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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-11-06

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] Fight Against Terrorism: stepping up Europe’s capability to protect citizens against the threat of terrorism
  • [02] € 510 million for restructuring and conversion of vineyards
  • [03] Nicaragua: La Commission octroie 5 M € d'aide humanitaire pour les victimes de l'ouragan Félix
  • [04] European Commission provides €2 million in humanitarian aid to flood victims in Vietnam
  • [05] Joe Borg pays a visit to China
  • [06] Cohesion policy: Commission delivers on commitment to strong support for development in Northern Ireland
  • [07] Commission clears acquisition of D&G by Advent
  • [08] Commission clears joint venture between PSA and IPH
  • [09] Industrial producer prices up by 0.4% in both euro area and EU27
  • [10] Hausse du volume des ventes du commerce de détail de 0,3% dans la zone euro
  • [11] Rédiffusion
  • [12] Santo Domingo, la Commission européenne alloue une aide humanitaire d'urgence en faveur des victimes de la tempête tropicale Noël
  • [13] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-11-06 Reference: MEX/07/1106 Date: 06/11/2007 EXME07 / 06.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    06/11/07


  • [01] Fight Against Terrorism: stepping up Europe’s capability to protect citizens against the threat of terrorism

    Today, the Commission adopted a new package of proposals aimed at improving the EU’s capabilities in the fight against terrorism. The package contains a series of proposals dealing with the criminalization of terrorist training, recruitment and public provocation to commit terrorist offences, the prevention of the use of explosives by terrorists and the use of airline passenger information in law enforcement investigations. It also contains a report on the implementation of one of the key legal instruments of the EU’s counter terrorism arsenal.

    [02] € 510 million for restructuring and conversion of vineyards

    The Commission has agreed to an indicative budget of € 510 million to wine producing Member States for the restructuring and conversion of vineyards in the 2007/2008 marketing year. The objective of this system is the adaptation of production to market demand. It covers the following measures: varietal conversion, relocation of vineyards and improvements to vineyard management techniques. The system does not cover the normal renewal of vineyards which have come to the end of their natural life.

    [03] Nicaragua: La Commission octroie 5 M € d'aide humanitaire pour les victimes de l'ouragan Félix

    La Commission européenne a adopté une nouvelle décision d'urgence de 5 millions d'euros en faveur des victimes de l'ouragan Félix qui a frappé le Nicaragua le 4 septembre 2007. La Commission européenne a réagi rapidement après l'ouragan et dans les jours qui ont suivi le désastre, une décision de première urgence pour un million d'euros était signée par Louis Michel, le Commissaire européen en charge de l'Aide Humanitaire et du Développement, pour des opérations d'aide d'urgence. Cependant, des besoins subsistent et une aide est encore nécessaire. Les fonds sont gérés par le département d'Aide Humanitaire de la Commission européenne (ECHO) sous la responsabilité du Commissaire Louis Michel.

    [04] European Commission provides €2 million in humanitarian aid to flood victims in Vietnam

    The European Commission provides €2 million for humanitarian relief to up to 200,000 of the victims of recent floods in northern and central Vietnam. Food, safe drinking water, jerrycans, blankets, and seeds to replace lost crops are among the support provided with these funds by international non- governmental organizations and the Red Cross in the next 6 months. The funds will be channeled through the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), under the responsibility of Commissioner Michel.

    [05] Joe Borg pays a visit to China

    European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Joe Borg, leaves today for a six-day tour of China. During his visit, Commissioner Borg will meet with several key Chinese Ministers to discuss cooperation between the European Union and China on maritime matters both bilaterally and in international bodies such as the United Nations, FAO, Regional Fisheries Management Organisations and WTO. Commissioner Borg will present the EU's new initiatives in the marine and maritime fields ranging from the development of an integrated Maritime Policy for the Union to measures to eliminate illegal fishing and to protect vulnerable deep sea ecosystems from destructive fishing practices. As well as meeting Chinese ministers in Beijing, Commissioner Borg will also deliver speeches and answer questions at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao and Shanghai Fishery University.

    [06] Cohesion policy: Commission delivers on commitment to strong support for development in Northern Ireland

    The European Commission today adopted three programmes involving Northern Ireland as part of Cohesion policy for 2007-2013. This follows Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Commissioner for regional policy Danuta Hübner's commitment that the European Union would continue to strongly support Northern Ireland in this new phase of its peace and reconciliation process. A special European Commission task force has been set up to this end. EU investment worth €724 million will be made available through the three programmes: the PEACE III programme; the cross-border co-operation programme with Ireland and Scotland; and the Regional Competitiveness and Employment programme for the province.

    [07] Commission clears acquisition of D&G by Advent

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Domestic & General Group PLC (D&G) of the UK by Advent International Corporation (Advent) of the US. Advent is a private equity company. D&G provides breakdown protection insurance on domestic appliances, pet health insurance and call centre, mailing and other services to businesses. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [08] Commission clears joint venture between PSA and IPH

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the joint venture between PSA Europe Pte Ltd, an affiliate of PSA International Pte Ltd of Singapore and IPH (Jersey) Limited. PSA owns and operates various container terminal ports around the world. IPH is a newly formed company that will invest, own and operate small and medium sized shipping ports. The joint venture will develop and operate a container terminal at Great Yarmouth in the UK. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [09] Industrial producer prices up by 0.4% in both euro area and EU27

    In September 2007 compared with August 2007, the industrial producer price index rose by 0.4% in both the euro area (EA13) and the EU272. In August, prices increased by 0.1% in both zones.n In September 2007 compared with September 2006, industrial producer prices gained 2.7% in both the euro area and the EU27.

    These figures come from Eurostat.

    [10] Hausse du volume des ventes du commerce de détail de 0,3% dans la zone euro

    En septembre 2007, par rapport août 2007, le volume des ventes du commerce de détail a augmenté de 0,3% dans la zone euro (ZE13) et de 0,4% dans l’UE27. En août, le commerce de détail est resté inchangé dans la zone euro et avait progressé de 0,3% dans l’UE27. En septembre 20074, par rapport septembre 2006, l’indice des ventes a augmenté de 1,6% dans la zone euro et de 3,5% dans l’UE27. Ces premières estimations sont publiées par Eurostat.

    [11] Rédiffusion

    [12] Santo Domingo, la Commission européenne alloue une aide humanitaire d'urgence en faveur des victimes de la tempête tropicale Noël

    La Commission européenne prend une décision de première urgence de 1,5 million EUR en faveur des victimes des inondations causées par les pluies torrentielles qui ont suivi la tempête tropicale Noël en République Dominicaine. Les fonds sont gérés par le département d'aide humanitaire de la Commission, sous la responsabilité du Commissaire Louis Michel. Ils permettront de faire face aux besoins immédiats de près de 100 000 personnes dans les zones les plus touchées par les inondations.

    [13] Autre matériel diffusé

    Memo on "Action Plan on Enhancing the Security of Explosives"

    Memo on "Amendment of the Framework Decision on combating terrorism and Evaluation report on the implementation of the Framework Decision on combating terrorism"

    Memo on "Proposal for a Council Framework Decision on the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) for law enforcement purposes

    Speech by Joe Borg "An integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union" at the Pacem in Maribus Conference XXXII: "Waves of change, women, youth and sea" in Malta From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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