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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-11-10

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] European Youth Week 2008: results
  • [02] Danuta Hübner encourages Switzerland to step up cooperation with EU
  • [03] Pêche: la politique des quotas porte ses fruits, mais davantage d'efforts s'imposent en 2009
  • [04] Commission launches "Farmland": The fun way for kids to learn about animal welfare
  • [05] Mariann Fischer Boel receives European of the Year award from Danish European Movement
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of Micromania by Gamestop
  • [07] Commission clears acquisition of Vanderlande by SHV
  • [08] En visite Bakou, Andris Piebalgs souligne le rôle stratégique de l’Azerbaïdjan dans la réalisation du corridor gazier méridional
  • [09] Louis Michel exprime sa grande satisfaction sur les résultats positifs Nairobi
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-11-10 Reference: MEX/08/1110 Date: 10/11/2008 EXME08 / 10.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    10/11/08


  • [01] European Youth Week 2008: results

    European Youth Week 2008 was celebrated with over 500 activities and events all over Europe between 2 9 November. In Brussels, the highlights included the "European Youth Celebrations" on 5 November, where seven projects (see annex) that had received funding from the 'Youth in Action' programme received trophies in the presence of Ján Figel', the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth. On 6 November, 200 young people gathered with stakeholders and policy m//ers to discuss the future direction of EU youth policy.

    [02] Danuta Hübner encourages Switzerland to step up cooperation with EU

    Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for regional policy, is today in Berne and Lucerne to take part in a series of meetings on relations between Switzerland and the EU, and on Swiss participation in EU Regional Policy cooperation programmes in particular. Switzerland's New Regional Policy (NRP) is closely aligned with the aims of the EU's Regional Policy and EU's Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs, with its support for innovation, small businesses, training, knowledge transfer and for less favoured regions such as mountainous and rural areas.

    [03] Pêche: la politique des quotas porte ses fruits, mais davantage d'efforts s'imposent en 2009

    La Commission européenne a présenté aujourd'hui sa proposition concernant les possibilités de pêche et l'effort de pêche pour 2009 pour les principaux stocks halieutiques de l'Atlantique du Nord Est, mer du Nord incluse. Cette proposition tient compte des avis scientifiques les plus récents du Conseil international pour l'exploration de la mer (CIEM) et du Comité scientifique, technique et économique de la pêche (CSTEP) de la Commission au sujet de l'état des stocks halieutiques ainsi que des contributions des diverses parties prenantes en la matière. La plupart des stocks de poissons continuent d'être surexploités en 2008. Afin de jeter les bases d'une industrie saine pour l'avenir, nous devrons donc pêcher moins court terme. La Commission entend reconstituer les principaux stocks halieutiques l'aide de plans long terme. Pour d'autres stocks, une approche progressive est appliquée et consiste modifier les quotas de 15 % maximum chaque année. Cette stratégie offre une certaine stabilité aux pêcheurs tout en favorisant la transition vers des pratiques de pêche plus durables d'un point de vue écologique.

    [04] Commission launches "Farmland": The fun way for kids to learn about animal welfare

    In an effort to raise awareness among children about the importance of treating farmed animals in a respectful and humane way, the European Commission launched today "Farmland," the European children's website on animal welfare. "Farmland" is an interactive and informative online computer game targeting children aged between 9 and 12, which also aims to help tomorrow's consumers be in a position to make informed choices about the food they will be buying. The Commission is also developing an online teacher's toolbox containing exercises that can be used in class to help children better understand the issue of animal welfare. Some Member States have already expressed interest in the project.

    [05] Mariann Fischer Boel receives European of the Year award from Danish European Movement

    Mariann Fischer Boel, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development on Friday received the European of the Year Award for 2008 from the Danish European Movement, a cross party pro-EU organisation. The award was presented at a ceremony in the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen on Friday. This is the eighth time the award has been presented to a person who has made an exceptional effort to promote a European agenda. The Movement conferred the award for Mrs Fischer Boel's determined efforts to reform the Common Agricultural Policy and modernise the European farm sector to make it competitive and independent of outdated market organisations.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of Micromania by Gamestop

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of SAS SFMI Micromania (Micromania) of France by GameStop Corp. of the US. GameStop sells video game products and accessories, mainly in the US. Micromania sells video game products in France. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] Commission clears acquisition of Vanderlande by SHV

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Vanderlande Industries BV (Vanderlande) of The Netherlands by SHV Holdings NV (SHV), also of The Netherlands. SHV has diverse activities in the oil, gas and LPG sectors, consumer goods and private equity, heavy lifting equipment and renewable energy. Vanderlande provides automatic handling material systems and accompanying services. It is active in baggage handling at airports, distribution centres and express parcel sorting facilities. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

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    [08] En visite Bakou, Andris Piebalgs souligne le rôle stratégique de l’Azerbaïdjan dans la réalisation du corridor gazier méridional

    Andris Piebalgs, membre de la Commission chargé de l’énergie, était aujourd'hui Bakou où il a rencontré le président de l’Azerbaïdjan M. Ilham Aliyev ainsi que le ministre de l’Énergie M. Natig Aliyev et le ministre des Affaires étrangères M. Elmar Mammadyarov. Au cours de ces rencontres, M. Piebalgs a souligné combien l’Azerbaïdjan était un partenaire stratégique de l’Union européenne. Il a réaffirmé la détermination de l’UE entretenir avec l’Azerbaïdjan des relations étroites et renforcées et renforcer son partenariat énergétique. À la veille de l'adoption de la deuxième analyse stratégique de la politique énergétique, M. Piebalgs a eu un échange de vues quant l’établissement d’un corridor gazier méridional pour acheminer des ressources énergétiques vers l’Europe, qui constitue une des premières priorités de l'UE en matière de sécurité énergétique.

    [09] Louis Michel exprime sa grande satisfaction sur les résultats positifs Nairobi

    Le Commissaire européen au développement et l'aide humanitaire, Louis Michel, exprime sa grande satisfaction sur les résultats positifs obtenus lors de la réunion consultative spéciale des chefs d'Etat de la région des Grands Lacs Nairobi sur le conflit dans l'Est de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Le Commissaire Michel a affirmé, "Je félicite les chefs d'Etat de la région pour la volonté qu'ils ont exprimé mettre fin au conflit par une solution négociée où les structures régionales sont appelées jouer un rôle déterminant." Le Commissaire Michel a salué l'implication directe de la diplomatie Africaine notamment travers la nomination des anciens présidents Olusegun Obasanjo et Benjamin Mpaka comme facilitateur et médiateur dans les conflits. La région s'est aussi dite prête participer directement la résolution des conflits. Le Commissaire a affirmée sa disponibilité appuyer la Communauté internationale pour la reconstruction de l'Est de la RDC.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Statement by Commissioner Hübner on the Court of Auditors' annual report, Brussels - EMBARGO 14h30

    • Speech by Commissioner Hübner 'Will the 21st Century be European?', Luzern -EMBARGO 19h30

    • Rede von Kommissarin Reding 'Brüssel, ARD und ZDF – Stellungnahme zu 6 Mythen vom medienpolitischen Stammtisch', Berlin

    • Speech by Commissioner Piebalgs 'Zero Emission Platform', Brussels

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

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