|Tuesday, 22 September 2020|
European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-08-11
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
MIDDAY EXPRESSNews from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb
 Opening soon: a digital library for EuropeEurope's cultural diversity in books, music, paintings, photographs, and films open to all citizens at the click of a mouse via one portal – this dream of a European Digital Library could become reality this autumn. However, further efforts by the EU Member States are needed, said the Commission today in a new Communication on making available digital versions of works from cultural institutions all over Europe. Digitisation of cultural works can give Europeans access to material from museums, libraries and archives abroad without having to travel or turn hundreds of pages to find a piece of information. Europe's libraries alone contain more than 2.5 billion books, but only about 1% of archival material is available in digital form. The Commission therefore called on Member States to do more to make digitised works available online for Europeans to browse them digitally, for study, work or leisure. The Commission itself will provide some € 120 million in 2009-2010 for improving online access to Europe's cultural heritage.
 Commission clears acquisition of SCS Group by Sun CapitalThe European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of indirect sole control of Share & Sons Ltd (SCS Group) of the UK, the operating subsidiary of SCS Upholstery plc. by Sun Capital Partners V, L.P. of the USA. Sun Capital is active in portfolio investments. SCS Group provides specialist upholstered furniture retailing in the UK. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.
 Commission clears acquisition of Bigpoint by GE and GMTThe European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Bigpoint GmbH of Germany by General Electric Company (GE) of the USA and GMT Communications Partners LLP of the United Kingdom. GE is active in diversified activities in manufacturing, technology and service businesses, including banking and credit services. GMT is active in private equity funds. Bigpoint develops and hosts online games. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.
 European Commission announces fast-track humanitarian aid for civilians affected by the conflict between Georgia and the Russian FederationThe European Commission has released €1 million in fast-track aid to help cover the urgent humanitarian needs of thousands of civilians affected by the fighting in the region of South Ossetia and beyond in Georgia. Experts from the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) are in the region and are closely following the humanitarian situation.
 Autre matériel diffusé• Memo on Europe's cultural wealth at the click of a mouse: frequently asked questions
A disposition au secrétariat de Jonathan Todd (BERL 03/315):
Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :
ZURICH / BANCO SABADELL / BANSABADELL VIDA / BANSABADELL PENSIONES / BANSABADELL GENERALES
Sony / Sony BMG
From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/