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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 05-12-09

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] EU company is world's largest investor in R&D
  • [02] Le dernier tableau de bord confirme que la tendance à la baisse du niveau général des aides d'Etat s'est stabilisée
  • [03] Commission approves acquisition of Helios Kliniken GmbH by Fresenius AG
  • [04] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Landis par Fives Lille
  • [05] Avian influenza : ban on Ukrainian feathers
  • [06] Statement by Olli Rehn following arrest of war crime suspect Ante Gotovina
  • [07] Danuta Hübner pays a visit to Hungary
  • [08] Amérique latine : la Commission renouvelle sa stratégie
  • [09] Centre d'information Galileo pour l'Amérique latine : la coopération entre l'UE et l'Amérique latine dans le domaine de la navigation par satellite s'intensifie
  • [10] EU celebrates 25 years of cooperation with ASEAN
  • [11] Third quarter 2005 compared to second quarter 2005 : production in the construction sector up by 0.2% in the euro-zone ; up by 0.1% in the EU25
  • [12] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2005-12-09 Reference: MEX/05/1209 Date: 09/12/2005 EXME05 / 9.12

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Press and Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

    Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Presse etb

    Communication

    09/12/05


  • [01] EU company is world's largest investor in R&D

    A European company, Daimler-Chrysler, invests more in research and development than any company in the world. This is one of the findings of the second EU industrial R&D investment scoreboard, compiled and presented by the European Commission. The scoreboard, an analysis of industrial R&D investment trends based on corporate figures, shows that R&D investment among the top 700 EU companies grew slightly in the year to 1 August 2005 contrasting with the previous year, when spending went down. Nonetheless a wide investment gap remains in comparison with the top 700 companies outside the EU. The scoreboard shows EU companies are less present in industrial sectors which invest more than 5% of their sales in R&D, including sectors with the fastest growing R&D. At the same time, a survey of EU companies in last year's Scoreboard shows that they are positive about future R&D investment, expecting growth of about 6% per year and they have a clear preference for carrying out their research within Europe, in their home countries. Outside the EU, companies target the US, China and India as R&D investment locations.

    [02] Le dernier tableau de bord confirme que la tendance à la baisse du niveau général des aides d'Etat s'est stabilisée

    D'après le dernier tableau de bord des aides d'Etat de l'UE établi par la Commission européenne, le montant total des aides d'Etat accordées en 2004 par les vingt-cinq Etats membres est estimé à quelque €62 milliards (0,60% du PIB de l'UE). Il s'agit de la première édition du tableau de bord qui comprend des chiffres comparables pour la totalité des vingt-cinq Etats membres. Si certains Etats membres ont réduit le niveau global de leurs aides d'Etat, pour l'Union dans son ensemble, l'objectif fixé par la stratégie de Lisbonne d'attribuer moins d'aides n'a toutefois pas été atteint. Par ailleurs, la plupart des Etats membres semblent orienter leurs aides vers des objectifs horizontaux, notamment l'environnement. Par secteur, quelque €40 milliards d'aides ont été accordés au secteur manufacturier et à celui des services, 15 milliards à l'agriculture et à la pêche, 5,5 milliards à l'industrie houillère et un peu plus de 1 milliard aux transports (hors transport ferroviaire).

    [03] Commission approves acquisition of Helios Kliniken GmbH by Fresenius AG

    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Helios, an independent hospital operator active in Germany, by Fresenius, a multinational health company. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

    [04] La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Landis par Fives Lille

    La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement CE sur les concentrations, l'acquisition des actifs britanniques et américains de Landis dans les meules pour l'industrie automobile et d'autres produits par la société française d'ingénierie industrielle Fives Lille. L'opération n'entravera pas de manière significative une concurrence effective dans l'Espace économique européen ou dans une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [05] Avian influenza : ban on Ukrainian feathers

    A draft European Commission Decision to ban imports of untreated feathers from Ukraine, due to an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Crimea region, was backed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health yesterday. It is to be noted that EU imports of live poultry and birds, eggs and poultry meat from Ukraine have never been authorised. No ban is therefore necessary for these products. Samples are being sent to the Community Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza in Weybridge (UK) to determine whether it is the virus in the Ukraine is the virulent H5N1 strain. The Commission has offered further emergency technical assistance to Ukraine in tackling in the avian influenza outbreak.

    [06] Statement by Olli Rehn following arrest of war crime suspect Ante Gotovina

    The European Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn welcomed on 8 December the news confirmed by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) that war crime suspect Ante Gotovina has been arrested : "The arrest of Ante Gotovina is very good news. For reconciliation in the region of the Western Balkans and for ICTY to successfully accomplish its work, it is fundamentally important that all indictees are brought to justice. I urge the authorities in other countries, notably in Serbia and Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina to step up their efforts and continue to work until full cooperation is reached and the remaining indictees, including Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic are brought to The Hague."

    [07] Danuta Hübner pays a visit to Hungary

    The new structural and cohesion funds will effectively transform the economies of the new Member States and deliver quality jobs and growth, noted today Regional Policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner, on her first official visit to Hungary. During her visit she will discuss how Hungary can best prepare to receive and make the most out of significant EU funds. Commissioner Hübner is meeting Minister of Finance János Veres, Minister responsible for European Affairs Etele Baráth, Minister of Economy and Transport János Kóka, Minister of Regional Development István Kolber and other officials responsible for the preparation for the use of the funds in the 2007-2013 period. She is also visiting project co-financed by the Structural and Cohesion Funds and opening a conference on 'Environment, Infrastructure & Urbanisation'.

    [08] Amérique latine : la Commission renouvelle sa stratégie

    La Commission européenne propose aujourd'hui au Conseil et au Parlement européen une stratégie renouvelée visant à renforcer le partenariat stratégique entre l'Union européenne et l'Amérique latine. Dans la perspective du prochain Sommet UE-Amérique latine/Caraïbes, qui se tiendra à Vienne en mai 2006, la Commission analyse les défis actuels et émet des recommandations concrètes pour donner un nouvel élan à ce partenariat. Elle propose notamment d'intensifier le dialogue politique entre les deux régions, de stimuler les échanges économiques et commerciaux, d'encourager l'intégration régionale et la lutte contre les inégalités et d'adapter davantage sa politique de coopération et d'aide au développement aux réalités latino-américaines.

    [09] Centre d'information Galileo pour l'Amérique latine : la coopération entre l'UE et l'Amérique latine dans le domaine de la navigation par satellite s'intensifie

    Ce 9 décembre 2005, le centre d'information Galileo pour l'Amérique latine a été inauguré à São José dos Campos, dans les environs de São Paulo (Brésil), en présence de personnalités du secteur public et du secteur privé de l'UE comme des pays partenaires d'Amérique latine. A cette occasion, M. Jacques Barrot, vice-président de la Commission européenne responsable des transports, a déclaré : "Lors du dernier sommet UE-Amérique latine, il a été décidé d'inscrire la navigation par satellite à notre ordre du jour commun. Il me semble que notre coopération dans le cadre de Galileo présente un potentiel immense. Le centre d'information contribuera, de manière très pratique, à intensifier nos relations scientifiques et industrielles dans ce secteur prometteur. Le centre d'information Galileo pour l'Amérique latine est le troisième centre de ce type. Les deux premiers centres ont été ouverts en Chine et dans la région méditerranéenne.

    [10] EU celebrates 25 years of cooperation with ASEAN

    Today the European Union celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Cooperation Agreement with ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Over the last twenty five years, there has been a strengthening of EU's relations with ASEAN and many concrete achievements. The EU's cooperation with ASEAN is comprehensive and covers political, economic and security challenges faced by both regions.

    [11] Third quarter 2005 compared to second quarter 2005 : production in the construction sector up by 0.2% in the euro-zone ; up by 0.1% in the EU25

    According to the first estimates released today by Eurostat, in the construction sector, seasonally adjusted production grew by 0.2% in the euro-zone and by 0.1% in the EU25 in the third quarter of 2005, compared to the previous quarter. In the second quarter of 2005, production rose by 2.0% in both the euro-zone and the EU25. Compared to the third quarter of 2004, output in the third quarter of 2005 rose by 0.3% in the euro-zone and by 0.9% in the EU25, after a fall of 0.5% and an increase of 0.3% respectively in the second quarter of 2005.

    [12] Autre matériel diffusé

    Industrial Investment in Research and Development: Trends and Prospects

    Human Rights Day - 10 December 2005

    Speech by Andris Piebalgs : "The external dimension of the European Union's Energy Policy" at 16th meeting of the Energy Charter Conference

    Speech by Joaquin Almunia : "Czech Republic: on a smooth path towards the euro" at the University of Economics (Prague)

    Discours de M. Vladimir Špidla : "Protection sociale et performance économique" à la Conférence européenne de l'ESIP 'Performance économique et protection sociale' (Paris)

    Speech by Stavros Dimas : "Progress in Climate Change Negotiations" at EU Troika Press Conference (08/12, Montreal)

    Speech by Stavros Dimas : "EU cooperation with China and India on climate change related issues" (08/12, Montreal)

    Calendrier du 12 au 16 décembre From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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