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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-01-09

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Antitrust: European Commission welcomes Apple's announcement to equalise prices for music downloads from iTunes in Europe
  • [02] La Commission organise un séminaire sur l’avenir du secteur laitier dans le cadre du bilan de santé de la PAC
  • [03] New Commission analysis looks at the role of India in world agriculture
  • [04] Euro area GDP and EU27 GDP up by 0.8%
  • [05] Arts festivals join in support for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue Midday Express of 2008-01-09 Reference: MEX/08/0109 Date: 09/01/2008 EXME08 / 09.01

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    09/01/08


  • [01] Antitrust: European Commission welcomes Apple's announcement to equalise prices for music downloads from iTunes in Europe

    The European Commission welcomes Apple's announcement to equalise prices for downloads of songs from its iTunes online store in Europe within the next six months. This puts an end to the different treatment of UK consumers who currently have to pay higher prices for downloads. The different treatment to UK consumers was a major concern for Which?, a UK consumer protection organisation, who filed a formal complaint with the Commission. The Commission’s antitrust proceedings have also clarified that it is not agreements between Apple and the major record companies which determine how the iTunes store is organised in Europe. Consequently, the Commission does not intend to take further action in this case.

    [02] La Commission organise un séminaire sur l’avenir du secteur laitier dans le cadre du bilan de santé de la PAC

    Mariann Fischer Boel, membre de la Commission chargé de l'agriculture et du développement rural, invite les acteurs du secteur laitier participer un séminaire qui aura lieu le 11 janvier 2008. La conférence sera retransmise en direct sur le site internet de la DG Agriculture consacré au bilan de santé de la PAC. Lors de ce séminaire d'une journée, la Commission présentera ses conceptions au sujet de l'avenir de la politique communautaire dans le secteur laitier et le rapport consacré au marché laitier publié en décembre 2007. Elle révélera également les résultats préliminaires d'une étude portant sur les incidences de l'expiration du régime communautaire des quotas laitiers sur les prix du lait, la production, les exportations et la compétitivité du secteur laitier européen.

    [03] New Commission analysis looks at the role of India in world agriculture

    India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world today and among the world's leading agricultural producers and yet its trade flows are relatively small compared with other main players. However, given the size of Indian agriculture, even small changes in its trade have a potentially large impact on world markets. That is one of the conclusions of the latest MAP (Monitoring Agri-trade Policy), published by the Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development. India has a large and diverse agriculture and is also a major consumer, with an expanding population to feed. The average size of holding is just 1.4 hectares and 60% of the workforce depends on agriculture for a living. The latest MAP looks at India's trade patterns with the EU and globally. It also examines India's agriculture and trade policy and attempts to shed light on the impact of these policies on trade.

    The MAP is available at <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/publi/map/03_07.pdf">http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/publi/map/03_07.pdf

    [04] Euro area GDP and EU27 GDP up by 0.8%

    Euro area (EA13) and EU27 GDP both grew by 0.8% in the third quarter of 2007, compared with the previous quarter, according to second estimates from Eurostat. In the second quarter of 2007, growth rates were +0.3% in the euro area and +0.5% in the EU27. In comparison with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP grew in the third quarter of 2007 by 2.7% in the euro area and by 3.0% in the EU27, after +2.5% and +2.8% respectively in the previous quarter. In the third quarter of 2007 and among the Member States for which seasonally adjusted GDP data are available, Lithuania (+5.2%) recorded the highest growth rate compared with the previous quarter, followed by Latvia (+2.8%) and Slovakia (+2.5%).

    Rediffusion

    [05] Arts festivals join in support for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue

    Representatives of major European arts and culture festivals signed a declaration of support to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue today in Ljubljana together with the EU Commissioner Ján Figel'. It means that the aims and messages of the year will be reflected throughout 2008 in dozens of festivals all over the EU and beyond.

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

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

    Rexel/Hagemeyer

    Sonepar/Rexel Germany

    Sonepar/Hagemeyer From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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