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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-09-01

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] Aid to the Palestinians: All elements of the Temporary International Mechanism now operational
  • [02] Joint press briefing ASEM Summit
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Brenntag by BC Partners
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of EDF Energia Italia by Edison
  • [05] Rédiffusion
  • [06] Mergers: Commission authorises proposed take-over by Saab of Ericsson Microwave Systems
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé
  • [08] • Calendrier du 04 au 09 septembre 2006 Midday Express of 2006-09-01 Reference: MEX/06/0901 Date: 01/09/2006 EXME06 / 1.9

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communicationb

    01/09/06


  • [01] Aid to the Palestinians: All elements of the Temporary International Mechanism now operational

    The European Commission has started social allowance payments to those in urgent need in the Palestinian Territories. This means that all three elements of the Temporary International Mechanism (TIM) developed by the European Commission, at the request of the European Council and of the Middle East Quartet (EU, US, UN and Russia), are now up and running. The three elements agreed in June were support for health services, utilities, and social allowances. The new allowances (of around €270 each) will be made to those who have suffered a significant loss of income due to the financial crisis, to pensioners and other social hardship cases. Earlier actions under the TIM have included delivery of fuel to hospitals and water pumps to protect public health, and social allowance payments to Palestinian doctors and nurses, to enable them to continue to work.

    [02] Joint press briefing ASEM Summit

    The Finnish Presidency together with experts from the European Commission will give a press briefing on developments in ASEM and the forthcoming ASEM Summit on 9th of September.

    This year´s tenth anniversary of ASEM provides an excellent occasion to see how far ASEM has lived up to the expectations of its partners and consider where the Asia-Europe partnership should be heading in the future. ASEM has served to build consensus among its membership, thereby facilitating progress in other multilateral fora. At the trans-regional level, ASEM interlinks Europe's and Asia’s business communities, parliaments, NGOs and other representatives of civil society.

    At the summit the second phase of TEIN will be launched. TEIN2 is the first large-scale research and education network for Asia Pacific and links over 30 million users in the region, enabling them to work together on vital research, including disaster warning systems and telemedicine. As a part of ASEM it enables faster global collaboration by deploying direct links to Europe and its users of GÉANT2, connecting it to the world’s most advanced international research and education network.

    The briefing will be held on Monday, 4th September, 10.00 o´clock in the Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union, Rue de Trèves 100, 1040 Brussels. Interested journalists should contact the Finnish Permanent Representation: Leena.Rasinpera@ formfin.fi

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Brenntag by BC Partners

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Brenntag Investor Holding Gmbh (Germany) by BC Funds (Guernsey) managed by CIE Management II Limited (CIEM), a company ultimately controlled by BC Partners Holdings Limited. CIEM is the general manager of BC Funds, BC Funds operates private equity funds and Brenntag is active worldwide in the processing, storage, trading and distribution of chemical substances. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of EDF Energia Italia by Edison

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of EDF Energia Italia Srl (“EEI&#8221;, Italy) by Edison SpA (Italy). Edison is active in the generation, transmission and supply of electricity, and the production, transportation, distribution and supply of hydro-carbons, mainly in Italy. EEI supplies electricity to eligible customers in Italy. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Rédiffusion

    [06] Mergers: Commission authorises proposed take-over by Saab of Ericsson Microwave Systems

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition by Saab AB of Ericsson Microwave Systems AB. Both companies are Swedish. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    [08] • Calendrier du 04 au 09 septembre 2006

    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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