the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG), to co-finance campaigns to encourage fish consumption. Tomorrow morning, the Commissioner will meet with representatives of the Swedish fisheries sector to hear their concerns at first hand and to discuss the best way to achieve sustainable fisheries. He intends to congratulate stakeholders for their contribution to the setting up of the Regional Advisory Councils, which are one of the pillars of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. The Commissioner will also reaffirm his conviction that constructive and permanent dialogue with stakeholders is vital to the successful management of the European Union’s fisheries resources. Mr Borg will then visit the newly- established Swedish Fisheries Monitoring and Control Centre at Tangudden before watching a demonstration of the selective grid which Sweden has recently developed to help conserve cod and reduce discards in the shrimp and Norway lobster fisheries. Commissioner Borg will leave Gothenburg for Helsinki in the afternoon to start a visit to Finland.

    [11] Régions: Annuaire statistique 2005 - La diversité régionale en chiffres - des données sur les 268 régions de l’UE25, de la Roumanie et de la Bulgarie

    Eurostat publie aujourd’hui une nouvelle édition de l’annuaire statistique des régions de l’UE, qui couvre les 254 régions des 25 États membres de l’UE définies au niveau 2 de la nomenclature des unités territoriales statistiques (NUTS 3), ainsi que les 14 régions de la Bulgarie et de la Roumanie. Cette édition inclut cette année des chapitres sur la population, l’agriculture, le PIB, les comptes des ménages, le marché de l’emploi, les transports, la science, la technologie et l’innovation, les entreprises, la santé, les statistiques urbaines, l’éducation.

    [12] Second estimate for the second quarter of 2005 - Euro-zone GDP up by 0.3% and EU25 up by 0.4% - +1.1% and +1.3% respectively compared to second quarter of 2004

    Euro-zone GDP grew by 0.3% and EU25 GDP by 0.4% in the second quarter of 2005 according to revised estimates from Eurostat. In the first quarter of 2005, growth rates were +0.4% in both zones. In comparison with the same quarter of the previous year, GDP grew by 1.1% in the euro-zone and by 1.3% in the EU25, after +1.3% and +1.5% respectively in the previous quarter. In the second quarter of 2005 and among the Member States for which data are available, Lithuania (+3.3%) recorded the highest growth rate, followed by Latvia (+3.2%) and Estonia (+2.8%). Decreases were recorded in Finland (- 1.6%), Greece (-0.3%) and Poland (-0.2%).

    [13] Stavros Dimas welcomes conciliation agreement on revised bathing water directive

    The European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas welcomed conciliation agreement on 12 October between the European Parliament and Council on the revision of the EU bathing water directive. The new directive will tighten the health standards for bathing water – and simplify them. It will improve the management of bathing sites and the provision of public information about them ; and streamline water quality monitoring programmes.

    [14] Rédiffusion

    [15] Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of car airbag producer Dalphi Metal España by TRW

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Dalphi’s car airbag and steering wheel business by TRW, the US automotive component manufacturer. The transaction will not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any significant part of it as other large and capable players will continue to compete in the market.

    [16] Concentrations: la Commission autorise le projet d’acquisition de CP Ships par TUI, sous réserve du respect de certaines conditions

    La Commission européenne a donné son feu vert, en vertu du règlement CE sur les concentrations, au projet d’acquisition de la compagnie maritime canadienne CP Ships par la société allemande TUI, qui possède la compagnie maritime Hapag-Lloyd. Cette autorisation est subordonnée au retrait de Hapag-Lloyd de deux conférences maritimes actives entre l’Europe et l’Amérique du nord. Compte tenu de l’engagement relatif ce retrait, la Commission est arrivée la conclusion que l'opération n'entraverait pas de manière significative une concurrence effective dans l'Espace économique européen (EEE) ou une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [17] Avian Influenza in Romania: presence of virus confirmed

    The three EU laboratory experts sent to Romania by the Commission last Monday have confirmed that Avian Influenza virus H5 has been detected in tests on two samples from a chicken and a duck taken in a suspected backyard farm in the Danube delta. This finding has been confirmed by using reagents the EU experts brought with them from the Community reference laboratory. Further tests are necessary to ascertain if the virus in question is the H5N1 strain.

    [18] Autre matériel diffusé

    Joe Borg visits Sweden and Finland

    Infringement proceedings in the field of electronic communications: What are the issues at stake?

    Speech by Oli Rehn – Growth and jobs in the EU and Romania

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy - The EU Framework for investment funds: a facilitator – not a strait-jacket

    Discours de M. Jacques Barrot - Les traversées Alpines From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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