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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-04-25

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] Programme Interreg : l'UE apporte un concours de 59,7 millions d'€ à la coopération transnationale dans l'"Espace alpin"
  • [02] Commission refers local public transport joint venture to German Bundeskartellamt
  • [03] Commission clears joint venture between Hochtief and Volkswagen
  • [04] La Commission approuve le rachat de certaines activités d'Alcatel Business Systems par Jabil
  • [05] Commission clears joint acquisition of Single Source by ABB, OKO and Novitra
  • [06] La Commission encourage les partenariats public-privé dans le domaine de l'éducation
  • [07] Company law : expert group launches online consultation on possible reforms
  • [08] Infrastructures de recherche : la Commission lance un Forum Stratégique Européen
  • [09] Open Door Day at the Commission, Saturday May 4, 2002
  • [10] Social protection - Expenditure on pensions accounted for 12.7% of the EU's GDP in 1999 - Old-age pensions make up three-quarters of the value of all pensions
  • [11] Pascal Lamy travels to Mexico to take stock of a special relationship
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 25/04/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 25/04/2002

  • [01] Programme Interreg : l'UE apporte un concours de 59,7 millions d'€ à la coopération transnationale dans l'"Espace alpin"

    Michel Barnier, commissaire européen chargé de la politique régionale, a annoncé l'approbation par la Commission d'un programme en faveur de l'"Espace alpin" qui contribuera à la coopération transnationale entre l'Autriche, la France, l'Allemagne et l'Italie, pour ce qui est de l'UE, mais aussi la Slovénie, la Suisse et le Liechtenstein. Pour les Etats membres concernés par ce projet, le programme sera financé par l'initiative Interreg III. Il vise principalement à promouvoir les activités de communication ainsi que le développement économique et territorial dans la région. Le financement européen sera de 59,7 millions d'€ et il attirera un concours complémentaire de 59,7 millions d'€ provenant des budgets nationaux et de participations du secteur privé. Enfin, les contributions des budgets nationaux suisse et slovène, de quelque 4,34 millions d'€, porteront le financement total à 123,7 millions d'€.

    [02] Commission refers local public transport joint venture to German Bundeskartellamt

    The European Commission has referred to the German competition authorities (Bundeskartellamt) a joint venture by which Connex Verkehr GmbH, a subsidiary of the French Vivendi group, and Deutsche Nahverkehrsgesellschaft mbH (DNVG) plan to offer local public transport services in the Riesa area (Saxony, Germany). The referral had been requested by the Bundeskartellamt because the competitive impact of the transaction is limited to local markets within Germany.

    [03] Commission clears joint venture between Hochtief and Volkswagen

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the creation of a joint venture called car.e Facility Management GmbH between Hochtief Facility Management GmbH, controlled by Hochtief AG, and VW Kraftwerk GmbH and Volkswagen Immobilien Service GmbH, both controlled by Volkswagen AG. (The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [04] La Commission approuve le rachat de certaines activités d'Alcatel Business Systems par Jabil

    La Commission européenne a approuvé sous le Règlement Concentrations le projet d'acquisition de certaines activités de production d'Alcatel Business Systems à Brest, en France, par Jabil Circuit Inc. des Etats-Unis. (L'opération a été examinée à l'abri de la procédure simplifiée introduite en septembre 2000)

    [05] Commission clears joint acquisition of Single Source by ABB, OKO and Novitra

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the Finnish undertaking Single Source Oy, active in the development and execution of project and document management software, by the Dutch investment firm ABB New Ventures BV, a unit of ABB Group, Finnish Promotion Capital Ky, a unit of OKO Bank Group, and Finland's Novitra Investment Oy, a high technology holding-company. (The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [06] La Commission encourage les partenariats public-privé dans le domaine de l'éducation

    Dans le cadre de la promotion de la mise en œuvre de l'apprentissage en ligne en Europe, Viviane Reding, membre de la Commission responsable de l'éducation et de la culture, s'est félicitée aujourd'hui du lancement du consortium eLearning. Ce groupe, créé à l'initiative de 15 entreprises de pointe, aidera la Commission et les gouvernements des Etats membres dans la réalisation des objectifs du plan d'action eLearning de la Commission.

    [07] Company law : expert group launches online consultation on possible reforms

    The High Level Group of Company Law Experts set up by the European Commission has launched consultations on possible reforms to company law in Europe. The issues covered include both general themes and the following seven specific issues : corporate governance; shareholder information, communication and decision-making ; alternatives to capital formation and maintenance rules ; the functioning of groups of companies ; corporate restructuring and mobility ; a European Private Company ; and co-operatives and other forms of enterprise. The deadline for comments is 21st June 2002. Responses to the consultation will be taken into account in the Group's final report later this year. This report is due to suggest specific priorities and measures for reforming company law. Copies of the consultation paper are available at: http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/en/company/company/modern/index.htm

    [08] Infrastructures de recherche : la Commission lance un Forum Stratégique Européen

    Synchrotrons, lasers ultra-intenses ou accélérateurs de particules : les infrastructures jouent un rôle fondamental dans la recherche européenne. La mission du nouveau "Forum Stratégique Européen sur les Infrastructures de Recherche", mis en place par les Etats membres de l'Union sur l'initiative de la Commission, c'est d'offrir une plate-forme pluridisciplinaire, ouverte à tous les pays de l'UE, pour analyser en permanence les besoins exprimés par la communauté scientifique. La réunion inaugurale a lieu aujourd'hui à Bruxelles. Les infrastructures incluent des grandes installations mais aussi les super-ordinateurs pour la bioinformatique, les architectures de type GRID pour la coopération scientifique, les bases de données pour les sciences sociales, les bibliothèques virtuelles ou les réseaux de réserves écologiques pour la biodiversité. Le Forum sera un incubateur pour des projets européens ou multinationaux en vue du développement de nouvelles infrastructures de recherche en Europe. Il est composé de représentants des 15 Etats membres, nommés par les Ministres en charge de la Recherche, et directement responsables en matière de politique scientifique dans leur pays.

    [09] Open Door Day at the Commission, Saturday May 4, 2002

    The European Commission will open its doors to the general public on Saturday 4 May. On the first Saturday in May the Commission celebrates, together with the other European institutions, the prelude to Europe Day, which marks the declaration of Robert Schuman. This declaration, made on May 9 1950, paved the way for European integration and the creation of the European Union. This year Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin will meet the public on Saturday morning in the Commission's Breydel building. He will talk about European issues and particularly research policy. Doors open at 10h00 and the last visitors will be admitted at 17h30.

    [10] Social protection - Expenditure on pensions accounted for 12.7% of the EU's GDP in 1999 - Old-age pensions make up three-quarters of the value of all pensions

    According to a report published today by Eurostat, expenditure on pensions in the EU, which constitutes almost half of all expenditure on social protection was 12.7% of GDP in 1999. This share has varied very little since 1993, when it accounted for 12.9% of GDP. Pensions are the biggest item of social protection expenditure in all EU Member States except Ireland, Denmark and Sweden. In 1999, they constituted more than 60% of that expenditure in Italy, and between 50% and 52% in Greece, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Portugal. In that year, old-age pensions accounted for more than three-quarters of all pensions in the EU, the remainder comprising disability pensions (9.9%), survivors' pensions (9, 7%) and other types of pension (5.1%).

    [11] Pascal Lamy travels to Mexico to take stock of a special relationship

    European Trade Commissioner, Pascal Lamy, will visit Mexico from the 29th to 30th April. During the visit, Mr Lamy will meet with President Vicente Fox, Trade Minister Derbez, Foreign Minister Castañeda, the business community, civil society and academia. This is Mr Lamy's second visit to the country, and will provide an opportunity to assess EU trade relations with Mexico almost two years after the entry into force of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in July 2000. Mexico is a significant trading partner with the EU, and plays a key role in EU-Latin American relations. The Free Trade Agreement with Mexico was the first and most extensive to be negotiated with a Latin American country. The visit takes place just weeks before the EU-Latin American summit and the EU-Mexico Joint Council, to take place in May in Europe. During his visit, Mr Lamy will also inaugurate the Institute for European Integration Studies (IEIE) at the prestigious ITAM University, a project co-financed by the EU. On the eve of his departure, Mr Lamy said : "I look forward to my trip to Mexico where I am eager to see first hand what has been achieved through our special relationship. Mexico occupies a unique strategic position between North and South America, the Atlantic and the Pacific. As our first FTA partner in Latin America Mexico is also an essential partner in securing a successful conclusion to WTO negotiations under the Doha Development Agenda".

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Pedro Solbes : "Broad Economic Policy Guidelines for 2002 and Spring economic forecasts for the European Union, the euro area and the candidate countries" (24/04)

    Speech by Chris Patten on Valencia, Barcelona Process and Middle East at the European Parliament (24/04)

    Discours de M. Vitorino sur l'immigration et la politique d'intégration devant l'Association de Soutien aux Travailleurs Immigrés (24/04, Luxembourg)

    Speech by Günter Verheugen : "EU enlargement: the key questions" at the Forum Europe Conference (24/04)


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