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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-01-15

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

  • [01] EU citizens ask for more EU action in field of family law which is at heart of their concerns and in the centre of EU Justice debate
  • [02] Comment le marché unique est-il perçu? Que peut-on faire pour qu'il fonctionne mieux?
  • [03] Telecommunications : Polish regulator must carry out a new market analysis of retail access markets, says Commission
  • [04] Commission clears joint venture between An Post and Fortis
  • [05] "Mazovia must grab the opportunity offered by Cohesion Policy 2007- 2013", Danuta Hübner tells Mazowieckie Region Parliament
  • [06] Benita Ferrero-Waldner to visit China (16-18/01)
  • [07] A new currency for Slovenia and a new future in the euro area
  • [08] November 2006 compared to October 2006 : industrial production up by 0.2% in euro area ; up by 0.3% in EU25
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-01-15 Reference: MEX/07/0115 Date: 15/01/2007 EXME07 / 15.1

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    15/01/07


  • [01] EU citizens ask for more EU action in field of family law which is at heart of their concerns and in the centre of EU Justice debate

    The European Union allows people an unprecedented level of free mobility. As it has become free to travel, work, and study within the Union, very often marriages and families are being formed between individuals from different Member States, or couples settle down in another Member State. EU citizens, as showed by a recent Eurobarometer survey, are asking enhanced EU wide attention to ensure clarity and legal certainty about the nature of family law regulations such as divorce settlements, child custody dealings and inheritance.

    [02] Comment le marché unique est-il perçu? Que peut-on faire pour qu'il fonctionne mieux?

    Les citoyens de l'UE ont-ils le sentiment d'être bien informés sur le marché unique? Quels sont les effets du marché unique sur les activités des entreprises de l'UE? Quelles sont les mesures concrètes qui devraient être prises pour améliorer son fonctionnement? Les résultats d'enquêtes Eurobaromètre récentes et d'une consultation publique sur la future politique du marché unique (voir IP/06/1636) apportent une série de réponses et des éléments importants pour le réexamen en cours du marché unique par la Commission européenne.

    [03] Telecommunications : Polish regulator must carry out a new market analysis of retail access markets, says Commission

    The European Commission issued a decision requiring the Polish telecom regulator, Urząd Regulacji Elektronicznej (UKE), to withdraw its draft measures for regulating retail access services. Two months ago, the Commission expressed serious doubts that UKE's plans for regulating these markets were compatible with Community law and requested UKE to back its market definition with convincing evidence. UKE has failed to justify why it intends to regulate broadband access services in addition to regulating retail narrowband access, says the Commission.

    [04] Commission clears joint venture between An Post and Fortis

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to a joint venture between An Post of Ireland and Fortis Bank SA/NV, a subsidiary of Fortis SA/NV of Belgium and Fortis NV of the Netherlands, the two parent companies of the Fortis group. An Post is the universal postal service operator in Ireland. Fortis is an international provider of banking and insurance services to private, business and institutional customers. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] "Mazovia must grab the opportunity offered by Cohesion Policy 2007- 2013", Danuta Hübner tells Mazowieckie Region Parliament

    "Mazovia must make the best use of the €1.83 billion the European Regional Development Fund will invest in the Polish region", stated European Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner today in Warsaw. The Commissioner's speech to the Parliament (Sejmik) of the Mazowieckie Region focused on the new Cohesion Policy 2007-13 and on the development strategy selected by the Mazowieckie region for the forthcoming programming period. During her visit to the region Commissioner Hübner also met with Marshal of Mazowieckie region, Adam Struzik, and President of the Council, Robert Soszynski.

    [06] Benita Ferrero-Waldner to visit China (16-18/01)

    The European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner will visit Beijing on 16-18 January, to launch negotiations for a new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the EU and China, delivering on the commitment made by European and Chinese leaders at the EU-China Summit in Helsinki in September 2006. To mark this important step in EU-China relations, she will meet leading members of the Chinese administration, including the second highest ranking Chinese Leader, Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, and Trade minister Bo Xilai. The new PCA will encompass the full scope of bilateral relations with China, including enhanced cooperation in political matters, and will update the existing 1985 Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement. During her trip the Commissioner will also take the opportunity to underscore the importance of cooperation on energy security and the environment.

    [07] A new currency for Slovenia and a new future in the euro area

    "As the first of the 2004 accession States to adopt the euro, (Slovenia) forges a path for others to follow. We look forward to witnessing the process of this month repeated year after year, as the borders of the euro area gradually converge with those of the Union", said Joaquín Almunia, European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner, attending a conference in Ljubljana to mark Slovenia's adoption of the euro. Today, the euro becomes sole legal tender in Slovenia relegating the tolar to history as the dual circulation period ends. Commissioner Almunia noted that although some appeared to have used the opportunity to increase prices when converting them in euros, one "should not let certain cases of abuse cloud the wider picture". Outlining the benefits of the euro for Slovenia, he put at the very top the low inflation and low interest rates that it had brought to euro area countries. The euro will also help anchor macro- economic stability in Slovenia, eliminate exchange rate swings and costs, increase trade and boost investor confidence. "Before the introduction of the euro, transaction costs in the EU were estimated at 20 to 25 billion euro, the majority of this figure incurred by companies. Now that Slovenian businesses are no longer burdened by these charges, they will have more money available for productive investments in growth and jobs". Slovenia has achieved impressive budgetary consolidation in recent years, and public finances are currently in very healthy shape. The current deficit for 2006 is estimated at 1.6% of GDP while at 28% of GDP, public debt is well below the reference value stipulated as a maximum in the Stability and Growth Pact.

    [08] November 2006 compared to October 2006 : industrial production up by 0.2% in euro area ; up by 0.3% in EU25

    Seasonally adjusted industrial production increased by 0.2% in the euro area (EA12) in November 2006 compared to October 2006. Production fell by 0.1% in October and by 1.0% in September. In the EU25 output rose by 0.3% in November, after remaining unchanged in October and decreasing by 0.5% in September. In November 2006 compared to November 2005, industrial production grew by 2.5% in the euro area and by 2.8% in the EU25. These estimates are released by Eurostat.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Eurobarometer surveys on citizens' and businesses' views on the Single Market

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : "Mazowsze w Europejskiej Polityce Spójno[ci w latach 2007-2013" (Warsaw)

    Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "Part of the solution: biofuels in the EU" at Conference at Carnegie Bank (Copenhagen)

    Speech by Janez Potočnik : "FP7 - tomorrow's answers start today" at FP7 launch – Internationales Kongresszentrum Bundeshaus Bonn From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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