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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-07-27

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] New report on car prices across Europe available
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of BAG by Casco and Bizerba
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Aeroflex by Veritas, GG and GS
  • [04] La Commission autorise le projet de rachat d'Invex par Superior Essex
  • [05] Commission confirms sending of Statement of Objections to Intel
  • [06] Ententes : la Commission engage des procédures formelles contre Electrabel et EDF en raison d'une suspicion de verrouillage des marchés belge et français de l'électricité
  • [07] Cohesion policy 2007-2013 : Czech Republic has plan and priorities agreed with the Commission
  • [08] Cohesion policy 2007-2013 : Commission approves national strategy and priorities for Ireland
  • [09] Commission welcomes abolition of the death penalty in Rwanda
  • [10] Somalia : Commission allocates €10 million for victims of continuing insecurity and climatic hazards
  • [11] Benita Ferrero-Waldner dismayed at arrest of Belarus opposition members
  • [12] United States and European Union announce final design for GPS-Galileo common civil signal Midday Express of 2007-07-27 Reference: MEX/07/0727 Date: 27/07/2007 EXME07 / 27.7

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    27/07/07


  • [01] New report on car prices across Europe available

    The European Commission has published its latest report on car prices across Europe, covering the first semester of 2007. This Commission report is undertaken as a service for consumers to enable them to compare car prices across Europe and so to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the EU Single Market. During this period, car prices increased on average less than the general inflation rate, while price dispersion across the EU slightly decreased despite the interpretation, for the first time, of price data from Bulgaria and Romania. The report and its main highlights are available at:

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/comm/competition/sectors/motor_vehicles/prices/report.html">http://ec.europa.eu/comm/competition/sectors/motor_vehicles/prices/report.html

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of BAG by Casco and Bizerba

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of BAG Bizerba Automotive GmbH (BAG) of Germany by Casco Schoeller GmbH (Casco) of Germany, controlled by Sequa Corporation, and Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG (Bizerba) of Germany. Casco is an automotive supplier. BAG manufactures weight sensors to control airbag inflation in cars and is currently solely controlled by Bizerba, which is active in weighing, information, communication and food service technology. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Aeroflex by Veritas, GG and GS

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Aeroflex Incorporated (Aeroflex) of the US by The Veritas Capital Fund III L.P, a part of the Veritas group (Veritas), Golden Gate Capital Management LLC (GG) and the Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS), all of the US. Veritas and GG are private equity investment companies. GS is active in global investment banking, securities and investment management. Aeroflex designs and manufactures microelectronic products and test solutions for the communications, aerospace and defence industries. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] La Commission autorise le projet de rachat d'Invex par Superior Essex

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement communautaire sur les concentrations, le projet de rachat de la société italienne Invex par la société américaine Superior Essex, les deux sociétés exerçant leurs activités dans le secteur des fils et des câbles. La Commission a conclu que l'opération envisagée n'entraverait pas de manière significative l'exercice d'une concurrence effective dans l'Espace économique européen ou dans une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [05] Commission confirms sending of Statement of Objections to Intel

    The European Commission can confirm that it has sent a Statement of Objections (SO) to Intel on 26th July 2007. The SO outlines the Commission’s preliminary view that Intel has infringed the EC Treaty rules on abuse of a dominant position (Article 82) with the aim of excluding its main rival, AMD, from the x86 Computer Processing Units (CPU) market.

    [06] Ententes : la Commission engage des procédures formelles contre Electrabel et EDF en raison d'une suspicion de verrouillage des marchés belge et français de l'électricité

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'ouvrir deux procédures formelles de lutte contre les ententes, la première contre Electrabel, opérateur historique du secteur de l'électricité en Belgique qui fait partie du groupe français SUEZ, et la seconde contre EDF, opérateur historique du secteur de l'électricité en France, en raison d'une suspicion d'infractions aux règles du traité CE sur l'abus de position dominante (article 82). Selon la Commission, Electrabel et EDF pourraient avoir introduit des obligations d'achat exclusif long terme dans leurs contrats d'approvisionnement avec des consommateurs industriels, raison pour laquelle il est difficile, pour les nouveaux fournisseurs d'électricité, de rallier cette clientèle en Belgique et en France. Le développement d'un marché de l'électricité plus compétitif dans ces Etats membres pourrait s'en trouver retardé. Un tel retard risque d'entraîner une hausse des prix et une baisse de la qualité des services pour l'ensemble des consommateurs d'électricité dans ces pays, qu'il s'agisse d'entreprises ou de particuliers.

    [07] Cohesion policy 2007-2013 : Czech Republic has plan and priorities agreed with the Commission

    The Czech Republic has reached agreement with European Regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner and Employment and social affairs Commissioner Vladimír pidla on its national plan and priorities for Cohesion Policy 2007-2013. In their National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), the Czech authorities describe how they plan to invest €26.3 billion over seven years in line with the Lisbon Strategy for growth and Jobs.

    [08] Cohesion policy 2007-2013 : Commission approves national strategy and priorities for Ireland

    European Regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner and Employment and social affairs Commissioner Vladimír pidla have reached agreement with Ireland on its national plan and priorities for Cohesion policy 2007-2013. In their National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), the Irish authorities describe how they plan to invest EU funding of €750.7 million over seven years in line with the Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs.

    [09] Commission welcomes abolition of the death penalty in Rwanda

    European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, and Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, today welcomed the formal abolition of the death penalty in Rwanda.

    [10] Somalia : Commission allocates €10 million for victims of continuing insecurity and climatic hazards

    The European Commission is providing humanitarian aid worth €10 million to meet the needs of vulnerable people affected by the crisis in Somalia. The focus of its humanitarian "global plan" for Somalia will mainly be on supporting basic sectors such as health, nutrition, food security, water and sanitation. Assistance will be particularly targeted at central and southern areas of the country that have been badly affected by civil strife and extreme natural hazards. An estimated 1.5 million Somalis will benefit including inhabitants of the most vulnerable communities and people who have recently been displaced from their homes. All funds are channelled through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), under the responsibility of the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel.

    [11] Benita Ferrero-Waldner dismayed at arrest of Belarus opposition members

    European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, said on 26 July: "I am dismayed at the arrest and detention of several members of the Belarus democratic opposition over the last days, including Pavel Severinets and Aleksei Shein. I call on the Belarusian authorities to release all those detained on political grounds without delay. It should be remembered that politically-motivated arrests are in contradiction to the EU's offer to Belarus to engage in a full partnership as part of the European Neighbourhood Policy, as is clearly set-out in the 'non-paper to Belarus' that we issued last November. The EU's offer is subject to Belarus taking steps towards democratisation and respect for human rights, including the inalienable right of the people of Belarus to express themselves freely."

    [12] United States and European Union announce final design for GPS-Galileo common civil signal

    On 26 July 2007, the United States and the European Union announced their agreement to jointly adopt and provide an improved design for their respective Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals. These signals will be implemented on the Galileo Open Service and the GPS IIIA new civil signal. From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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