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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 09-02-02

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] Antitrust: Commission requests Slovak Republic to bring Slovak Competition Act into conformity with EU law
  • [02] Fight against tax fraud: Commission proposes measures to allow better cooperation between tax authorities
  • [03] Consumers: Energy, banking and urban transport "underperforming" for consumers
  • [04] Promotion of PPPs in rail infrastructure
  • [05] Vice-President Tajani meets President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal
  • [06] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2009-02-02 Reference: MEX/09/0202 Date: 02/02/2009 EXME09 / 02.02

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    02/02/09


  • [01] Antitrust: Commission requests Slovak Republic to bring Slovak Competition Act into conformity with EU law

    The European Commission has formally requested the Slovak Republic to amend a provision of the Slovak Competition Act that limits the Slovak Competition Authority's power to apply Articles 81 (prohibiting cartels and other restrictive business practices) and 82 (prohibiting abuses of a dominant position) of the EC Treaty to anticompetitive behaviour in the electronic communications, energy and postal sectors. The request takes the form of a reasoned opinion, the second step of EC Treaty infringement procedures (Article 226). Unless the Slovak Republic brings its legislation into conformity with EU law within two months of receipt of the reasoned opinion, the Commission may decide to refer the case to the European Court of Justice

    [02] Fight against tax fraud: Commission proposes measures to allow better cooperation between tax authorities

    In the framework of its strategy to better combat tax evasion and fraud (<a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/06/697&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=fr">IP/06/697), the European Commission today adopted two proposals for new Directives aimed at improving mutual assistance between Member States' tax authorities in the assessment and the recovery of taxes. One of the key elements of the proposals is that Member States would no longer be able to invoke bank secrecy in order to refuse cross border co-operation.

    [03] Consumers: Energy, banking and urban transport "underperforming" for consumers

    Three areas of services which really matter to people – energy, banking and transport (trains, buses and trams) – are causing the most problems for consumers, according to a new EU Report published today by the European Commission. The 2nd EU Annual Consumer Markets Scoreboard Report screens more than 20 goods and services sectors (including food, clothing, footwear, financial services, energy and telecoms) against 5 key consumer indicators – prices, switching, satisfaction, complaints and safety. The aim is to identify where markets have a high risk of malfunctioning for consumers. Consumer conditions in the retail electricity market will be the target of an in-depth market analysis by the Commission in 2009.

    [04] Promotion of PPPs in rail infrastructure

    Financial experts from the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the rail sector discussed last Friday ways to promote the successful use of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in rail infrastructure projects. The meeting was organised jointly with two leading European rail associations; the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM). The Commission's Directorate-General for Energy and Transport hosted this event in Brussels. The meeting demonstrated that the railways are strongly committed to promote PPPs as a tool to an efficient delivery of infrastructure. For more information please follow this link: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/transport/infrastructure/doc/ppp_workshop_2009_01_30.pdf">http://ec.europa.eu/transport/infrastructure/doc/ppp_workshop_2009_01_30.pdf

    [05] Vice-President Tajani meets President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal

    European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani met the President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade, NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development) coordinator for transport, at a breakfast meeting this morning hosted by the World Bank and the African Development Bank on regional infrastructure in Africa European. They have agreed on the need to exchange experience on the functioning of trans-European networks. They looked in particular at measures aimed at facilitating innovative funding and project implementation. They also discussed the possibility of using a similar system as that of TEN-T European Coordinators to help improve the implementation of trans-African networks. Vice-President Tajani is in Addis Ababa where he will deliver a speech on transport this afternoon at the 12th ordinary session of the Head of State and Government Assembly of the African Union.

    [06] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner statement on the liberation of Farc hostages – in Spanish only -

    • Memo on The Consumer Markets Scoreboard and the MarketWatch Process. Questions & Answers From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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