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

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] Catherine Ashton in Southern Africa, 9-12 February
  • [02] Financial services: Commission launches call for evidence on review of Investor Compensation Schemes Directive
  • [03] Commission welcomes launch of Post-cyclone Nargis recovery and preparedness plan for Myanmar/Burma
  • [04] Commission clears joint venture between Doprastav and Ceskomoravsky Beton
  • [05] Commission clears joint venture between Costa and MSC
  • [06] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of Hapag Lloyd by Kühne, HGV and TUI
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2009-02-09 Reference: MEX/09/0209 Date: 09/02/2009 EXME09 / 09.02

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    09/02/09


  • [01] Catherine Ashton in Southern Africa, 9-12 February

    EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton will travel to Southern Africa from the 9th to 12th of February, visiting South Africa and Botswana. She will hold talks with key government leaders with a view to moving forward the bilateral and region-to-region trade relationships. A key goal of the visit is to discuss the Economic Partnership Agreement with Southern African countries. Aside from meeting government leaders from South Africa and Botswana, Commissioner Ashton will also have a joint meeting with Angolan, Namibian, and South African (ANSA) ministers while in South Africa and a meeting with ministers from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) while in Botswana.

    [02] Financial services: Commission launches call for evidence on review of Investor Compensation Schemes Directive

    The European Commission has launched a call for evidence on the review of the application of the Investor Compensation Schemes Directive (Directive 1997/9/EC). This Directive aims to protect investors against the risk of losses in the event of an investment firm's inability to repay money or return assets held on behalf of their clients. The Commission now wishes to gather information about the application of the Directive. All interested stakeholders, in particular businesses, investors and consumers, and public authorities are invited to participate. This call for evidence is also in line with parallel initiatives concerning the Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive and insurance guarantee schemes.

    [03] Commission welcomes launch of Post-cyclone Nargis recovery and preparedness plan for Myanmar/Burma

    Today the "Post-Cyclone Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP)" for Myanmar - a comprehensive planning tool for recovery in the Irrawaddy Delta after last year’s cyclone is launched in Bangkok. The plan was commissioned by the Tripartite Core Group (Government of Myanmar (Burma), the UN and ASEAN) which coordinated the immediate humanitarian needs and thus played a valuable and constructive role in the delivery of relief in the post-Nargis assistance operation. PONREPP will provide the strategic policy framework for the re-building of livelihoods, healthcare and education systems, and for the elimination of food insecurity over the next three years.

    [04] Commission clears joint venture between Doprastav and Ceskomoravsky Beton

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the proposed joint venture between Doprastav, a.s. of Slovakia, belonging to the DDM Group, and Ceskomoravsky beton, a.s. of the Czech Republic, belonging to the Heidelberg Cement Group. Both companies are active in construction and the production of construction materials. The joint venture, TBG Doprastav, will produce and distribute ready-mixed concrete. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Commission clears joint venture between Costa and MSC

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the proposed joint venture between Costa Crociere S.p.A. (Costa) of Italy, controlled by Carnival Corporation & plc of the US, and MSC Crociere S.A. (MSC) of Switzerland. Both companies operate cruise ships. The joint venture will manage a cruise terminal at the port of Marseille in France. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    Rediffusion

    [06] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of Hapag Lloyd by Kühne, HGV and TUI

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of joint control over Hapag Lloyd AG, a German shipping company with worldwide activities, by Kühne Holding AG, Hamburger Gesellschaft für Vermögens- und Beteiligungsmanagement mbH (HGV) and TUI AG, all of Germany. Hapag Lloyd is currently fully owned by TUI. 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.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on EU-Southern Africa trade

    • Memo on Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 9 and 10 February

    • Speech by Commissioner McCreevy 'The Credit Crisis – Looking ahead', Dublin

    • Speech by Commissioner Piebalgs 'The EU Sustainable Energy Week', Brussels

    • Speech by Commissioner Dimas 'Copenhagen must build the road to a sustainable global energy future', Brussels

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

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

    Strabag/Kemna/Wellmann From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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