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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-10-14

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] Développement d'une nouvelle énergie pour l'avenir: l’Europe lance un projet d’un milliard d’euros pour s'assurer une position de tête dans la course aux piles combustible et l’hydrogène
  • [02] "European citizenship: not just words, but also concrete rights!": European Union information campaign moving to Germany
  • [03] Réseau transeuropéen de transport : les Coordonnateurs ont remis au Vice-président Tajani leurs rapports annuels 2007-2008
  • [04] Journées RTE-T 2008: le temps du changement?
  • [05] Industrial production up by 1.1% in euro area
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of Befraco by Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank
  • [07] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of BAS by Capgemini
  • [08] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of certain OSI Group Companies by Marfrig
  • [09] State aid: Commission approves UK support scheme for financial institutions
  • [10] State aid: Commission approves revised Irish support scheme for financial institutions
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-10-14 Reference: MEX/08/1014 Date: 14/10/2008 EXME08 / 14.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    14/10/08


  • [01] Développement d'une nouvelle énergie pour l'avenir: l’Europe lance un projet d’un milliard d’euros pour s'assurer une position de tête dans la course aux piles combustible et l’hydrogène

    Aujourd'hui, l’Union européenne et les industriels européens ont annoncé leurs projets visant faire des piles combustible et de l’hydrogène une des nouvelles technologies de pointe stratégiques dans le domaine énergétique. La technologie de conversion efficace que représentent les piles combustible et le vecteur énergétique propre que constitue l’hydrogène peuvent aider grandement l’Europe relever les défis énergétiques auxquels elle est confrontée. La Commission européenne, les industriels et les milieux de la recherche européens, qui constituent ce partenariat public-privé qu'est l’initiative technologique commune (ITC), investiront ensemble, sur une période de six ans, près d’un milliard d’euros dans la recherche, le développement technologique et la démonstration concernant les piles combustible et l'hydrogène. L’objectif est de développer avant 2020 un marché de masse pour ces technologies prometteuses.

    [02] "European citizenship: not just words, but also concrete rights!": European Union information campaign moving to Germany

    Today the European Commission launches in Germany the second part of an information campaign focused on the citizens of the European Union. Under the slogan "European citizenship is not just words, but also concrete rights", the campaign, which has taken the shape of a road-show, will visit 59 German cities from 15 to 25 October 2008. Through this campaign, people will be given information about their rights as citizens of the European Union, as defined in the Charter of Fundamental rights of the European Union.

    [03] Réseau transeuropéen de transport : les Coordonnateurs ont remis au Vice-président Tajani leurs rapports annuels 2007-2008

    Les huit coordonnateurs européens ont remis leur troisième rapport annuel au Vice-président Tajani, présentant un état des lieux détaillé sur les projets prioritaires dont ils ont la charge. Le Vice- président s'est réjoui de recevoir ces états des lieux: "Les rapports mettent disposition de la Commission et des autres Institutions européennes une analyse détaillée de neufs grands projets européens. Je constate avec satisfaction les progrès enregistrés depuis un an. Ces rapports constituent aussi un apport important pour ancrer dans la réalité la réflexion qui s'engage sur la revue de la politique des Réseaux Transeuropéens de transport."

    [04] Journées RTE-T 2008: le temps du changement?

    La Commission européenne lance aujourd'hui une conférence de deux journées destinée aux parties prenantes pour inaugurer le réexamen de la politique des réseaux transeuropéens de transport. Le processus de réexamen portera sur les grands défis que devra relever l'Union européenne dans les prochaines décennies – changement climatique, compétitivité, cohésion économique et sociale. L'événement d'ouverture des journées RTE-T 2008 réunira 500 experts représentant tous les secteurs des transports, les États membres, les pays candidats et voisins, les chercheurs et les utilisateurs, les constructeurs et les investisseurs.

    [05] Industrial production up by 1.1% in euro area

    In August 2008 compared with July 2008, seasonally adjusted industrial production grew by 1.1% in the euro area (EA15) and by 0.5% in the EU27. In July production fell by 0.2% and 0.1% respectively. In August 2008 compared with August 2007, industrial production decreased by 0.7% in the euro area and by 1.1% in the EU27. These estimates are released by Eurostat.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of Befraco by Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Beheer- en Beleggingsmaatschappii Befraco BV (Befraco) of The Netherlands by Goldman Sachs Group, Inc of the US and Deutsche Bank AG of Germany. Deutsche Bank is a commercial bank operating worldwide. It offers a wide range of investment, financial and related products and services to private individuals, corporate entities and institutional clients. Goldman Sachs is active worldwide in investment banking, securities and investment services. Befraco is active in finance leasing. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

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    [07] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of BAS by Capgemini

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Dutch information technology (IT) service provider Getronics PinkRoccade Business Application Services B.V. (BAS) by Capgemini S.A of France. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [08] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of certain OSI Group Companies by Marfrig

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of certain OSI Group Companies located in Europe, Brazil and Bermuda by Brazilian meat supplier - Marfrig. The Commission concluded that the operation would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or in any substantial part of it.

    [09] State aid: Commission approves UK support scheme for financial institutions

    The European Commission has approved under EC Treaty state aid rules a UK package intended to stabilise the financial markets. The package would provide new capital to eligible banks and building societies, guarantee short and medium term debt to encourage inter-bank lending and offer liquidity to banks under strict conditions. The measures were notified and assessed over the weekend and approved today under a new accelerated procedure for emergency rescue measures. The Commission found the measures to be compatible with EU state aid rules, because they were an appropriate means to remedy a serious disturbance in the UK economy (Article 87.3.b of the EC Treaty), while avoiding unnecessary distortions of competition. In particular, the package provides for non-discriminatory access, is limited in time and scope and contains safeguards to avoid the abuse of the scheme. The UK measures are therefore in line with the guidance just issued by the Commission (see <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1495&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">IP/08/1495).

    [10] State aid: Commission approves revised Irish support scheme for financial institutions

    The European Commission has approved under EC Treaty state aid rules an Irish scheme intended to stabilise the financial markets by providing guarantees on deposits and debt to eligible banks active on the Irish market. After intensive contacts with the Commission, the Irish authorities submitted the finalised scheme on 12th October, addressing issues raised in the discussions (see <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/08/615&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">MEMO/08/615). The Commission found the revised scheme to be compatible with EU state aid rules, because it was an appropriate means to remedy a serious disturbance in the Irish economy (Article 87.3.b of the EC Treaty), while avoiding unnecessary distortions of competition. In particular, it now provides for non-discriminatory access to banks with systemic relevance for the Irish economy, regardless of their origin, fair remuneration of the guarantee, is limited in time and contains appropriate safeguards to avoid abuses. The Irish measures are therefore now in line with the guidance just issued by the Commission (see <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/1495&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en">IP/08/1495).

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative

    • Memo on FAQs on Europe's response to the Financial Crisis

    • Memo on State aid: Overview of national rescue measures and deposit guarantee schemes

    • Speech by President Barroso at the 9th Summit of Chairmen of EPP-ED parliamentary groups in the national parliaments in the EU, Brussels From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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