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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-08-22

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


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] EU to send Election Observation Mission to Ecuador
  • [02] Commission boost for mobile satellite services paves the way for EU- wide high speed data communications
  • [03] Human resources in research: European Commission stepped up its activities in 2006
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Scandlines by Allianz and 3i
  • [05] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of sole control of BHS by Cinven
  • [06] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of US provider of electronic travel distribution services Worldspan by Travelport (US)
  • [07] Commission to resume support to Gaza Power Plant
  • [08] Selecting and authorising systems providing mobile satellite services (FAQ)
  • [09] Industrial new orders up by 4.4% in euro area – Up by 4.9% in EU27 Midday Express of 2007-08-22 Reference: MEX/07/0822 Date: 22/08/2007 EXME07 / 22.8

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    22/08/07


  • [01] EU to send Election Observation Mission to Ecuador

    Following invitations from the Ecuadorian executive and electoral authorities, the European Commission has decided to deploy as from tomorrow a European Union Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Ecuador to observe the Elections for a Constituent Assembly, scheduled to take place on 30 September 2007. The EU EOM will be led by José Ribeiro e Castro, Member of the European Parliament

    (for more information: IP/07/1245 – Antonia Mochan – Tel. 296.99.21 – Fax: 299.19.70)

    [02] Commission boost for mobile satellite services paves the way for EU- wide high speed data communications

    The Commission today has adopted a proposal to select systems for mobile satellite services at European level. If adopted by the European Parliament and the EU Council of Telecom Ministers, this new selection mechanism will allow innovative services, such as mobile TV, broadband data and emergency communications to develop smoothly throughout Europe as of 2009.

    (for more information: IP/07/1243 – Martin Selmayr – Tel. 298.12.30 – Fax: 298.44.95)

    [03] Human resources in research: European Commission stepped up its activities in 2006

    Activities focussing on developing European science's human resources saw a number of developments in 2006, according to a report by the European Commission. These included: more than 170 institutions signing up to the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for their recruitment; more than 1000 jobs a month on the European Researcher's Mobility Portal; a support service - ERA-MORE - answering more than 25000 questions from scientists about moving to or within the EU to carry out their research; the continued success of "European Researchers' Night" with more than 100 towns taking part in 21 countries, with 100,000 participants.

    (for more information: IP/07/1244 – Antonia Mochan – Tel. 296.99.21 – Fax: 299.19.70)

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Scandlines by Allianz and 3i

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Scandlines AG (‘Scandlines’, Germany) by the Allianz Group (‘Allianz’, Germany) and 3i Group plc and investment funds managed by 3i Investments plc and 3i Gestion S.A. (together ‘3i’, United Kingdom). Allianz deals with insurance services, banking and asset management. 3i is a private equity investor and Scandlines deals with ferry transport services for passengers and freight in the Baltic Area. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    (Chapeau – Amelia Torres – Tel. 295.46.29 – Fax: 295.14.13)

    Rediffusion:

    [05] Mergers: Commission approves proposed acquisition of sole control of BHS by Cinven

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of sole control of BHS Holdings Limited (BHS), a provider of acute hospital services in the UK, by Rozier Acquisitions Limited, a company established by funds managed and advised by private equity investor Cinven Limited (Cinven)of the UK. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    (for more information: IP/07/1240 – Amelia Torres – Tel. 295.46.29 – Fax: 295.14.13)

    [06] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of US provider of electronic travel distribution services Worldspan by Travelport (US)

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation Travelport's proposed acquisition of sole control of Worldspan. Both companies provide electronic travel distribution services through a Global Distribution System (GDS). The Commission was initially concerned that the proposed transaction would give rise to competition concerns on the market for the provision of GDS services to travel service providers (airlines, car rental companies, hotels, etc) in the European Economic Area (EEA) and to travel agents in several Member States (Belgium, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands and the UK), and therefore opened a detailed inquiry (see IP/07/607). However, the in-depth investigation has shown that the acquisition is unlikely to result in unilateral price increases by the merged firm. It also found that the reduction of the number of GDSs operating in the EEA from four to three would be unlikely to result in coordinated behaviour between the remaining GDSs. The Commission has therefore concluded that the proposed transaction would not significantly impede effective competition within the EEA or a significant part of it.

    (for more information: IP/07/1241 – Amelia Torres – Tel. 295.46.29 – Fax: 295.14.13)

    [07] Commission to resume support to Gaza Power Plant

    Following a meeting that took place today with Palestinian Prime Minister Dr Fayyad, the European Commission is willing to carry out immediately the necessary joint Commission/Palestinian Authority audits to ensure that fuel aid in Gaza remains properly managed.

    (for more information: IP/07/1242 – Antonia Mochan – Tel. 296.99.21 – Fax: 299.19.70)

    Autre matériel diffusé:

    [08] Selecting and authorising systems providing mobile satellite services (FAQ)

    (for more information: Memo/07/329 – Martin Selmayr – Tel. 298.12.30 – Fax: 298.44.95)

    [09] Industrial new orders up by 4.4% in euro area – Up by 4.9% in EU27

    The euro area (EA13) industrial new orders index increased by 4.4% in June 2007 compared with May 2007. The index rose by 1.5% in May and fell by 0.3% in April. EU27 new orders gained 4.9% in June 2007, after an increase of 3.0% in May and a decrease of 1.3% in April. Excluding ships, railway and aerospace equipment industrial new orders increased by 1.4% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU27 in June 2007. In June 2007 compared with June 2006, industrial new orders increased by 13.8% in the euro area and by 14.0% in the EU27. Total industry excluding ships, railway and aerospace equipment grew by 7.0% in the euro area and by 7.6% in the EU27.

    These estimates are released by Eurostat

    (for more information: STAT/07/116 – Amelia Torres – Tel. 295.46.29 – Fax: 295.14.13) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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