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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-01-25

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] La sécurité d'abord : la Commission propose de nouvelles règles plus strictes pour les jouets
  • [02] State aid : Commission approves regional tax credit scheme for new investments in the Mezzogiorno of Italy
  • [03] La Commission autorise le projet de rachat de Cognos par IBM
  • [04] Commission clears creation of joint venture by Rubis and Mitsui
  • [05] Montenegro joins European Union research programme
  • [06] László Kovács to visit China to discuss customs cooperation
  • [07] Louis Michel salue la signature des actes d'engagement pour la paix pour le Nord et le Sud Kivu
  • [08] Debate Europe! European Commissioners take part in new online discussion forum on the future of Europe
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-01-25 Reference: MEX/08/0125 Date: 25/01/2008 EXME07 / 25.1

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    25/01/08


  • [01] La sécurité d'abord : la Commission propose de nouvelles règles plus strictes pour les jouets

    La Commission européenne a présenté aujourd'hui diverses mesures visant améliorer la sécurité des jouets en Europe. La Commission souhaite renforcer les règles communautaires, notamment celles relatives l'utilisation de substances chimiques dans les jouets. La proposition déposée aujourd'hui vise rendre les jouets plus sûrs en remplaçant et en modernisant la directive sur les jouets (88/378/CEE) qui date du 3 mai 1988 et est donc pratiquement vieille de 20 ans. La révision poursuit trois objectifs : d'une part et essentiellement, imposer des exigences nouvelles et plus strictes en matière de sécurité afin d'éliminer les dangers identifiés récemment, d'autre part, renforcer la responsabilité des fabricants et des importateurs en matière de commercialisation des jouets et, enfin, accroître les obligations des Etats membres dans le domaine de la surveillance du marché.

    [02] State aid : Commission approves regional tax credit scheme for new investments in the Mezzogiorno of Italy

    The European Commission has authorised, under EC Treaty state aid rules, the single most important Italian regional aid scheme. The scheme, which foresees aid in the form of automatic tax credits, supports initial investments in the assisted regions of South of Italy. Investment projects for which expenses are incurred after 1 January 2007 and before 31st December 2013 will be eligible for aid under the scheme, for which the estimated budget amounts to €4.5 billion for the whole period 2007-2013. The Commission found the scheme to be compatible with the Single Market, as it meets the requirements of the applicable 2007 Regional Aid Guidelines (see IP/05/1653).

    [03] La Commission autorise le projet de rachat de Cognos par IBM

    La Commission européenne a donné son feu vert, au titre du règlement CE sur les concentrations, au projet de rachat par l'américain IBM Corporation de la société canadienne Cognos, fournisseur indépendant de logiciels analytiques d'entreprise. La Commission a conclu que l’opération n'entraverait pas de manière significative l'exercice d'une concurrence effective dans l'Espace économique européen (EEE) ou dans une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [04] Commission clears creation of joint venture by Rubis and Mitsui

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Rubis Terminal Antwerp (Belgium) by Mitsui & Co, Ltd ('Mitsui', Japan) and Rubis group ('Rubis', France). Mitsui is active in the trading in a number of worldwide commodities including, inter alia, power and energy-related products, iron and steel, and non-ferrous metals. Rubis deals with the storage of liquid industrial products and distribution of LPG and petroleum products in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Rubis Terminal Antwerp has tank terminal services for liquid industrial products at the port of Antwerp. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Montenegro joins European Union research programme

    Today, Montenegro will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Commission which will allow it full access to the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) which runs from 2007 to 2013. This "associated status" will allow Montenegro to participate in all calls for proposals and compete on an equal footing with the EU Member States for research cooperation and support actions funded by FP7, as of 1 January 2008. This agreement can therefore be seen as an important step in the process of applying to join the EU. It will allow Montenegrin scientists, universities and companies to create links with their counterparts across Europe and build up their scientific expertise, including in scientific fields crucial to implementing the body of EU legislation. With Montenegro, all countries of the Western Balkans except Bosnia and Herzegovina are now associated to the European Union research effort.

    [06] László Kovács to visit China to discuss customs cooperation

    European Commissioner László Kovács, responsible for customs, will visit Beijing next week to meet with Chinese authorities, including Customs Commissioner Minister Mu Xinsheng, in order to discuss ways in which customs cooperation between the EU and China can be further improved. Discussions will focus on increasing protection of Intellectual Property Rights, reinforcing security of the supply chain and introducing trade facilitation measures for reliable traders. The Commissioner's visit will also include meetings with business community and an operational visit of the port in Shenzen. Commissioner Kovács will also visit Hong Kong to discuss customs cooperation's issues and to start exploratory talks on taxation of savings.

    [07] Louis Michel salue la signature des actes d'engagement pour la paix pour le Nord et le Sud Kivu

    Le Commissaire européen Louis Michel, en charge du développement et de l'aide humanitaire, se réjouit de la signature Goma le 23 janvier des actes d'engagements signés par les groupes armés et le Gouvernement lors de la clôture de la conférence des Kivus sur la paix, la sécurité et le développement. L'endossement de ces engagements par toutes les parties constitue un pas nouveau et très encourageant pour la stabilité dans la région.

    [08] Debate Europe! European Commissioners take part in new online discussion forum on the future of Europe

    On 29th January 2008 Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström and Commissioners Stavros Dimas (Environment) and Andris Piebalgs (Energy), as well as other Commission staff, will be online between 15:00 and 17:00 CET to take part in discussions with European citizens. "With this forum we want to continue the discussion with European citizens that we started during Plan D", said Margot Wallström.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Operational Programme "fisheries" 2007-2013 for Cyprus co-funded by the European Fisheries Fund

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy to the Swiss Bankers Association (24/01, Zurich)

    Calendrier du 28 janvier au 3 février 2008

    Top News from the European Commission (28 January to 24 February 2008) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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