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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-02-09

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Commission strengthens environmental protection through criminal law, abolishing "safe havens" of environmental crime
  • [02] La Commission autorise le projet d'acquisition d'APC par Schneider Electric, sous réserve du respect de certaines conditions
  • [03] Opening of duty free sugar import quota for industrial use
  • [04] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-02-09 Reference: MEX/07/0209 Date: 09/02/2007 EXME07 / 9.2

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    09/02/07


  • [01] Commission strengthens environmental protection through criminal law, abolishing "safe havens" of environmental crime

    The European Commission today proposed a directive that obliges Member States to treat serious offences against the environment as criminal acts and to ensure that they are effectively sanctioned. It also sets minimum sanctions for environmental crimes across the Member States. Offences such as the illegal emission of hazardous substances into the air, water or soil, the illegal shipment of waste, or the illegal trade in endangered species can have devastating effects on human health and the environment. They also undermine the efficiency of EU environment legislation. It is therefore crucial to ensure that they are effectively sanctioned throughout the European Union. In serious cases criminal sanctions such as prison sentences should be applied, as they have a much higher dissuasive effect than, for example, administrative sanctions.

    [02] La Commission autorise le projet d'acquisition d'APC par Schneider Electric, sous réserve du respect de certaines conditions

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement CE sur les concentrations, le projet d'acquisition d'American Power Conversion Corporation (APC) par le groupe français Schneider Electric. Les deux entreprises sont très présentes dans la fourniture de toute une gamme de systèmes d'alimentation électrique sans coupure (systèmes dits "UPS") qui filtrent le signal d'alimentation et procurent une électricité de secours en cas de coupure électrique. L'autorisation de la Commission est toutefois subordonnée la cession de l'activité de Schneider Electric relative aux petits systèmes d'alimentation électrique sans coupure. Compte tenu de ces engagements, la Commission a conclu que l'opération n'aurait pas pour conséquence d'entraver de manière significative une concurrence effective dans l'Espace Economique Européen ou une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [03] Opening of duty free sugar import quota for industrial use

    The sugar management committee yesterday voted on a Commission Regulation opening an import quota of 200,000 tonnes of sugar without import duties. The quota shall only be used for the manufacturing of industrial products (chemicals, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, bio-ethanol). This measure is taken in accordance with the Regulation on the common organisation of the markets in the sugar sector which stipulates that the Commission may suspend the application of import duties on certain quantities of sugar in order to guarantee the supply necessary for the manufacturing of industrial products. The Regulation enters into force after adoption by the Commission (in the next few weeks) and is limited to the 2006/07 marketing year.

    [04] Autre matériel diffusé

    Questions et réponses sur la protection de l'environnement par le droit pénal

    Speech by Neelie Kroes : "Preliminary Findings of the Business Insurance Sector Inquiry" at public hearing

    Speech by Peter Mandelson : "Energy security and climate change – what role for trade policy?" at Conference organised by Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise and EC Delegation in Norway at the Oslo Military Society

    Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "EU agriculture in a globalised world" at event hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington, ! embargo 15h00 !)

    Calendrier du 12 au 16 février 2007 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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