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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-02-05

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] Emissions trading : Commission approves Slovenia's national allocation plan for 2008-2012
  • [02] Sécurité des médicaments : l'UE et le Japon collaborent plus étroitement
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Eddie Bauer by Sun Capital and Golden Gate
  • [04] Avian Influenza : H5N1 virus confirmed in UK
  • [05] La Commission ouvre un débat sur de meilleurs indicateurs de capacité et d'effort de pêche
  • [06] Commission publishes report on prospects for agricultural markets and income 2006-2013
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-02-05 Reference: MEX/07/0205 Date: 05/02/2007 EXME07 / 5.2

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    05/02/07


  • [01] Emissions trading : Commission approves Slovenia's national allocation plan for 2008-2012

    The European Commission today approved Slovenia's national plan for allocating carbon dioxide (CO²) emission allowances for the 2008-2012 trading period of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). The Commission accepted the total number of emission allowances proposed by Slovenia – equivalent to 8.3 million tonnes of CO² – since it is consistent with Slovenia's commitment under the Kyoto Protocol, its expected emissions and its potential to reduce emissions. It is also lower than the verified emissions of Slovenia in 2005. The approval is conditional on Slovenia making changes to two aspects of its plan. The ETS ensures that greenhouse gas emissions from energy and industry sectors are cut at least cost to the economy, thus helping the EU and its Member States to meet their emission commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.

    [02] Sécurité des médicaments : l'UE et le Japon collaborent plus étroitement

    Dès maintenant, l'Union européenne et le Japon sont en mesure d'échanger des informations confidentielles sur l'autorisation et la sécurité des médicaments. Des accords de confidentialité ont été conclus aujourd'hui entre la Commission européenne et l'Agence européenne des médicaments (AEM), d'une part, et le ministère japonais de la santé, du travail et de la protection sociale (MHLW) et l'agence japonaise des produits pharmaceutiques et des dispositifs médicaux (PMDA), d'autre part, lors d'une réunion bilatérale Tokyo. Les partenaires pourront échanger des informations confidentielles, par exemple sur les questions de sécurité relatives aux médicaments mis sur le marché et aux produits en cours d'élaboration ou dont l'autorisation est l'étude.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Eddie Bauer by Sun Capital and Golden Gate

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Eddie Bauer Holdings, Inc. (Eddie Bauer) of the US by Sun Capital Securities Group LLC, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc. (Sun Capital) of the US and Golden Gate Capital Private Equity Inc.(Golden Gate) also of the US. Sun Capital is a private equity investment company, active in a variety of sectors, including clothing, accessories and footwear via its portfolio companies Dim Branded Apparel (DBA) and Lee Cooper. Golden Gate is a private equity investment fund. Eddie Bauer is active in the retail of sportswear, principally in the US, with European sales concentrated mainly in Germany. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Avian Influenza : H5N1 virus confirmed in UK

    On 2 February, the European Commission was informed by the UK authorities of a suspected outbreak of avian influenza in Suffolk, in the east of England. The outbreak occurred on holding of 159,000 turkeys, and was detected following the death of around 2,500 birds. The disease situation will be reviewed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 6 February. The Committee will review the disease situation in view of its evolution. For more information, see:

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_consumer/dyna/influenza/index.cfm">http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/health_consumer/dyna/influenza/index.cfm

    [05] La Commission ouvre un débat sur de meilleurs indicateurs de capacité et d'effort de pêche

    La Commission européenne vient de publier une Communication destinée lancer un débat sur la manière d'améliorer les indicateurs de capacité et d'effort de pêche dans le cadre de la Politique commune de la pêche (PCP). Actuellement, la capacité est mesurée en termes de tonnage brut du navire (GT) et de puissance de ses moteurs en kilowatts (kW), tandis que l'effort de pêche est exprimé en nombre de jours passés en mer par le navire. Alors que le système de GT est adéquat pour évaluer la capacité totale de la flotte, la méthode utilisée pour certifier la puissance des moteurs présente des faiblesses significatives qui doivent être corrigées. Des indicateurs alternatifs, tels que le type ou la taille des engins de pêche utilisés, sont examinés et la Commission propose un plan d'action visant approfondir cette approche, qui comprend des études de cas, une consultation ainsi que des projets pilotes.

    [06] Commission publishes report on prospects for agricultural markets and income 2006-2013

    This new report covers cereals, oilseeds, sugar, meat, eggs, milk and the main dairy products. The medium-term projections depict an outlook for the EU cereal markets with largely balanced markets with, however, significant risks of regional imbalances and public stocks for maize in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. The sugar markets are characterised by growing internal and world markets with the main risks related to the slow take-up of restructuring. The poultry and pig meat sector should also exhibit relatively favourable medium-term perspectives, however with a slower growth than in the last decade. Beef production, on the other hand, is expected to fall as a consequence of the CAP reform and the declining dairy herd, leading to the widening of the trade deficit. The market balance for the major dairy products is expected to improve over the medium term, with increasing cheese production and consumption, but lower availabilities of butter and SMP. The medium-term income projections display a rather favourable outlook as the EU-27 agricultural income would grow by 23.2% between 2005 and 2013 in real terms and per labour unit (9.3% in the EU-15, 37.1% in the EU-10 and 105.1 % in EU-2). The report is available at:

    <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/publi/caprep/prospects2006b/index_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/publi/caprep/prospects2006b/index_en.htm

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "Quality is the (present and) future for European agriculture" at Conference on Food Quality Certification – Adding Value to Farm Produce

    Speech by Neelie Kroes : "A new European Energy Policy; reaping the benefits of open and competitive markets" at Energy conference: E-world energy & water' (! embargo 14h00 !, Essen)

    Speech by Stavros Dimas : "Towards a global agreement on tackling climate change" at Paris Conference on the Environment (02/02) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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