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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-07-13

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] Consumers benefit as market opening leads to better performing network industries
  • [02] La consommation d'électricité augmente malgré les progrès réalisés en matière d'efficacité énergétique
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Tower by TAC
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Strabag by Rasperia, Raiffeisen- Holding and Uniqa
  • [05] Pêche : les Etats membres coopèrent en matière de contrôle pour préserver les stocks de cabillaud de la mer du Nord
  • [06] Commission signs MoU with ERBD to better face up to the energy security and climate change challenges
  • [07] Joe Borg se félicite de l'appui du Parlement européen en faveur d'une nouvelle politique maritime européenne
  • [08] Günter Verheugen to visit Russia to discuss closer economic cooperation
  • [09] Benita Ferrero-Waldner on the stoning to death of Mr Jafar Kiani
  • [10] Price levels of food and beverages range from one to two and half
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-07-13 Reference: MEX/07/0713 Date: 13/07/2007 EXME07 / 13.7

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    13/07/07


  • [01] Consumers benefit as market opening leads to better performing network industries

    The performance of network industries, such as telecommunications, transport and utilities has continued to improve and consumers are generally satisfied, according to a European Commission report. The opening up of these industries to competition has benefited users by putting pressure on service providers to keep their costs and prices down. Access to services at affordable prices for the less well off is also improving. However, there are wide variations between sectors and between Member States. In some Member States delays in market opening and in removing legal and technical barriers to new entrants have held performance back and competition is developing only slowly in postal services, the railways and the energy sector.

    [02] La consommation d'électricité augmente malgré les progrès réalisés en matière d'efficacité énergétique

    Selon un rapport du Centre commun de recherche (CCR), le service scientifique interne de la Commission européenne, la consommation totale d'électricité augmente dans l'UE. Malgré les nombreuses mesures adoptées avec succès par l'UE et les Etats membres pour infléchir la consommation d'énergie et les émissions de CO² qui en résultent, la consommation d'électricité dans le secteur résidentiel de l'UE-25 a progressé un rythme comparable celui du PIB global (10,8 %), neutralisant par l même les progrès accomplis d'une manière générale entre 1999 et 2004. Ce rapport sur la consommation d'électricité et les tendances en matière d'efficacité énergétique dans l'UE élargie présente les principales conclusions d'une étude approfondie réalisée en 2006 sur la consommation d'électricité dans les bâtiments au sein de l'UE élargie et la part de marché des appareils et équipements haut rendement énergétique. Il calcule les perspectives de réduction de la consommation sur la base des technologies actuellement disponibles. Selon le rapport, la consommation d'énergie dans le secteur tertiaire (services) a augmenté de 15,8%, tandis que la consommation industrielle s'est accrue de 9,5%. La consommation moyenne par ménage dans l'UE-25 était de 4098 kWh en 2004. Ce chiffre pourrait être réduit de 800 kWh par foyer et par an, soit quelque 20% de la consommation d'électricité de chaque ménage, en encourageant activement le remplacement des appareils et équipements existants et l'abandon total des ampoules incandescence.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Tower by TAC

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Tower Automotive Inc. (Tower) of the US, including its operations outside the US, by TA Acquisition Company (TAC) of the US, controlled by the American Cerberus Group. Cerberus Group is an investment company. Tower designs and produces structural metal components used by car manufacturers. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Strabag by Rasperia, Raiffeisen- Holding and Uniqa

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Strabag SE of Austria by Rasperia Trading Limited (Rasperia) of Cyprus, Raiffeisen-Holding Niederösterreich-Wien reg.Gen.m.b.H. (Raiffeisen-Holding) of Austria and Uniqua Versicherungen AG (Uniqa), also of Austria. Rasperia is active in various industries including energy, engineering, car manufacture, mining, financial services, construction, and real estate. Raiffeisen-Holding is active in financial services, agriculture, real estate and media. Uniqa offers products and services in the insurance sector. Strabag provides construction services and building materials. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Pêche : les Etats membres coopèrent en matière de contrôle pour préserver les stocks de cabillaud de la mer du Nord

    L'Agence communautaire de contrôle des pêches (ACCP) a adopté aujourd'hui un plan opérationnel en vue de contrôles multinationaux conjoints de la pêche en mer du Nord et dans les zones voisines. Cette adoption marque le lancement d'une stratégie innovante et coordonnées pour lutter contre la surpêche et préserver les stocks de cabillaud menacés. Le plan de déploiement conjoint pour la mer du Nord mettra en commun les ressources de sept Etats membres côtiers (inspecteurs, navires de surveillance, avions, etc.) en vue d'un contrôle efficace et uniforme des activités de pêche. Le plan consiste en sept campagnes d'inspection et de surveillance transfrontalières qui se dérouleront jusqu' la fin de l'année. Des plans similaires seront mis en place dans les autres zones de pêche communautaires.

    [06] Commission signs MoU with ERBD to better face up to the energy security and climate change challenges

    The European Commission and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will today sign a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation in the field of energy. The Commission and the EBRD already cooperate in the area of nuclear decommissioning. But the current challenges of climate change and energy security justify a broader approach to the existing cooperation. This cooperation will be organised also in liaison with the European Investment Bank. Europe's energy security in the context of growing global energy demand implies, in particular, new transport routes and transport methods. In this context the extension of Trans-European Energy Networks to third countries is a clear priority as is the rehabilitation of the existing networks in producers and transit countries. The cooperation could concern concrete projects including the development of an integrated energy market on electricity and gas, the security of supply and the rehabilitation of energy infrastructures in South East Europe under the framework of the Energy Community Treaty, the creation of a South-East European corridor for gas transportation to the EU; the development of new routes or extension of existing routes to facilitate oil export from the Black Sea to European markets and; the development of the trans-Caspian corridor for oil and gas and support in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia regions the implementation of various activities under the Baku initiative. In the field of energy efficiency the cooperation will aim to promote synergies between the EU Energy Efficiency Action Plan and the EBRD's Sustainable Energy Initiative taking into account that reducing energy waste is a particular challenge of economic transition in the countries covered by the EBRD. The MoU will be signed by Commissioners Almunia and Piebalgs and Jean Lemierre, President of the EBRD.

    [07] Joe Borg se félicite de l'appui du Parlement européen en faveur d'une nouvelle politique maritime européenne

    M. Joe Borg, membre de la Commission européenne chargé de la pêche et des affaires maritimes, s'est félicité de l'avis adopté le 12 juillet par le Parlement européen sur une future politique maritime européenne. Le PE a exprimé son solide soutien une approche intégrée et multisectorielle du développement durable des océans, mers et régions côtières de l'Europe. Le rapport du PE conclut que le livre vert de la Commission a ouvert de nouvelles perspectives pour la politique maritime. Il estime que la proposition d'une approche globale, combinant différents domaines tels que le transport maritime, le tourisme, la pêche, la politique portuaire et l'environnement marin, est pleinement justifiée. Le rapport appelle la Commission agir rapidement afin de mettre en place le cadre nécessaire une prise de décision cohérente pour les affaires maritimes et veiller la bonne application de ces mesures par la suite. Il définit notamment comme un élément test central de la future politique maritime le rôle que peuvent jouer les océans dans la compréhension et l'atténuation du changement climatique et dans le traitement des incidences du réchauffement mondial sur les écosystèmes marins et les activités maritimes.

    [08] Günter Verheugen to visit Russia to discuss closer economic cooperation

    European Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, will visit Moscow on 16 July to discuss EU-Russia economic relations. Mr Verheugen's visit comes at a time when trade and investment between the EU and Russia is booming. His visit will focus on the need to upgrade the current level of economic cooperation for the benefit of both parties. The Vice-President will encourage Russia to take the final necessary steps to accede to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

    [09] Benita Ferrero-Waldner on the stoning to death of Mr Jafar Kiani

    European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner stated : "I am disappointed and devastated that Iran has backtracked from its declared moratorium on stoning by recently carrying out an execution by this horrendous method. The stoning of Mr Jafar Kiani goes against Iran’s repeated assurances to refrain from executions by stoning and constitutes a violation of international human rights law. I urge Iran to respect all its international human rights commitments, to effectively enforce the moratorium on stoning at all levels of the judiciary and to stop carrying out any further execution in contradiction with international law. As a matter of utmost urgency, I call on Iran to suspend the imminent execution by stoning of Ms Mokarrameh Ebrahimi. I am also deeply worried about the abduction of the Iranian trade union leader, Mr Mansour Osanloo, by unidentified assailants in Tehran on 10 July. I call on the Iranian authorities to take urgent action in order to ensure Mr Osanloo’s immediate, unconditional and safe release."

    [10] Price levels of food and beverages range from one to two and half

    In 2006, the price level of a comparable basket of food and non-alcoholic beverages was two and half times higher in the most expensive EU27 Member State than in the cheapest one. The range was similar for alcoholic beverages, but was much greater for tobacco where price levels were seven times higher. These data come from a report issued by Eurostat. The results presented refer to the survey on food, beverages and tobacco carried out in 2006 in the 37 participating countries. This survey covered a total of approximately 500 comparable products. The highest price levels for food and non-alcoholic beverages were recorded in Denmark (142% of the EU27 average), Ireland (125%), Finland (120%) and Sweden (119%), and the lowest in Bulgaria (56%), Lithuania (64%), Poland and Slovakia (both 67%). For bread and cereals, price levels ranged from 41% of the EU27 average in Bulgaria and 56% in Slovakia to 150% in Denmark and 141% in Finland; for meat from 48% in Bulgaria and 50% in Lithuania to 149% in Denmark and 133% in Sweden; and for milk, cheese and eggs from 67% in Poland and 75% in Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia to 139% in Cyprus and 138% in Greece.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Preparation Agriculture/Fisheries Council of July 2007

    Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "Wine market reform: continuing the CAP reform process" at Conference 'Forum New Economy' (12/07, Madrid)

    The Passenger Name Record (PNR): frequently asked questions

    Calendrier du 16 au 20 juillet 2007

    Top News from the European Commission (16 July – 23 September 2007) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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