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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-07-23

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] Statement by Commission President José Manuel Barroso on the Turkish elections
  • [02] Statement by Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn on the Presidential election in Albania
  • [03] Efforts pour la libération des infirmières bulgares et du médecin palestinien continuent
  • [04] Sécheresse au Kenya : la Commission accorde une aide humanitaire de €5 millions
  • [05] Commission welcomes the release of Ethiopian opposition leaders
  • [06] UE-Maroc : le Conseil d'Association décide de renforcer les relations bilatérales
  • [07] Commission to sign a Joint Declaration on priorities for energy cooperation with Morocco
  • [08] EU-Chile Association Council and signing of the 2007-2013 cooperation programme
  • [09] Commission calls on Austria to respect Community rules when imposing driving bans to reduce emissions
  • [10] Commission launches infringement proceeding against Germany for its discriminatory rules on foreign family foundations
  • [11] Taxation of outbound dividends : Commission takes steps against Austria,Germany, Italy and Finland
  • [12] Taxation de l'électricité : la Commission traduit la Pologne devant la Cour de justice
  • [13] Commission clears proposed acquisition of Thule by Nordic Capital Midday Express of 2007-07-23 Reference: MEX/07/0723 Date: 23/07/2007 EXME07 / 23.7

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    23/07/07


  • [01] Statement by Commission President José Manuel Barroso on the Turkish elections

    "I congratulate the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr Erdogan on his impressive victory in the national elections. This comes at an important moment for the people of Turkey as the country moves forward with political and economic reforms. Prime Minister Erdogan has given his personal commitment to the sustained movement towards the European Union. I wish him every success with his new mandate."

    [02] Statement by Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn on the Presidential election in Albania

    "I welcome the successful conclusion of the Presidential elections in Albania, in line with the Constitution. I congratulate Mr Topi on his election as President. The President has a vital role in fostering democratic stability and cooperation. I wish best of success for Mr Topi's work."

    [03] Efforts pour la libération des infirmières bulgares et du médecin palestinien continuent

    Suite plusieurs contacts entre le Président de la Commission européenne, José Manuel Barroso, et le Président de la République française, Nicolas Sarkozy, la Commissaire aux Relations extérieures, Benita Ferrero- Waldner, se trouve en Libye depuis le 22 juillet avec Mme Cecilia Sarkozy dans le cadre des efforts pour la libération des infirmières bulgares et du médecin palestinien. La Commission espère que cette situation, qui est si douloureuse et qui dure depuis si longtemps, puisse être résolue dans un esprit humanitaire.

    [04] Sécheresse au Kenya : la Commission accorde une aide humanitaire de €5 millions

    La Commission européenne a accordé une aide humanitaire de €5 millions aux populations vulnérables du nord du Kenya touchées par la sécheresse et confrontées la précarité des moyens d'existence et une crise alimentaire. Cette aide bénéficie plus de 3,5 millions d'éleveurs nomades et de "nomades réfugiés" pour lesquels ce mode de vie rurale n'offre plus aucun moyen de survie. L'aide humanitaire de la Commission s'efforce de répondre leurs besoins alimentaires et sanitaires, en matière d'eau et d'assainissement, de santé publique et d'hygiène. Les nouveaux fonds s'ajoutent l'aide alimentaire de la Commission – représentant un montant de €4 millions pour la seule année en cours - et l'aide fournie par la Commission pour améliorer la prévention des situations de sécheresse dans l'ensemble de la Corne de l'Afrique, cette aide couvrant sept pays, dont le Kenya. Toutes les ressources transiteront par le service d'aide humanitaire de la Commission (ECHO), qui relève de la compétence du Commissaire Louis Michel.

    [05] Commission welcomes the release of Ethiopian opposition leaders

    The European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, welcomed on 20 July the decision by the Ethiopian authorities and the announcement by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi to grant pardon and release the leaders of the CUD opposition party and the other political detainees recently condemned to life imprisonment.

    [06] UE-Maroc : le Conseil d'Association décide de renforcer les relations bilatérales

    Aujourd'hui, la Commission européenne représentée par Eneko Landaburu, directeur général pour les relations extérieures de la Commission, et le Maroc représenté par Mr Taïb Fassi-Fihri, ministre délégué aux affaires étrangères et la coopération, participeront la sixième session du Conseil d'Association entre le Maroc et l'UE qui aura lieu Bruxelles. Le Conseil d'Association discutera de l'état des relations entre les deux partenaires et des moyens d'entamer sans délai un processus de réflexion visant renforcer ces relations. A l'occasion de ce Conseil d'Association, la Commission et le Maroc signeront une déclaration commune visant renforcer leur coopération dans le domaine énergétique, notamment en vue de préparer une intégration, terme, du marché marocain de l'énergie dans celui de l'UE. Un protocole d'accord sera également signé concernant le programme de soutien pour le Maroc pour les prochaines années, qui s'élèvera plus de €650 millions, et qui appuiera la mise en œuvre du Plan d'Action UE-Maroc élaboré dans le contexte de la politique de voisinage.

    [07] Commission to sign a Joint Declaration on priorities for energy cooperation with Morocco

    The European Commission, represented by Eneko Landaburu, director general for External Relations, and Morocco, represented by Taieb Fassi Fihri, Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, will sign today, on the margins of the EU-Morocco Association Council in Brussels, a Joint Declaration on priorities for cooperation between the European Commission and the Kingdom of Morocco in the energy sector. The Joint Declaration provides a clear political framework for energy cooperation between the Commission and the Moroccan authorities. It outlines three priority areas for cooperation: reinforcing Morocco's energy policy in view of the progressive integration of Morocco's energy market with the EU, developing of sustainable energy policy and enhancing security of energy supplies sector.

    [08] EU-Chile Association Council and signing of the 2007-2013 cooperation programme

    The third EU-Chile Association Council is to be held in Brussels on 24 July 2007 with the participation of the European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Ms Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and the Chilean Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Alejandro Foxley. The meeting will provide an opportunity to develop a fruitful exchange on the process of implementation of the Chile-EU Association Agreement and the three areas it covers: political dialogue, cooperation and free trade. At the Association Council meeting, Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner and Minister Foxley are to sign the EU-Chile cooperation programme for the period 2007-2013 for an amount of €41 million. The programme will focus on three key sectors: social cohesion, higher education and innovation and competitiveness.

    [09] Commission calls on Austria to respect Community rules when imposing driving bans to reduce emissions

    The European Commission has issued a formal opinion on a number of traffic- related measures put forward by the government of Tyrol in order to improve air quality. The Commission welcomes Austria's efforts to reach the air quality targets the EU has set to itself for 2010, and considers that several of the proposed measures will indeed have a positive effect on the environment. It however concludes that the "sectoral driving ban" contemplated by the Austrian authorities on the transit of heavy goods vehicles is not compatible with Community rules.

    [10] Commission launches infringement proceeding against Germany for its discriminatory rules on foreign family foundations

    The European Commission has formally requested Germany to change its system of taxation of non-resident family foundations ("Familienstiftungen") as it is incompatible with the principles of free movement of capital and free movement of persons as guaranteed by Articles 56 and 18 of the EC Treaty. The request takes the form of a reasoned opinion (second step of the infringement procedure provided for in article 226 of the EC Treaty). If the relevant national legislation is not amended in order to comply with the reasoned opinion, the Commission may decide to refer the matter to the European Court of Justice.

    [11] Taxation of outbound dividends : Commission takes steps against Austria,Germany, Italy and Finland

    The European Commission has formally requested Austria and Germany to amend their fiscal legislation concerning outbound dividend payments to companies. Both Member States tax dividends paid to foreign companies more heavily than dividends paid to domestic companies. The requests takes the form of a 'reasoned opinion' (second step of the infringement procedure provided for in article 226 of the EC Treaty). If the relevant national legislations are not amended in order to comply with the reasoned opinion, the Commission may decide to refer the matter to the European Court of Justice. The Commission has also sent requests for information in the form of letters of formal notice (first step of the infringement procedure of Article 226 of the EC Treaty) to Italy and Finland about their rules under which dividends paid to foreign pension funds may be taxed more heavily than dividends paid to domestic pension funds. Italy and Finland are asked to reply within two months.

    [12] Taxation de l'électricité : la Commission traduit la Pologne devant la Cour de justice

    La Commission européenne a décidé de traduire la Pologne devant la Cour de justice européenne au motif que l'Etat membre n'a pas aligné son système de taxation de l'électricité sur le cadre communautaire. Conformément au droit communautaire, l'accise sur l’électricité est exigible au moment de la fourniture par le distributeur ou le redistributeur, ce qui rend ces derniers redevables de la taxe. Toutefois, en Pologne, l'accise sur l'électricité est mise la charge du producteur au moment de la fourniture.

    [13] Commission clears proposed acquisition of Thule by Nordic Capital

    The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed take-over of Thule AB of Sweden, active in the utility transportation and car accessory industry, by the investment fund Nordic Capital. The Commission has concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it. From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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