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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-06-20

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] EU-US Summit: EU and US step up joint fight against counterfeiting
  • [02] Competition: 2005 Annual Report on Competition Policy
  • [03] Services financiers: la Commission accueille la première réunion du groupe des consommateurs de services financiers
  • [04] Commission updates its aviation blacklist for the first time
  • [05] World Refugee Day: Commissioner Louis Michel highlights plight of returnees
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of Stahl by Wendel and Carlyle
  • [07] The e-society in 2005 - More than a third of EU25 population have no basic computer skills - Large differences between the generations
  • [08] Sommet UE - États-Unis - Excédent de près de 90 milliards d’euros du commerce extérieur de l’UE25 avec les États-Unis en 2005 - Les États-Unis sont le premier partenaire commercial de l’UE25
  • [09] Rédiffusion
  • [10] Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into merger between Gaz de France and Suez group
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-06-20 Reference: MEX/06/0620 Date: 20/06/2006 EXME06 / 20.6

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    20/06/06


  • [01] EU-US Summit: EU and US step up joint fight against counterfeiting

    US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, European Commission Vice President and Commissioner for Industry Günter Verheugen and EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will today launch a joint EU-US action programme to tackle global intellectual property piracy. The programme was conceived in 2005 and will be endorsed by the EU-US Summit in Vienna on June 21. The joint strategy is an important reinforcement of the global fight against counterfeiting and intellectual property theft. It is the first EU-US joint enforcement programme of its kind.

    [02] Competition: 2005 Annual Report on Competition Policy

    An overview of the most important policy and legislative initiatives and decisions adopted by the European Commission in application of EU competition law in 2005 is featured in the 2005 Annual Report on Competition Policy, issued today.

    [03] Services financiers: la Commission accueille la première réunion du groupe des consommateurs de services financiers

    Le groupe des consommateurs de services financiers, récemment créé, s’est réuni pour la première fois aujourd’hui, 20 juin 2006. Ce groupe rassemble les représentants d’organisations de consommateurs établies dans les États membres de l’UE ou actives l’échelon de l’UE. Présidé conjointement par les DG Marché intérieur et services et Santé et protection des consommateurs de la Commission européenne, il a pour mission de favoriser l’échange d’informations entre les représentants nationaux et européens des consommateurs et la Commission, de communiquer des informations aux consommateurs dans tous les États membres, de réunir des compétences spécialisées au sein du mouvement de protection des consommateurs dans le domaine des services financiers et d’obtenir une meilleure prise en compte du consommateur dans les politiques en matière de services financiers.

    [04] Commission updates its aviation blacklist for the first time

    The European Commission today issued the first quarterly update of the list of airlines banned in the European Union drawn up in March this year. The new list replaces the previous one and is now available on the Commission’s website.

    [05] World Refugee Day: Commissioner Louis Michel highlights plight of returnees

    As the international community marks today World Refugee Day, Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, welcomed the fact that the number of refugees throughout the world continues to decrease – being at its lowest point in 25 years. But he emphasized the daunting challenge of providing support to the returnees and facilitating their integration into local communities in their homelands.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of Stahl by Wendel and Carlyle

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Stahl Holding NV (Stahl) of The Netherlands by Wendel Investissement (Wendel) of France and Carlyle Europe Partners II LP, a subsidiary of the Carlyle Group (Carlyle) of the US. Wendel is a listed investment firm that invests in companies active in industry and services in France and abroad. Carlyle is a private global investment firm. Stahl is a company active in the manufacture and trade of chemical products. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] The e-society in 2005 - More than a third of EU25 population have no basic computer skills - Large differences between the generations

    In the EU25, in 2005, 37% of people aged between 16 and 74 had no basic computer skills. This percentage was slightly higher for women (39%) than for men (34%). Among Member States for which data are available, the survey showed notable differences between countries. Large differences also existed between age groups and between different education levels. These figures are published by Eurostat.

    [08] Sommet UE - États-Unis - Excédent de près de 90 milliards d’euros du commerce extérieur de l’UE25 avec les États-Unis en 2005 - Les États-Unis sont le premier partenaire commercial de l’UE25

    Biens et services confondus, l’UE25 et les États-Unis représentent la plus importante relation commerciale bilatérale au monde. Le montant important des échanges commerciaux et des investissements bilatéraux illustre le degré élevé d’interdépendance des deux économies. À l’occasion du sommet Union européenne - États-Unis, qui se déroulera le mercredi 21 juin Vienne, Eurostat publie des données sur les échanges commerciaux et les investissements entre les États-Unis et l’UE25.

    [09] Rédiffusion

    [10] Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into merger between Gaz de France and Suez group

    The European Commission has decided to open a detailed investigation under the EU Merger Regulation into the planned merger between Gaz de France (GDF) and the Suez group of France. The Commission’s initial market investigation has found that the proposed transaction would raise significant competition concerns at all levels of the gas and electricity supply chain in Belgium and at all levels of the gas chain in France, given the horizontal overlaps and the vertical relationships between the two companies’ activities. The decision to open an in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation. The Commission now has 90 working days (until 25 October 2006) to take a final decision on whether the concentration would significantly impede effective competition within the European Economic Area (EEA) or a significant part of it.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Vice-President Franco Frattini “Internal Security in the EU- the fight against terrorism and the role of National parliaments (!embargo 14h00!)

    Speech by Viviane Reding “More joint research projects and an open regulatory dialogue: keys for better business conditions and improved market access between the EU and South East Asia in the ICT sector

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy “Financial Services integration – the Commission’s White Paper at the European Financial Services Round Table

    Speech by Andris Piebalgs on “Enhancing Energy Cooperation with Kazakhstan” at the lunch debate “The Strategic Alliance between EU and Kazakhstan in the Energy Sector” in the European Parliament (!embargo 14h30!)

    Competition: Commission confirms sending Statement of Objections to members of SkyTeam global airline alliance From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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