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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-01-09

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] Marchés de valeurs mobilières : la Commission propose d'élargir le champ d'application de la directive concernant les contrats de garantie financière
  • [02] New Commission report looks at the myths surrounding world agricultural trade
  • [03] Commission proposes to open aviation negotiations with Canada
  • [04] Imposition des paiements d'intérêts et de redevances : la Commission demande l'Italie d'appliquer correctement la directive communautaire
  • [05] Direct taxes : Commission requests Portugal to end discrimination against non-Portuguese service providers
  • [06] Fiscalité directe : la Commission clôture deux procédures d'infraction l'encontre de l'Espagne et de l'Italie
  • [07] Commission decides to refer Sweden to Court concerning discrimination against foreign pension funds
  • [08] Direct taxation : Commission requests Italy to end the application of a withholding tax on dividends paid to parent companies in the Netherlands
  • [09] Commission clears proposed acquisition of Symbol by Motorola
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-01-09 Reference: MEX/07/0109 Date: 09/01/2007 EXME07 / 9.1

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    09/01/07


  • [01] Marchés de valeurs mobilières : la Commission propose d'élargir le champ d'application de la directive concernant les contrats de garantie financière

    La Commission européenne a remis son rapport d'évaluation sur la directive 2002/47/CE concernant les contrats de garantie financière. Il conclut que la directive a rendu l'usage des garanties et l'exécution des obligations de garantie financière la fois plus simple et plus efficace. Dans l'ensemble, les Etats membres ont correctement transposé la directive. La Commission propose d'élargir le champ d'application de la directive certaines créances qui, compter du 1er janvier 2007, seront des garanties éligibles pour les opérations de crédit de l'Eurosystème.

    [02] New Commission report looks at the myths surrounding world agricultural trade

    The best outcome for the world trade talks in agriculture is a balanced approach, with the greatest benefits for agricultural trade liberalisation coming from the cumulative effects of cuts in domestic support, export subsidies and tariffs. That is the conclusion of the latest MAP (Monitoring Agri-trade Policy) report, published by the Commission's Directorate- General for Agriculture and Rural Development. The current debate on the Doha Round often appears polarised around two competing approaches. Some claim the potential benefits from trade liberalisation come almost exclusively from tariff cuts, while others argue the debate should be exclusively about subsidies. The latest MAP looks at the gap between rhetoric and reality, and attempts to get to the bottom of some common misunderstandings about the impact of policies on trade. It looks at the trade patterns of some key players in the Doha Round and assesses the EU offer. The report is available at <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/publi/map/03_06.pdf">http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/publi/map/03_06.pdf

    [03] Commission proposes to open aviation negotiations with Canada

    The European Commission has proposed today to open negotiations with Canada on a comprehensive aviation agreement. The aim is to establish an open aviation area between the EU and Canada, to open market restrictions and to achieve a high level of regulatory convergence.

    [04] Imposition des paiements d'intérêts et de redevances : la Commission demande l'Italie d'appliquer correctement la directive communautaire

    La Commission européenne a demandé officiellement l'Italie de mettre correctement en œuvre la directive 2003/49/CE du Conseil du 3 juin 2003 concernant un régime fiscal commun applicable aux paiements d'intérêts et de redevances effectués entre des sociétés associées d'Etats membres différents. La demande a été adressée sous la forme d'un avis motivé, ce qui correspond la deuxième étape de la procédure d'infraction prévue l'article 226 du traité CE. En l'absence d'une réponse satisfaisante de l'Italie l'avis motivé dans un délai de deux mois, la Commission peut décider de saisir la Cour européenne de justice.

    [05] Direct taxes : Commission requests Portugal to end discrimination against non-Portuguese service providers

    The European Commission has sent Portugal a formal request to amend its legislation concerning the tax rules according to which non-resident entities providing services in Portugal are subject to a withholding tax based on the gross amount of their income, whereas domestic providers are taxed only on their net profits. The Commission considers that these rules are incompatible with the EC Treaty, which guarantees the free provision of services. The request is in the form of a 'reasoned opinion' under Article 226 of the EC Treaty. If Portugal does not reply satisfactorily to the reasoned opinion within two months the Commission may refer the matter to the Court.

    [06] Fiscalité directe : la Commission clôture deux procédures d'infraction l'encontre de l'Espagne et de l'Italie

    La Commission européenne a clôturé la procédure visant l'Espagne en ce qui concerne les règles fiscales espagnoles relatives aux cotisations de retraite versées des fonds étrangers. Elle considère que les modifications apportées la législation espagnole qui permettent de déduire les cotisations versées des fonds de pension établis dans d'autres Etats membres sont conformes aux modifications exigées dans son avis motivé. La Commission a également clôturé une procédure l'encontre de l'Italie, qui portait sur la manière dont ce pays notifiait les actes fiscaux aux non-résidents. La Commission se félicite de ces modifications.

    [07] Commission decides to refer Sweden to Court concerning discrimination against foreign pension funds

    The European Commission has decided to refer Sweden to the European Court of Justice for its discriminatory pension tax legislation. Premiums paid by employers for pension insurance taken with insurers established in other EU Member States or in countries in the European Economic Area are treated less favourably than contributions to domestic schemes.

    [08] Direct taxation : Commission requests Italy to end the application of a withholding tax on dividends paid to parent companies in the Netherlands

    The European Commission has sent Italy a formal request to end the application of a withholding tax on the distribution of dividends to parent companies established in the Netherlands. The request is in the form of a 'reasoned opinion', the second step of the procedure under Article 226 of the EC Treaty, Italy having failed to react to the letter of formal notice sent by the Commission on the matter. If Italy does not reply satisfactorily to the reasoned opinion within two months the Commission may refer the matter to the European Court of Justice.

    [09] Commission clears proposed acquisition of Symbol by Motorola

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Symbol Technologies INC. (Symbol), an American company producing so-called 'ruggedised' mobile computers (i.e. with a rugged body designed for use in harsh, dirty or extreme environments or ways which might easily damage a standard mobile computer), by Motorola Inc (Motorola) of the US, active in wireless and broadband technology. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Statement of Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs after the interruption of oil supplies from Belarus to the European Union (08/01)

    Discours de M. Franco Frattini : "L'Europe par le droit" la Cour de Cassation (08/01, Paris) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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