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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-08-02

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] Fight against terrorism : €15 million for new security research
  • [02] WTO arbitrates over banana import tariff
  • [03] La Commission publie un rapport sur les systèmes de négociation, de compensation et de règlement-livraison de titres
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Emalsa by Valoriza and Saur
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of AMI by IPIC and OMV
  • [06] June 2005 : Euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.7% ; EU25 stable at 8.8%
  • [07] Juin 2005 par rapport mai 2005 : hausse des prix la production industrielle de 0,5% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 0,4% dans l'UE25
  • [08] Decision of Eurostat on deficit and debt : accounting implications of the "International Finance Facility for Immunisation" initiative
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-08-02 Reference: MEX/05/0802 Date: 02/08/2005 EXME05 / 2.8

    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

    02/08/05


  • [01] Fight against terrorism : €15 million for new security research

    Terrorist attacks using explosives or chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear substances on mainline or metropolitan railway systems pose a clear and present danger to EU citizens. This is why the European Commission has decided to fund a research project to design and demonstrate an anti-terrorist security system architecture to better detect these terrorist threats and hence better protect railway passengers. The project will combine information from combine information from sensors, remote control or autonomous cameras, ground penetrating radars and line scanners. This is one of 13 projects selected under the 'Preparatory Action for Security Research' to improve the security of EU citizens and strengthen the European industrial base. The eight technology projects and five supporting activities selected will receive EU funding of €15 million. Given the increasing importance of security research, the Commission proposed to substantially increase the yearly budget from €15 million to roughly €250 million a year from 2007.

    [02] WTO arbitrates over banana import tariff

    World Trade Organisation arbitrators while acknowledging the EU's use of the price gap methodology to arrive at a tariff level have criticised some aspects of its application in this case. Arbitrators were therefore not in a position to endorse the tariff level of €230/tonne proposed by the European Commission. The Commission will study carefully the arbitrators' report and examine available options for taking this process forward. The intention remains to have a tariff only system in place on 1 January 2006, as agreed at the WTO Doha Ministerial held in 2001. The Commission will shortly initiate consultations with the countries concerned and expects their constructive engagement in these consultations.

    [03] La Commission publie un rapport sur les systèmes de négociation, de compensation et de règlement-livraison de titres

    La Commission européenne a publié un rapport élaboré pour les services de la direction générale de la concurrence sur les systèmes de négociation, de compensation et de règlement-livraison de titres pour les obligations et les actions dans les 25 pays de l'UE. Sur la base de ce rapport, la Commission collaborera étroitement avec les autorités nationales de la concurrence et de régulation des marchés pour détecter les obstacles éventuels la concurrence transfrontalière et au besoin enquêter sur ceux-ci. Les systèmes organisant ces services sont complexes, ils varient d'un pays l'autre, et il s'agit l de la première analyse autorisée des marchés du point de vue de la concurrence au niveau national et paneuropéen. Le rapport aidera la Commission, les autorités nationales et les acteurs du marché comprendre la dynamique concurrentielle du secteur, et en particulier les obstacles actuels aux opérations transfrontalières. Ce travail viendra compléter le débat réglementaire plus général sur l'organisation optimale des infrastructures des marchés des valeurs mobilières de l'UE. Des marchés financiers mieux intégrés sont une composante importante de la stratégie de Lisbonne.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Emalsa by Valoriza and Saur

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Empresa Mixta de Aguas de Las Palmas, S.A. (Emalsa) of Spain by Valoriza Gestión, S.A.U. (Valoriza) of Spain and Saur S.A. of France. Valoriza is the holding company of a group of companies active in water services management, waste management, development of alternative energy and real estate maintenance. Saur belongs to the French investment group PAI Partners and is active in the management of water services and waste in Spain. Emalsa is active in the management of water services on behalf of the municipalities of Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Santa Brígida and Puerto de la Luz y de las Palmas. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of AMI by IPIC and OMV

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Agrolinz Melamine International GmbH (AMI) of Austria by International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and OMV Aktiengesellschaft (OMV) of Austria. IPIC invests on a long-term basis in energy and energy- related companies outside the United Arab Emirates, concentrating on petroleum refining and related activities such as distribution and service networks. OMV is mainly active in the exploration, production, refining and distribution of mineral oil products and natural gas, and in the chemicals industry. AMI is currently under the sole control of OMV and operates manufacturing facilities for the production of melamine, urea, ammonium nitrate, ammonia, nitric acid, fertilizers, bulk (formaldehyde, formurea), wood additives, resins and glue. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] June 2005 : Euro-zone unemployment stable at 8.7% ; EU25 stable at 8.8%

    Euro-zone seasonally-adjusted unemployment stood at 8.7% in June 2005, unchanged compared to May, reports Eurostat. It was 8.9% in June 2004. The EU25 unemployment rate was 8.8% in June 2005, unchanged compared to May. It was 9.0% in June 2004. In June 2005, the lowest rates were registered in Ireland (4.3%), the United Kingdom (4.7% in April), Denmark (4.8%), the Netherlands (4.8%) and Austria (5.1%). Unemployment rates were highest in Poland (17.6%), Slovakia (15.4%), Greece (9.9% in March), Spain (9.8%), France (9.7%) and Germany (9.5%).

    [07] Juin 2005 par rapport mai 2005 : hausse des prix la production industrielle de 0,5% dans la zone euro ; hausse de 0,4% dans l'UE25

    L'indice des prix la production industrielle dans la zone euro a augmenté de 0,5% en juin 2005 par rapport au mois précédent, selon les données publiées aujourd'hui par Eurostat. Dans l'UE25, les prix ont crû de 0,4% en juin 2005. En mai, les prix avaient baissé de 0,2% tant dans la zone euro que dans l'UE25. En juin 2005, par rapport juin 2004, les prix la production industrielle se sont accrus de 4,0% dans la zone euro et de 4,8% dans l'UE25.

    [08] Decision of Eurostat on deficit and debt : accounting implications of the "International Finance Facility for Immunisation" initiative

    Eurostat has taken a decision on the classification, in national accounts, of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIM), on the recording of debt which will be raised by IFFIM, and on the time of recording of government donations under this initiative. The decision is in line with the European System of Accounts and is consistent with the opinion of the Committee on Monetary, Financial and Balance of Payments Statistics.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    13 new security research projects to combat terrorism

    Fact sheet on European Arrest Warrant (EAW) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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