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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-11-13

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] Changement climatique : la Commission fixe le calendrier pour la révision du système d'échange de quotas d'émission dans l'UE partir de 2013
  • [02] Commission charges five Member States for failure to prevent build-up of surplus sugar stocks
  • [03] Internal Market : feedback statement on transparency in bond markets and other non-equity markets
  • [04] Commission approves proposed acquisition of joint control over Oy Ovako AB and Ovako Swenska AB by Hombergh, De Pundert and Pampus Industrie
  • [05] Siim Kallas discusses European schools reform process with EU Member States ministers
  • [06] 50th anniversary logo is now available in all EU languages.
  • [07] La première édition des Journées européennes du développement met l'honneur "l'Afrique qui bouge"
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-11-13 Reference: MEX/06/1113 Date: 13/11/2006 EXME06 / 13.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    13/11/06


  • [01] Changement climatique : la Commission fixe le calendrier pour la révision du système d'échange de quotas d'émission dans l'UE partir de 2013

    La Commission européenne a adopté aujourd'hui une communication fixant son calendrier pour la révision du système d'échange de quotas d'émission dans l'Union européenne (SCEQE) la lumière de l'expérience acquise depuis son lancement en janvier 2005. La Commission entend promouvoir l'incidence de l'échange des quotas d'émissions sur l'environnement en l’étendant de nouveaux secteurs et de nouveaux gaz et poursuivre son application globale comme instrument clé de la lutte contre le changement climatique. La révision cherchera également donner une plus grande prévisibilité aux investisseurs et améliorer l'harmonisation en simplifiant les mécanismes d'application dans les différents Etats membres. Ces questions et d'autres aspects seront examinés de manière approfondie avec les parties prenantes avant que la Commission ne soumette sa proposition législative visant réviser la directive sur l'échange de quotas d'émissions au cours du second semestre 2007. Les modifications prendront effet en 2013 au début de la troisième période d'échange. Le SCEQE permet aux industries forte consommation d'énergie et aux centrales électriques de réduire leurs émissions de gaz effet de serre au meilleur coût et de stimuler les projets d'économie d'émissions l'échelle planétaire.

    [02] Commission charges five Member States for failure to prevent build-up of surplus sugar stocks

    The European Commission today fixed definitive charges on five Member States for failing to prevent the build-up of surplus stocks of sugar prior to their accession in May 2004. The five countries – Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Slovakia and Malta – will have to pay charges totalling around €57 million over the next four years. As is usual before every enlargement, the new Member States were required to ensure that there was no speculative stockpiling of agricultural products, which would upset the balance of the entire EU market. Surplus stocks of sugar were found in these five countries. Last year, the Commission granted them additional time to eliminate the surplus sugar from the EU market. The charges imposed today follow an intensive debate with the countries concerned, during which the Commission took into account well-founded arguments and granted extra time to dispose of the surpluses.

    [03] Internal Market : feedback statement on transparency in bond markets and other non-equity markets

    The European Commission has published a feedback statement in response to its call for evidence on transparency in the bond markets and other non- equity markets. The feedback statement relates to a report that the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament have asked the Commission to make by end 2007. It will investigate whether and to what extent new requirements on pre- and post-trade transparency should be introduced at EU level to the trading in non-equity financial instruments such as bonds and derivatives. All interested stakeholders, including industry and individuals, were encouraged to reply to the call for evidence. The closing date was 15 September 2006.

    [04] Commission approves proposed acquisition of joint control over Oy Ovako AB and Ovako Swenska AB by Hombergh, De Pundert and Pampus Industrie

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of joint control over Oy Ovako AB and Ovako Swenska AB (the Ovako Businesses) of Sweden by Hombergh Holdings BV (Hombergh) of the Netherlands, W P De Pundert Ventures BV (De Pundert) of the Netherlands and Pampus Industrie Beteiligungen GmbH & Co KG (PIB)of Germany. The Commission concluded that the operation would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

    [05] Siim Kallas discusses European schools reform process with EU Member States ministers

    Vice-President Siim Kallas, as European Commissioner in charge of European Schools and the 25 ministers of the Member States in charge of the same area will meet this evening in the margins of the Education and Youth Council to discuss the European schools reform process. This meeting follows on from the political initiative launched in May under the Dutch Presidency of the European Schools’ Board of Governors and upheld by the current portuguese Presidency of the Schools to drive the debate forward on the future of a system created 50 years ago to provide high quality education for staff of the EU institutions. The discussions will in particular focus on the evolution of the European schools outside Brussels and Luxembourg in the context of the enlargement and of the multiplication of EU agencies, as well as on the educational, administrative and financial management of the schools. An esPRESSo on the results of the discussions will be sent at the end of the meeting.

    [06] 50th anniversary logo is now available in all EU languages.

    From today on, you can download the adaptation of the winning logo of the competition "design a birthday logo for EU" in all 21 official languages plus Bulgarian and Romanian from the special website

    <a href="http://www.ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/event_reportage_en.cfm?id=1622">http://www.ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/event_reportage_en.cfm?id=1622

    On this page you will also find in all languages the motivations of the jury that chose the logo. Margot Wallstrom, Vice-President of the Commission in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy, will present today the adaptations of the logo to the Ministers of European Affairs. The adaptation of the logo has been made by the designer of the logo himself Szymon Skrzypczak, assisted by a crew of design experts in a way that keeps the original spirit of the creation but also respects the particularities of the different languages. The logo will be used by the European Union institutions to highlight the events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome in 2007. Member States and other organisations celebrating the event will also be invited to use it in that context.

    [07] La première édition des Journées européennes du développement met l'honneur "l'Afrique qui bouge"

    Du 13 au 17 novembre, l'Afrique sera au coeur de la première édition des Journées européennes du développement (JED). Politique, économie, art cinéma, mode,... l'Europe met l'honneur l'Afrique qui bouge et débat des principaux défis pour les Africains et les Européens, au travers d'une série d'événements organisés par la Commission européenne (Direction générale du Développement), l'initiative du Commissaire Louis Michel. La gouvernance sera au centre du forum politique (15-17 novembre). Les JED comprennent également un Forum d'Affaires UE-Afrique (16-17 novembre) ainsi que plusieurs événements parallèles et des expositions d'art.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Discours d'ouverture de M. Vladimir pidla au séminaire 'Labour Mobility in the EU and China: trends and challenges ahead'

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : "Social Cohesion – a condition for growth?" at the 50th Anniversary of the Council of Europe Development Bank (Paris)

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Time to deliver on SEPA" at SEPA Congress at Euro Finance Week (Francfort, ! embargo 14h30 !)

    Speech by Benita Ferrero-Waldner : "The EU's role in tackling current international challenges" at World Jewish Congress Governing Board meeting (12/11, Paris) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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