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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-04-11

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] Commission approves acquisition of Motorpresse by Gruner+Jahr
  • [02] Environmental protection : Commission pursues legal action against Ireland and Germany for violations of EU law
  • [03] Commission adopts first package of financial support programmes for the Western Balkans
  • [04] Architecture contemporaine : le Prix de l'Union europ√©enne/Mies van der Rohe 2005 remis √ Rem Koolhaas
  • [05] Commission publishes staff working paper on "Progress towards the Lisbon Objectives in Education and Training"
  • [06] Danuta H√ľbner meets Philippe Maystadt to discuss EIB's involvement in the future generation of regional policy programmes
  • [07] Janez Potońćnik visits Japan
  • [08] Autre mat√©riel diffus√© Midday Express of 2005-04-11 Reference: MEX/05/0411 Date: 11/04/2005 EXME05 / 11.4

    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

    11/04/05


  • [01] Commission approves acquisition of Motorpresse by Gruner+Jahr

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the German publisher Motorpresse by Gruner+Jahr. The Commission concluded that due to the complementary activities of the two companies the operation would not significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it.

    [02] Environmental protection : Commission pursues legal action against Ireland and Germany for violations of EU law

    The European Commission has decided to take further legal action against Ireland over three cases where EU laws to protect the environment and human health are being breached. The cases involve aspects of the management of waste water, assessment of the environmental impact of projects and a repeated failure to provide information on measures to protect the ozone layer. The Commission is also pursuing legal action against Germany over its failure to assess the environmental impact of a power plant burning hazardous waste.

    [03] Commission adopts first package of financial support programmes for the Western Balkans

    The European Commission has adopted its annual programmes for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Kosovo (as defined by the UN Security Council 1244). In 2005, within the Community Assistance for Reconstruction, Development and Stabilisation (CARDS) Programme, ‚ā¨34.5 million will be spent for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, ‚ā¨184 million for Serbia and Montenegro (on State Union level and in the two Republics), and ‚ā¨ 54 million for Kosovo. The CARDS annual programmes for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the CARDS regional annual programme are under development and will be approved later this year.

    [04] Architecture contemporaine : le Prix de l'Union européenne/Mies van der Rohe 2005 remis à Rem Koolhaas

    Ján Figel', commissaire européen en charge de l'Education, de la Formation, de la Culture et du Multilinguisme, et Joan Clos, maire de Barcelone, remettent aujourd'hui dans la capitale catalane le prix de l'Union européenne, récompensant une oeuvre architecturale, à Rem Koolhas. La construction distinguée par le jury est l'ambassade des Pays- Bas à Berlin.

    [05] Commission publishes staff working paper on "Progress towards the Lisbon Objectives in Education and Training"

    Following the conclusions of the Heads of State in Lisbon in 2000 and their endorsement of the common objectives for education and training in Europe in Barcelona in 2002, a radically new process of cooperation has been launched in the education and training areas. The overall objective is to make education and training systems in Europe a world quality reference by 2010. In its second annual Commission staff working paper "Progress towards the Lisbon Objectives in Education and Training", the Commission analyses the performances of 30¬ education and training systems.

    [06] Danuta H√ľbner meets Philippe Maystadt to discuss EIB's involvement in the future generation of regional policy programmes

    Danuta H√ľbner, European Commissioner for regional policy, today meets Philippe Maystadt, President of the European Investment Bank (EIB). The main aim of this meeting is to discuss the rapidly growing cooperation between the Bank and the Commission in the area of regional policy. The EIB already assists the Commission with the appraisal of some 50 European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund projects per year. The Bank will be closely involved in the preparation of the next generation of strategic guidelines and programmes for the period 2007-2013. The Commissioner and the President will discuss extending cooperation to new areas, such as assisting Member States with the preparation of major projects, and providing micro-credit to develop entrepreneurship through a combination of grant and loan finance.

    [07] Janez Potońćnik visits Japan

    Janez Potońćnik, European Commissioner for Science and Research, will visit Japan between 11 and 13 April, to discuss a range of issues relating to EU- Japan scientific and technological cooperation. Commissioner Potońćnik will have a number of meetings with representatives of the EU and Japanese scientific and business communities. He will also meet Minister of State for Science and Technology, Yasufumi Tanahashi, and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Nariaki Nakayama. Topics for discussion will include the recent Commission proposal for a new Framework Programme for Research, the EU/Japan scientific cooperation agreement and global scientific cooperation, including the ITER fusion reactor project. Japan's success in using knowledge as an engine of growth, with strong emphasis on research and development, makes it an important dialogue partner for the EU, at a time when the Commission is proposing increased support for science and research at European level.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Working time and social conditions in the road transport sector

    Discours de M. Barrot : "Législation sociale en matière de transport routier" en session plénière du Parlement européen (Strasbourg, ! embargo 19h15 !) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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