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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-11-26

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Vers des normes européennes communes en matière d'accueil des demandeurs d'asile: rapport sur la transposition et la mise en œuvre de la directive relative aux conditions d'accueil
  • [02] Le cadre européen des certifications : des avantages considérables pour les citoyens et les employeurs dans toute l’Europe
  • [03] Integrated labour market policies deliver better employment performance
  • [04] Telling the Story: conference explores innovative ways to communicate on cohesion policy
  • [05] Preparing Europe's small businesses for change
  • [06] Cohesion Policy 2007-2013: Commission launches 13 programmes for Greek regions, signs disaster relief grant
  • [07] Commission proposes introduction of export refunds for fresh pig meat
  • [08] Environment: Directive on flood risk management comes into force
  • [09] European Commission welcomes launch of the newly established European Nuclear Energy Forum
  • [10] Commission proposes suspension of import duties on most cereals
  • [11] Commission clears acquisition of Süd-Chemie by SCB
  • [12] Commission clears acquisition of Brouwer by ThyssenKrupp, Imperial and Toepfer
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    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    26/11/07


  • [01] Vers des normes européennes communes en matière d'accueil des demandeurs d'asile: rapport sur la transposition et la mise en œuvre de la directive relative aux conditions d'accueil

    La Commission européenne a publié aujourd'hui son rapport évaluant la mise en œuvre par les États membres de la directive relative des normes minimales pour l'accueil des demandeurs d'asile (directive 2003/9/CE du 27 janvier 2003), souvent appelée la «directive relative aux conditions d'accueil». Les résultats du rapport d'évaluation, ainsi que les conclusions de la consultation sur le livre vert sur le futur régime d'asile européen commun, récemment lancée par le vice-président Frattini, constitueront d'ici 2010 le fondement d'un cadre législatif plus harmonisé en matière de conditions d'accueil. Cela est conforme aux objectifs du programme de La Haye.

    [02] Le cadre européen des certifications : des avantages considérables pour les citoyens et les employeurs dans toute l’Europe

    Le Commissaire européen chargé de l’éducation, de la formation, de la culture et de la jeunesse, M. Ján Figel', a donné aujourd’hui le coup d’envoi du cadre européen des certifications (CEC) pour l’apprentissage tout au long de la vie, lors d’une vaste conférence sur l’enseignement organisée Lisbonne. Le CEC sera un instrument de mise en correspondance des systèmes de certification des États membres qui aidera les employeurs et les établissements d’enseignement de toute l’Europe comparer et mieux comprendre les qualifications de chacun.

    [03] Integrated labour market policies deliver better employment performance

    The robust recovery of EU labour markets in 2006 brought an increase in employment of 4 million – the strongest since 2000, according to the 2007 'Employment in Europe' report, published today. But rather than being an occasion for premature celebration, the improved economic climate presents a unique opportunity to push more strongly for badly needed structural reforms. Member States need, in particular, to develop more integrated employment and training policies to improve employment security for EU workers in the changing global economy.

    [04] Telling the Story: conference explores innovative ways to communicate on cohesion policy

    Commissioners Danuta Hübner (Regional Policy) and Vladimir pidla (Employment and Social Affairs) today open a conference which explores innovative ways to inform the public about EU Cohesion Policy. The conference, entitled "Telling the Story: Communicating EU Cohesion Policy together", gives more than 400 communication officers from all over Europe the opportunity to discuss ways and means of raising awareness and making information available in their Member States and regions.

    [05] Preparing Europe's small businesses for change

    Today the Commission opened the new session of the Restructuring Forum, devoted to the adaptation of Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to change. This Forum highlights the specific challenges that restructuring can pose for SMEs and aims to create a platform for the exchange and discussion of best practices on how to adapt to change.

    [06] Cohesion Policy 2007-2013: Commission launches 13 programmes for Greek regions, signs disaster relief grant

    Today in Brussels, a signature ceremony will take place to launch Cohesion Policy in Greece for 2007-2013. The ceremony, in the presence of European Commissioners Danuta Hübner and Vladimir pidla, and Greek Minister of Economy and Finance Mr Georges Alogoskoufis, follows Commission decisions on 13 new Operational Programmes for the regions. Ten are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund, and three by the European Social Fund (ESF). Together, they will lead to Community investment of € 20.3 billion in all Greek regions. A Solidarity Fund grant agreement for €9.3 million to offset costs of flood damage will also be signed.

    [07] Commission proposes introduction of export refunds for fresh pig meat

    Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, today announced that she would take steps to introduce export refunds for pig meat carcases, cuts and bellies as a response to the difficult market situation. The proposal will be presented to the Management Committee this week. Refunds would be payable for exports to all destinations. At the same time, the Commission will suspend the Private Storage Aid scheme set up last month. Mrs Fischer Boel will inform agriculture ministers of her proposal at today's Agriculture Council.

    [08] Environment: Directive on flood risk management comes into force

    Reducing the risks and adverse consequences of floods in the European Union is the aim of the new directive on flood risk management coming into force today. The directive requires flood risk management to be negotiated across national borders and contains important commitments to increase transparency and involve citizens. Member States are now obliged to identify river basins and associated coastal areas at risk of flooding and draw up flood risk maps and management plans for these areas.

    [09] European Commission welcomes launch of the newly established European Nuclear Energy Forum

    The European Nuclear Energy Forum, initiated by the Commission and supported by the MarchEuropean Council, has been inaugurated today in Bratislava by Prime Minister Robert Fico of the Republic of Slovakia, and by Mirek Topolánek Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, and by Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, who also conveyed a welcome message from President Barroso.

    [10] Commission proposes suspension of import duties on most cereals

    The European Commission today proposed the suspension of import duties on all cereals except oats for the current marketing year - which ends on June 30, 2008. This is a reaction to the exceptionally tight situation on the world and EU cereals markets and the record price levels. Although the current levels of border protection for cereals are rather low, import duties are still applied for certain types of grains that are relevant for the balance of the EU market. The proposal will have to be approved by the Council of Ministers, hopefully at its meeting starting on 18 December.

    [11] Commission clears acquisition of Süd-Chemie by SCB

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Süd-Chemie AG of Germany by SC-Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (SCB) of Germany), controlled by JP Morgan Chase & Co. of the US. SCB is a special purpose vehicle of JPMorgan Chase, which is active in financial services. Süd-Chemie is a specialty chemicals company. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [12] Commission clears acquisition of Brouwer by ThyssenKrupp, Imperial and Toepfer

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Brouwer Shipping & Chartering GmbH & Co KG (Brouwer) of Germany by Alfred C. Toepfer International GmbH (Toepfer), ThyssenKrupp MinEnergy GmbH (ThyssenKrupp) and Imperial Logistics International (Imperial), all of Germany. Toepfer produces and sells agricultural products. ThyssenKrupp produces and sells steel products. Imperial is active in transport and logistics. Brouwer is a maritime brokerage, currently solely controlled by Imperial The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

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    China and India play an increasing role in EU27 trade. China, which was the fourth trading partner of the EU27 in 2000, has since 2003 become the second trading partner after the USA. India, which was the 17th trading partner in 2000, ranked ninth in 2006. On the occasion of the EU-China Summit, which will take place on Wednesday 28 November in Beijing, and the EU-India Summit, which will take place on Friday 30 November in New Delhi, Eurostat, issues the latest data available on trade and investments between China and the EU27 and India and the EU27

    Autre matériel diffuse

    • Memo: Greece – Operational programme 2007-13: Improvement of Accessibility

    • Memo: Greece – Operational programme 2007-13: Environment and Sustainable Development • Memo: Grèce – Programme opérationnel 2007-13: région d'Attiki

    • Memo: Greece – Operational Programme 2007-13: Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship

    • Memo: Greece – Operational Programme 2007-13: Crete and the Aegean Islands • Memo: Greece – Operational Programme 2007-13: Digital Convergence

    • Memo: Greece – Operational programme 2007-13: Central Macedonia – Western Macedonia – Eastern Macedonia & Thrace • Memo: Greece – Operational programme 2007-13: Technical assistance

    • Memo: Greece – Operational Programme 2007-13: Thessalia – Sterea Ellada – Ipiros

    • Memo: Greece – Operational programme 2007-13: Western Greece, Peloponnesus, Ionian Islands

    • Memo: Employment in Europe 2007

    • Memo: Finland: Operational Programme for the Finnish Fisheries Industry (Suomen elinkeinokalatalouden toimintaohjelma 2007-2013) co-funded by the European Fisheries Fund

    • Memo: Evaluation of the implementation of Directive 2003/9/EC of 27 January 2003: laying down minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers

    • Speech du Commissaire PIDLA sur l'Adaptation des PME aux changements

    A disposition au secrétariat de Jonathan Todd (BERL 03/315):

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

    Symantec/Huawei/JV

    Lion Capital/AS Lathouwers From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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