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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-10-18

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] Transport du fret en Europe : les nouvelles initiatives de la Commission pour une meilleure efficacité et durabilité
  • [02] Commission launches new generation of research projects for greener, more competitive air transport
  • [03] Les prélèvements pour dépassement des quotas laitiers s'élèvent €221 millions.
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks Oy by Jabil
  • [05] Commission approves creation of joint venture between BAE Systems and VT Group
  • [06] Commission threatens Malta with Court action over import monopoly for petroleum products
  • [07] La Commission clôt une procédure d’infraction suite la mise en œuvre intégrale, par la Slovénie, de la directive relative la transparence financière
  • [08] Direct taxation : Infringement proceeding against Germany for its discriminatory rules applied to cross-border loss offset
  • [09] VAT- Reduced rate on horses : Commission opens second stage of infringement proceedings against the Netherlands and investigates the situation in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Luxembourg
  • [10] Taxation des produits énergétiques et de l'électricité – Nouvelle procédure d'infraction contre la France
  • [11] Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia join EU competitiveness programme
  • [12] La Commission lance une nouvelle vague de stratégies de développement avec 13 États insulaires du Pacifique
  • [13] Commission stands up for the Millennium Development Goals on International Poverty Eradication Day
  • [14] Danuta Hübner attends seminar on the Future of Public Audit in the EU in Luxembourg
  • [15] La production dans le secteur de la construction en hausse de 0,4% dans la zone euro
  • [16] Euro area external trade surplus € 1.3 billion - € 16.3 billion deficit for EU27
  • [17] Internal Market : EU-China Roundtable on Financial Services and Regulation
  • [18] Autre matériel diffusé
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  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

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  • [21] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-10-18 Reference: MEX/07/1018 Date: 18/10/2007 EXME07 /

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    / / 07

  • [01] Transport du fret en Europe : les nouvelles initiatives de la Commission pour une meilleure efficacité et durabilité

    La Commission européenne a adopté aujourd’hui une série d'initiatives qui visent rendre plus efficace et durable le transport de marchandises dans l’Union. Ce nouveau paquet de mesures regroupe des propositions en faveur de la logistique, d'un réseau ferroviaire priorité fret et des ports européens ainsi que deux documents sur l'espace européen de transport maritime sans barrières et sur les autoroutes de la mer. L'adoption simultanée de ces différentes mesures est un signal fort qui démontre les liens étroits entre la logistique et différents modes de transport. L'objectif commun de ces initiatives est de promouvoir des technologies et des pratiques innovatrices dans l'infrastructure, de développer les moyens de transport, d’améliorer la gestion du fret, de faciliter la construction de chaînes de transport de marchandises, de simplifier les procédures administratives ainsi que de renforcer la qualité dans toute la chaîne logistique.

    [02] Commission launches new generation of research projects for greener, more competitive air transport

    The European Commission unveiled today the results of the first EU-wide call for research proposals in aeronautics and air transport under the EU Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). The 36 highly innovative projects selected in that first call should bring important advances into greener, safer, more secure air transport and improved cost efficiency in aeronautics – FP7's research priority themes. €217 million is available for this first batch of projects, out of a total of €2.1 billion for aeronautics research in the years 2007 to 2013. The projects were selected following an evaluation by independent experts, and are now subject to final contract negotiations between the project teams and the European Commission.

    [03] Les prélèvements pour dépassement des quotas laitiers s'élèvent €221 millions.

    Selon un calcul provisoire de la Commission européenne, basé sur les déclarations annuelles des États membres, le montant des prélèvements des États membre ayant dépassé leurs quotas de production laitière s'élèverait €221 millions pour la campagne de commercialisation 2006/2007. L'an dernier, le montant total de ces prélèvements était de €355 millions. Sept Etats membres (Autriche, Chypre, Danemark, Italie, Allemagne, Luxembourg et Pays-Bas) ont dépassé le quota qui leur a été attribué pour les livraisons. Globalement, le dépassement est de 773 728 millions de tonnes, donnant lieu un prélèvement de €220,82 millions pour les livraisons. Pratiquement 80% de ce total est imputable la production excédentaire de l'Italie qui a dépassé son quota de 6%. L'Autriche a dépassé son quota de 3,3%, mais les cinq autres pays qui font l'objet d'un prélèvement n'ont dépassé le leur que de moins de 1%. En ce qui concerne les ventes directes aux consommateurs, seuls Chypre et les Pays-Bas ont signalé des dépassements, représentant 420 tonnes au total, qui donnent lieu un prélèvement d'un montant de €120.000 sur les ventes directes.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks Oy by Jabil

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of two Italian-based subsidiaries of Nokia Siemens Networks Oy (‘NSN two Italian subsidiaries’) by Jabil Circuit Inc. (Jabil) of the US. Jabil is active in the design and manufacture and related services for electronic products solutions. The NSN two Italian subsidiaries manufacture microwave and radio base station equipment. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Commission approves creation of joint venture between BAE Systems and VT Group

    The European Commission has authorised under the EU Merger Regulation the planned creation of a joint venture in naval surface shipbuilding and related support services between BAE Systems plc and VT Group plc, both of the UK. The Commission concluded that the operation would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [06] Commission threatens Malta with Court action over import monopoly for petroleum products

    The European Commission has decided to refer Malta to the European Court of Justice if within three months the adjustment of its monopoly for the importation, storage and wholesale of petroleum products is not completed. Under the Accession Treaty, Malta was required to adjust its legislation by 31 December 2005, but, despite some progress following the Commission's reasoned opinion in June of this year, Malta has still not completed the adjustment process. In particular the process of putting in place an open and non-discriminatory licensing regime does not yet appear to be complete.

    [07] La Commission clôt une procédure d’infraction suite la mise en œuvre intégrale, par la Slovénie, de la directive relative la transparence financière

    La Commission européenne a décidé de clôre la procédure d'infraction qu'elle avait engagée l'encontre de la Slovénie (voir see IP/07/401) pour non-transposition intégrale de la directive de la Commission relative la transparence des relations financières entre les Etats membres et les entreprises publiques (Directive 80/723/CEE et les trois directives qui la modifient 85/413/CEE, 93/84/CEE et 2000/52/CE). La décision de la Commission fait suite l'adoption par la Slovénie, le 1er juin 2007, d'une législation donnant intégralement effet la directive sur la transparence.

    [08] Direct taxation : Infringement proceeding against Germany for its discriminatory rules applied to cross-border loss offset

    The European Commission has formally requested Germany to modify its legislation on cross-border loss deduction which the Commission considers incompatible with the principle of freedom of establishment and the free movement of capital in the Single Market. The request takes the form of a ‘reasoned opinion’ (second step of the infringement procedure provided for in article 226 of the EC Treaty). If the relevant national legislations are not amended in order to comply with the reasoned opinion, the Commission may decide to refer the matter to the European Court of Justice.

    [09] VAT- Reduced rate on horses : Commission opens second stage of infringement proceedings against the Netherlands and investigates the situation in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Luxembourg

    The European Commission has formally requested the Netherlands to amend its legislation with regard to the reduced VAT rate it applies to certain live animals, and in particular horses. According to the Commission, the rate to be applied should be the standard rate. The request is in the form of a reasoned opinion which is the second stage of the infringement proceedings provided for in Article 226 of the Treaty. If the Netherlands fails to comply with the reasoned opinion within two months, the Commission may refer the matter to the Court of Justice of the European Communities. At the same time, the Commission has sent requests for information in the form of letters of formal notice to seven other Member States inviting them to submit their observations within two months.

    [10] Taxation des produits énergétiques et de l'électricité – Nouvelle procédure d'infraction contre la France

    La Commission européenne a décidé d'ouvrir une nouvelle procédure d'infraction l'encontre de la France pour non exécution d'un arrêt de la Cour, concernant la non- transposition par la France de la directive sur la taxation de l'énergie (2003/96/CE). L'ouverture de cette nouvelle procédure prend la forme d'une mise en demeure conformément l'article 228 du Traité CE. Après l'envoi d'un nouvel avis motivé, la Commission pourrait saisir une seconde fois la Cour de justice en proposant cette dernière l'imposition de sanctions pécuniaires au titre de l'article 228 du traité CE.

    [11] Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia join EU competitiveness programme

    Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are the first non EU/EEA countries to join the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) under which the European Commission promotes innovation, entrepreneurship and growth in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's). Today, European Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen and Ms Vera Rafajlovska, Minister of Economy of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalising the Republic’s entry to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation pillar of CIP. A similar agreement was signed between VP Verheugen and the Croatian Ambassador to the E.U., Mr Branko Baričevi, on October 1st 2007.

    [12] La Commission lance une nouvelle vague de stratégies de développement avec 13 États insulaires du Pacifique

    La Commission européenne a signé aujourd’hui des documents de stratégie par pays avec 13 Etats insulaires du Pacifique en marge du 38e forum des îles du Pacifique organisé Tonga. Les Etats du Pacifique sont les premiers signer les documents de stratégie par pays dans le cadre du 10e Fonds européen de développement, qui leur octroie une enveloppe de €267 millions pour la période 2008-2013. Trois priorités ont été fixées : la bonne gouvernance, la gestion durable des ressources naturelles et la croissance.

    [13] Commission stands up for the Millennium Development Goals on International Poverty Eradication Day

    The European Commission has marked International Poverty Eradication Day with co-sponsored parliamentary debates on the Millennium Development Goals and a new survey on citizens' attitudes to development aid in the new Member States.

    [14] Danuta Hübner attends seminar on the Future of Public Audit in the EU in Luxembourg

    Danuta Hübner, Europea Commissioner for Regional Policy, was a keynote speaker at a seminar on the Future of Public Audit in the EU to mark the 30th anniversary of the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg. In her speech she said it was the right moment to launch the debate on how to achieve a better balance in reconciling the need to ensure compliance with the funding conditions on the one hand and the need to demonstrate the impact of investment through Cohesion Policy to achieve Lisbon strategy objectives on the other. "The aim must be for assurance on compliance to be delivered systematically by national systems, so that the attention of the external audit – and the public – can be focussed more on the impact the spending achieves to fulfil the policies adopted for the balanced development of the Union," she said.

    [15] La production dans le secteur de la construction en hausse de 0,4% dans la zone euro

    Dans le secteur de la construction, la production corrigée des variations saisonnières a augmenté de 0,4% dans la zone euro (ZE13) et de 1,0% dans l’UE27 en août 2007, par rapport au mois précédent. En juillet, la production avait baissé de 0,1% dans la zone euro et de 0,3% dans l’UE27. Par rapport août 2006, la production a enregistré en août 2007 une hausse de 2,8% dans la zone euro et de 4,0% dans l’UE27. En juillet, la croissance annuelle était de 1,4% dans la zone euro et de 0,0% dans l’UE27. Ces premières estimations sont diffusées par Eurostat

    [16] Euro area external trade surplus € 1.3 billion - € 16.3 billion deficit for EU27

    The first estimate for the euro area (EA13) trade balance with the rest of the world in August 2007 gave a €1.3 billion surplus, compared with € - 5.2 billion in August 2006. The July 2007 balance was € +5.7 billion, compared with € +1.1 billion in July 2006. In August 2007 compared with July 2007, seasonally adjusted exports rose by 4.9% and imports by 2.0%. The first estimate for August 2007 extra-EU27 trade was a deficit of € 16.3 billion, compared with € -22.2 bilion in August 2006. In July 2007, the balance was € -13.4 billion, compared with € -13.9 billion in July 2006. In August 2007 compared with July 2007, seasonally adjusted exports rose by 2.9%, while imports fell by 0.4%. These data are released by Eurostat.

    [17] Internal Market : EU-China Roundtable on Financial Services and Regulation

    The European Commission's Internal Market and Services Directorate General, together with the People's Bank of China (PBC), is organising the Second EU- China Roundtable on Financial Services and Regulation on 18 October 2007 in Brussels. This roundtable brings together key players in regulatory and supervisory matters and representatives of the EU and Chinese financial services industry to discuss strategic issues of mutual interest. Internal Market and Services The focus is on open dialogue both on horizontal issues and on specific sectors including banking, insurance and securities. The roundtable will be opened by Commissioner McCreevy and People's Bank of China Deputy Governor Liu Shiyu. The overall moderator will be the Director General of DG Internal Market and Services, Mr. Jörgen Holmquist. More information is available at: <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/ext- dimension/dialogues/roundtable_en.htm">http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/ext- dimension/dialogues/roundtable_en.htm

    [18] Autre matériel diffusé

    Logistique: des marchandises toujours en mouvement

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    President José Manuel Barroso's opening remarks at pre-European Council press conference (17/10)

    Opening speech by Charlie McCreevy at EU-China Roundtable on Financial Services and Regulation

    Speech by Charlie McCreevy : "Challenges in implementation and enforcement of consumer policies in the Internal Market" at Hearing of the European Parliament on Consumer Policy and the Single Market - ALDE seminar (17/10)

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    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

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    [21] Autre matériel diffusé

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