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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-01-26

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] Fonds structurels : approbation de neuf nouveaux programmes de coopération transfrontalière et de voisinage
  • [02] Commission clears acquisition of Telcordia by Warburg and Providence
  • [03] Commission clears BT's acquisition of Infonet
  • [04] Wide publication for the post of OLAF Director-General
  • [05] Third quarter of 2004 : EU25 current account deficit €8.9 billion - €10.9 billion surplus on trade in services
  • [06] Commission and Sudanese authorities sign Country Strategy Paper to resume cooperation
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-01-26 Reference: MEX/05/0126 Date: 26/01/2005 EXME05 / 26.1

    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

    26/01/05


  • [01] Fonds structurels : approbation de neuf nouveaux programmes de coopération transfrontalière et de voisinage

    Mme Danuta Hübner, membre de la Commission européenne chargée de la politique régionale, présentera demain au cours du Séminaire International "Neighourhood Programmes", neuf nouveaux programmes de coopération transfrontalière et de voisinage concernant des régions de plusieurs des nouveaux Etats membres, de pays candidats l'adhésion et de pays tiers. Ces programmes, qui couvrent une population de 57 millions d'habitants, relèvent de la politique régionale européenne et visent renforcer la coopération économique, sociale et territoriale dans les régions frontalières et transfrontalières. Pour la période 2004-2006, le financement total disponible de l'Union européenne s'élève 260 millions €, dont l'essentiel (215 millions €) au titre de l'initiative transfrontalière Interreg, le reste provenant des instruments financiers destinés aux pays candidats l'adhésion et aux pays tiers (Tacis, Phare et CARDS). Les ressources de l'UE s'ajouteront une autre dotation de 76 millions €, issue de sources nationales et régionales.

    [02] Commission clears acquisition of Telcordia by Warburg and Providence

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of US company Telcordia Technologies Inc. by two other US companies Warburg Pincus LLC and Providence Equity Partners Inc., by way of purchase of shares. Warburg and Providence are active as global private equity investors whereas Telcordia is providing software and services for communications networks. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [03] Commission clears BT's acquisition of Infonet

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition by British Telecommunications of Infonet Services Corporation, a US operator providing global telecommunications services to large multinational corporations. As the incremental share of the target company in these services is limited, the Commission considers that the operation will not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

    [04] Wide publication for the post of OLAF Director-General

    The current mandate of Franz-Hermann Brüner as Director General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) will come to an end on 1st March 2005. In order to ensure the broadest possible participation, Siim Kallas, Vice- President responsible for Administrative affairs, Audit and Antifraud, has proposed that the Commission publish the vacancy notice in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

    [05] Third quarter of 2004 : EU25 current account deficit €8.9 billion - €10.9 billion surplus on trade in services

    According to the latest revisions, the EU25 external current account recorded a deficit of €8.9 billion in the third quarter of 2004, as compared with a surplus of €6.4 billion in the third quarter of 2003 and a deficit of €7.1 billion in the second quarter of 2004. In the third quarter of 2004, compared to the third quarter of 2003, a higher surplus was recorded in the services account (+€10.9 billion compared to +€8.4 billion), while the goods account balance deteriorated (-€8.7 billion compared to +€5.6 billion), as did the income account balance (-€2.4 billion compared to +€0.8 billion). The structural deficit in the current transfers account remained almost unchanged (-€8.7 billion compared to -€8.5 billion). These provisional data, issued today by Eurostat, are subject to revision.

    [06] Commission and Sudanese authorities sign Country Strategy Paper to resume cooperation

    Following the signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the SPLM/A in Nairobi on 9 January 2005, the European Commission and the Government of Sudan have finalised the Country Strategy Paper for their cooperation. This document includes the National Indicative Programme and was signed on 25 January 2005 by the Minister for International Cooperation, Mr Takana, and the Commissioner for Development, Mr Louis Michel. The President of the Commission, Mr José Manuel Barroso, the Vice-President of Sudan, Mr Taha, and Mr Nhial Deng Nhial, Commissioner for External relations of the SPLM, witnessed the signature.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Nine programmes for cross-border cooperation adopted for new Member States

    Speech by Benita Ferrero-Waldner to the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee (25/01)

    Speech by Benita Ferrero-Waldner to the Political Committee of the Euro- Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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