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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-02-06

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] Les négociations Galileo-GPS avancent
  • [02] Galileo : three operators competing for the concession
  • [03] La Commission donne le feu vert à l'acquisition de MGE par Schneider
  • [04] Commission clears Telenor's full control of Danish mobile phone operator Sonofon
  • [05] Commission clears control of Polish steel company PHS by LNM group
  • [06] Development assistance : EU and Fiji sign Country Strategy Paper for 2003-2007
  • [07] L'UE, par sa politique de voisinage, offre son soutien aux réformes au Maroc
  • [08] EU celebrates Safer Internet Day
  • [09] Results of pre-selection tests for the first wave of enlargement competitions shows generally high standard
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 06/02/2004 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 06/02/2004

  • [01] Les négociations Galileo-GPS avancent

    Les Etats-Unis et l'UE ont examiné les 29 et 30 janvier, dans un climat constructif, la possibilité d'un accord de coopération. Même si les discussions n'ont pas débouché sur un accord définitif, un certain nombre de points ont pu être éclaircis et les parties ont pu, pour la première fois, entrevoir la forme que pourrait prendre un éventuel accord.

    [02] Galileo : three operators competing for the concession

    The Galileo joint undertaking has completed the first phase of the procedure for selecting the future concession holder of the European satellite navigation system. The second phase will now go ahead with the three consortia of companies on the shortlist. In response to the results, Loyola de Palacio, Vice-President of the European Commission said : "The preselection results are very encouraging. They endorse the European institutions' approach : the private sector is willing to invest heavily in the Galileo programme. The quality of the three tenders selected augurs well for the competitive negotiation phase."

    [03] La Commission donne le feu vert à l'acquisition de MGE par Schneider

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en application du règlement sur les concentrations, le projet d'acquisition de MGE UPS Systems S.A., société française qui produit des systèmes d'alimentation électrique, par le fabricant de matériel électrique français Schneider S.A. L'opération ne soulève aucun problème de concurrence.

    [04] Commission clears Telenor's full control of Danish mobile phone operator Sonofon

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the Merger Regulation to the acquisition of full control of the Danish mobile telephony operator Sonofon by the Norwegian telecoms operator Telenor ASA. Sonofon is currently jointly controlled by Telenor and BellSouth of the United States. (The operation, notified on 5 January 2004, was examined under the simplified merger review procedure)

    [05] Commission clears control of Polish steel company PHS by LNM group

    The European Commission has cleared under the Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of State-owned Polish steel company Polskie Huty Staly SA (PHS) by international steel company LNM. The deal does not pose any competition concerns as the market is characterised by a number of stronger players including Arcelor, Corus and Thyssenkrupp.

    [06] Development assistance : EU and Fiji sign Country Strategy Paper for 2003-2007

    European Commissioner for development and humanitarian aid Poul Nielson currently on an official visit in Fiji - and Prime Minister Laisanje Qarase today signed a Country Strategy Paper (CSP) and an Indicative Programme outlining the Commission's cooperation programme with Fiji for the period 2003-2007. The main objective of the strategy is to promote sustainable national reconciliation in Fiji through the provision of and equal access to quality primary and vocational education for all ethnic groups in the rural and most deprived areas. The strategy provides €23.1 million allocated from the 9th European Development Fund (EDF).

    [07] L'UE, par sa politique de voisinage, offre son soutien aux réformes au Maroc

    Au cours d'une visite de deux jours effectuée les 4 et 5 février 2004, le Commissaire européen à l'Elargissement Günter Verheugen a explicité les éléments de la nouvelle politique de voisinage proposée à ses voisins de la région méditerranéenne par l'Union européenne élargie, dont le Maroc pourra tirer plein profit. "Cette politique, a expliqué le Commissaire, offre un soutien puissant aux réformes engagées par le Maroc pour moderniser son économie, sa société, ses institutions politiques et son administration."

    [08] EU celebrates Safer Internet Day

    On 6th February 2004, the Safer Internet Day will be celebrated across Europe. This event focuses on children's rights to a safer Internet as part of the European Commission's Safer Internet Programme. It showcases existing safer Internet projects, videos and awards developed with the backing of the programme. These programmes involve actors from the private, public and voluntary sectors. Safer Internet project members have contributed to several remarkable achievements. In October 2003 a worldwide child-porn ring was broken up following a tip from the Internet hotline association INHOPE. In November 2003 the new Internet Content Rating Association content filtering platform ICRAplus was launched. Events will be staged simultaneously in 12 European countries (Denmark, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom), as well as in Australia. These events involve public authorities, the Internet industry and hundreds of other organisations.

    [09] Results of pre-selection tests for the first wave of enlargement competitions shows generally high standard

    The first candidates from the accession countries for posts in the EU civil service have now been sent the results of their pre-selection tests, which show a generally impressive standard. In all some 17,000 applicants participated in the tests. The pre-selection papers have now been marked and nearly 6,000 candidates have been provisionally declared successful. These candidates will now be invited to submit a full application, supported by documentary evidence of their qualifications. Provided that they meet the eligibility requirements, the papers they have already completed for the second stage of the competition, the written test, will be marked.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Enlargement competitions for Heads of Linguistic Divisions, lawyer linguists and assistant interpreters: the competitions are ongoing

    Discours de M. Bolkestein : "Het goed beheer van pensioenfondsen" (Voorschoten, ! embargo 15h30 !)

    Speech by Franz Fischler : "The new CAP: Painting a bigger rural picture" at UK Parliament (London)

    Calendrier du 9 au 14 février 2004


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