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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-04-16

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] L'histoire vécue d'une discrimination remporte le 3ème Concours européen de journalisme
  • [02] Emissions trading : Commission adopts decision on Hungary's national allocation plan for 2008-2012
  • [03] Cohesion policy 2007-2013 : Commission approves the national strategy and priorities for Denmark
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Dorint by Accor
  • [05] Commission clears acquisition of CBR by EQT V Limited
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of Ogalas by Home Retail and Durinicum
  • [07] Danuta Hübner in Cyprus to finalize negotiations on the country's strategy for the implementation of new cohesion policy in the next years
  • [08] Benita Ferrero-Waldner en Colombie, où elle annoncera une enveloppe d'aide de €160 millions
  • [09] March 2007 : Euro area annual inflation up to 1.9% - EU up to 2.2%
  • [10] La Commission invite vivement la France et l'Espagne trouver un accord sur les modalités pour la pêche expérimentale d'anchois dans le Golfe de Gascogne Midday Express of 2007-04-16 Reference: MEX/07/0416 Date: 16/04/2007 EXME07 / 16.4

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    16/04/07


  • [01] L'histoire vécue d'une discrimination remporte le 3ème Concours européen de journalisme

    L'émouvant récit de l'exploitation des travailleurs étrangers dans la région italienne des Pouilles - une exploitation vécue de l'intérieur par l’auteur – a remporté le premier prix du Concours européen de journalisme "Pour la diversité – Contre la discrimination" cette année. Les deuxième et troisième prix ont été décernés, respectivement, la Hongrie et la Belgique, tandis que le prix spécial "Jeunes journalistes" allait un article finlandais. M. Vladimír pidla, commissaire européen l'emploi, aux affaires sociales et l'égalité des chances, récompensera les gagnants lors d’une cérémonie qui se tiendra aujourd'hui Bruxelles. Le Concours européen de journalisme en est sa troisième année.

    [02] Emissions trading : Commission adopts decision on Hungary's national allocation plan for 2008-2012

    The European Commission today concluded the assessment of Hungary'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 Hungary's national plan on condition that certain changes are made, including a reduction in the total number of emission allowances proposed. The cleared annual allocation is 26.9 million tonnes of CO² allowances, 12.4% less than Hungary had proposed. Hungary's plan covers additional emissions in sectors which did not report emissions in 2005 of roughly 1.4 million tonnes of CO². The Emissions Trading Scheme ensures that greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and industry sectors covered 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.

    [03] Cohesion policy 2007-2013 : Commission approves the national strategy and priorities for Denmark

    European Regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner and Employment and social affairs Commissioner Vladimír pidla congratulated the Danish authorities on becoming the fourth Member State to reach agreement with the European Commission on the national plan and priorities for Cohesion policy 2007-2013. In their National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) the Danish authorities lay out how they intend to invest the EU funding of €510 million that they will receive over seven years to deliver growth and jobs to their regions.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Dorint by Accor

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Dorint AG of Germany by Accor SA of France. Accor is active in hotel management and other corporate services. Dorint is active in hotel management. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Commission clears acquisition of CBR by EQT V Limited

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of CBR Holding GmbH (CBR) of Germany by EQT V Limited of the Channel Islands, controlled by the group Investor AB of Sweden. EQT V Limited manages private equity funds, investing mainly in Northern Europe. CBR designs and sells women's clothing. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of Ogalas by Home Retail and Durinicum

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Ogalas Limited of Ireland by Home Retail Group plc (Home Retail) and Durinicum (Consultancy) Ltd (Durinicum), both of the UK. Home Retail sells general merchandise, home improvement and DIY products in the UK and Ireland under the "Homebase" and "Argos" brands. Durinicum is active in construction, development and regeneration. Ogalas sells products for the home in Ireland under the "Home Store" & "More" brands. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] Danuta Hübner in Cyprus to finalize negotiations on the country's strategy for the implementation of new cohesion policy in the next years

    European Regional policy Commissioner, Danuta Hübner, on her first official visit to Cyprus, will meet President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos. The Commissioner will stress the importance of Cyprus' membership in the European Union and point out that the new European cohesion policy will contribute to more growth and quality jobs in the Cypriot economy. Commissioner Hübner will also meet Minister of Finance, Michael Sarris, with whom she will discuss the government's priorities for the policy implementation in 2007-2013. In Limassol the Commissioner addresses a conference on SMEs organized by the Cyprus chamber of commerce and industry. In Nicosia and Limassol she is visiting a number of European projects in urban regeneration and transport.

    [08] Benita Ferrero-Waldner en Colombie, où elle annoncera une enveloppe d'aide de €160 millions

    Mme Benita Ferrero-Waldner, la commissaire européenne chargée des relations extérieures et de la politique européenne de voisinage, effectuera sa première visite officielle en Colombie les 16 et 17 avril prochains afin de s'entretenir avec des membres importants du gouvernement national et présenter la nouvelle stratégie de coopération de la Commission européenne avec la Colombie. L'aide prévue pour la période 2007-2013 dépasse les €160 millions et sera principalement distribuée par l'entremise d'initiatives en faveur de la paix et de la stabilité, y compris le développement alternatif. La stratégie prévoit, en outre, une nouvelle ligne de coopération économique visant renforcer la compétitivité du pays.

    [09] March 2007 : Euro area annual inflation up to 1.9% - EU up to 2.2%

    Euro area annual inflation was 1.9% in March 2007, up from 1.8% in February. A year earlier the rate was 2.2%. Monthly inflation was 0.7% in March 2007. EU annual inflation was 2.2% in March 2007, up from 2.1% in February. A year earlier the rate was 2.1%. Monthly inflation was 0.6% in March 2007. These figures come from Eurostat.

    [10] La Commission invite vivement la France et l'Espagne trouver un accord sur les modalités pour la pêche expérimentale d'anchois dans le Golfe de Gascogne

    La Commission européenne a exprimé ses inquiétudes sur le fait que l'Espagne et la France ne sont pas encore parvenues un accord sur la manière de mettre en œuvre la pêche expérimentale d'anchois dans le Golfe de Gascogne, décidée par le Conseil des Ministres de la Pêche en décembre dernier. Ceci est particulièrement décevant étant donné les efforts importants consentis par la Commission pour lancer, encourager et faciliter les discussions entre les deux Etats membres au cours des semaines passées. Ces discussions étaient basées sur l'avis du Comité scientifique, technique et économique de la Pêche (CSTEP), sur la manière dont cette pêche devait être effectuée. La Commission a formulé des suggestions concrètes aux deux parties qui ont convenu qu'un accord devait être conclu au plus tard le 12 avril étant donné que la pêche devait commencer le 15 avril. Néanmoins, ce jour, aucun accord n'a été conclu. La Commission a envoyé une lettre aux deux parties pour les inviter vivement conclure un accord dès que possible de sorte que la pêche puisse commencer comme prévu dans le règlement du Conseil de décembre. From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/

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