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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-07-11

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 calls on G8 to lay the foundations for a stable energy future and makes new aid proposal for Africa
  • [02] Fuel for Palestinian hospitals : first Commission action through the Temporary International Mechanism
  • [03] La coopération totale avec la Mauritanie reprend avec un projet de €66 millions concernant le réseau routier
  • [04] Direct taxation : Commission decides to take Portugal to Court over discriminatory taxation of foreign banks
  • [05] Fiscalité : Italie – remboursement des taxes indûment acquittées
  • [06] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Energaz par BP France et Vitogaz
  • [07] Welcoming Slovenia into the euro area
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-07-11 Reference: MEX/06/0711 Date: 11/07/2006 EXME06 / 11.7

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    11/07/06


  • [01] President Barroso calls on G8 to lay the foundations for a stable energy future and makes new aid proposal for Africa

    Speaking at a press conference in Brussels today, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso called on G8 leaders to go the extra mile to agree a common set of energy security principles to lay the foundations for a stable energy future. One of the key tests for G8 leaders in St. Petersburg will be to agree on a common set of energy security principles, covering all actors in the energy chain from producing to consuming and transit countries. For the Commission, the other main priority is for G8 leaders to step up the pace in delivering on the landmark pledges on Africa at Gleneagles last year. The EU is determined to keep Africa at the centre of the political stage. In a letter to President Putin, President Barroso has today announced that, not only is the EU is on track to deliver its Gleneagles pledge to double aid by 2010, it is already planning to go further with an ambitious proposal to set up a €3 billion fund to promote good governance, a critical element in effective aid spending.

    [02] Fuel for Palestinian hospitals : first Commission action through the Temporary International Mechanism

    The European Commission is taking its first action through the Temporary International Mechanism (TIM), in response to an urgent appeal from the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas. From today, the TIM is providing fuel for hospitals in Gaza. Following the destruction by the Israeli Defence Force of the six transformers of the Gaza Power Plant, 45% of the population of Gaza is without electricity. The power shortage affects all essential aspects of Palestinian life, in particular hospitals, which have now to rely on emergency generators. The fuel reserves of most hospitals are about to run out and President Abbas has asked the Commission to provide Gaza hospitals with the necessary supplies. This will allow hospitals to continue functioning, albeit under difficult circumstances. Providing the Gaza hospitals with fuel will cost an estimated €600,000 a month.

    [03] La coopération totale avec la Mauritanie reprend avec un projet de €66 millions concernant le réseau routier

    La Commission européenne a accordé une aide de plus de €66 millions en faveur du projet Kaedi-M'Bout-Selibaby-Gouraye en Mauritanie, visant améliorer les conditions de vie des populations dans le sud du pays. L'approbation de cette proposition de financement fait suite la décision du 29 mai 2006 de reprendre entièrement l'aide de l'UE en réponse aux progrès accomplis par les autorités mauritaniennes dans la mise en œuvre de leurs engagements en matière de démocratie et d'Etat de droit. Ce montant s'ajoute aux €13,6 millions déj alloués la Mauritanie l'appui des réformes politiques entreprises par les nouvelles autorités la suite du coup d'Etat du 3 août 2005.

    [04] Direct taxation : Commission decides to take Portugal to Court over discriminatory taxation of foreign banks

    The European Commission has decided to refer Portugal to the European Court of Justice under Article 226 (2) of the EC Treaty, because Portugal has not amended its tax legislation concerning outbound interest payments. A withholding tax of 20% is levied on the gross interest paid by Portuguese resident borrowers to non-resident lenders. Interest paid to resident financial institutions, on the other hand, is not subject to a withholding tax, although it is subject to the Portuguese corporate income tax. The result is that interest payments to foreign banks may sometimes be taxed more heavily than interest payments to Portuguese banks. The Commission considers that the higher taxation of foreign banks restricts the freedom to provide services and the free movement of capital. Portugal has not responded satisfactorily to the Commission's Reasoned Opinion of December 2005 requesting Portugal to change its law (see IP/06/42).

    [05] Fiscalité : Italie – remboursement des taxes indûment acquittées

    La Commission européenne a adressé un avis motivé l'Italie pour ne pas avoir adopté les mesures nécessaires l'exécution de l'arrêt rendu par la Cour de justice dans l'affaire C 129/00, établissant que certains aspects de la législation italienne relatifs au remboursement de taxes indûment acquittées étaient incompatibles avec le droit communautaire. Cet avis motivé a été émis dans le cadre de la procédure d'infraction prévue l'article 228 du traité CE.

    [06] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Energaz par BP France et Vitogaz

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement Concentrations, le projet d'acquisition de l'entreprise française Energaz par BP France S.A., appartenant au groupe BP plc (BP) du Royaume-Uni, et Vitogaz S.A. (Vitogaz) de la France, appartenant au groupe français Rubis. BP est principalement actif dans l'exploration, la production et la commercialisation de pétrole brut et du gaz naturel. Vitogaz distribue du butane, du propane et du GPL. Energaz effectue de la vente au détail de GPL en bouteilles en France. Il ressort de l'enquête menée par la Commission que l'opération envisagée n'entravera pas de manière significative la concurrence dans le marché commun. Cette affaire a été traitée selon la procédure simplifiée.

    [07] Welcoming Slovenia into the euro area

    To mark the decision by the ECOFIN Council formally accepting Slovenia in the euro area and setting the conversion rate of the tolar into the euro on 1 January 2007, today there will be a celebration at Rond-Point Schuman. Slovenian singer Neisha will perform from 14:30, children will release balloons, a welcome banner displayed on the Berlaymont building and a large cake will be cut and served to the audience. Commissioner Joaquín Almunia, Eurogroup President Jean Claude Juncker, Finnish Finance Minister and EU President Eero Heinaluoma, ECB Executive Board member Jürgen Stark, Slovenian Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk and Mitja Gaspari, Governor of the Slovenian Central Bank, will notably attend the celebrations. Journalists are welcome (although we can't guarantee the cake will be big enough for everybody...)

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours de Franco Frattini : "Rabat : une occasion extraordinaire qui s'offre l'Afrique et l'Europe pour une gouvernance commune des flux migratoires" la Conférence ministérielle euro-africaine sur la migration et le développement (Rabat)

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Clearing and settlement: The way forward" at Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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