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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-04-30

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] EU and US to sign up to transatlantic economic integration plan at Washington Summit on 30 April
  • [02] Coup d'accélérateur sur le marché des carburants durables : la Commission lance une consultation publique sur les biocarburants
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Dresser by Carlyle Riverstone and First Reserve
  • [04] Commission clears proposed acquisition of UGS by Siemens
  • [05] New test eliminates need for skin irritancy tests on rabbits
  • [06] April 2007 : Economic sentiment stabilises at a high level in both the EU and the euro area
  • [07] April 2007 : Business Climate Indicator for the euro area continues to rise in April
  • [08] Estimation rapide - avril 2007 : l'inflation de la zone euro estimée 1,8%
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-04-30 Reference: MEX/07/0430 Date: 30/04/2007 EXME07 / 30.4

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    30/04/07


  • [01] EU and US to sign up to transatlantic economic integration plan at Washington Summit on 30 April

    The annual EU-US Summit at the White House in Washington, DC on Monday 30 April will mark the adoption of a new framework for promoting transatlantic economic integration. The two-hour Summit, followed by a working lunch, will also deal with a full agenda of other issues such as Kosovo, working together to support the Middle East peace process, tackling climate change, and boosting energy security through the search for sustainable new resources and credible energy efficiency measures. The EU side will be asking the US to extend its Visa Waiver Programme to citizens of all Member States so that EU citizens, like American ones, can cross the Atlantic freely.

    [02] Coup d'accélérateur sur le marché des carburants durables : la Commission lance une consultation publique sur les biocarburants

    La Commission européenne a lancé une consultation publique concernant les biocarburants dans la nouvelle législation sur la promotion de l'énergie renouvelable. Y sont notamment abordés les moyens d'obtenir une part de biocarburants de 10% et de garantir la viabilité environnementale. Cette consultation fait suite la nouvelle politique énergétique pour l'Europe, récemment adoptée, qui propose notamment un objectif contraignant de 20% d'énergies renouvelables dans la consommation énergétique totale de l'UE d’ici 2020 et un objectif contraignant de 10% de biocarburants dans les transports. La consultation a pour but d'aider la Commission élaborer des propositions permettant de traduire ces objectifs sous une forme législative.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Dresser by Carlyle Riverstone and First Reserve

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Dresser Inc. of the US by Carlyle Riverstone Global Energy and Power Fund III, LP., (Carlyle/Riverstone) of the US, jointly owned by Carlyle Group and Riverstone Holdings LLC both of the US, and First Reserve Corporation (First Reserve) of the US. Carlyle and Riverstone are private equity companies and Carlyle/Riverstone is a private equity fund. First Reserve is also a private equity company. Dresser is a global producer of energy infrastructure, oilfield products and services. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears proposed acquisition of UGS by Siemens

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of UGS, a US company active in product life-cycle management software solutions, by Siemens AG of Germany. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

    [05] New test eliminates need for skin irritancy tests on rabbits

    The Scientific Advisory Committee of European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) has announced on 27 April the validation of five new "in-vitro" tests, which take an important step towards ending the practice of using rabbits in skin and eye irritancy testing. These tests will apply to many everyday products such as washing-up liquid, face cream or make-up, and also literally thousands of industrial chemicals that will have to be assessed under the new REACH chemicals legislation. One of the validated tests mimics human skin and predicts the skin irritancy potential of chemicals with great accuracy and precision and will therefore fully replace tests on rabbits. Two other tests can identify severe eye irritants, thereby avoiding the need to use the live rabbit eye test. Furthermore, a new validated test strategy for skin allergy cuts animal use by half saving up to 240,000 mice in the implementation of the REACH legislation. These tests, validated by a committee composed of nominees from the EU Member States, industry, academia and animal welfare, must now be accepted by regulatory authorities and in the Member States. The role of ECVAM, which is based at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre is to replace, refine and reduce methods of animal testing for cosmetics, drugs and chemicals.

    [06] April 2007 : Economic sentiment stabilises at a high level in both the EU and the euro area

    The Economic Sentiment Indicator remained broadly stable at a high level in both the EU and the euro area in April. The indicator edged down by 0.2 of a point in the EU and by 0.1 of a point in the euro area, to 113.6 and 111.0 respectively.

    [07] April 2007 : Business Climate Indicator for the euro area continues to rise in April

    After levelling off in March, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area picked up again slightly in April, to reach an all-time high. This augurs well for continued strong industrial production growth in the first two quarters of 2007, in line with the pick-up recorded in February. The slight increase in the BCI in April is due to improvements in managers' views on total order books, production trend observed in recent months and production expectations for the months ahead. Managers' assessment of their stocks of finished products and export order books remained stable.

    [08] Estimation rapide - avril 2007 : l'inflation de la zone euro estimée 1,8%

    Selon une estimation rapide publiée par Eurostat, le taux d'inflation annuel de la zone euro s'établirait 1,8% en avril 2007. En mars, le taux était de 1,9%. L'inflation de la zone euro est mesurée par l'Indice des Prix la Consommation de l'Union Monétaire (IPCUM). Des informations complémentaires sont disponibles dans le communiqué d'Eurostat 113/2001 du 5 novembre 2001.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by President José Manuel Barroso : "Strengthening the Transatlantic Economy" at Business Forum (27/04, New York)

    Speech by Joe Borg : "Current challenges in the Common Fisheries Policy: Dialogue with stakeholders" at annual general meeting of the Danish Fishermen Association (27/04, Denmark) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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