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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-10-22

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] Danuta Hübner lance la nouvelle politique de cohésion pour le Luxembourg
  • [02] La Commission autorise l’acquisition de Nord Est par 21 Centrale Partners
  • [03] Commission clears acquisition of Alcogroup by EDF EN and Alcofinance
  • [04] Commission clears acquisition of Intelsat by Serafina
  • [05] Euro area and EU27 government deficit at 1.5% and 1.6% of GDP respectively - Government debt at 68.6% and 61.4%
  • [06] Rediffusion
  • [07] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of Hilton by Blackstone
  • [08] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2007-10-22 Reference: MEX/07/1022 Date: 22/10/2007 EXME07 / 22.10

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    22/10/07


  • [01] Danuta Hübner lance la nouvelle politique de cohésion pour le Luxembourg

    Une cérémonie de signature du "cadre de référence stratégique national" (CRSN) a lieu aujourd'hui Luxembourg, en présence de Danuta Hübner, la Commissaire responsable de la politique régionale et de M. Jeannot Krecké, le ministre de l'économie et du commerce extérieur. Cet évènement marque officiellement l'accord de la Commission européenne sur la stratégie d'investissement choisie par le Luxembourg pour mettre en oeuvre la politique de cohésion de 2007 2013. La Commissaire s'entretiendra également avec le Premier ministre, M. Jean-Claude Juncker.

    [02] La Commission autorise l’acquisition de Nord Est par 21 Centrale Partners

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement Concentrations, le projet d'acquisition de l’entreprise française Nord Est SA par 21 Centrale Partners de la France, contrôlée par Edizione Holding S.p.A d' Italie, holding du Groupe Benetton. 21 Centrale Partners est une société de gestion de fonds d'investissement. Nord Est est active dans le secteur d'emballage. Il ressort de l'enquête menée par la Commission que l'opération envisagée n'entravera pas de manière significative la concurrence dans le marché commun. Cette affaire a été traitée selon la procédure simplifiée.

    [03] Commission clears acquisition of Alcogroup by EDF EN and Alcofinance

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Alcogroup SA of Belgium by EDF Energie Nouvelles (EDF EN) of France) and Alcofinance of Belgium. EDF EN is active in the production of electricity from renewable energy sources, in particular wind power, hydro power, biomass and solar energy. Alcofinance and Alcogroup both produce, distribute and sell ethanol. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [04] Commission clears acquisition of Intelsat by Serafina

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Intelsat of Bermuda by Serafina Holdings Limited, also of Bermuda, formed by funds managed by CIE Management II Limited of the UK. Serafina is a special purpose vehicle formed and managed by BCP Funds, a group of private equity investment funds. Intelsat provides global voice, data, video and wholesale internet communications services via satellites. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [05] Euro area and EU27 government deficit at 1.5% and 1.6% of GDP respectively - Government debt at 68.6% and 61.4%

    In 2006, the government deficit of both the euro area (EA13) and the EU27 fell compared to 2005, while the government debt increased in absolute terms. In the euro area the government deficit decreased from 2.5% of GDP in 2005 to 1.5% in 2006, and in the EU27 it fell from 2.4% to 1.6%. In the euro area the government debt to GDP ratio fell from 70.3% at the end of 2005 to 68.6% at the end of 2006, and in the EU27 from 62.7% to 61.4%.

    [06] Rediffusion

    [07] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of Hilton by Blackstone

    The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed take-over of the US-based Hilton company, active in the hotel industry, by the asset manager Blackstone, also of the US. The Commission has concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [08] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Olli Rehn "Enlargement as an instrument of the EU's soft power" at the Anna Lindh Award Ceremony

    Memo on "Cohesion policy: Positive assessment of National Strategic Reference Frameworks for 2007-2013"

    Speech by José Manuel Barroso " European Maritime Policy" at Ministerial Conference on an Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union

    Speech by Joe Borg " An integrated Maritime Policy for the Union: taking steps to turn our common project into reality " at the Ministerial Conference on an Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union

    Speech by Viviane Reding " The digital dividend: towards a win-win situation for the media and tele- communication sectors" at the First Workshop with the members of the European Regulators Group (ERG) and the European Platform of (Audiovisual) Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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