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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-08-22

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Georgia: Commission provides additional €5 million in humanitarian aid
  • [02] Post-négociation: un groupe d'experts de la Commission préconise une solution harmonisée pour supprimer les obstacles juridiques aux opérations transfrontalières sur titres
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of SAJV by Duferco, Mitsui and Nippon Denko
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Capital France Hôtel by BNP Paribas, JPC and Sophia
  • [05] June industrial new orders down by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.1% in the EU Midday Express of 2008-08-22 Reference: MEX/08/0822 Date: 22/08/2008 EXME08 / 22.08

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    22/08/08


  • [01] Georgia: Commission provides additional €5 million in humanitarian aid

    The European Commission, through its Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), has today allocated €5 million in humanitarian aid for vulnerable people affected by the conflict between Georgia and the Russian Federation. The new aid package comes on top of the €1 million fast-track humanitarian aid released by the Commission on 10 August, shortly after the conflict started . ECHO experts remain in the region, evaluating needs, coordinating activities with relief partner organisations and monitoring the use of Commission funds.

    [02] Post-négociation: un groupe d'experts de la Commission préconise une solution harmonisée pour supprimer les obstacles juridiques aux opérations transfrontalières sur titres

    Le groupe sur la sécurité juridique (LCG) de la Commission européenne a proposé des solutions aux obstacles liés la détention et au règlement-livraison transfrontaliers de titres. Ces solutions, exposées dans le rapport intitulé «Deuxième avis», devraient améliorer et harmoniser le cadre juridique de la détention et du règlement-livraison de titres par l’entremise d’intermédiaires, et du traitement des opérations sur titres. Le rapport propose en outre de permettre aux émetteurs de choisir librement leurs dépositaires centraux européens.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of SAJV by Duferco, Mitsui and Nippon Denko

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of SAJV of South Africa by Duferco Participation Holding Limited (Duferco) of Switzerland and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Nippon Denko Co. Ltd., both of Japan. Duferco is an international steel production, processing and trading group. Mitsui is a trading company active in the steel and iron sector, non-ferrous metals, electronics and chemicals. Nippon Denko operates a wide range of businesses such as ferro alloys, industrial chemicals, new materials and environmental recycling systems. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Capital France Hôtel by BNP Paribas, JPC and Sophia

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Capital France Hôtel S.C.A. (CFH) by BNP Paribas Assurance S.A, Sophia GE S.A., belonging to General Electric Company Inc. (GE) and Mr. Jean-Philippe Chomette (JPC). BNP Paribas Assurance is active in the provision of insurance services, in particular savings, protection and property and casualty insurance. Sophia is active in the ownership and management of commercial real estate portfolio, mainly located in France. JPC, a private investor, is the Founder, Chairman and Manager of Algonquin S.A., an investment company incorporated in Belgium to hold stakes in small and medium enterprises. CFH owns and manages a portfolio of 9 three and four-star hotel properties in urban locations. This portfolio of hotel properties is operated by international hotel operator The Rezidor Hotel Group under the brands Radisson SAS and Park Inn. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] June industrial new orders down by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.1% in the EU

    The euro area industrial new orders index fell by 0.3% in June 2008, compared with the previous month. In May the index dropped by 5.4%. In the EU new orders decreased by 0.1%, after falling by 5.4% in May. Excluding ships, railway & aerospace equipment, industrial new orders grew by 0.6% in the euro area and by 1.8% in the EU. Compared with June 2007, industrial new orders fell by 7.4% in the euro area and by 6.6% in the EU. Total industry excluding ships, railway & aerospace equipment dropped by 1.5% in the euro area and by 0.8% in the EU. These estimates are released by Eurostat. From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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