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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-12-22

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] Environment: Commission welcomes voluntary agreement on safe storage of mercury
  • [02] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of British Energy by EdF, subject to conditions
  • [03] Commission adopts special measures to increase interconnection between Ireland and Britain
  • [04] Débuts prometteurs du Registre des représentants d'intérêts de la Commission européenne.
  • [05] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of St1Avifuels by StatoilHydro and St1
  • [06] Industrial new orders down by 4.7% in euro area
  • [07] 2008 Rural Development report released
  • [08] Commission clears joint venture between REWE and Coop Switzerland
  • [09] Commission clears acquisition of Fujitsu Siemens Computers by Fujitsu
  • [10] Commission clears acquisition of NDS by Permira and News Corporation
  • [11] La Commission européenne accueille favorablement la création du REGRT d'électricité
  • [12] Mergers: Commission clears Teva's proposed acquisition of Barr subject to conditions
  • [13] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Continental by Schaeffler
  • [14] Déclaration commune de la Présidence du Conseil ECOFIN et de la Commission sur l'octroi d'une aide financière de moyen terme la Lettonie
  • [15] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-12-22 Reference: MEX/08/1222 Date: 22/12/2008 EXME08 / 22.12

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    22/12/08


  • [01] Environment: Commission welcomes voluntary agreement on safe storage of mercury

    The European Commission welcomes a voluntary agreement to ensure the safe storage of surplus mercury from the European chlor-alkali industry, once a ban on exports of the highly toxic metal from the European Union takes effect. The legislation requires that mercury that is no longer used, be stored in a way preventing its release. Euro Chlor, the European association of the chlor-alkali industry – the chemical industry sector responsible for chlorine and caustic soda production – has agreed to ensure safe storage under optimal conditions, when the legislation comes into effect in 2011. This is the first voluntary industry agreement to be formally recognised by a Commission Recommendation since the adoption of a Communication on environmental agreements in 2002.

    [02] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of British Energy by EdF, subject to conditions

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of British Energy (BE) by Electricité de France (EdF). The Commission's decision is conditional upon EdF´s commitment to divest the power generation plant at Sutton Bridge in the UK (owned by EdF) and at Eggborough (owned by BE), to sell certain minimum volumes of electricity in the British wholesale market, to unconditionally divest a site potentially suitable for building a new nuclear power station located at either Dungeness or Heysham in the UK at the purchaser's choice and to end one of the merged entity's three grid connection agreements with the National Grid at Hinkley Point in the UK. The Commission concluded that the transaction, as modified by these commitments, would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [03] Commission adopts special measures to increase interconnection between Ireland and Britain

    Today, the Commission approved exemptions from rules on regulated pricing and access for two new electricity interconnectors between the United Kingdom and Ireland. The new high tension lines more than double the transfer capacity between the two countries. They will also compete with a third new interconnection which will be operated by the Irish TSO.

    [04] Débuts prometteurs du Registre des représentants d'intérêts de la Commission européenne.

    Lancé le 23 juin 2008, le Registre des représentants d'intérêts de la Commission progresse bien. Les citoyens européens ont maintenant un accès direct aux informations sur l'existence, la diversité et la multitude des intérêts représentés: moins de six mois après l'ouverture du registre, plus de 700 organisations sont aujourd'hui inscrites et ce chiffre augmente tous les jours.

    [05] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of St1Avifuels by StatoilHydro and St1

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of joint control of St1Avifuels of Finland by StatoilHydro of Norway and St1 of Finland. 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.

    [06] Industrial new orders down by 4.7% in euro area

    In October 2008 compared with September 2008, the euro area (EA15) industrial new orders index fell by 4.7%. In September the index decreased by 5.4%. In the EU27 new orders declined by 6.3% in October 2008, after dropping by 5.2% in September. Excluding ships, railway & aerospace equipment, for which changes tend to be more volatile, industrial new orders fell by 3.8% in the euro area and by 6.3% in the EU27. In October 2008 compared with October 2007, industrial new orders decreased by 15.1% in the euro area and by 17.9% in the EU27. Total industry excluding ships, railway & aerospace equipment dropped by 14.0% in the euro area and by 13.2% in the EU27. These estimates are released by Eurostat.

    [07] 2008 Rural Development report released

    The European Commission released the 2008 report on Statistical and Economic Information concerning Rural Development in the European Union. The report provides, at national and regional levels, statistical and economic information covering the three objectives of Rural Development (RD) policy 2007-2013. It also contains specific analysis on some selected topics. An overview of the Rural Development budget over the 2007-2013 period is included together with the first information on the financial monitoring of RD programmes in EU-27 and in Candidate Countries. The report is available at <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/agrista/rurdev2008/index_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/agrista/rurdev2008/index_en.htm

    [08] Commission clears joint venture between REWE and Coop Switzerland

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the proposed joint venture between REWE group of Germany and Coop eG of Switzerland. Both companies are active in wholesale and retail selling of consumer goods. The joint venture, transGourmet, will sell consumer goods wholesale in Germany. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [09] Commission clears acquisition of Fujitsu Siemens Computers by Fujitsu

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Fujitsu Siemens Computers of The Netherlands by Fujitsu Limited (Fujitsu) of Japan. Fujitsu supplies information technology (IT) products and services. Fujitsu Siemens Computers also supplies IT products and services, mainly in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [10] Commission clears acquisition of NDS by Permira and News Corporation

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of NDS of the UK by Nuclobel Lux 1 S. .r.l. and Nuclobel Lux 2 S. .r.l. of Luxembourg, ultimately controlled by Permira Holdings LLP of the UK, and News Corporation of the US. Permira Holdings LLP is a private equity fund. NDS provides technical services to Pay-TV broadcasters. News Corporation is a diversified entertainment company with operations in various media industry sectors, including films, television; cable and satellite broadcasting and publishing. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

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    [11] La Commission européenne accueille favorablement la création du REGRT d'électricité

    M. Andris Piebalgs, membre de la Commission européenne chargé de l'énergie, a salué aujourd'hui la création du Réseau européen des gestionnaires de réseau de transport d'électricité (REGRT-E). Les 42 gestionnaires européens de réseau de transport, qui sont responsables du plus grand réseau interconnecté, ont signé aujourd'hui un accord pour créer cette nouvelle organisation qui pourrait devenir l'organisation GRT prévue par le troisième paquet «marché intérieur». Ce paquet est actuellement examiné par le Conseil et le Parlement en vue de son adoption finale au printemps 2009. Les associations déj existantes comme l'REGRT, l'Union pour la coordination du transport de l'électricité (UCTE) et Nordel seront dissoutes et leurs tâches et leurs fonctions seront transférées la nouvelle organisation.

    [12] Mergers: Commission clears Teva's proposed acquisition of Barr subject to conditions

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Barr Pharmaceuticals of the US by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries of Israel. Both companies produce generic medicines. To remedy the Commission's competition concerns in the field of cancer drugs and prescription vitamin products on a number of national markets, Teva made the commitment to divest fifteen cancer drugs in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia, as well as two other drugs in Poland. In the light of these commitments, the Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would not cause competition concerns in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [13] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Continental by Schaeffler

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Continental AG, a German manufacturer of car components, by Schaeffler KG, also of Germany. 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.

    [14] Déclaration commune de la Présidence du Conseil ECOFIN et de la Commission sur l'octroi d'une aide financière de moyen terme la Lettonie

    Compte tenu des déséquilibres majeurs de l'économie lettone, accentués par les tensions sur les marchés financiers, et compte tenu de l'engagement ferme des autorités lettones mettre en œuvre un vaste programme d'assainissement économique, l'Union européenne envisage d'accorder une aide financière de moyen terme la Lettonie s’élevant jusqu' €3,1 milliards d'euros.

    [15] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on the EU Mercury Strategy

    • Speech by Commissioner Borg 'Speaking points on December Fisheries Council', Brussels From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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