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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-08-20

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] EU provides extra €40 million to the Palestinian Authority
  • [02] Better access to scientific articles on EU-funded research: European Commission launches online pilot project
  • [03] Concentrations: la Commission autorise le projet de concentration entre Kenwood et JVC
  • [04] June construction output down by 0.6% in the euro area and 1.5% in the EU
  • [05] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-08-20 Reference: MEX/08/0820 Date: 20/08/2008 EXME08 / 20.08

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    20/08/08


  • [01] EU provides extra €40 million to the Palestinian Authority

    The European Union has provided an additional €40 million to the Palestinian Authority to help meet its recurrent expenditures and ensure the continued delivery of public services. The funds will be used to help pay for salaries and pensions, social allowances to vulnerable Palestinian families and fuel for the power plant to provide electricity to the people of Gaza. This amount comes on top of the €440 million that the European Commission pledged last December in Paris to assist the Palestinians in 2008 . Also today, the EU and the Palestinian Authority (PA) have launched - using part of that €440 million sum - a €37 million public infrastructure investment programme that will bring benefits to the Palestinian people by improving the delivery of public services. The programme will help to upgrade public infrastructure in areas identified by the Palestinian Authority as priorities for new investment, including security and the rule of law and electricity. All the funds are channelled through the European Union assistance mechanism for the Palestinians, PEGASE.

    [02] Better access to scientific articles on EU-funded research: European Commission launches online pilot project

    Fast and reliable access to research results, especially via the Internet, can drive innovation, advance scientific discovery and support the development of a strong knowledge-based economy. The European Commission wants to ensure that the results of the research it funds under the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) with more than € 50 billion from 2007 - 2013 are disseminated as widely and effectively as possible to guarantee maximum exploitation and impact in the world of researchers and beyond. The Commission today launched a pilot project that will give unrestricted online access to EU-funded research results, primarily research articles published in peer reviewed journals, after an embargo period of between 6 and 12 months. The pilot will cover around 20% of the FP7 programme budget in areas such as health, energy, environment, social sciences and information and communication technologies.

    [03] Concentrations: la Commission autorise le projet de concentration entre Kenwood et JVC

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en application du règlement de l’UE sur les concentrations, le projet de concentration entre Kenwood Corporation of Japan et Victor Company of Japan («JVC), tous deux fournisseurs d’équipements électroniques. Après examen, la Commission est parvenue la conclusion que l’opération n'entraverait pas significativement une concurrence effective dans l'Espace économique européen (EEE) ou une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [04] June construction output down by 0.6% in the euro area and 1.5% in the EU

    In the construction sector, seasonally-adjusted production decreased by 0.6% in the euro area and by 1.5% in the EU in June 2008, compared with the previous month. In May, production increased by 0.1% and 0.7% respectively.

    Compared with June 2007, output dropped by 2.4% in the euro area and by 1.8% in the EU. These are first estimates by Eurostat.

    [05] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on the European Commission's Open Access Pilot for Research Articles: Frequently Asked Questions From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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