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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-07-20

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] Commission welcomes capacity reductions at Szczecin and Gdynia shipyards in Poland, but requires more information on Gdansk shipyard
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Talkline by Debitel
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Bausch by Warburg
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of ANP by Halder and NPM
  • [05] Commission proposal to suspend Red 2G food colour backed by Member States
  • [06] Cohesion policy 2007-2013 : Commission approves national strategy and priorities for Sweden
  • [07] EU helps Greece to tackle forest fires
  • [08] Droit des sociétés : la Commission consulte les entreprises propos d'un éventuel Statut de société privée européenne
  • [09] Corporate governance : Commission reports on application of EU recommendations on directors' pay and independence
  • [10] Employment rate in the EU27 rose to 64.4% in 2006 ; rate for women rose to 57.2%
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-07-20 Reference: MEX/07/0720 Date: 20/07/2007 EXME07 / 20.7

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    20/07/07


  • [01] Commission welcomes capacity reductions at Szczecin and Gdynia shipyards in Poland, but requires more information on Gdansk shipyard

    The European Commission has welcomed the proposal by Poland to reduce capacity in the Polish shipyards in Szczecin and Gdynia, as a necessary step forward in the restructuring process financed by state aid. This positive signal will provide clarity for potential investors in the on- going privatisation process and so enable them to come forward with restructuring plans to restore the long-term viability of the yards and secure jobs for the yard workers. As for Gdansk shipyard, Poland has so far not proposed adequate capacity reductions. The Commission has therefore sent Poland an information injunction warning that unless Poland manages to provide information on adequate capacity reductions at the Gdansk yard within one month, the Commission will consider a negative decision on the state subsidies already received by the yard, which could require the aid to be reimbursed. The Commission's action is within the framework of the investigation opened in June 2005 into state aid worth at least €1.3 billion to Polish shipyards (see IP/05/644), which aims to ensure that the aid is used to restore the long-term viability of the yards without undue distortion of competition.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Talkline by Debitel

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Talkline Management und Finance Holding GmbH (Talkline) of Germany by Debitel AG of Germany. Debitel is active in mobile and fixed-line telephony services and internet services. Talkline provides mobile telecommunication services. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Bausch by Warburg

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Bausch & Lomb Inc. (Bausch) of the US by Warburg Pincus LLC (Warburg) of the US. Warburg is a private equity investor. Bausch manufactures, markets and sells healthcare products for eyes. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of ANP by Halder and NPM

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of ANP Holding B.V. (Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau - ANP) of the Netherlands by Halder-GIMV Investering 2004 B.V. (Halder) of the Netherlands, controlled by GIMV N.V., and NPM Capital N.V. (NPM Capital) also of the Netherlands, controlled by SHV Holdings N.V. Halder and NPM Capital are private equity investment companies. ANP is a Dutch news agency. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Commission proposal to suspend Red 2G food colour backed by Member States

    A European Commission proposal to suspend the use of the food colouring Red 2G with immediate effect has received a favourable opinion from the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health. In line with the proposed measures, food containing Red 2G will not be allowed to be used, placed on the market or imported into the EU, due to concerns over its effect on human health. Red 2G has been permitted for use in the EU to colour breakfast sausages and burgers, up to a maximum level of 20mg/kg. However, as part of the EU's ongoing review of all authorised food additives, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) re-evaluated Red 2G and found it to pose some health risks. In its Opinion of 5 July 2007, EFSA stated that there was a strong possibility that Red 2G could provoke cancer, as it tends to break down into a carcinogenic substance called aniline. In light of these findings, the Commission decided to take immediate measures to block any food containing this food colouring from the EU market. Foodstuffs which have been placed on the market before the Regulation enters into force will still be allowed to be sold up to their expiry date. The Commission will adopt the Regulation banning this food colouring in the coming days, and it will enter into effect immediately following its publication in the Official Journal. For more information, see:

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/chemicalsafety/additives/index_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/chemicalsafety/additives/index_en.htm.

    [06] Cohesion policy 2007-2013 : Commission approves national strategy and priorities for Sweden

    European Regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner and Employment and social affairs Commissioner Vladimír `pidla have reached agreement with Sweden on its national plan and priorities for Cohesion policy 2007-2013. In their National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), the Swedish authorities describe how they plan to invest EU funding of €1.9 billion over seven years in line with the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs.

    [07] EU helps Greece to tackle forest fires

    On 18 July 2007 Greece requested European civil protection assistance to help combat the forest fires raging throughout the country. The request triggered a rapid response from the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) of the European Commission. The MIC immediately alerted the civil protection authorities of the 30 countries participating in the Community Civil Protection Mechanism. France responded by making 2 Canadair aircraft available.

    [08] Droit des sociétés : la Commission consulte les entreprises propos d'un éventuel Statut de société privée européenne

    La Commission européenne a lancé une consultation publique sur les obstacles que rencontrent les entreprises – en particulier les petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) – lorsqu'elles exercent des activités transnationales dans l'UE, et sur le contenu d'un éventuel Statut de société privée européenne. Il sera tenu compte des réponses lors d'une prochaine analyse d'impact et dans une éventuelle proposition législative. Les réponses peuvent être transmises jusqu'au 31 octobre 2007.

    [09] Corporate governance : Commission reports on application of EU recommendations on directors' pay and independence

    The European Commission has published two reports on Member States' application of EU recommendations on company directors' pay and independence. Both reports conclude that the application of corporate governance standards has improved, but some weaknesses remain. The report on directors' remuneration shows that transparency standards are widely followed, but in some Member States it is still not recommended that shareholders vote on this issue. The report on the role of independent non- executive directors finds that there is a real progress in improving governance standards in this field, but some of the recommended standards have not been followed in all Member States. For example, in some Member States a former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a company can still become its chairman without any cooling off period. This undermines the independence of non-executive supervision. Also, some Member States do not recommend a sufficient number of independent board members in remuneration and audit committees.

    [10] Employment rate in the EU27 rose to 64.4% in 2006 ; rate for women rose to 57.2%

    In 2006, 214.0 million people aged 15 years or more had a job or a business activity in the EU27. The total employment rate for people aged 15-64 was 64.4% in 2006, compared with 62.2% in 2000 and 63.4% in 2005. The employment rate for women was 57.2% in 2006, compared with 53.7% in 2000 and 56.0% in 2005, and the rate for older people, i.e. those aged 55-64, was 43.5%, up from 36.9% in 2000 and 42.2% in 2005. This information comes from a report published by Eurostat, based on the results of the 2006 Labour Force Survey.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Calendrier du 23 au 29 juillet 2007

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


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