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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-10-05

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] Recherche et développement : selon une nouvelle étude, les investissements des entreprises ont augmenté de 10% l’année dernière dans le monde
  • [02] Commission promotes research partnerships between universities and businesses
  • [03] Commission acts to protect deep water corals off coast of Ireland
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of HT Troplast by Arcapita
  • [05] Andris Piebalgs receives assurances from Kiev of a speedy solution of the gas payment issue
  • [06] Les 268 régions de l'UE27 en faits et chiffres
  • [07] Making it happen : launch of 2007 OPEN DAYS European Week of Regions and Cities
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-10-05 Reference: MEX/07/1005 Date: 05/10/2007 EXME07 / 5.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    05/10/07


  • [01] Recherche et développement : selon une nouvelle étude, les investissements des entreprises ont augmenté de 10% l’année dernière dans le monde

    Selon l'édition 2007 du tableau de bord annuel de la Commission européenne sur les investissements en recherche et développement (R&D) industrielle, l'investissement en R&D des entreprises a augmenté de 10% (7, 4% pour les entreprises établies dans l'UE). L'édition 2006 faisait état d'une croissance de 5,3%. Le tableau de bord révèle également une tendance la hausse de la rentabilité des entreprises dans le monde. Avec €5,8 milliards, le groupe américain Pfizer apparaît dans le tableau de bord 2007 comme le premier investisseur au monde en R&D. L'allemand DaimlerChrysler est la première entreprise de l'UE, avec €5,2 milliards.

    [02] Commission promotes research partnerships between universities and businesses

    €38.5 million of new funding is being made available for projects to encourage innovative partnerships between academia and industry. The final budget figures and project details are subject to negotiation which will start in October 2007. For details of the success of a previous innovative partnership, see IP/07/239.

    [03] Commission acts to protect deep water corals off coast of Ireland

    Acting on a request from the Irish government, the European Commission has today adopted a proposal for measures to protect coral reefs. This will involve a ban on fishing with both active and passive gears in four areas off the Atlantic coast of Ireland which have been identified by scientists as hosting extensive cold water coral reefs. The areas concerned are the Belgica Mound, the Hovland Mound, and Northwest and Southwest Porcupine. Together, they cover a total area of around 2,500 km2. The Irish government has already put forward proposals to have all these areas included in the EU's network of protected nature areas, the Natura 2000 network, established under the EU's Habitats Directive. Since this procedure will take some time to establish permanent protection, however, the Irish government asked the Commission to act immediately to prevent further damage due to fishing in this area. The location of the coral reefs has been identified and mapped through a number of scientific research efforts, including by an ad hoc group of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). On the basis of the scientific evidence, the Commission considers that there is a good case for taking all necessary steps to prevent further damage to these ecosystems before permanent protection measures can be put in place. To this end, the Commission proposes provisional measures immediately prohibiting all fishing in those areas under the Common Fisheries Policy. The proposal has been made as part of a regulation proposing a series of mainly minor amendments to EU fisheries legislation. ICES: Report of the Ad Hoc Working Group for Western Irish Natura Sites, 21 June 2007:

    <a href="http://www.ices.dk/reports/ACE/2007/AGWINS07.pdf">http://www.ices.dk/reports/ACE/2007/AGWINS07.pdf

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of HT Troplast by Arcapita

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of HT Luxembourg S. .r.l., the holding company of HT Troplast Group (HT Troplast) of Luxembourg by PVC (Lux) Holding Company S. .r.l. of Luxembourg, controlled by Arcapita Bank B.S.C.(c) (Arcapita) of Bahrain. Arcapita is an investment bank. HT Troplast produces vinyl profiles for windows and doors, vinyl sheets and vinyl shutters. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Andris Piebalgs receives assurances from Kiev of a speedy solution of the gas payment issue

    European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs had a phone conversation with the Minister of Energy and Fuel of Ukraine, Mr Yuriy Boiko, on 4 October. The Minister informed Commissioner Piebalgs that the issue of payments for gas between the companies involved will be solved by 1st of November 2007. Minister Boiko confirmed Ukraine's commitment to be a reliable transit country for gas to the European Union. "Transparency is capital in our relations with gas supply and transit countries. I welcome the information that Minister Boiko has provided and I expect the issue to be solved by 1st of November ", Commissioner Piebalgs said after the telephone conversation.

    [06] Les 268 régions de l'UE27 en faits et chiffres

    Parmi les 268 régions de l'Union européenne, quelle est celle où une femme est le plus susceptible de travailler? Où trouve-t-on la proportion la plus élevée d'étudiants? Dans quelle ville européenne est-il estimé qu'il est plus facile de trouver un emploi et un logement? Les réponses ces questions et bien d'autres se trouvent dans l'édition 2007 de l'Annuaire régional d'Eurostat, publié par Eurostat.

    [07] Making it happen : launch of 2007 OPEN DAYS European Week of Regions and Cities

    Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner for Regional Policy, and Michel Delebarre, President of the EU Committee of the Regions, launch OPEN DAYS, the European Week of Regions and Cities, on 8 October in Brussels. The event runs from 8 to 11 October and involves a record 212 regions and cities from 33 countries. Organised by the EU Committee of the Regions and the European Commission, this fifth edition of OPEN DAYS brings together local, regional, national and EU politicians and decision-makers, policy experts and representatives of business, banking and civil society organisations. The seminars this year will focus on the new regional programmes for 2007-2013. The headline is: 'Making it happen: regions and cities deliver growth and jobs'.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : "Wales: on a fast track to success" at launch of the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme for West Wales and the Valleys 2007 – 2013 (Venue Cymru, Llandudno)

    Speech by Danuta Hübner : "The outermost regions in a globalised world" at outermost Regions Presidents' Conference - Partnership Session (Madeira)

    Calendrier du 8 du 14 octobre 2007

    Top News de la Commission européenne du 8 octobre au 4 novembre 2007 From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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