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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-03-15

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

[I] Résultats de la Commission du 14 mars 2006 -

  • [01] Commission approves acquisition by DONG of Danish electricity generators and suppliers, subject to conditions
  • [02] Commission decides notification by Cyprus of law on the display of GMOs in supermarkets is non-admissible
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [03] Journée mondiale du consommateur 2006 : de la protection des consommateurs l'exercice de leurs droits et pouvoirs
  • [04] Favoriser l'utilisation de moyens de transport respectueux de l'environnement : la Commission adopte un plan ambitieux de mobilité pour 2006-2009 pour son personnel Bruxelles
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of Williams Lea by DPAG
  • [06] Andris Piebalgs to discuss with G8 energy leaders the key global energy security issues
  • [07] Joe Borg pays an official visit to Malta
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-03-15 Reference: MEX/06/0315 Date: 15/03/2006 EXME06 / 15.3

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Presse etb

    Communication

    15/03/06


  • [I] Résultats de la Commission du 14 mars 2006 -

    Outcome of Commission meeting of 14 March 2006

    [01] Commission approves acquisition by DONG of Danish electricity generators and suppliers, subject to conditions

    The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of sole control of Elsam and Energi E2 ("E2"), regional electricity generation incumbents in Denmark, and of Københavns Energi Holding A/S ("KE") and Frederiksberg Elnet A/S ("FE"), Danish electricity suppliers, by DONG A/S ("DONG"), the Danish state-owned gas incumbent, subject to conditions and obligations. After an in-depth inquiry, the Commission initially found that the deal would have anti-competitive effects in several markets along the gas supply chain in Denmark. These effects would have resulted from the combination of DONG's dominant position and the removal of actual and potential competition from E2, Elsam, NESA and KE, as well as the ability that DONG would then have to weaken its remaining competitors on the market. In response to these concerns, DONG offered to divest the larger of its two Danish gas storage facilities along with an undertaking to auction off to competitors every year, for a 7-year period, large quantities of gas equivalent to 10% of Danish annual gas demand. The storage remedy will reinforce the effect of the unbundling of gas infrastructure assets which has already taken place in Denmark, and create conditions for competition in the provision of gas storage services. The gas release remedy will improve the liquidity of the Danish gas market and ensure that gas users will not face less choice than before the merger.

    [02] Commission decides notification by Cyprus of law on the display of GMOs in supermarkets is non-admissible

    The European Commission has decided that the notification by the government of Cyprus of draft legislation requiring genetically modified (GM) foods to be displayed separately from non-GM foods in supermarkets is non- admissible. The decision was taken on the grounds that the legal base upon which the Cypriot authorities submitted the notification is subject to certain conditions which do not apply in the case of this draft legislation. In September 2005, the Cypriot authorities notified the Commission of a draft law which would oblige supermarkets to place GM foods on specially designated shelves, separate from non-GM foods. Cyprus submitted the notification to the Commission under Article 95(5) of the EC Treaty, which allows a Member State to introduce national legislation which diverges from an EU harmonisation measure, under the specific conditions provided by the Treaty. The Commission today decided that the Cyprus notification could not be considered under Article 95(5), as such conditions are not met. The Commission decision does not concern the substance of the Cypriot notification, namely whether it concerns a harmonised area of Community law, nor its compatibility with WTO rules or general Treaty provisions.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [03] Journée mondiale du consommateur 2006 : de la protection des consommateurs l'exercice de leurs droits et pouvoirs

    A l'occasion de la journée mondiale des consommateurs, ce mercredi 15 mars, le commissaire européen Markos Kyprianou, chargé de la santé et de la protection des consommateurs, a souligné le rôle clé joué par la Commission pour assurer le respect des droits des consommateurs dans l'ensemble de l'UE : "On compte présent 450 millions de consommateurs en Europe. Leurs dépenses représentent plus de la moitié du PIB de l'UE. Ils sont un facteur clé pour la croissance économique et la création d'emplois. Et pourtant on constate partout dans l'UE un manque de confiance de leur part l'égard des transactions transfrontalières. Il importe qu'un solide cadre législatif soit complété par une information et une éducation plus poussées des consommateurs au niveau de l'UE, pour pouvoir passer de la protection la responsabilisation des consommateurs."

    [04] Favoriser l'utilisation de moyens de transport respectueux de l'environnement : la Commission adopte un plan ambitieux de mobilité pour 2006-2009 pour son personnel Bruxelles

    La Commission européenne a adopté aujourd'hui un plan ambitieux de mobilité pour l'ensemble des déplacements de son personnel - tant entre leur domicile et leur lieu de travail qu'entre ses différents bureaux - pour la période 2006-2009. Par ce geste, la Commission intègre les conditions de vie professionnelle de son personnel, et donc l'ensemble de leurs déplacements, dans la politique de développement durable qu'elle poursuit, notamment dans les domaine social, environnemental et énergétique. Elle confirme également son engagement pour le développement harmonieux de ses sites d'implantation au sein de la ville, et s'inscrit dans la logique des politiques d'urbanisme et de mobilité déployées par la Région Bruxelles-Capitale, qui imposent la mise en place d'un plan de déplacement pour tous les organismes de plus de 200 personnes. Enfin, en sa qualité d'employeur de plus de 22.000 agents, la Commission promeut de manière volontariste l'utilisation de moyens de transport durables alternatifs en intensifiant et en diversifiant les facilités mises disposition de son personnel depuis 1997.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of Williams Lea by DPAG

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Williams Lea Ltd of the UK by Deutsche Post AG (DPAG) of Germany. DPAG is primarily active in postal services in Germany. It also has worldwide activities in a range of mail and logistic services, including document and parcel delivery, express freight, freight forwarding, contract logistics and financial services. Williams Lea provides a full range of document business process outsourcing services, such as reprographics, mailroom services and printing. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] Andris Piebalgs to discuss with G8 energy leaders the key global energy security issues

    The European Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will participate in the G8 Energy Ministerial Meeting that will take place in Moscow on 16 March. The day before, Mr Piebalgs will meet the Russian Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko.

    [07] Joe Borg pays an official visit to Malta

    The European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Joe Borg, will be spending a few days in Malta for a series of meetings with political leaders and representatives of the Maltese fishing industry. The discussions will focus on the Green Paper on a future Maritime Policy for the European Union, which is one of the strategic objectives of the Barroso Commission. This Green Paper, currently being prepared by a Steering Group of Commissioners, chaired by Commissioner Borg, will be published at the end of May 2006. Its publication will launch an EU-wide consultation of all stakeholders on the economic, social and environmental benefits to be derived from greater integration of our maritime activities. As a maritime nation, Malta has an important role to play in this process. Fisheries and aquaculture will also feature high on the agenda during the Commissioner's visit. The topics to be covered will include conservation measures in Mediterranean fisheries, the future European Fisheries Fund due to be in place from 1 January 2007 till December 2013, and the progress towards establishing a Regional Advisory Council (RAC) for the Mediterranean. During his visit, Mr Borg will meet Mr Jason Azzopardi, Chair of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, before meeting with the full Committee. He will also meet the President of Malta, Mr Eddie Fenech Adami, and Mr Alfred Sant, Leader of the Opposition. In his meeting with fisheries stakeholders, Commissioner Borg will listen to their concerns and suggestions and discuss issues of importance to them. He will also encourage them to take part fully in the creation of the Mediterranean RAC which will facilitate their involvement in fisheries management. On Monday 20 March, Mr Borg will conclude his stay in Malta by meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr Lawrence Gonzi, and his Cabinet.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by President José Manuel Barroso : "More Europe where it matters!" at the European Parliament (Strasbourg)

    La politique de mobilité - foire aux questions From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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