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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-04-11

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] Télécommunications : les parties prenantes restent satisfaites du filet de sécurité du service universel mis en place par l'UE
  • [02] Commission requests Hungary to abolish restrictions on cable TV services
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Adecco by JAG
  • [04] Commission to pay nearly €9.5 million to support Latvia in dealing with storm disaster in 2005
  • [05] European Union signs aviation agreement with Moldova
  • [06] Capitales européennes de la Culture 2010 : Essen, Pécz et Istanbul recueillent les avis favorables du Jury
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-04-11 Reference: MEX/06/0411 Date: 11/04/2006 EXME06 / 11.4

    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

    11/04/06


  • [01] Télécommunications : les parties prenantes restent satisfaites du filet de sécurité du service universel mis en place par l'UE

    D'après un rapport de la Commission européenne, publié aujourd'hui, les parties prenantes soutiennent le point de vue de la Commission qui estime qu'il n'est pas nécessaire, pour le moment, d'étendre le filet de sécurité du service universel aux services mobiles et l'internet haut débit. Les consommateurs bénéficient déj , un coût abordable, d'un accès généralisé aux communications mobiles dans leur pays d'origine et, jusqu' présent, seule une minorité dispose de connections internet haut débit: le coût d'une extension des obligations du service universel ces services excéderait, par conséquent, les bénéfices pour les utilisateurs. Ce rapport, qui sera soumis au Parlement européen et au Conseil, analyse la portée des règles de l'UE en matière de service universel et résume les réponses données une consultation publique basée sur la communication de la Commission du 24 mai 2005 sur le même sujet (voir IP/05/594).

    [02] Commission requests Hungary to abolish restrictions on cable TV services

    The European Commission has formally requested Hungary to abolish the restriction imposed by the Hungarian Media Act on the provision of cable TV services in violation of EU competition rules. The Commission's request takes the form of a 'reasoned opinion', the second stage of the infringement procedure under Article 226 of the EC Treaty. If Hungary fails to comply within two months of receipt, the Commission may refer the case to the European Court of Justice.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Adecco by JAG

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Adecco SA, Chéserex, (Adecco) of Switzerland by Jacobs Holding AG, Zurich (JAG), also of Switzerland. JAG is an investment company. Adecco is a global provider of human resource and staffing services, including temporary employment services. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission to pay nearly €9.5 million to support Latvia in dealing with storm disaster in 2005

    European Commissioner for Regional Policy and the Solidarity Fund, Danuta Hübner signed an agreement to pay €9,487,180 to Latvia to reimburse emergency costs incurred after the severe storm of January 2005. The grant is being made available through the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF). It will reimburse public funds spent on the immediate emergency response, in particular on rescue services, cleaning-up operations in affected areas and the restoration of basic infrastructure to working conditions.

    [05] European Union signs aviation agreement with Moldova

    Today, in Luxembourg, the EU and Moldova signed an aviation agreement which allows European airlines to fly between any EU Member State and Moldova and acknowledges the existence of a single market for air transport with Moldova. The "horizontal" aviation agreement does not replace the bilateral agreements between the Member States and Moldova but brings them in line with EU law. It removes the nationality restrictions of bilateral air services agreements which the European Court of Justice found incompatible with EU law in its "open skies" judgements of 5 November 2002. The European Commission has successfully negotiated similar agreements with 22 other countries, including Chili, Ukraine, Australia, Singapore, Morocco and the countries of the Western Balkan. Today's agreement was signed by Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner. Vice-President Jacques Barrot in charge of transport welcomed the agreement and said: "It will bring further benefits to airlines and passengers and pave the way for a closer integration of Moldova into European aviation".

    [06] Capitales européennes de la Culture 2010 : Essen, Pécz et Istanbul recueillent les avis favorables du Jury

    Quatre semaines après avoir auditionné les villes candidates, le jury constitué afin d'évaluer les dossiers pour les Capitales européennes de la Culture 2010 rend public aujourd'hui son rapport. Celui-ci recommande que le titre de "Capitale européenne" soit attribué aux villes de Essen, Pécs et Istanbul. La décision sera prise par le Conseil Culture au cours du deuxième semestre 2006, sous présidence finlandaise.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Günter Verheugen : "Mobilität in Europa – ein Beitrag zur Lissabon Strategie" at Mobilitätsoffensive – 'Mobilität als Standortfaktor' (Berlin)

    Speech by Vladimir pidla at seminar on SMEs (Prague)

    Speech by Stavros Dimas at the New Bulgarian University (10/04, Sofia) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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