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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-04-22

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] Accounting Standards : Charlie McCreevy sees agreement with S.E.C. as progress toward equivalence
  • [02] Commission clears merger of MTFG and UFJ
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Leaf International by Nordic Capital and CVC
  • [04] Margot Wallstr√∂m reÁoit le Prix International Aragon
  • [05] Danuta H√ľbner discusses future cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • [06] F√©vrier 2005 par rapport √ janvier 2005 : les entr√©es de commandes dans l'industrie en baisse de 2,6% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 1,7% dans l'UE25
  • [07] Autre mat√©riel diffus√© Midday Express of 2005-04-22 Reference: MEX/05/0422 Date: 22/04/2005 EXME05 / 22.4

    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

    22/04/05


  • [01] Accounting Standards : Charlie McCreevy sees agreement with S.E.C. as progress toward equivalence

    In Washington today, top officials of the Europan Commission and the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), meeting in the context of the EU-US Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue, reached agreement on a 'roadmap' toward equivalence between International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

    [02] Commission clears merger of MTFG and UFJ

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the full merger of Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group, Inc (MTFG) of Japan and UFJ Holdings Inc (UFJ) also of Japan. MTFG is the holding company of a global group providing a comprehensive range of financial services worldwide through its two main subsidiaries, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and the Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation. These include banking, assets management and securities services and global trading activities. Based in Japan, MTGF is present in Asia, USA and Europe. UFJ is a holding company providing a wide range of financial services, mainly through its main subsidiaries, UFJ Bank, UFJ Trust Bank and UFJ Tsubasa Securities. UFJ is mainly present in Asia but also has activities in Europe and USA. As a result of this merger, the holding company will be renamed Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Leaf International by Nordic Capital and CVC

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Leaf International B.V. (Leaf) of the Netherlands by Nordic Capital Fund (Nordic Capital) of Jersey, Channel Islands and CVC European Equity Partners. Leaf owns the former sugar confectionery business of CSM nv (CSM Sugar Confectionery) and is currently controlled by CVC European Equity Partners, which will retain joint control. Nordic Capital is a private equity fund, mainly active in the Nordic region and present in a variety of industries. CVC European Equity Partners holds investments in companies in various industries in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region. The CVC Group is composed of privately-owned entities which provide investment advice or manage investments on behalf of investment funds. Leaf produces and markets sweets, pastilles and chewing gum and distributes other sugar confectionary products on behalf of third parties. It is active mainly in the Nordic region, Benelux, France and Italy. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Margot Wallstr√∂m reÁoit le Prix International Aragon

    La vice-pr√©sidente de la Commission europ√©enne Margot Wallstr√∂m se verra remettre le prix International Aragon ce 22 avril. Le Prix International Aragon, d√©cern√© pour la premi√®re fois cette ann√©e, vise √ reconna√ģtre les actions qui ont contribu√© de mani√®re d√©cisive au d√©veloppement international de valeurs culturelles, scientifiques ou humaines qui ont un int√©r√™t social ou politique permanent pour la communaut√© aragonaise. Mme Wallstr√∂m se verra remettre ce prix au titre de son action durant son mandat pr√©c√©dent √ la Commission europ√©enne comme Commissaire en charge de l'environnement dans le domaine du d√©veloppement durable. Outre sa contribution au Protocole sur la Biodiversit√© de Carthag√®ne et aux directives sur les carburants et le commerce d'√©missions, la remise de ce prix vise plus particuli√®rement √ distinguer l'action de Margot Wallstr√∂m en faveur de l'entr√©e en vigueur du Protocole de Kyoto. Le jury a √©galement tenu √ souligner l'appui de Mme Wallstr√∂m √ un mod√®le √©nerg√©tique base sur les sources d'√©nergies propres et ses efforts pour garantir l'application de la directive "Politiques de l'eau".

    [05] Danuta H√ľbner discusses future cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

    European Commissioner Danuta H√ľbner met Jean Lemierre, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), at a working dinner on 21 April in Brussels to discuss future cooperation on regional policy initiatives in central and eastern Europe.

    [06] Février 2005 par rapport à janvier 2005 : les entrées de commandes dans l'industrie en baisse de 2,6% dans la zone euro ; baisse de 1,7% dans l'UE25

    Dans la zone euro, l'indice des entrées de commandes dans l'industrie a diminué de 2,6% en février 2005 par rapport à janvier 2005, selon les estimations publiées par Eurostat. Cet indice avait baissé de 6,9% en janvier, après une hausse de 7,9% en décembre 2004. Dans l'UE25, les entrées de commandes ont diminué de 1,7% en février 2005, après une baisse de 7,0% en janvier et une hausse de 10,4% en décembre. Par rapport à février 2004, les entrées de commandes dans l'industrie ont progressé en février 2005 de 2,9% dans la zone euro et de 4,7% dans l'UE25.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Neelie Kroes : "State Aid Reform : Risk Capital, Research and Development and Innovation" at Conference on innovation and research (Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour, Berlin)

    Speech by Stavros Dimas : "Progress on the EU Water Initiative" at EU Side Event at the CSD13 (21/04, New York)

    Calendrier du 25 au 30 avril 2005 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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