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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-12-06

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] EU and Africa aim for deep transformation of their relationship at 2nd EU-Africa Summit in Lisbon
  • [02] Spanish city centre regeneration project wins European Enterprise Awards 2007 Grand Jury prize
  • [03] L’UE et l’Ukraine entament des négociations en vue de créer un espace aérien sans frontières
  • [04] Air passengers' complaints up in 2006 – Report from the European Consumer Centre Network.
  • [05] One woman in ten aged 25-54 in the EU27 is inactive due to family responsibilities
  • [06] Un déficit commercial de l'UE27 de 35 mrds d'euros avec l'Afrique en 2006
  • [07] Commission clears acquisition of Sintonia by Sintonia SpA and Goldman Sachs
  • [08] Commission clears acquisition of Global Garden Products by 3i Group
  • [09] Commission to decide on amendment on Slovak National Allocation Plan for 2008 to 2012 Midday Express of 2007-12-06 Reference: MEX/07/1206 Date: 06/12/2007 EXME07 / 06.12

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    06/12/07


  • [01] EU and Africa aim for deep transformation of their relationship at 2nd EU-Africa Summit in Lisbon

    The EU and Africa will forge a strategic partnership aimed at facing common challenges together, ranging from climate change to development, energy, migration, peace and security, trade and regional integration, and good governance human rights. Actions taken under the Joint EU-Africa Strategy to be launched at the 2nd EU-Africa Summit that will take place on 8 and 9 December in Lisbon will be decided jointly following negotiations between the EU and the African Union (AU). Based on a deeper and broader political dialogue, Europe and Africa intend to leave the archaic and narrow minded "donor-beneficiary relationship" behind and create a partnership between equals.

    [02] Spanish city centre regeneration project wins European Enterprise Awards 2007 Grand Jury prize

    In a pioneering approach to city centre regeneration, Bilbao has helped set up 129 small companies creating 270 jobs in leisure, arts, culture, fashion and technology. The project Spanish municipal development company Lan Ekintza-Bilbao won the 2007 European Enterprise Awards Grand Jury’s Prize at the official ceremony in Porto today. The high level jury representing business representatives and academics selected the project not only for its impressive results but also because it offers an excellent and sustainable model for urban regeneration, a challenge facing many European cities. Four other initiatives from local authorities around Europe received awards in special categories for Entrepreneurial Trailblazer, Enterprise Support, Investment in People and Responsible Entrepreneurship (see Memo/07/554).

    [03] L’UE et l’Ukraine entament des négociations en vue de créer un espace aérien sans frontières

    Cette semaine, l’Union européenne et l’Ukraine ont ouvert, Kiev, des négociations officielles en vue de la création d’un espace aérien sans frontières. L'objectif consiste renforcer les relations avec l'Ukraine dans le domaine du transport aérien, après la signature d'accords similaires avec les pays des Balkans occidentaux et le Maroc.

    [04] Air passengers' complaints up in 2006 – Report from the European Consumer Centre Network.

    Commenting today on the European Consumer Centre Network's Report on Air passenger complaints handled by their centres in 2006, EU Consumer Commissioner, Meglena Kuneva welcomed the report and congratulated them for this important and comprehensive view of problems encountered by consumers day to day. She said the report is completely in line with what we want to do in terms of investigation followed by enforcement, as was done in the recent 'sweep' investigation of websites selling airline tickets.

    [05] One woman in ten aged 25-54 in the EU27 is inactive due to family responsibilities

    The inactivity rate of women aged between 25 and 54 years was 23.6% in 2006 in the EU27, compared with 8.1% for men. This period is the main working age, and also the age when families are founded and children are raised. The main single reason for prime-aged women to be outside the labour force is therefore family responsibilities. Among prime-aged women in the EU27 in 2006, 10.2% stated they were inactive due to family responsibilities, almost half of all inactive women of this age. These data come from a report issued by Eurostat, focusing on people outside the labour force.

    [06] Un déficit commercial de l'UE27 de 35 mrds d'euros avec l'Afrique en 2006

    Entre 2000 et 2006, les exportations de biens de l'UE27 vers l'Afrique sont passées de € 66 milliards d'euros € 92 milliards et les importations de € 85 milliards € 126 milliards. Le déficit de la balance commerciale de l'UE27 avec l'Afrique a augmenté et est passé de € 19 milliards en 2000 € 35 milliards en 2006, soit 18% du déficit total de l'UE27. L'Afrique a représenté environ 9% du commerce extérieur total de biens de l'UE27 en 2006. À l'occasion du second Sommet UE-Afrique, qui se tiendra les 8 et 9 décembre 2007 Lisbonne, Eurostat publie des données relatives aux échanges de biens entre les 27 États membres de l'UE et 53 pays africains.

    [07] Commission clears acquisition of Sintonia by Sintonia SpA and Goldman Sachs

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Sintonia SA of Italy by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc of the US and Sintonia SpA of Italy, belonging to the Benetton group. Goldman Sachs is a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of banking, securities and investment services worldwide. Sintonia SpA. is Benetton's holding company for their interests in the infrastructure sector. Sintonia is incorporated in Luxembourg and invests globally in infrastructure assets. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [08] Commission clears acquisition of Global Garden Products by 3i Group

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Global Garden Products B, S. .r.l. of Luxembourg by 3i Group plc of the UK. 3i Group is active in investment fund management. Global Garden Products manufactures and sells a variety of powered garden tools and equipment for household and professional use. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [09] Commission to decide on amendment on Slovak National Allocation Plan for 2008 to 2012

    On Friday 7 December, the European Commission is scheduled to take its decision on the amendments to the national allocation plan of Slovakia notified by end 2006, for the second period under Directive 2003/87/EC, which establishes the EU emissions trading scheme for greenhouse gases. The decision will be communicated at 12 pm Central European Time via a press release. The announcement will also be displayed simultaneously on both

    DG Environment website at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/emission.htm and http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/2nd_phase_ep.htm. The legal decision will be posted on the DG Environment emissions trading website at the time of the announcement being made: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/2nd_phase_ep.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/climat/2nd_phase_ep.htmFollowing earlier decisions on amendments notified in 2006 by Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Sweden, the decision on the Slovak amendment constitutes the finalisation of the Commission's assessment of amendments. The legal framework foresees that any amendments notified after the end of 2006 other than those explicitly required in Commission decisions on national allocation plans are inadmissible.

    Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on European Enterprise Awards 2007

    • Speech by Commissioner Reding on "The convergent publisher – Print media in the broadband economy" at the Publishers Forum in Brussels

    • Speech by Commissioner Fischer Boel on "A few things you need to know about the CAP Health Check"

    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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