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

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 will meet with World Bank President Wolfowitz on Monday 14 November
  • [02] Commission approves acquisition of Kappa Holding B.V. by Jefferson Smurfit, subject to conditions
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of York by JCT
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of HSY by ThyssenKrupp
  • [05] EU and China to strengthen cooperation on product safety
  • [06] La Commission augmente l'appui au processus électoral en République Démocratique du Congo de €60 millions
  • [07] Danuta Hübner meets 300 Czech mayors to discuss how to promote Cohesion Policy
  • [08] Joe Borg visits Northern Ireland
  • [09] László Kovács' official visit to China (14-16/11)
  • [10] Benita Ferrero-Waldner to participate in conference on Civilian Crisis Management Capacity of the EU
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-11-11 Reference: MEX/05/1111 Date: 11/11/2005 EXME05 / 11.11

    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

    11/11/05


  • [01] President Barroso will meet with World Bank President Wolfowitz on Monday 14 November

    The President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso will meet with World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz in Brussels to discuss a wide range of global and regional issues as well as the overall relations of the European Commission with the World Bank. They will hold a brainstorming discussion involving the President of the European Investment Bank, Philip Maystadt, as well as Commissioners Almunia, Ferrero-Waldner, Mandelson, Michel and Rehn.

    [02] Commission approves acquisition of Kappa Holding B.V. by Jefferson Smurfit, subject to conditions

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the Dutch company Kappa Holding B.V. (Kappa) by the Irish based international packaging group, Jefferson Smurfit (JSG), subject to conditions. The Commission found that the proposed transaction gave rise to competition concerns in various countries as regards corrugated boxes and solid board boxes, graphic board and solid board partitions, all products used in the packaging industry. However, the parties have offered remedies that remove the concerns identified by the Commission.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of York by JCT

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of York International Corporation (York) of the US by Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI), also of the US. JCI supplies electronic car interior systems such as seating systems, instrument panels, overhead systems, floor consoles and door systems. It also manufactures and installs control systems that automate a building's heating, ventilating and air conditioning, as well as its lighting and fire safety equipment. York is active worldwide in the supply of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems and solutions (HVAC&R). The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of HSY by ThyssenKrupp

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Greek company Hellenic Shipyards S.A. (HSY) by ThyssenKrupp AG (TK) of Germany. TK’s three main areas of business are steel, capital goods and services. Capital goods include both civil and military shipbuilding (passenger ships, container ships, river cruisers, motor yachts, naval surface vessels and submarines) and the maintenance and repair of such ships. HSY is active in shipbuilding and repair and industrial constructions. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] EU and China to strengthen cooperation on product safety

    Cooperation between the EU and China on product safety is set to be considerably strengthened, following agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding in Brussels today. The Memorandum was drawn up by the European Commission's DG Health and Consumer Protection and the Chinese governmental agency for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). It aims to establish better communication and collaboration between the responsible authorities on general product safety, food safety, and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues, with a view to boosting the overall protection of both EU and Chinese citizens. Welcoming today's agreement, Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, said : "China is one of the EU's most important trading partners when it comes to consumer goods, and this relationship can only be expected to grow in the coming years. Ensuring consumer safety is a top priority for the Commission, and today's agreement is a significant step forward in this regard. By developing a common understanding between Europe and China on food and product safety issues, I believe that a culture of mutual understanding and trust can be developed, to the benefit of all our consumers."

    [06] La Commission augmente l'appui au processus électoral en République Démocratique du Congo de €60 millions

    La Commission européenne a adopté la décision d'un financement pour un montant de €60 millions du "programme d'appui au processus électoral", qui s'ajoute une première contribution de €89 millions allouée en 2004.

    [07] Danuta Hübner meets 300 Czech mayors to discuss how to promote Cohesion Policy

    New EU funds for cohesion policy will help make Europe the most dynamic and competitive knowledge based economy by bringing growth and jobs in the regions, noted European Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner in her speech to the Czech mayors, delivered this morning at the Parliament of the Czech Republic. During her visit in Prague, Ms Hübner is meeting Czech Prime Minister, Jiř Paroubek, Vice Premier and Minister of Finance, Bohuslav Sobotka, Minister of Regional Development, Radko Martinek and several Czech Members of the European Parliament. She will be discussing how the Czech Republic can best prepare to receive and make the most out of significant EU funds while keeping balances, interest rates and inflation under control.

    [08] Joe Borg visits Northern Ireland

    The European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Joe Borg travelled from Donegal to Belfast late this morning as part of his two-day visit to Ireland. The Commissioner will be in Kilkeel this afternoon. After a tour of the harbour, Mr Borg will meet with representatives of the fisheries sector. The Commissioner said that he was looking forward to his first-ever visit to Northern Ireland. "I am looking forward to meeting stakeholders in Kilkeel and to hearing at first hand what their concerns are. It is always also interesting to understand the particularities of the fleets and fisheries concerned. The industry is undeniably facing a number of challenges. This makes co-operation and permanent dialogue all the more valuable in finding opportunities and solutions to problems thus benefiting the fishing sector and the coastal communities such as Kilkeel."

    [09] László Kovács' official visit to China (14-16/11)

    The European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs László Kovács will pay a three-day official visit to China from 14 to 16 November. The purpose will be to initiate a permanent dialogue in customs topics of common interest to the EC and China. He will participate in the first session of the Joint EU-China Customs Cooperation Committee. He will have talks with Vice Premier Madam Wu Yi, Minister of Customs Mu Xinsheng and high-level Chinese and EU officials and business representatives in both Beijing and Shanghai. A main subject discussed will be counterfeit since China, and more widely Asia, remains the main source of the counterfeits intercepted in Europe. The EU agreement with China on customs co-operation and mutual administrative assistance (see <a href="http://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/04/599&format=HTML&aged=1&language=EN&guiLanguage=fr">IP/04/599) is an important step forward in the fight against fraud and counterfeiting and the clear will of the Chinese authorities to co-operate with European customs in this regard is evident. Supply chain security will also be discussed with the Chinese customs authorities. The aim in that case will be to reinforce the efforts to achieve mutual recognition of security measures and business partnership programmes between the EC and China.

    [10] Benita Ferrero-Waldner to participate in conference on Civilian Crisis Management Capacity of the EU

    A Conference on "Enhancing the European Civilian Crisis Management Capacity of the European Union" will take place on 14-15 November in Brussels in the Charlemagne Building. The conference will be opened by Benita Ferrero- Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy and President Martti Ahtisaari, Chairman, Crisis Management Initiative. The conference starts at 09h00 on Monday 14 November. There will be a press point at 10h30 with Commissioner Ferrero- Waldner and President Ahtisaari in the VIP Corner in the Charlemagne Building right after the opening speeches. Interested journalists attending the VIP corner and/or the conference should confirm their attendance with Tanja Gohlert by Friday 6 pm. A detailed programme of the conference is also available: <a href="mailto:tanja.gohlert@cec.eu.int">tanja.gohlert@cec.eu.int

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Günter Verheugen : "Werte im Wandel" to Wirtschaftsvereinigung Stahl (Düsseldorf)

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Tax harmonisation - No thanks" at European Business Initiative on Taxation (10/11)

    Speech by Benita Ferrero-Waldner : "Israel-EU relations: fulfilling the potential" (10/11, Tel Aviv)

    Speech by Olli Rehn : "Deeds must follow words – Albania moves towards implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement" to the Albanian Parliament (Tirana)

    Calendrier du 14 au 20 novembre From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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