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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 08-07-04

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] President Barroso at the G8 summit in Japan (7-9 July 2008): leadership to address pressing global challenges
  • [02] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of Tinfos by Eramet
  • [03] Mergers: Commission refers proposed acquisition of Plus Discount by REWE to Czech Competition Authority
  • [04] Transparency in Cohesion Policy: Published beneficiary lists to raise awareness, enhance quality of EU investment
  • [05] Rail transport: new agreement to accelerate deployment of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS)
  • [06] Agreement reached to liberalise trade in Agricultural and Fishery Products between the European Union and the Arab Republic of EgyptA preliminary agreement has been reached by negotiators to further liberalise trade in agricultural, processed agricultural and fish and fishery products between the European Union and the Arab Republic of Egypt. This will form the basis of a future agreement, subject to completion of both sides' internal procedures. The agreement will give the EU free and immediate access to the Egyptian market for around 90 percent of agriculture and fisheries exports. There will be full liberalisation for all products except tobacco, wines and spirits and pig meat, for which current arrangements will remain in place. For confectionery, chocolate, pasta and bakery products, duties will be halved. In return, the EU market will be liberalised for all products except tomatoes, cucumbers, artichokes, courgettes, table grapes, garlic, strawberries, rice, sugar, processed products with high sugar content and processed tuna and sardines, where current arrangements will also continue to apply.
  • [07] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2008-07-04 Reference: MEX/08/0704 Date: 04/07/2008 EXME08 / 04.07

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    04/07/08


  • [01] President Barroso at the G8 summit in Japan (7-9 July 2008): leadership to address pressing global challenges

    For the fourth time, President Barroso will represent the Commission as full member of the G8 summit, which this year takes place under Japanese Presidency at Toyako (Hokkaido, Japan). This year, G8 leaders will notably address climate change, development, the world economy and rising food and energy prices. At the summit, they will push for a coordinated international response to these challenges.

    [02] Mergers: Commission clears proposed acquisition of Tinfos by Eramet

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Tinfos A/S Metal Business of Norway by Eramet SA of France. The Commission’s investigation has found that the proposed transaction would not impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

    [03] Mergers: Commission refers proposed acquisition of Plus Discount by REWE to Czech Competition Authority

    Following a request from the Czech Competition Authority under the EU's Merger Regulation, the European Commission has decided to refer the assessment of the acquisition of the Czech retailer Plus Discount by REWE of Germany to the Czech Competition Authority. The Commission concluded that the proposed concentration would only affect competition in the Czech Republic and that the Czech authority would therefore be best placed to investigate its potential impact.

    [04] Transparency in Cohesion Policy: Published beneficiary lists to raise awareness, enhance quality of EU investment

    DG Regional Policy has launched a website indicating regions that have published lists of beneficiaries, as they are required to do in line with new communication requirements for Cohesion Policy over the 2007-2013 programming period. This is part of a Commission initiative to improve transparency over the EU budget and the impact of investment.

    [05] Rail transport: new agreement to accelerate deployment of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS)

    The European Commission and the rail industry (manufacturers, infrastructure managers and undertakings) today signed a memorandum of understanding in Rome aimed at accelerating deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERMTS) throughout Europe. Deployment of ERTMS, which is equally suited to high-speed and conventional railway lines, will enable trains to carry a single signalling system on board. This new European concept will reduce operating costs and enhance the efficiency of the system.

    [06] Agreement reached to liberalise trade in Agricultural and Fishery Products between the European Union and the Arab Republic of EgyptA preliminary agreement has been reached by negotiators to further liberalise trade in agricultural, processed agricultural and fish and fishery products between the European Union and the Arab Republic of Egypt. This will form the basis of a future agreement, subject to completion of both sides' internal procedures. The agreement will give the EU free and immediate access to the Egyptian market for around 90 percent of agriculture and fisheries exports. There will be full liberalisation for all products except tobacco, wines and spirits and pig meat, for which current arrangements will remain in place. For confectionery, chocolate, pasta and bakery products, duties will be halved. In return, the EU market will be liberalised for all products except tomatoes, cucumbers, artichokes, courgettes, table grapes, garlic, strawberries, rice, sugar, processed products with high sugar content and processed tuna and sardines, where current arrangements will also continue to apply.

    [07] Autre matériel diffusé

    Memo on FAQs: the G8 Summit in Japan from 7-9 July 2008

    • Memo on Competition: joint statement by Commissioner Neelie Kroes and Norwegian Minister of Government Administration and Reform Heidi Grande Røys

    • Memo: Calendrier hebdomadaire du 7 au 13 juillet 2008

    Speech by Commissioner Potocnik on "Progress and the Knowledge Triangle in South Easter Europe" at the UNESCO Policy Forum on South Eastern Eruope Higher Education, Science and Innovation in Budva, Montenegro

    Speech by Commissioner Danuta Hübner "Cohesion policy and the Lisbon agenda" at the Conference: "2008-2010 and beyond: Lisbon Strategy and Cohesion Policy – European Regions facing future challenges" in Bologna

    Discours du Commissaire Antonio Tajani "Célébration de l'accord social sur la convention travail maritime de l'OIT" Bruxelles

    A disposition au secrétariat de Jonathan Todd (BERL 03/315):

    Deux notifications préalables d'une opération de concentration :

    - VION/Grampian

    - Goldman Sachs / Leg and Westphalian Companies From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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