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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-01-31

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] Commission endorses, with comments, Spanish regulator's measure to make mobile market more competitive
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Nocibé by Charterhouse
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of TSS by SAAB and TietoEnator
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of CSEB by Blackstone and Lion Capital
  • [05] January 2006 : Business Climate Indicator for the euro area broadly stable
  • [06] January 2005 : further increase of economic sentiment in both the EU and the euro area
  • [07] Services financiers : la Commission nomme les membres des groupes d'experts sur les fonds d'investissement
  • [08] Joe Borg : "New measures by regional Mediterranean fisheries organisation will strengthen sustainable fishing practices in the region"
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-01-31 Reference: MEX/06/0131 Date: 31/01/2006 EXME06 / 31.1

    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

    31/01/06


  • [01] Commission endorses, with comments, Spanish regulator's measure to make mobile market more competitive

    The European Commission today endorsed a measure proposed by the Spanish national telecom regulator 'Comisión del Mercado de las telecomunicaciones' (CMT) to regulate the market for mobile access and call origination in Spain, but also asked the Spanish regulator to keep the market development under close review. As a result of this measure, so called Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) will be granted access to the networks of the three Spanish mobile telephony operators Telefónica, Vodafone and Amena. In the future, MVNOs will be able to offer mobile telephony services to their own retail customers and under their own brand name. MVNOs are operators that offer mobile telephony services using network infrastructure leased from other mobile telephony operators. Experience from other Member States has shown that the entry of MVNOs can boost competition with tangible benefits for consumers in terms of lower prices. The Commission's decision is based on Article 7 of the EU Framework Directive for electronic communications (2002/21/EC), whereby the Commission ensures that there is a consistent application by national regulatory authorities of competition law principles in this sector.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Nocibé by Charterhouse

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of the whole of the Nocibé Group (Nocibé) of France by Charterhouse Capital Limited (Charterhouse) of the UK. Charterhouse is the parent company of a group which provides equity capital and fund management services. Nocibé consists of Danival SAS, Nocibé France SAS and its subsidiaries and is mainly active in the retail of luxury perfumes, beauty products and cosmetics. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of TSS by SAAB and TietoEnator

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Tietosaab Systems JV (TSS) of Finland, a newly created company constituting a joint venture, by SAAB AB of Sweden, including its subsidiary Elesco Oy of Finland and TietoEnator Corporation (TietoEnator) of Finland. SAAB is active through Elesco in sea and air defence, command and control systems and minesweeping and integrated navigation systems. TietoEnator is an information technology systems company. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of CSEB by Blackstone and Lion Capital

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the European Beverages Division of Cadbury Schweppes plc (CSEB) of France by Blackstone Group (Blackstone) of the US and Lion Capital General Partner LLP (Lion Capital) of the UK. Blackstone is a private equity company offering a range of financial services and holding investments across a range of industries. Lion Capital is a private equity investment fund which focuses on investing in companies that are primarily engaged in the production and sale of consumer branded goods. CSEB is active in the production, marketing and sale of carbonated, still and other soft drinks. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] January 2006 : Business Climate Indicator for the euro area broadly stable

    The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased slightly in January after an upturn in December. The BCI has been above its long term average since September last year. Despite the marginal decline in January, the indicator remains considerably above the low point reached in the second quarter of 2005. The decrease of the BCI was due to a decline in industry managers' assessment of the production trend observed in recent months. The assessment of export order books remained stable while that of total order books improved somewhat. Also, production expectations for the months ahead grew. The managers' assessment of stocks of finished products improved marginally.

    [06] January 2005 : further increase of economic sentiment in both the EU and the euro area

    The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) continued the upward trend that began in the summer of 2005. In January 2006, the indicator improved by a robust 1.3 points in the EU and by 1.2 points in the euro area. For the euro area, the indicator is now at the highest level since the summer of 2001.

    [07] Services financiers : la Commission nomme les membres des groupes d'experts sur les fonds d'investissement

    La Commission européenne a nommé les membres de deux groupes d'experts qui auront pour mandat de rechercher la manière d'améliorer le cadre réglementaire régissant les fonds d'investissement dans l'UE. Ces groupes tiendront plusieurs réunions d'ici juin 2006. A cette date, ils remettront des rapports sur leurs conclusions, qui feront l'objet de discussions avec les instances réglementaires et les autres parties intéressées, en vue d'apprécier les implications de toute recommandation formulée en termes d'intérêt public au sens large. Ces rapports et les réactions qu'ils susciteront viendront nourrir le Livre blanc sur les services d'investissement et les travaux d'analyse d'impact correspondants, que la Commission devrait publier en octobre 2006. La création des deux groupes d'experts était proposée dans le Livre vert sur les services d'investissement que la Commission a publié en juillet 2005 (voir IP/05/27), et en décembre 2005, la Commission a invité les associations professionnelles européennes présenter leurs candidats (voir IP/05/1531).

    [08] Joe Borg : "New measures by regional Mediterranean fisheries organisation will strengthen sustainable fishing practices in the region"

    The European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Joe Borg, has welcomed the adoption, last week, of a series of measures by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), designed to protect fish stocks and the marine environment in the region. The new measures, adopted at the GFCM's annual meeting in Istanbul, include the development of a fishing effort management system in a number of fisheries, the closing of some ecologically sensitive areas located in international waters to deep- water trawling and a seasonal ban on the use of fish aggregating devices in the dolphinfish (coryphaena hippurus) fishery. The adoption of these measures, which had been proposed by the European Union in line with scientific advice, marks a turning point in the GFCM's efforts at developing the necessary measures to ensure the sustainable management of shared fish stocks in the Mediterranean high seas.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Günter Verheugen : "Europa – ein Unternehmen für alle" at Auftaktkongress zum IHK-Jahresthema: Mehr Wissen, Wettbewerb, Wohlstand – Unternehmen Europa (Berlin, ! embargo 12h30 !)

    Speech by Siim Kallas : "The e-Commission - the information worker of tomorrow" at Microsoft Government Leaders Forum (Lisbon, ! embargo 17h !)

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : "Europe in Schleswig-Holstein: how the EU impacts on the development of Member States" at Conference 'Europa in Schleswig-Holstein' (Flensburg)

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Europe's capital markets in a global marketplace" at 4th Annual Financial Services Conference

    Speech by Joaquin Almunia : "Consumers in new Member States need more and better information to be able to embrace the euro changeover with confidence" at meeting of the Public Administration Network II (30/01) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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