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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-12-03

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Message de condoléances du Président de la Commission européenne, M. José Manuel Barroso, au Président de la République Française, M. Nicolas Sarkozy, comme suite au décès de l'ancien Président de la Commission européenne, M. François-Xavier Ortoli
  • [02] La Commissaire Danuta Hübner en visite dans la région Midi- Pyrénées en France
  • [03] Idealistic goals, pragmatic instruments: a policy mix can help minorities to access labour markets, says expert group
  • [04] The Commission regrets delay in transposition of European rules on procedures for granting asylum
  • [05] Commission welcomes substantial progress in the Council for the internal energy market package – EMBARGO 13h00 –
  • [06] Big differences still exist between Member States in attitudes to science in the media
  • [07] Operation Wasabi: another joint customs operation gives spicy results
  • [08] Commission clears acquisition of Sempra Companies by RBS
  • [09] Commission clears acquisition of H.P. Pelzer by Goldman Sachs
  • [10] Commission clears joint venture between GE and Doğus
  • [11] La Commission autorise l’acquisition de Cofranlait par Entremont Alliance et Sodiaal Industrie
  • [12] More than 40% of households have broadband internet access
  • [13] Le chômage en baisse 7,2% dans la zone euro Midday Express of 2007-12-03 Reference: MEX/07/1203 Date: 03/12/2007 EXME07 / 03.12

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    03/12/07


  • [01] Message de condoléances du Président de la Commission européenne, M. José Manuel Barroso, au Président de la République Française, M. Nicolas Sarkozy, comme suite au décès de l'ancien Président de la Commission européenne, M. François-Xavier Ortoli

    Comme suite au décès de l'ancien Président de la Commission européenne, M. François-Xavier Ortoli, le Président de la Commission européenne, M. José Manuel Barroso, adresse le message de condoléances suivant au Président de la République Française, M. Nicolas Sarkozy.

    [02] La Commissaire Danuta Hübner en visite dans la région Midi- Pyrénées en France

    La Commissaire européenne la politique régionale, Danuta Hübner, est en visite aujourd'hui dans la région Midi-Pyrénées. Elle s'entretiendra avec les autorités locales du nouveau programme prévu pour la région dans le cadre de la politique de cohésion, doté de 430 millions d'euros sur sept ans. Elle se rendra sur le site de l'explosion de l'ancienne usine AZF, Toulouse. Six ans après la catastrophe, ce site hautement symbolique est en train de devenir un pôle de recherche sur le cancer, un 'Canceropole', avec l'appui de l'Europe. Elle rencontrera également les présidents des régions de l'Eurorégion Pyrénées-Méditerranée, modèle de coopération territoriale.

    [03] Idealistic goals, pragmatic instruments: a policy mix can help minorities to access labour markets, says expert group

    Today an independent High Level Advisory Group of Experts on ethnic minorities presented eight policy recommendations to the Commission. Well aware of increasing social challenges, the Commission set up the group, headed by former Chairman of the German Bundestag, Rita Süssmuth in January 2006. The aims were to identify barriers which hinder members of ethnic minorities from fully participating in the labour market and society in general and to highlight good practice in public policy and in enterprises. The most important challenges lie in the areas of education, employment, housing and health.

    [04] The Commission regrets delay in transposition of European rules on procedures for granting asylum

    On 1 December 2007, the deadline for transposition of the Asylum Procedures Directive (Council Directive 2005/85/EC of 1 December 2007, on minimum standards on procedures in Member States for granting and withdrawing refugee status) expired. Until today, only 5 Member States (Bulgaria, Germany, Luxemburg, Austria and Romania) have communicated their national measures informing that they transpose fully the Directive. 4 Member States (Belgium, Estonia, France and Lithuania) have notified partial transposition.

    [05] Commission welcomes substantial progress in the Council for the internal energy market package – EMBARGO 13h00 –

    Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed the progress made by the Council on the Internal Market Package, as seen in the Portuguese Presidency's Progress Report, adopted today in the Energy Council. The report indicates that "a significant number" of Member States agree that ownership unbundling is necessary, whereas only "some" remain to be convinced. The report also indicates that all Member States agree that unbundling rules should be similar to avoid distortions between Member States in the internal market and that they have to be based on independently run "networks that guarantee independence of decisions on investment in infrastructure.

    [06] Big differences still exist between Member States in attitudes to science in the media

    While the public in Member States that were part of the EU before 2004 are generally open to science news, with more than 62% saying that they are interested in scientific research, this figure falls to just 38% for those Member States that joined since 2004. The differences range from 80% in Sweden to just 24% in Bulgaria. This is just one of the findings in a new Eurobarometer survey on scientific research in the media. The survey also shows a difference in the subjects of interest, with the newer Member States more focused on information technology and space, whereas the pre- 2004 Member States saw higher levels of interest in medicine, environment and energy.

    [07] Operation Wasabi: another joint customs operation gives spicy results

    Would you confuse apples with garlic? It appears that some Community importers do — thereby defrauding the EU budget. In September 2007, the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), in cooperation with the customs services of all 27 Member States, ran a joint customs operation code-named “Wasabi”. This operation targeted the importation of fruit and vegetables into the Community, in particular from southeast Asian countries.

    [08] Commission clears acquisition of Sempra Companies by RBS

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of parts of the Sempra Energy Group (Sempra Companies) of the US by Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) of the UK in the form of RBS Sempra Commodities LLP, a limited liability partnership to be established under UK law. RBS provides banking services and integrated financial solutions. Sempra Companies are active worldwide in commodities trading and associated activities. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [09] Commission clears acquisition of H.P. Pelzer by Goldman Sachs

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of H.P. Gesellschaft für Beteiligungsverwaltung mbH and HP-Pelzer Beteiligungsholding GmbH & Co Systeme KG of Germany (together H.P. Pelzer) by ELQ Investors Ltd (ELQ) of the UK, controlled by The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) of the US. GS is active in investment banking, trading and principal investments, asset management and securities services. H.P. Pelzer designs, produces, sells and distributes interior and exterior sound absorbing systems, interior linings and carpets for motor vehicles. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [10] Commission clears joint venture between GE and Doğus

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Motoractive Leasing IFN, Domenia Credit IFN and Ralfi IFN, all of Romania by General Electric Capital Corporation (GECC) of the US, a subsidiary of General Electric Company (GE) and Doğus Holdings A.S. (Doğus) of Turkey. GECC handles the financial services activities of GE. Doğus is active in the finance, automotive, construction, tourism, media, real estate and energy businesses. Motoractive, Domenia and Ralfi, currently controlled by GECC, provide consumer finance services in Romania. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [11] La Commission autorise l’acquisition de Cofranlait par Entremont Alliance et Sodiaal Industrie

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement Concentrations, le projet d'acquisition en commun de l’entreprise française Cofranlait SAS par l'entreprise française Entremont Alliance et l'entreprise française Sodiaal Industrie, contrôlée par Sodiaal Union de Coopératives agricoles. Entremont Alliance et Sodiaal sont toutes les deux actives dans la transformation et la commercialisation de produits issus du lait (fromages, poudre de lait). Cofranlait produit de la poudre de lait pour la nutrition infantile, la nutrition adulte, les produits alimentaires intermédiaires améliorés et le lait en poudre. 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.

    [12] More than 40% of households have broadband internet access

    In the EU27, 54% of households had access to the internet during the first quarter of 2007, compared with 49% during the first quarter of 2006, and 42% had a broadband connection, compared with 30% in 2006. This data comes from Eurostat. This release presents only a small part of the results of a survey from 2007 on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) usage in households and by individuals in the EU27 Member States, Norway and Iceland. As well as internet use and broadband connections the survey also covers e-shopping, e-government and e-skills.

    [13] Le chômage en baisse 7,2% dans la zone euro

    Dans la zone euro (ZE13), le taux de chômage corrigé des variations saisonnières, s’est établi 7,2% en octobre 2007, contre 7,3% en septembre. Il était de 8,0% en octobre 2006. Dans l’UE27, le taux de chômage s’est élevé 7,0% en octobre 2007, inchangé par rapport septembre3. Il était de 7,8% en octobre 2006. En octobre 2007, les taux les plus bas ont été enregistrés au Danemark (2,9%) et aux Pays-Bas (3, 1%), les plus élevés en Slovaquie (11,2%) et en Pologne (8,8%). Ces chiffres sont publiés par Eurostat.

    Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on France- Programme opérationnel 2007-2013: Midi-Pyrénées

    • Memo on High Level Group on the Social Integration of Ethnic Minorities and their Full Participation in the Labour Market

    • Memo on Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 3 and 4 December 2007

    • Memo on Transposition of the Asylum Procedures Directive

    • Speech by Commissioner Almunia "Towards greater financial integration and stability in the EU" at the European Parliament

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

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration : From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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