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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 09-01-15

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] Danuta Hübner dans la Vallée d'Aoste (Italie): les zones montagneuses offrent des atouts que l'Europe doit apprendre mieux exploiter
  • [02] Global crises to top discussions between EU and South Africa
  • [03] Commissioner Hübner to highlight pivotal role and benefits for Mezzogiorno from strengthened co-operation and development in Mediterranean
  • [04] Euro area annual inflation down to 1.6%
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of Segebel by Centrica
  • [06] Ministerial meeting on the automotive industry - Brussels – 16.01.2009
  • [07] Environment: Final amendment to Dangerous Substances Directive adopted
  • [08] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Broström by A.P. Møller-Mærsk
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2009-01-15 Reference: MEX/09/0115 Date: 15/01/2009 EXME09 / 15.01

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    15/01/09


  • [01] Danuta Hübner dans la Vallée d'Aoste (Italie): les zones montagneuses offrent des atouts que l'Europe doit apprendre mieux exploiter

    Danuta Hübner, la Commissaire responsable de la Politique Régionale, se rend dans la Vallée d’Aoste les 16 et 17 janvier. Elle rencontrera le Président de la Région autonome, M. Augusto Rollandin, et les membres du gouvernement régional pour discuter du nouveau programme de développement régional, soutenu par l'Union européenne. En se rendant au Fort de Bard, elle verra concrètement comment la région s'appuie sur les investissements européens pour développer le tourisme.

    [02] Global crises to top discussions between EU and South Africa

    European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, will visit South Africa to participate in the EU-South Africa Ministerial Troika meeting on 15th and 16th January 2009. Together with Czech Foreign Minister Schwarzenberg on behalf of the EU Presidency, Commissioner Michel will hold discussions with South Africa on topics ranging from the international financial crisis, climate change, food security to new areas of cooperation such as energy or transport. The meeting will also be an opportunity to examine various crises situations in Africa and in the world, notably in Zimbabwe, the DRC and the Middle East. The event is part of the regular high-level dialogue the EU keeps with South Africa as emerging regional power and strategic partner of the EU.

    [03] Commissioner Hübner to highlight pivotal role and benefits for Mezzogiorno from strengthened co-operation and development in Mediterranean

    On 16 January, Danuta Hübner, Commissioner responsible for Regional Policy, is in the Mezzogiorno at the invitation of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. In the city of Reggio Calabria, she will address academics, authorities and employers from European and North African countries on the importance of cooperation between the Mezzogiorno, the rest of Europe and the Mediterranean.

    [04] Euro area annual inflation down to 1.6%

    Euro area annual inflation was 1.6% in December 2008, down from 2.1% in November. A year earlier the rate was 3.1%. Monthly inflation was -0.1% in December 2008. EU annual inflation was 2.2% in December 2008, down from 2.8% in November. A year earlier the rate was 3.2%. Monthly inflation was - 0.1% in December 2008. These figures come from Eurostat.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of Segebel by Centrica

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Segebel S.A. of Belgium by Centrica Overseas Holdings Limited, belonging to the group Centrica plc of the UK. Centrica is active in electricity and gas production, energy product supply and trading, gas shipping and gas storage. Segebel is active in electricity generation and the supply of electricity and gas. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] Ministerial meeting on the automotive industry - Brussels – 16.01.2009

    In light of the deteriorating situation of automotive industry in the EU, Günter Verheugen, Vice President of the European Commission, has invited ministers from all Member States to meet in Brussels on Friday 16 January. The purpose of the meeting is to review the situation in the sector and discuss existing and future measures at national level and in particular the need for coordination at European level.

    [07] Environment: Final amendment to Dangerous Substances Directive adopted

    More than 600 substances have been included in the latest and final amendment to the Dangerous Substances Directive, which was adopted today by the European Commission. It includes more than 200 substances that have been identified as causing cancer, genetic mutation, or as having an effect on reproduction. The directive, which will be replaced by the Regulation on the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures from 20 January, has been amended for the 31st time since 1967 to take into account technical progress in the identification and classification of hazardous substances. Under the REACH regulation on chemicals, substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or having reproductive toxic effects may need authorisation to be used or placed on the market. For further details see: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/dansub/home_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/dansub/home_en.htm

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    [08] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of Broström by A.P. Møller-Mærsk

    The European Commission has cleared under the EC Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Broström of Sweden by A.P. Møller-Mærsk of Denmark. 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.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Speech by Vice-President Tajani at the opening of the Ministerial Conference Environment and Energy in Transport (MEET), Tokyo – in Italian only From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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