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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-01-09

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] Avian influenza in Turkey : EU takes further import measures and joint expert team starts work on the ground
  • [02] Marché intérieur : la Commission expose son approche concernant les agences de notation de crédit
  • [03] Emissions trading : Commission sets out guidance on national allocations for 2008-2012
  • [04] Commission approves acquisition of BHI by Reckitt Benckiser
  • [05] Commission approves acquisition of joint control of Ahlsell by Goldman Sachs and Cinven
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-01-09 Reference: MEX/06/0109 Date: 09/01/2006 EXME06 / 9.1

    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

    09/01/06


  • [01] Avian influenza in Turkey : EU takes further import measures and joint expert team starts work on the ground

    The European Commission will adopt a decision to ban untreated feathers from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Syria, Iran and Iraq, due to the proximity of these countries to Eastern Turkey where there is currently an outbreak of the H5N1 avian influenza virus in poultry. This decision follows a positive opinion by Member States at a meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) today. The complete ban on any imports of live birds and poultry products from Turkey, which was adopted in early October 2005, remains in place. The Member States experts also discussed the situation with regard to Member States' surveillance for avian flu in the EU. Since the heightened surveillance measures were established by the Commission last October, around 25000 wild birds have been tested for avian influenza in the EU in late 2005. All samples have tested negative for the virus and there has been no reported case of H5N1 in the EU to date. With regard to the latest public health situation in Turkey, the most recent figures from the Turkish authorities indicate that there are now 9 confirmed human cases of avian flu (6 in Eastern Turkey and 3 in Ankara) out of a total of 48 suspected cases under investigation. The joint WHO, European Commission/FAO/OIE and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) expert team reached the outbreak area in Van late last night and started work investigating the epidemiological situation there this morning. This team of experts will also provide support for the Turkish authorities in dealing with the situation, and establish further needs that Turkey might have in terms of international help.

    [02] Marché intérieur : la Commission expose son approche concernant les agences de notation de crédit

    La Commission européenne a adopté une communication exposant son approche concernant les agences de notation de crédit. Après différents scandales financiers et compte tenu de la résolution sur les agences de notation de crédit adoptée par le Parlement européen en février 2004 l'invitant donner son avis sur le besoin éventuel de propositions législatives dans ce domaine, la Commission considère que le moment est venu de faire rapport au Conseil et au Parlement sur cette question. Conformément l'avis du Comité européen des régulateurs des marchés de valeurs mobilières (CERVM) de mars 2005, la Commission ne présentera pas de nouvelles propositions législatives dans le domaine des agences de notation. Elle est convaincue que les directives existantes sur les services financiers applicables aux agences de notation – combinées avec l'autorégulation par les agences de notation sur la base du code récemment adopté par l'Organisation internationale des commissions de valeurs (OICV) – apporteront une réponse aux principaux sujets de préoccupation soulevés par le Parlement européen. La Commission suivra de près les développements dans ce secteur. Elle pourrait envisager de présenter de nouvelles propositions s'il apparaît que les règles de l'UE ou le code de l'OICV ne sont pas respectés ou si de nouveaux événements l'exigent – notamment en cas de graves défaillances du marché ou de nouveaux développements dans d'autres régions du monde.

    [03] Emissions trading : Commission sets out guidance on national allocations for 2008-2012

    The European Commission has published a Communication setting out guidance to help Member States when they draw up national plans for allocating carbon dioxide emission allowances for 2008-2012 under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). This second trading period is significant because it coincides with the five-year period in which the EU and Member States must meet their targets for limiting or reducing emissions of greenhouse gases under the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Member States need to ensure that their emissions strategies, in which allocations under the ETS are an important element, achieve their targets.

    [04] Commission approves acquisition of BHI by Reckitt Benckiser

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Boots Healthcare International (BHI) of the UK by Reckitt Benckiser plc (Reckitt Benckiser)also of the UK. The Commission has carefully investigated the markets where the parties' activities overlap and considers that the operation will not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

    [05] Commission approves acquisition of joint control of Ahlsell by Goldman Sachs and Cinven

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Ahlsell Group (Ahlsell), a wholesale and retail distributor of plumbing/heating, water and sewage, electrical, refrigeration and tool products to installation companies, by Goldman Sachs Group, (Goldman Sachs) and Cinven Group (Cinven). The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    Questions and answers on national allocation plans for 2008-2012 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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