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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 04-12-16

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] AvancĂ©e importante dans la surveillance de l'environnement depuis l'espace
  • [02] Commission clears Slovak Telecom's acquisition of sole control over EuroTel's mobile telephony business
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Idex by Industri Kapital
  • [04] Le taux d'inflation annuelle en baisse Ă 2,2% dans la zone euro et dans l'UE25
  • [05] New EU guidelines will clarify businesses' obligations to inform the authorities about dangerous products
  • [06] Pesticides : Markos Kyprianou se fĂ©licite de l'accord du Parlement et du Conseil sur les limites maximales applicables aux rĂ©sidus dans l'UE
  • [07] Technology Platform for Global Animal Health launched todayA Technology Platform on "Global Animal Health" was announced today by the European Commission. The technology platform, launched today at a conference on animal diseases in Brussels, is a partnership led by industry and supported by Development Commissioner Louis Michel, Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik and Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou. The initiative is being set up to tackle major animal diseases in the developing world and in Europe.
  • [08] Stavros Dimas presents EU Emissions Trading Scheme to global audience and pledges financial support for UNFCCC Registry System
  • [09] Tax incentives for Italian companies participating in trade fairs abroad are illegal
  • [10] The internal market in sea transport services : Commission takes Finland to court
  • [11] Economies d'Ă©nergie : la Commission renvoie le Luxembourg devant la Cour de justice
  • [12] UK faces legal action for failure to implement Euratom health and safety provisions against ionising radiation
  • [13] MarchĂ© intĂ©rieur de l'Ă©lectricitĂ© : la Commission dĂ©cide de saisir la Cour de justice contre la Grèce
  • [14] Autre matĂ©riel diffusĂ© Midday Express of 2004-12-16 Reference: MEX/04/1216 Date: 16/12/2004 EXME04 / 16.12

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Général Presse etb

    Communication

    16/12/04


  • [01] AvancĂ©e importante dans la surveillance de l'environnement depuis l'espace

    Les scientifiques du Centre Commun de Recherche de la Commission européenne ont mis au point une nouvelle méthode d'interprétation des données transmises par les satellites d'observation de la terre. Les satellites surveillent la nature, l'état et l'évolution de la végétation terrestre. Les nouvelles capacités de surveillance augmenteront les chances d'établir l'impact des grands phénomènes climatiques, comme la sécheresse et la canicule qui ont durement touché l'Europe occidentale en 2003. La méthode fait appel à des algorithmes pratiques permettant d'interpréter les données de télédétection recueillies par les capteurs dont sont équipés les satellites.

    [02] Commission clears Slovak Telecom's acquisition of sole control over EuroTel's mobile telephony business

    The European Commission has granted approval under the EU Merger Regulation of the acquisition by incumbent telecommunications operator Slovak Telecom of full ownership of EuroTel Bratislava's mobile telephony business. As Slovak Telecom is the majority shareholder in the target company and already in the position to determine EuroTel's competitive behaviour to a considerable extent, the Commission considers that the operation will not significantly impede effective competition.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Idex by Industri Kapital

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of French company Idex by Industri Kapital of the Netherlands through a newly created holding company Financiere Saint Michael controlled by Industri Kapital. Industri Kapital is a private investment firm with a majority of investments in the manufacturing, retail and services sectors. Idex operates mainly in the energy sector but also to some minor extent in the waste management sector. Idex is predominantly a services company with the exception of the production of air-conditioning systems, which constitutes only a marginal part of the company’s activities. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Le taux d'inflation annuelle en baisse Ă 2,2% dans la zone euro et dans l'UE25

    Le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro est passé de 2,4% en octobre à 2,2% en novembre 2004, indique aujourd'hui Eurostat. Un an auparavant, il s'élevait à 2,2%. Le taux d'inflation mensuel a été de -0,1% en novembre 2004. Le taux d'inflation annuel de l'UE25 a été de 2,2% en novembre 2004, contre 2,3% en octobre. Un an auparavant, il s'élevait à 2,1%. Le taux d'inflation mensuel a été de 0,0% en novembre 2004. En novembre 2004, les taux d'inflation annuels les plus bas ont été observés en Finlande (0, 2%), au Danemark (1,0%), en Suède (1,1%), aux Pays-Bas et au Royaume-Uni (1,5% chacun), et les plus élevés en Lettonie (7,2%), en Slovaquie (6,0%), en Hongrie (5,7%) et en Pologne (4,5%). Par rapport à octobre 2004, le taux d'inflation annuel a augmenté dans six Etats membres, a baissé dans seize et est resté stable dans trois.

    [05] New EU guidelines will clarify businesses' obligations to inform the authorities about dangerous products

    The European Commission has adopted guidelines clarifying businesses' duties to alert government authorities to unsafe products. Since January this year the EU's General Product Safety Directive has made it obligatory for producers and distributors to rapidly inform the relevant Member State authorities if they find that a product they have helped place on the market is unsafe (see IP/04/53). The new guidelines provide assistance on when and how to make such a notification and clarify the deadlines within which businesses must act. Once notified, the authority may, depending on the nature of the risk, require the business to take further action – such as tracing and withdrawing the products concerned or even organising a product recall. The Member State may also notify the European Commission about it if the product poses a serious risk and is marketed in several EU countries. The Commission will then alert Member State authorities across the EU via its RAPEX rapid alert system on product safety (see IP/04/183). The Commission's weekly RAPEX alert about dangerous consumer products is published on the Europa website. For more information see:

    <a href="http://europa.eu.int/comm/consumers/cons_safe/prod_safe/gpsd/index_en.htm">http://europa.eu.int/comm/consumers/cons_safe/prod_safe/gpsd/index_en.htm

    [06] Pesticides : Markos Kyprianou se félicite de l'accord du Parlement et du Conseil sur les limites maximales applicables aux résidus dans l'UE

    La Commission européenne se réjouit que le Parlement européen ait adopté les amendements au règlement visant à harmoniser, à l'échelon européen, les limites maximales de résidus (LMR) pour les pesticides autorisés dans les produits d’origine végétale ou animale. Les amendements adoptés par les députés européens ont également été approuvés par le Conseil, ce qui ouvre la voie à une adoption définitive du règlement par le Conseil dans les mois à venir. Le Commissaire chargé de la santé et la protection des consommateurs, Markos Kyprianou, s'est félicité de ce vote qui reflète l'accord auxquels sont parvenus la Commission, le Conseil et le Parlement : "Cette législation limite dans toute l'Europe les résidus de pesticides dans les denrées alimentaires, en cela, elle apporte garanties et certitudes aux consommateurs tout en facilitant les échanges au sein de l'UE. Elle tient aussi compte des différents régimes alimentaires prévalant en Europe et protège explicitement des catégories vulnérables de la population comme les enfants."

    [07] Technology Platform for Global Animal Health launched todayA Technology Platform on "Global Animal Health" was announced today by the European Commission. The technology platform, launched today at a conference on animal diseases in Brussels, is a partnership led by industry and supported by Development Commissioner Louis Michel, Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik and Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou. The initiative is being set up to tackle major animal diseases in the developing world and in Europe.

    [08] Stavros Dimas presents EU Emissions Trading Scheme to global audience and pledges financial support for UNFCCC Registry System

    Speaking on 15 December to ministers from around the world at the annual UN Climate Change Conference in Buenos Aires, European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas presented the EU Emissions Trading System for the first time to a global audience. Kicking off in 15 days, the EU Trading Scheme will be the first international emissions trading system in the world. Commissioner Dimas also announced that the Commission will provide an additional €300,000 in funding for the development of the UNFCCC Registry System, and donate software valued at €560,000. The EU is the biggest sponsor of activities under the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol. Starting next year, it will also assist developing countries with annually €369 million in addressing climate change.

    [09] Tax incentives for Italian companies participating in trade fairs abroad are illegal

    The European Commission has decided that special tax incentives for companies taking part in trade fairs abroad (available under the 2004 Italian budget law) are illegal under EU state aid rules. The decision follows an in-depth investigation opened in March 2004. The scheme distorts competition because it is limited to exporting undertakings and has the effect of improving the trading conditions of Italian companies in foreign markets, including in other Member States. The aid has been enacted without prior Commission approval and must be reimbursed by its beneficiaries. However, the specific part of the aid paid over to SMEs participating for the first time in a fair is compatible with EU rules and so will not have to be repaid.

    [10] The internal market in sea transport services : Commission takes Finland to court

    The European Commission has decided to bring an action against Finland before the European Court of Justice for non-compliance with European legislation protecting the principle of freedom to provide services for sea transport between the Member States and between Member States and third countries. Finnish legislation in fact allows cabotage services between two Finnish ports to be taxed at different rates to international transport services.

    [11] Economies d'Ă©nergie : la Commission renvoie le Luxembourg devant la Cour de justice

    La Commission européenne a décidé de poursuivre la procédure légale d'infraction à l'encontre du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg pour non respect de la législation européenne sur l'étiquetage énergétique des climatiseurs à usage domestique. Cette législation fait partie de l'arsenal de mesures qui visent à maîtriser la demande énergétique dans l'Union européenne.

    [12] UK faces legal action for failure to implement Euratom health and safety provisions against ionising radiation

    The European Commission has decided to send a reasoned opinion to the United Kingdom for failing to apply a requirement under specific provisions of the Euratom treaty concerning intervention and remedial action for the after-effects of past radioactive contamination.

    [13] Marché intérieur de l'électricité : la Commission décide de saisir la Cour de justice contre la Grèce

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'engager une action en justice contre la Grèce en raison de l'application incorrecte des exigences essentielles de la directive concernant des règles communes pour le marché intérieur de l'électricité. La Compagnie d'électricité grecque (DEI) ne publie pas des comptes séparés ("dissociés") pour l'extraction de lignite et la production d'électricité. La publication de comptes séparés pour chaque activité d'une entreprise d'électricité est une exigence essentielle pour assurer une véritable dissociation. Le but est d'éviter les subventions croisées qui résulteraient d'une distorsion de la concurrence.

    [14] Autre matériel diffusé

    Statement to the press by Marianne Fischer Boel on WTO negotiations (Geneva) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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