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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-09-05

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] La Commission souhaite mieux intégrer les jeunes dans la société
  • [02] Commission calls for better implementation of Community law to safeguard the interests of citizens and business
  • [03] Opération lifting pour le quartier européen
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of EMH by KESA
  • [05] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Go Voyages par Groupe Arnault et CNP
  • [06] Colombia : Commission provides €1 million to the victims of floods
  • [07] José Manuel Barroso visits Romania (5-7 September 2007)
  • [08] July 2007 compared to June 2007 : volume of retail trade up by 0.1% in both euro area and EU27 Midday Express of 2007-09-05 Reference: MEX/07/0905 Date: 05/09/2007 EXME07 / 5.9

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    05/09/07


  • [01] La Commission souhaite mieux intégrer les jeunes dans la société

    Dans une Europe où la population vieillit de plus en vite et où le nombre de travailleurs jeunes est en diminution, l'Union européenne devra de plus en plus en compter sur la nouvelle génération. Selon une analyse de la Commission présentée aujourd'hui, les jeunes sont souvent mal préparés assumer cette responsabilité. Un Européen sur six quitte encore l'école prématurément et 4,6 millions de jeunes âgés de 15 24 ans sont sans emploi. Le document de la Commission souligne la nécessité d’investir davantage et un stade plus précoce dans l'éducation et la santé des jeunes et d'améliorer la transition entre l'enseignement et le monde professionnel, au niveau tant européen que national. Il insiste également sur l'importance de mieux associer les jeunes la vie citoyenne et la société en général.

    [02] Commission calls for better implementation of Community law to safeguard the interests of citizens and business

    The European Commission has today put forward a series of proposals to improve the application of Community law by Member States. The Commission, as part of its better regulation priority, aims at having Community law implemented more effectively and at resolving more quickly complaints made by citizens and business. To maintain Europe's competitiveness in a fast changing world, it is important that policy-making is responsive to citizens' and business interests. The Commission, as guardian of the treaties, sets out a programme of possible improvements. It seeks to identify, through different instruments, the implementation issues in preparing new or amending legislation. It aims at a renewed commitment from Member States to improve information-provision and problem-solving for citizens and business. It commits itself to: more targeted problem- prevention; increased efficiency through more frequent decision-taking and prioritisation in the management of legal proceedings brought by the Commission; as well as increased transparency in the application and enforcement of the law. It suggests more strategic planning of the implementation, management and enforcement of Community legislation and increased review of results between Commission, Parliament and Council.

    [03] Opération lifting pour le quartier européen

    Ses cinquante bougies peine soufflées, le Quartier européen se verra bientôt offrir une nouvelle jeunesse par la Région de Bruxelles Capitale et la Commission européenne. Le jour même de l'adoption par la Commission de ses grandes orientations de politique immobilière, le Vice- Président de la Commission chargé de l'administration, Siim Kallas, et le Ministre-Président de la Région de Bruxelles Capitale, Charles Picqué, ont dévoilé ensemble les grandes lignes du nouveau schéma directeur qui va redessiner le visage de ce Quartier.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of EMH by KESA

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Electrodomésticos Menaje del Hogar S.A. (EMH) of Spain by KESA Electricals plc (KESA) of the UK. KESA and EMH are both active in the retailing of electrical consumer goods, such as domestic appliances, visual and audio products, telecommunications and media products. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Go Voyages par Groupe Arnault et CNP

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement Concentrations, le projet d'acquisition de l’entreprise française Go Voyages SA par Groupe Arnault SAS de la France et Compagnie Nationale Portefeuille (CNP) de la Belgique. Groupe Arnault est un holding exerçant des activités dans le secteur des produits de luxe travers ses filiales Christian Dior Couture et LVMH. CNP est un holding financier détenant des participations dans un large éventail de secteurs. Go Voyages est une agence de voyages en ligne spécialisée dans la vente de billets d'avion. Il ressort de l'enquête menée par la Commission que l'opération envisagée n'entravera pas de manière significative la concurrence dans le marché commun. Cette affaire a été traitée selon la procédure simplifiée.

    [06] Colombia : Commission provides €1 million to the victims of floods

    The European Commission has allocated €1 million to provide assistance to the victims of the floods in Colombia. The aid will focus on covering the immediate needs of the population in the Northwest of the country. The assistance will be channelled through the Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) under the responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel.

    [07] José Manuel Barroso visits Romania (5-7 September 2007)

    President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso alongside with Commissioners Ján Figel' and Leonard Orban will visit Sibiu - Culture Capital of Europe 2007 - where they will attend the third European Ecumenical Assembly and get a first hand impression of the Culture Capital. The first visit of the President to Romania after the country joined the EU will continue in Bucharest, where he will deliver a speech to the two chambers of the National Parliament on 6 September at 4 p.m. On 7 September, President Barroso will hold political talks with Prime Minister Tariceanu and with President Basescu respectively.

    [08] July 2007 compared to June 2007 : volume of retail trade up by 0.1% in both euro area and EU27

    According to Eurostat, in July 2007, compared with June 2007, the volume of retail trade grew by 0.1% in both the euro area and the EU27. In June retail trade increased by 0.6% in both zones. In July 2007, compared with July 2006, the retail sales index gained 0.5% in the euro area and 2.2% in the EU27. In July 2007, compared with June 2007, "food, drinks and tobacco" rose by 0.2% in the euro area, but fell by 0.2% in the EU27. The non food sector decreased by 0.1% in the euro area, but increased by 0.2% in the EU27. Among the Member States for which data are available, total retail trade increased in six Member States, fell in ten and remained unchanged in Spain. The largest increases were observed in Denmark, Latvia, Sweden and the United Kingdom (all +0.8%), and the highest decreases in Belgium (- 3.5%), Lithuania (-2.8%) and Austria (-1.6%). From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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