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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-10-30

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] Ministers and experts share ideas to tackle Europe's ageing challenge
  • [02] Premier forum sur la gouvernance de l’internet: pour la Commission, l’internet doit rester un moteur de la démocratie et du développement économique
  • [03] Concentrations: la Commission autorise le projet de rachat d'Inopart par Plastic Omnium
  • [04] EU Fisheries Control Agency adopts first work programme for 2007
  • [05] Danuta Hübner: "The economic growth of the Baltic Sea Region a model for other regions in Europe"
  • [06] Commissioner Kyprianou on official visit to Stockholm
  • [07] Commission clears acquisition of Olympia Village by HSBC PIL and Lamda
  • [08] Rédiffusion
  • [09] Blue whiting: EU / Iceland / Norway / Faeroe Islands agree on management measures for 2007
  • [10] La Commission européenne félicite le peuple congolais pour son civisme et sa participation l’élection présidentielle
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-10-30 Reference: MEX/06/1030 Date: 30/10/2006 EXME06 / 30.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    30/10/06


  • [01] Ministers and experts share ideas to tackle Europe's ageing challenge

    Hot on the heels of its Communication on Europe's demographic challenge (IP/06/1359), the European Commission is today holding the first EU-level expert Forum to exchange policy solutions to Europe's ageing crisis. The 'Forum on Europe's demographic future' will bring together 400 representatives from Member States and experts from around Europe over two days (30-31 October) to discuss concrete ways of taking on the challenges of a shrinking workforce and ageing population.

    [02] Premier forum sur la gouvernance de l’internet: pour la Commission, l’internet doit rester un moteur de la démocratie et du développement économique

    La première réunion du Forum sur la gouvernance de l’internet (FGI) débute aujourd’hui Athènes. Il s’agit d’une étape importante décidée en novembre dernier lors du sommet mondial sur la société de l’information Tunis, dans le cadre des efforts visant internationaliser la gouvernance de l’internet, préserver la liberté des internautes et combler la fracture numérique mondiale. La Commission soutient vivement ce forum, qui offre une occasion unique d’avoir un dialogue multilatéral ouvert sur la gouvernance de l’internet et le développement, contribuant ainsi concrétiser l'accord de Tunis.

    [03] Concentrations: la Commission autorise le projet de rachat d'Inopart par Plastic Omnium

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement CE sur les concentrations, le projet de rachat de l'entreprise française Inopart par Plastic Omnium, autre entreprise française. Après avoir examiné l'opération envisagée, la Commission a conclu qu'elle n'entraverait pas de manière significative l'exercice d'une concurrence effective dans l’Espace économique européen (EEE) ou dans une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [04] EU Fisheries Control Agency adopts first work programme for 2007

    At a meeting, last Friday, the Administrative Board of the Community Fisheries Control Agency, adopted the first work programme for the newly created Agency. The Agency’s task is to strengthen inspection and control of fisheries measures and to make enforcement more uniform throughout the European Union. To do this, it will organise operational coordination of Member States’ inspection and monitoring activities from the fishing vessel to the first sale of fish landed in or imported to the Union. In 2007, the Agency will give priority to the implementation of the recovery and management of cod stocks, protection of bluefin tuna, the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, reduction of destructive fishing practices and discards. The Administrative Board also adopted the € 5 million budget of the Agency for 2007.

    [05] Danuta Hübner: "The economic growth of the Baltic Sea Region a model for other regions in Europe"

    Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner today attends the 8th Annual Baltic Development Forum Summit in Helsinki, to deliver a speech on "Contribution of Regional Policy to Development of Peripheral regions in the Baltic Sea area". Commissioner Hübner will meet President Tarja Halonen and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen of Finland; Prime Minister Andrus Ansip of Estonia; Mr Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr Hannes Manninen, Finnish Minister of Regional Policy, and Mr. Uffe Ellemann- Jensen, the Chairman of the Board of the Baltic Development Forum. The Summit brings also together other high representatives from national and regional administrations, financial institutions and business organisations.

    [06] Commissioner Kyprianou on official visit to Stockholm

    EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou is on an official visit to Stockholm on 30 and 31 October for meetings with ministers from the new Swedish government and with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). On Tuesday Commissioner Kyprianou will meet Mr Eskil Erlandsson, Minister of Agriculture and Food, Mrs Nyamko Sabuni, Minister for Integration, Gender Equality and Consumer Affairs, Mrs Maria Larsson, Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health, and Mr Goran Hagglund, Minister for Social Affairs. In the afternoon, Commissioner Kyprianou will meet the Director of the ECDC, Zsuzsanna Jakab. On Monday evening, Commissioner Kyprianou will take the opportunity of his presence in Stockholm to meet with Chief Executive Officers of a number of European alcoholic beverage companies to emphasise to them the importance of the alcohol industry actively demonstrating their commitment to reducing alcohol related harm and responsible advertising.

    [07] Commission clears acquisition of Olympia Village by HSBC PIL and Lamda

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of The Mall, a real estate development currently held by Lamda Olympia Village S.A. (Olympia Village) of Greece by HSBC Property Investments Luxembourg S.a.r.l. (HSBC PIL), belonging to the HSBC group, and Lamda Development S.A. (Lamda) of Greece. HSBC PIL and Lamda are active in real estate investment and management. Olympia Village owns, maintains, operates, and lets the commercial retail centre known as "The Mall", located in Athens, and residential and office real estate developments. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [08] Rédiffusion

    [09] Blue whiting: EU / Iceland / Norway / Faeroe Islands agree on management measures for 2007

    Agreement was reached, earlier this evening, in Tórshavn, Faeroe Islands, between the European Commission, on behalf of the European Union, the Faeroe Islands, Iceland and Norway, on management measures for blue whiting in the north-east Atlantic for 2007. As provided for under the multi-annual management arrangement on blue whiting, set up last year, the Parties agreed on a reduced Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of 1,700,000 tonnes, down from 2,000,000 tonnes for this year. The TAC will be shared between the Parties to the Agreement in the waters under their national jurisdictions. At the annual meeting of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), in November, discussions will take place on a compatible blue whiting TAC for the area covered by this organisation. The arrangements will then be confirmed by the EU Council of Fisheries Ministers in December, when they agree on the annual Regulation setting fishing possibilities for 2007. The gradual reduction of the TAC was agreed in accordance with the objectives set out by the Parties in the multi-annual management arrangement, which are to reach a sustainable fishing mortality rate within five years. This reduction will allow the respective industries of the Parties to gradually adjust to the final level of fishing mortality as foreseen in this arrangement. see also: Fisheries : long-awaited agreement concluded on blue whiting fishery (MEX/05/1216)

    [10] La Commission européenne félicite le peuple congolais pour son civisme et sa participation l’élection présidentielle

    La Commission européenne félicite le people congolais pour son civisme et sa participation dans le calme aux élections présidentielle et provinciales. Une fois de plus depuis le début du processus électoral, le peuple congolais a fait preuve de maturité, de sérénité et d'engouement. Le Commissaire européen au Développement et l'Aide humanitaire, Louis Michel, a déclaré: "Je suis particulièrement heureux d'avoir, dès son début, fait confiance ce processus, au peuple congolais et ses acteurs. Avec ce vote, le Congo est désormais entré de façon irréversible dans la phase finale de la Transition. » La Commission européenne tient également féliciter la Commission électorale indépendante (CEI), pour le bon déroulement du vote, ainsi que les acteurs de la communauté internationale, avec une mention particulière pour l’EUFOR et la MONUC. Louis Michel a souligné qu’ présent « une réelle opportunité de relancer le développement, de restaurer la gouvernance démocratique et de rétablir la paix s'offre la population congolaise. J'invite chaleureusement les nouvelles autorités qui résulteront de ces élections, ainsi que l'ensemble des forces politiques, saisir sans réticences cette chance unique, dès que les résultats officiels seront connus. » "En se rendant aux urnes, les Congolais ont écrit l'histoire démocratique de leur pays. Après avoir élu leurs députés le 30 juillet dernier, les Congolais ont aujourd'hui décidé qui seront leurs représentants provinciaux et qui sera leur Président de la République pour les cinq prochaines années. Nous comptons sur l'ensemble de la population et des acteurs politiques pour le respect du verdict des urnes, dans un climat de tolérance et de paix pour le développement du pays. La Commission européenne, pour sa part, continuera d'appuyer la consolidation de la démocratie et le développement du pays", a-t-il ajouté.

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by V. Spidla “Premier Forum sur l’avenir démographique européen” au Premier Forum sur l’avenir démographique européen Bruxelles

    Speech by Neelie Kroes « A new energy policy for a new era » at the Conference on European Energy Strategy – the Geopolitical Challenges in Lisbon

    Speech by Viviane Reding “The Internet – key to freedom, democracy andf economic development” at the Internet Governance Forum in Athens From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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