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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-01-24

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] Nouvel ensemble de programmes de développement rural accepté pour la période 2007-2013
  • [02] Comenius, le programme de l’Union européenne pour les écoles, favorise l’apprentissage des langues étrangères et la conscience interculturelle
  • [03] EU mobilises partners to promote decent work for all
  • [04] Sustainable energy a keystone for local development, Hübner tells conference in Southern Italy
  • [05] Des experts de haut niveau se penchent sur l’avenir de la mobilité dans l'UE
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of Bankenservice by Goldman Sachs and MatlinPatterson
  • [07] Non-energy raw materials – Consultation on an EU integrated policy approach Midday Express of 2008-01-24 Reference: MEX/08/0124 Date: 24/01/2008 EXME08 / 24.01

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    24/01/08


  • [01] Nouvel ensemble de programmes de développement rural accepté pour la période 2007-2013

    Le comité pour le développement rural (qui rassemble des représentants des 27 États membres) a émis aujourd’hui un avis favorable sur les programmes de développement rural présentés pour la période de financement 2007-2013 par le Danemark, l'Écosse, la France (Guadeloupe) et l'Italie (Val d'Aoste, Pouilles, Sicile et Basilicate). Ces programmes visent maintenir les infrastructures, créer de nouvelles sources de revenus pour les zones rurales, promouvoir la croissance et lutter contre le chômage. La Commission doit encore approuver officiellement les programmes concernés dans les prochaines semaines.

    [02] Comenius, le programme de l’Union européenne pour les écoles, favorise l’apprentissage des langues étrangères et la conscience interculturelle

    Les partenariats scolaires dans le cadre du programme européen Comenius comportent des avantages évidents pour les élèves, les enseignants et les établissements scolaires participants. Telle est la principale conclusion d'une étude récente sur l'incidence des partenariats scolaires européens financés au titre de Comenius. Il apparaît que ces partenariats scolaires aident les élèves mieux apprendre, améliorent l’environnement d’enseignement et d’apprentissage des écoles, motivent les élèves et les professeurs apprendre des langues étrangères et renforcent la sensibilisation et les compétences interculturelles.

    [03] EU mobilises partners to promote decent work for all

    The European Commission today announced that it will mobilise the EU's different internal and external policies to help promote decent work for all – the external dimension of the EU's jobs and growth strategy. The initiative comes at a major event organised by different Commission services dealing with the decent work agenda and bringing together key players from national and European authorities, developing countries, emerging economies, civil society and international organisations. The results of today's event will feed into a new package of proposals to be presented by the Commission in September 2008 as a follow-up to its 2006 report on decent work.

    [04] Sustainable energy a keystone for local development, Hübner tells conference in Southern Italy

    Sustainable energy is a keystone for local development. That is the central message Danuta Hübner, Commissioner for Regional Policy, will deliver at a conference on energy in Bari, Southern Italy, today. The conference, organised to develop Italy's regional development policy for 2007-2013, is entitled 'Sustainable, Competitive and Safe Energy'. Mr Pier Luigi Bersani, Minister of Economic Development, and Mr Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, Minister of Environment, join Commissioner Hübner as keynote speakers at an event to prepare effective implementation of the energy priorities Italy has defined. The presidents of Italy's southern regions will also take part. The aim is to boost the proportion of renewable sources in the energy consumption of Campania, Puglia, Calabria, Sicily and Basilicata. Italy's allocation of European Regional Development Fund investment for renewable energy sources and energy efficiency is the highest in the EU for the current funding period, €1.85 billion.

    [05] Des experts de haut niveau se penchent sur l’avenir de la mobilité dans l'UE

    La Commission européenne a créé un groupe d’experts de haut niveau sur la mobilité, qui a tenu sa première réunion le 24 janvier 2008. Étendre le champ d’action du programme d’échange Erasmus, augmenter les échanges de jeunes, améliorer l’aide la mobilité dans la formation professionnelle ou l'enseignement des adultes, et accroître la mobilité des jeunes artistes, chefs d'entreprise et bénévoles, telles seront les mesures débattues par ce groupe d'experts.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of Bankenservice by Goldman Sachs and MatlinPatterson

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Bankenservice Kassel GmbH (Bankenservice) of Germany by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) of the US and MatlinPatterson LLC (MP), also of the US. GS is an investment banking, securities and investment management company. MP is an investment fund investing globally in companies in financial difficulties. Bankenservice handles cashless payment transaction vouchers in Germany. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] Non-energy raw materials – Consultation on an EU integrated policy approach

    The competitive situation of EU manufacturing industry is facing increasing challenges in ensuring access to raw materials as a result of significant pressure from the growing global economy. Many metallic minerals are either geologically not available within the EU or are being extracted in relatively small volumes compared with global production, e.g. copper (5%), iron ore (2%), nickel (1.7%), and zinc (8.5%). As stated by the Council of Ministers (Competitiveness) on 21 May 2007, this situation calls for the development of a coherent political approach with regard to raw materials supplies for industry which includes all relevant areas of policy (foreign affairs, trade, environmental, development and research and innovation policy). Therefore the Commission is currently preparing a Communication which will set out an EU strategy on non-energy raw materials, to be finalised in the second half of 2008. In preparation for this, the Commission has made a public consultation available online which will be open until 24 March 2008. The results of the consultation will be summarised in a report to be published on Enterprise and Industry DG website shortly after the closure of the consultation.

    Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on Rural Development Plan for Scotland

    • Memo sur le Programme de développement rural - La Guadeloupe

    • Memo on Denmark's Rural Development Plan

    • Memo sur les Plans de développement rural: 4 régions en Italie

    • Memo on Italy Operational programme 2007-2013: Puglia

    • Memo sur le Programme opérationnel 2007-2013 Italie: Basilicate

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

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

    Rank /Alcoa P&C From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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