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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-10-31

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] President Barroso presents the Commissioner designate for Romania
  • [02] Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to visit Uruguay, Argentina and Chile, 4- 8 November 2006
  • [03] Afghanistan: Commission provides €2.5 million in humanitarian aid for victims affected by drought
  • [04] Appointment of the Head of the Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic
  • [05] October 2006: Economic sentiment improves again in both the EU and the euro area
  • [06] October 2006: Business Climate Indicator for the euro area broadly stable in October
  • [07] Commission clears acquisition of Pokrovsky Hills by Deutsche Bank and AIG
  • [08] Flash estimate - October 2006 - Euro area inflation estimated at 1.6%
  • [09] Rédiffusion
  • [10] High Level Group looks at Europe’s long term energy future and related investment needs
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-10-31 Reference: MEX/06/1031 Date: 31/10/2006 EXME06 / 31.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    31/10/06


  • [01] President Barroso presents the Commissioner designate for Romania

    The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, today presented the member designate of the European Commission proposed by the Romanian Government, in agreement with him. The nominee is Mr Leonard Orban, currently Secretary of State coordinating Romania’s preparation for accession to the European Union. Mr Orban will be responsible for multilingualism.

    [02] Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to visit Uruguay, Argentina and Chile, 4- 8 November 2006

    The European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, will visit Uruguay on 4-5 November, Argentina on 6 November and Chile on 7-8 November 2006. In Montevideo, the Commissioner will participate in the XVI Iberoamerican Summit of Heads of State and Government and will hold bilateral meetings with key leaders. She will also sign an aviation agreement with Uruguay. In Argentina and Chile, Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner will meet senior representatives of the government of each country. In Argentina she will also participate in the Mercosur-EU Business Forum.

    [03] Afghanistan: Commission provides €2.5 million in humanitarian aid for victims affected by drought

    The European Commission has adopted a €2.5 million decision in emergency humanitarian aid for victims affected by severe drought in Afghanistan. Access to food and clean water supplies, as well as food security will be improved for the most vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on disabled persons and female headed households. Funds are channelled through the European Commission Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) under the responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel.

    [04] Appointment of the Head of the Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic

    Today, the European Commission has appointed Ms Irena Moozová the head of the Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic. The Representation is part of the Directorate-General Communication and its task is to act on behalf of the European Commission in the Czech Republic. The main role of the Representation is to co-operate with the media, monitor political, economical and social development of the Czech Republic, inform the European Commission about the recent events in the Czech Republic and to inform the public. Irena Moozová has been selected from more than sixty candidates who participated in the competition. Until August 2006, Ms Moozová worked as the permanent representative of the Czech Republic to UNESCO. Having graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague and the Diplomatic Academy in Madrid, she worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1991, first as an assistant of the Secretary General (1991), later as a deputy director of the general secretariat (1992) and as a director of the Department of Internal Administration (1993 - 1995). In 1995 she was appointed the Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Madrid. After she returned to the Czech Republic in 1998 she worked as a Deputy Director at the Department of Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1998 – 2000). From 2000 to 2004 she lived in Vienna working as a Deputy Ambassador of the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic at OSCE. Irena Moozová was born on March 19, 1963 in Prague. She is married and has two children. She has an excellent command of English, Spanish, Russian and she also communicates in French and German.

    [05] October 2006: Economic sentiment improves again in both the EU and the euro area

    The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) in both the EU and the euro area continued to rise in October, reaching the highest levels since the beginning of 2001. The indicator rose by 0.5 points in the EU and by 1 point in the euro area, to 111.5 and 110.3, respectively. In both areas, sentiment has been on an upward trend since mid-2005.

    [06] October 2006: Business Climate Indicator for the euro area broadly stable in October

    After an increase in September, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area remained broadly stable in October. The BCI stays at a very high level, last achieved in 2000. The high level of the BCI together with the rebound in industrial production registered in August suggests that industrial production growth has accelerated in the third quarter of 2006.

    [07] Commission clears acquisition of Pokrovsky Hills by Deutsche Bank and AIG

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the assets and business of the residential property complex in Moscow commonly known as Pokrovsky Hills by Deutsche Bank AG of Germany and American International Group, Inc. (AIG) of the US. Deutsche Bank is active in a variety of banking activities, including deposit and lending operations, issuing business, asset management, investment banking and financial services. AIG provides insurance and financial services. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [08] Flash estimate - October 2006 - Euro area inflation estimated at 1.6%

    Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 1.6% in October 2006 according to a flash estimate issued by Eurostat. It was 1.7% in September. Euro area inflation is measured by the Monetary Union Index of Consumer Prices (MUICP). To compute the MUICP flash estimates, Eurostat uses early price information relating to the reference month from Member States for which data are available as well as early information about energy prices. The flash estimation procedure for the MUICP combines historical information with partial information on price developments in the most recent months to give a total index for the euro area. No detailed breakdown is available. Experience has shown the procedure to be reliable (14 times exactly anticipating the inflation rate, 9 times differing by 0.1 and once differing by 0.2, in January 2005, over the last two years). Further information can be found in Eurostat News Release 113/2001 of 5 November 2001.

    [09] Rédiffusion

    [10] High Level Group looks at Europe’s long term energy future and related investment needs

    Today the High Level Group (HLG) on Competitiveness, Energy and the Environment adopted its second report, which looks at the long term energy future for Europe and investment in power generation and energy efficiency. It includes a number of concrete recommendations on how policy options can be developed to deliver a sustainable, low carbon, and competitive energy system for Europe’s future. Composed of high level stakeholders, the HLG looks at ways to foster consistency between policy and legislative initiatives and to contribute to creating a more stable, predictable and competitive regulatory framework (see IP/06/244, IP/06/226 and IP/06/729).

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Andris Piebalgs « EU and Russian Energy Strategies » at the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue Conference in Moscow

    Speech by Joaquín Almunia “Jobs in Europe need Economic growth and monetary stability” at the Bavarian Business Forum in Munich

    Speech by President Barroso “A European Strategy for energy: closing speech” at the Conferência DN in Lisbon From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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