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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-09-26

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] Transport urbain propre un nouveau rôle pour les villes dans la politique européenne des transports
  • [02] Fisheries : Commission welcomes progress in the reform of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of ACP by MN and Hörmann
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Printemps by REOF and Borletti
  • [05] Libéralisation du conditionnement : la Commission se félicite de l'accord du Conseil pour simplifier la législation de l'UE
  • [06] Competitiveness Council reaches political agreement on a Consumer Programme for 2007-2013
  • [07] Danuta Hübner at the annual "Homologues' Group" meeting in Warsaw
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-09-26 Reference: MEX/06/0926 Date: 26/09/2006 EXME06 / 26.9

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    26/09/06


  • [01] Transport urbain propre un nouveau rôle pour les villes dans la politique européenne des transports

    Burgos, en Espagne, accueille aujourd'hui la quatrième réunion annuelle des villes participant au programme CIVITAS de la Commission européenne. Cette initiative vise développer des solutions de substitution l'utilisation des voitures particulières dans les villes afin de réduire la congestion et la pollution et de promouvoir une utilisation plus rationnelle de l'énergie. Plus de deux cents représentants de villes, dont vingt maires et adjoints des transports, discuteront du rôle que les villes peuvent jouer dans la réalisation de l'objectif de mobilité durable en Europe.

    [02] Fisheries : Commission welcomes progress in the reform of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organisation

    The European Commission has welcomed the important progress made at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the North-West Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (NAFO) to strengthen the functioning and effectiveness of this organisation. "The progress made in addressing the issues of monitoring and control of the fisheries and the follow-up of alleged infringements is particularly to be commended" commented Joe Borg, Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs. He added that it gives a clear signal that NAFO Parties will pursue those vessels not respecting the key conservation and enforcement measures. The Commission proposed a series of measures which were adopted by NAFO to improve controls, focusing in particular on by-catch requirements, vessels' stowage plans and flag state action against serious infringements perpetrated by vessels flying their flags. At the meeting, held in Halifax, Canada, on 18-22 September 2006, outstanding issues in the revision of the Convention were also discussed. These included the objection and dispute settlement procedures, observer requirements, and financial contributions. NAFO decided to roll-over the management regimes in place for stocks of shrimp, yellow-fish flounder and redfish. A further important decision was to permit exploratory fisheries on four sea mounts in the NAFO area only on condition of rigorous monitoring conditions and the collection of scientific data. Established in 1979, NAFO is a Regional Fisheries Organisation devoted to the rational management and conservation of fisheries resources in the North-West Atlantic. NAFO has 12 members, including the European Union.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of ACP by MN and Hörmann

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Automotive Components Penzberg GmbH (ACP) of Germany by MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG (MN) of Germany, belonging to the MAN-group ; and Hörmann GmbH & Co. Beteiligungs KG (Hörmann), also of Germany. MN designs, manufactures and markets trucks, buses, components and related services. Hörmann is active in electrical, machine and construction engineering, radio engineering and related services. ACP produces metal structural components for heavy trucks. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Printemps by REOF and Borletti

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of France Printemps SA (Printemps), by RREEF Fund II (REOF) of the US, controlled by Deutsche Bank AG of Germany, and Mr. Borletti (Borletti) of Italy/UK. REOF is an investment fund with portfolio investments in real estate assets in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Borletti is active in investments such as tourism, hotel management, agriculture and real estate. Printemps operates non-food retail and specialised sport articles stores in France. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Libéralisation du conditionnement : la Commission se félicite de l'accord du Conseil pour simplifier la législation de l'UE

    Le Conseil Compétitivité est parvenu le 25 septembre un accord politique concernant la simplification de la législation dans le domaine des marchandises emballées. S'il est confirmé par le Parlement européen, cet accord signifiera la libéralisation des formats d'emballage pour les produits pré-emballés l'exception des vins et spiritueux, pour lesquels les formats imposés existants ont été rationalisés. Vingt-cinq règles nationales différentes et deux directives de l'UE concernant les quantités nominales seraient remplacées par une seule directive européenne. Il s'agit d'une nouvelle étape dans la réalisation du programme de travail de la Commission visant simplifier la législation européenne dans le cadre de l'initiative 'Meilleure réglementation'. La Commission a déj retiré 68 propositions en suspens, introduit des évaluations d’impact pour toutes les propositions nouvelles et importantes, déposé des propositions visant simplifier les lois de l'UE et travaillé l'élaboration d'un modèle visant réduire les coûts administratifs résultant de la législation de l'UE.

    [06] Competitiveness Council reaches political agreement on a Consumer Programme for 2007-2013

    The EU Competitiveness Council reached political agreement on a €156.8 million programme to support the EU consumer protection policy for the 2007- 2013 period. The programme's main objectives are to ensure high levels of consumer protection, through effective representation of consumer interests, and to ensure that consumer protection rules are effectively applied across the Union.

    [07] Danuta Hübner at the annual "Homologues' Group" meeting in Warsaw

    The "Homologues' Group" meeting hosted on 25 September by the Polish Ministry of Finance offers each year to participating national control bodies the opportunity to discuss issues on audit and control, and to exchange opinions and best practices.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "The European Model of Agriculture" at Agriculture informal ministerial meeting (Oulu, Finland)

    Speech by Benita Ferrero-Waldner : "The European Union: A global power?" at George Bush Presidential Library Foundation and Texas A&M University EU Center of Excellence (25/09, Texas)

    Speech by Danuta Hübner at 15th Annual Meeting of European Financial Control Authorities of Structural and Cohesion Funds, “The Homologues Group” (25/09, Warsaw) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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