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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-02-21

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

[I] Résultats de la Commission du 21 février 2007 -

  • [01] State aid: Commission approves regional aid maps 2007-2013 for Belgium and Denmark
  • [02] State aid: Commission opens in-depth inquiry into proposed restructuring aid to Techmatrans
  • [03] Transport maritime de passagers : la Commission approuve un contrat de service public italien au titre des règles sur les aides d'État
  • [04] European Commission approves Czech compensation measure to port and inland waterway operators for flood damages
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [05] Caucase du Nord: la Commission octroie une enveloppe de 17,5 millions d'euros en faveur des victimes du conflit en Tchétchénie
  • [06] Commission takes important step towards a single market for next generation wireless devices
  • [07] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. of Phelps Dodge Corporation
  • [08] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of steel and vanadium producer Highveld by steel company Evraz, subject to conditions
  • [09] Commission clears acquisition of Oxo by Advent
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-02-21 Reference: MEX/07/0221 Date: 21/02/2007 EXME07 / 21.2

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    21/02/07


  • [I] Résultats de la Commission du 21 février 2007 -

    Outcome of Commission meeting of 21 February

    [01] State aid: Commission approves regional aid maps 2007-2013 for Belgium and Denmark

    The European Commission has approved under EC Treaty state aid rules the regional aid maps covering the period 2007-2013 for Belgium and Denmark. These decisions form part of a wider exercise to review the regional aid regimes in place in all Member States in accordance with the new Regional Aid Guidelines (see IP/05/1653 and MEMO/05/491) adopted in December 2005. The new Guidelines aim at re-focussing regional aid on the most disadvantaged regions of the enlarged EU, while allowing to improve competitiveness and to provide for a smooth transition. The maps of twenty- two other Member States have already been approved by the Commission (see IP/06/1176, IP/06/1393, IP/06/1451, IP/06/1528, IP/06/1871 and IP/07/153).

    [02] State aid: Commission opens in-depth inquiry into proposed restructuring aid to Techmatrans

    The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation to establish whether the €0.7 million aid that the Polish authorities intend to give for supporting the restructuring of Techmatrans, firm specialised in technological transportation (e.g. chain hoists, gantry cranes and lifters) in Poland, is compatible with EC Treaty rules on state aid. The Commission doubts whether the notified restructuring plan is sufficient to restore the firm's long term viability, whether the aid is limited to the necessary minimum and whether the aid does not create undue distortions of competition. The opening of an in-depth investigation allows interested parties to comment on the proposed measures. It does not prejudge the outcome of the procedure.

    [03] Transport maritime de passagers : la Commission approuve un contrat de service public italien au titre des règles sur les aides d'État

    La Commission européenne a décidé aujourd’hui de ne pas soulever d’objections au projet de l’Italie de publier un appel d’offres dans le domaine du transport maritime de passagers, comprenant des compensations publiques. L’appel d’offre vise sélectionner une entreprise de transport maritime afin d’établir une ligne régulière pendant la saison estivale entre, d’une part, le port italien de Trieste, et d’autre part, le port slovène de Portorose et les ports croates de Parenzo et Rovigno.

    [04] European Commission approves Czech compensation measure to port and inland waterway operators for flood damages

    The aid will be granted to port and inland waterway operators in a non- discriminatory manner to cover damages caused by the floods in 2006. It will cover a maximum of 100% of the damages that can be proved to have been caused by the floods. The granting procedure guarantees that the compensation cannot exceed the amounts necessary to compensate for the losses.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [05] Caucase du Nord: la Commission octroie une enveloppe de 17,5 millions d'euros en faveur des victimes du conflit en Tchétchénie

    La Commission européenne a approuvé l'octroi de 17,5 millions d'euros pour un ensemble d'actions d'aide humanitaire en faveur des victimes du conflit en Tchétchénie. Cette aide bénéficiera aux personnes déplacées et aux groupes vulnérables en Tchétchénie, ainsi qu'aux personnes déplacées en Ingouchie et au Daghestan et aux réfugiés tchétchènes en Azerbaïdjan et en Géorgie. L'aide ira aux domaines suivants: actions en matière de protection, d'hébergement, de génération de revenus, de santé, d'approvisionnement en eau, d'assainissement, d'assistance psychosociale et de sensibilisation aux risques liés aux mines. Les fonds sont alloués par l’intermédiaire de la Direction générale de l'aide humanitaire de la Commission européenne (ECHO), sous la responsabilité du commissaire européen Louis Michel.

    [06] Commission takes important step towards a single market for next generation wireless devices

    A single market for a new generation of mass-market consumer electronics (laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras, TVs...), that can exchange data wirelessly at very high rates over short distances is a step closer. The Commission Decision adopted today outlines the mandatory conditions for using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology in these next generation wireless devices all across the European Union.

    [07] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. of Phelps Dodge Corporation

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (“FCX&#8221;) of Phelps Dodge Corporation, both based in the United States. The Commission concluded that the proposed operation would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [08] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of steel and vanadium producer Highveld by steel company Evraz, subject to conditions

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation, subject to conditions, the proposed acquisition of the South African steel and vanadium producer Highveld by the steel company Evraz, incorporated in Luxembourg and primarily active in Russia. Vanadium is a metal primarily used in the production of alloys (e.g. steel alloys used in axles, crankshafts, gears, and other critical components; mixed with aluminium in titanium alloys used in jet engines and high-speed airframes) plus rust resistant and high speed tool steels and in specialty stainless steel for use in surgical instruments and tools. The Commission found that the proposed transaction as initially notified would give rise to competition concerns at all levels of the vanadium value chain. However, Evraz has offered to divest an equity interest or a proportion of Highveld's large iron and vanadium mine in Mapoch, South Africa, together with Highveld's vanadium oxides and vanadium finished products activities, also based in South Africa. The remedies would eliminate the merged entity's ability and incentive to exploit its strong position in vanadium feedstock and remove all overlaps between Evraz and Highveld for vanadium oxides and vanadium finished products. In the light of these commitments, the Commission has concluded that the proposed transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [09] Commission clears acquisition of Oxo by Advent

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of 'oxo’ products and derivatives businesses (Oxo) of the US/Germany, currently controlled by Celanese Corporation and Degussa AG, by Advent International Corporation (Advent) of the US. Advent is a private equity fund. Oxo produces and sells key chemical building blocks and derivatives for diverse applications including coatings, inks, lubricants and plasticizers, mainly in Europe and North America. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Memo on Employment and Social Affairs Council – 22 February 2007

    Memo on the EC's decision on Ultra-Wideband Technologies: FAQ

    Memo on State Aid: Commission guidelines on National Regional Adi for 2002- 2013, Belgium and Denmark - FAQ

    Memo on Environment: Commissioner Dimas welcomes Council results on climate change and pesticides

    Speech by Franco Frattini "Common Standards in Criminal Proceedings to Strengthen Mutual Trust in the EU: the need to balance security and freedom" at the ERA-DE Presidency symposium From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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