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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-08-21

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Benita Ferrero-Waldner today welcomes the release of Andrei Kim and Sergei Parsyukevich, two Belarusian political prisoners
  • [02] Concentrations: la Commission autorise le projet de rachat de certains actifs de Loparex par Mondi
  • [03] Paiements: la Commission et la BCE accueillent favorablement les éclaircissements apportés au sujet d'un marché des cartes de paiement couvrant le SEPA
  • [04] Georgia: EU continues to deploy assistance to the conflict-stricken area
  • [05] European Commission President Barroso expresses sympathy over Madrid plane crash Midday Express of 2008-08-21 Reference: MEX/08/0821 Date: 21/08/2008 EXME08 / 21.08

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    21/08/08


  • [01] Benita Ferrero-Waldner today welcomes the release of Andrei Kim and Sergei Parsyukevich, two Belarusian political prisoners

    Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, said: “I am delighted by this news. The freeing of Andrei Kim and Sergei Parsyukevich, taken together with the recent release of Alyaksandr Kazulin are encouraging signs. The European Union has repeatedly called for the release of all political prisoners and for Belarus to take steps towards compliance with core European values of democracy, human rights and respect for rule of law. This news comes at a critical time as Belarus prepares for parliamentary elections next month. I very much hope the positive momentum will continue and allow the European Union and Belarus to rapidly develop closer relations”.

    [02] Concentrations: la Commission autorise le projet de rachat de certains actifs de Loparex par Mondi

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement CE sur les concentrations, le projet de rachat de certains actifs de l'entreprise néerlandaise Loparex Holding B.V. par l'entreprise sud-africaine Mondi plc. La Commission a conclu que l'opération envisagée n'entraverait pas de manière significative l'exercice d'une concurrence effective dans l'Espace économique européen («EEE) ou une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [03] Paiements: la Commission et la BCE accueillent favorablement les éclaircissements apportés au sujet d'un marché des cartes de paiement couvrant le SEPA

    La Commission européenne et la Banque centrale européenne se réjouissent de la publication d'un document par le Conseil européen des paiements (CEP), association de banques et de groupements bancaires qui s'efforce de mettre en place l'espace unique de paiement en euros (SEPA). Dans ce document, qui prend la forme de questions-réponses, le CEP clarifie certains éléments importants pour que les systèmes de cartes de paiement et les banques soient compatibles avec le cadre SEPA pour les cartes, ainsi que les conditions en matière de couverture géographique applicables aux systèmes de cartes au sein du SEPA. Cette clarification devrait faciliter la transition des marchés de paiements nationaux actuels, fragmentés et en situation de monopole, vers un marché des cartes de paiement concurrentiel, couvrant le SEPA, dans lequel les économies d'échelle et une concurrence accrue sont susceptibles de favoriser l'efficacité et l'innovation, dans l'intérêt des entreprises et des consommateurs européens.

    [04] Georgia: EU continues to deploy assistance to the conflict-stricken area

    The European Union, through its Civil Protection Mechanism, is providing on- the-ground support around 100,000 civilians in the conflict-stricken area. Following a green light given by the French Presidency EU support is being sent via Member States and coordinated by the European Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC). This civil protection assistance comes in addition to the Commission humanitarian aid already provided right after the start of the conflict.

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    [05] European Commission President Barroso expresses sympathy over Madrid plane crash

    The European Commission expresses its sympathy to the families of the victims of today's airplane crash in Madrid. The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso said: "I am deeply saddened by the loss of life caused by this tragic plane crash. On my own behalf and that of the European Commission I would like to express our condolences to all those affected and to the Spanish authorities. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims". Spanish Commissioner Joaquín Almunia and Antonio Tajani, Commission Vice President responsible for Transport, joined President Barroso in presenting their personal condolences.

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

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

    Banco Santander/Alliance & Leicester

    Mitsui/ Bamesa Celik/ Bami JV

    Lion Capital/Foodvest

    Sodexho Pass International/Sofinco/JV

    Teck Cominco/Fording Canadian Coal Trust

    Gores Group LLC / Siemens Enterprise Communications

    GMR Infrastructure (Malta)/Ontario Teachers' Pension plan/Intergen From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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