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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-01-20

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] Peter Mandelson puts development at the heart of EU trade agreements with ACP countries
  • [02] La Commission approuve une partie de l'aide √ finalit√© r√©gionale en faveur de De Tomaso Cutro en Italie
  • [03] Commission takes Italy to the Court of Justice for failure to recover illegal aid
  • [04] La Commission autorise Banco Comercial Portugu√™s √ c√©der une partie de son activit√© "assurance vie" √ Fortis
  • [05] November 2004 : Euro-zone external trade surplus ‚ā¨2.9 billion - ‚ā¨8.5 billion deficit for EU25
  • [06] D√©cembre 2004 : le taux d'inflation annuel en hausse √ 2,4% dans la zone euro et dans l'UE25
  • [07] 2005 : EU-Japan Year of People to People Exchanges
  • [08] Corporate governance : Charlie McCreevy outlines his views to European Forum
  • [09] Autre mat√©riel diffus√© Midday Express of 2005-01-20 Reference: MEX/05/0120 Date: 20/01/2005 EXME05 / 20.1

    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

    20/01/05


  • [01] Peter Mandelson puts development at the heart of EU trade agreements with ACP countries

    European Commissioner for Trade Peter Mandelson today told European NGOs and Civil Society representatives that he would put development at the heart of the EU's Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. He announced that he would set up a review mechanism for regions negotiating EPAs to ensure that the EPA process was closely tied to the delivery of development goals. He argued that EPAs are a key tool for building the capacity of developing economies. The Commissioner also launched a discussion paper that is designed to answer questions about the nature and function of EPAs.

    [02] La Commission approuve une partie de l'aide à finalité régionale en faveur de De Tomaso Cutro en Italie

    La Commission européenne a partiellement autorisé, en application des règles du traité CE sur les aides d'Etat, l'aide à l'investissement en faveur de De Tomaso Cutro pour son projet de nouvelle usine de production de voitures à Cutro (Calabre, Italie). A l'issue d'une enquête approfondie, la Commission a conclu que cette partie de l'aide proposée par l'Italie était nécessaire à la réalisation des investissements et qu'elle était compatible avec les règles du traité CE, qui interdisent aux Etats membres d'accorder des aides ou des subventions susceptibles de fausser la concurrence au sein du marché unique (article 87), mais qu'une autre partie de l'aide envisagée n'était pas compatible avec les règles sur les aides d'Etat.

    [03] Commission takes Italy to the Court of Justice for failure to recover illegal aid

    The European Commission has decided to take Italy to the Court of Justice for failure to comply with a decision of 5 June 2002 which ruled that the aid granted by Italy to utilities was incompatible and must be recovered from the beneficiaries (see IP/02/817). Over two years after the decision was adopted, the Commission has noted that Italy has not taken the necessary measures to recover the aid in question. It has therefore decided to apply to the Court in order to have its decision enforced.

    [04] La Commission autorise Banco Comercial Português à céder une partie de son activité "assurance vie" à Fortis

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en application du règlement sur les concentrations de l'UE, le projet d’acquisition de 51% de l'activité "assurance" de la société portugaise Banco Comercial Português (BCP) par l'entreprise néerlandaise Fortis Insurance International NV (Fortis), qui appartient au groupe international Fortis. Etant donné que les activités de BCP dans le domaine des assurances sont concentrées exclusivement au Portugal et que Fortis n'est pas présente sur le marché portugais des assurances, la Commission est parvenue à la conclusion que cette opération n'aurait pas pour conséquence d'entraver de manière significative une concurrence effective dans l'Espace Economique Européen (EEE) ou une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [05] November 2004 : Euro-zone external trade surplus ‚ā¨2.9 billion - ‚ā¨8.5 billion deficit for EU25

    The first estimate for euro-zone trade with the rest of the world in November 2004 was a ‚ā¨2.9 billion surplus, compared with +5.2 billion in November 2003. The October 2004 balance was +5.7 billion, compared with +9.1 billion in October 2003. In November 2004, exports, seasonally adjusted, rose by 2.5% compared with October 2004 and imports by 3.4%. The first estimate for November 2004 extra-EU253 trade was a ‚ā¨8.5 billion deficit, compared with -5.9 billion in November 2003. In October 20042 the balance was -6.5 billion, compared with -2.4 billion in October 2003. In November 2004, exports, seasonally adjusted, rose by 2.2% compared with October 2004 and imports by 2.9%. These data are released today by Eurostat.

    [06] Décembre 2004 : le taux d'inflation annuel en hausse à 2,4% dans la zone euro et dans l'UE25

    Le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro est passé de 2,2% en novembre à 2,4% en décembre 2004, indique aujourd'hui Eurostat. Un an auparavant, il s'élevait à 2,0%. Le taux d'inflation mensuel a été de 0,4% en décembre 2004. Le taux d'inflation annuel de l'UE25 s'est établi à 2,4% en décembre, contre 2,2% en novembre. Un an auparavant, il s'élevait à 1,9%. Le taux d'inflation mensuel a été de 0,4% en décembre 2004. Le taux d'inflation annuel de l'IPCE a été de 2,2% en décembre 2004.

    [07] 2005 : EU-Japan Year of People to People Exchanges

    Today marks the official launch in Brussels of the EU-Japan Year of People to People Exchange. This campaign will encourage and promote face to face exchanges and contacts between people, as well as events and initiatives throughout 2005 to promote better understanding of European and Japanese society and culture. The event will be celebrated with an invitation-only reception for European and Japanese VIPs at the newly opened Berlaymont building of the European Commission and will feature Japanese music and dance. Eneko Landaburu, European Commission Director General for External Relations, will co-host the event with His Excellency Kazuo Asakai, Ambassador of Japan to the EU. They will also welcome Japanese Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr Itsunori Onodera.

    [08] Corporate governance : Charlie McCreevy outlines his views to European Forum

    European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Charlie McCreevy opened today the first meeting of the European Corporate Governance Forum which was formally established by the Commission on 15 October 2004 (see IP/04/1241). Welcoming some of the most prominent European personalities in the field of corporate governance, the Commissioner underlined again the fundamental importance of sound corporate governance for the European Union, as an element in boosting market confidence, encouraging investment and therefore in helping push the EU meet its Lisbon competitiveness objectives.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Economic Partnership Agreements: putting a rigorous priority on development

    Speech by Peter Mandelson : "Economic Partnership Agreements: putting a rigorous priority on development" to Civil Society Dialogue Group

    Speech by Markos Kyprianou : "The new European Healthcare Agenda" at the European Voice conference 'Healthcare: Is Europe getting better?'

    Speech by Mariann Fischler Boel : "Landwirtschaft und l√§ndlichen R√§ume in der EU25 ‚Äď ein Blick nach vorn" at the Green Week (Berlin, ! embargo 6 pm !)

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Corporate Governance in Europe" at European Corporate Governance Forum From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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