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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-03-27

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] Commission supports new freight transport services to fight road congestion and reduce environmental impact
  • [02] Commission adopts implementing rules for European Fisheries Fund
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Dailycer by OEP
  • [04] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Go Voyages par Groupe Arnault
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of Thomas Cook by KarstadtQuelle
  • [06] Kimberley Process review mission to Ghana
  • [07] Benita Ferrero-Waldner to attend EU-Central Asia ministerial Troika (27-28/03)
  • [08] Franco Frattini on the occasion of the grand opening of the new premises of Frontex in Warsaw
  • [09] Andris Piebalgs welcomes increased cooperation with the US on energy issues
  • [10] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-03-27 Reference: MEX/07/0327 Date: 27/03/2007 EXME07 / 27.3

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    27/03/07


  • [01] Commission supports new freight transport services to fight road congestion and reduce environmental impact

    The European Commission has today published the first call for proposals for the creation of new freight transport services under the second Marco Polo programme. Successful projects should fight congestion on European roads and improve the environmental performance of the freight transport system, two main objectives of the EU transport policy. Companies across the European Union and beyond are invited to submit proposals in this second Marco Polo programme.

    [02] Commission adopts implementing rules for European Fisheries Fund

    The European Commission has adopted the rules on the implementation of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF). The purpose of this Commission regulation is to set out in detail how Member States should implement the EFF in line with the priorities laid down in the basic regulation adopted by Council in June 2006. These rules complete the legal framework of the EFF, and the Member States will now be able to finalise their operational programmes and present them to the Commission for approval. The EFF is the major fund through which the European Union will provide financial support to the fisheries sector over the period 2007-2013 (see IP/06/793 and IP/06/1310).

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Dailycer by OEP

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Dailycer BV of the Netherlands, Dailycer France SAS, Dailycer Limited of the UK and Delicia BV of the Netherlands (Dailycer) by OEP Holding Corporation (OEP), part of the JP Morgan Chase Group, of the US. OEP is a private equity company. Dailycer manufactures, markets and distributes cereal products and chocolate decorations. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Go Voyages par Groupe Arnault

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement Concentrations, le projet d'acquisition de l’entreprise française Go Voyages SA par le Groupe Arnault SAS (Groupe Arnault) de la France. Groupe Arnault est une société de holding exerçant des activités dans le secteur des produits de luxe travers ses filiales (Christian Dior Couture et LVMH). Go Voyages SA est une agence de voyages en ligne spécialisée dans la vente de billets d'avion. Il ressort de l'enquête menée par la Commission que l'opération envisagée n'entravera pas de manière significative la concurrence dans le marché commun. Cette affaire a été traitée selon la procédure simplifiée.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of Thomas Cook by KarstadtQuelle

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Thomas Cook AG of Germany by KarstadtQuelle AG, also of Germany. KarstadtQuelle is a European department store and mail order group. Thomas Cook is an international tourism company active in the leisure travel sector. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] Kimberley Process review mission to Ghana

    The Kimberley Process (KP), chaired by the European Community in 2007, is sending a review mission to Ghana to assess efforts to combat conflict diamonds. The mission is headed by Canada, with representatives of the European Community, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Diamond Council and civil society (Global Witness). The mission will take place with the full cooperation of the Ghanaian authorities and in collaboration with the United Nations in view of the UN ban on diamonds from Côte d’Ivoire. The mission will focus on improving Ghana’s internal controls in a bid to tackle the last remaining case of conflict diamonds, and thus contribute to the stabilisation of West Africa.

    [07] Benita Ferrero-Waldner to attend EU-Central Asia ministerial Troika (27-28/03)

    The EU Troika will meet its Central Asian counterparts tomorrow in Astana, Kazakhstan, to open a new chapter in EU-Central Asia relations. For the first time the EU is meeting the Foreign Ministers of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kirgizstan all at the same time. On the agenda are items that will be central to the new EU strategy on Central Asia, including economic and trade issues, security, education, democracy, rule of law and human rights, energy and the environment as well as regional issues (Afghanistan and Iran). In tandem with the plenary session, bilateral meetings with all Foreign Ministers will also take place. The EU intends to demonstrate the growing significance of relations with Central Asia by more than doubling assistance to the region in the period 2007-2013, with a total of €750 million.

    [08] Franco Frattini on the occasion of the grand opening of the new premises of Frontex in Warsaw

    The vice-President of the European Commission Franco Frattini stated : "The free movement of people in an area without borders is one of the European Union's greatest achievements. This goes hand in hand with securing the EU's external borders. Here, Frontex plays a vital role."

    [09] Andris Piebalgs welcomes increased cooperation with the US on energy issues

    On a visit to Washington DC, just after the adoption of the Energy Policy for Europe and in the run-up to the next EU-US Summit, European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed the increased cooperation with the United States in the field of energy supply and security. Following the Declaration of last year to increase strategic energy cooperation, the Commission has worked closely with the US authorities on a wide range of energy issues. Research is the key area for cooperation, particularly in biofuels development and energy efficiency.

    [10] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Franco Frattini : "Frontex: an indispensable tool for the EU in addressing the common challenge of illegal immigration" at the grand opening of the new premises of Frontex (Warsaw)

    Speech by Peter Mandelson : "Russia, its future and the WTO" at joint event Association of European Business and the Russian Confederation of Business Industries (Moscow)

    Discours de M. Louis Michel : "L'intégration de l'Afrique dans l'économie mondiale" la réunion des Ministres du Développement du G8 (Berlin)

    Speech by Mariann Fischer Boel : "The future of the CAP" at Agra Europe Outlook Conference (London)

    Speech by Vladimir pidla : "Start der deutschen IT Fitness Initiative" (Berlin)

    Speech by Siim Kallas : "Challenges in the governance of international organisations : the experience of the EU" at Columbia University (26/03, New York)

    Speech by Andris Piebalgs : "Towards enhanced cooperation between the EU and the US" at the European Institute (26/03, Washington) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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