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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 06-11-29

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

[I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

  • [01] Emissions trading : Commission decides on first set of national allocation plans for the 2008-2012 trading period
  • [02] La Commission informe l'Espagne que, selon son appréciation préliminaire, les mesures prises par le ministre espagnol dans le projet de rachat d'Endesa par E.ON enfreignent le droit communautaire
  • [03] La Commission recommande d'abroger la procédure de déficit excessif engagée l'égard de la France
  • [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

  • [04] EU challenges Canadian discriminatory tax rules on wine and beer in the WTO
  • [05] La Commission encourage les femmes et les jeunes participer plus activement au débat sur l'Europe – le point sur le plan D comme démocratie, dialogue et débat
  • [06] Commission clears acquisition of Thames Water by Macquarie
  • [07] Commission clears joint venture between WHO and Codere
  • [08] La Commission autorise le projet d'acquisition, par Telecom Italia, de l'activité d'accès Internet d'AOL Allemagne
  • [09] Commission opens in-depth investigation into acquisition of Alcatel Alenia Space and Telespazio by Thales
  • [10] Commission hosts major international product safety event
  • [11] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express of 2006-11-29 Reference: MEX/06/1129 Date: 29/11/2006 EXME06 / 29.11

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    29/11/06


  • [I] Résultats de la Commission de ce jour - Outcome of today's Commission meeting

    [01] Emissions trading : Commission decides on first set of national allocation plans for the 2008-2012 trading period

    The European Commission has confirmed its strong commitment to ensuring that the EU and Member States achieve their greenhouse gas emission targets under the Kyoto Protocol. In deciding on the first 10 national plans for allocating CO² emission allowances to energy-intensive industrial plants for the 2008-2012 trading period under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the Commission reduced the allowances by almost 7% below the emissions proposed by the national allocation plans and 7% below the 2005 emissions. The plans concern Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. They account for 42% of the allowances allocated in the first trading period of the EU ETS, from 2005 to 2007. The objective of the EU ETS is to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and industry sectors covered are cut at least cost to the economy, thus helping the EU and its Member States to meet their emission commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.

    [02] La Commission informe l'Espagne que, selon son appréciation préliminaire, les mesures prises par le ministre espagnol dans le projet de rachat d'Endesa par E.ON enfreignent le droit communautaire

    La Commission européenne a fait savoir aux autorités espagnoles que, selon sa conclusion préliminaire, l'Espagne a enfreint l'article 21 du règlement CE sur les concentrations étant donné que certaines des conditions imposées E.ON pour son projet de prise de contrôle d'Endesa suscitent des doutes sérieux quant leur compatibilité avec le droit communautaire. La Commission renvoie en particulier aux nouvelles conditions imposées par le ministre espagnol de l'industrie, du tourisme et du commerce dans une décision du 3 novembre 2006, adoptée dans le cadre d'un recours administratif contre une décision précédente du régulateur espagnol du secteur de l’énergie, CNE, concernant l'opération envisagée. L'Espagne a jusqu'au 13 décembre pour donner son avis sur l'appréciation préliminaire de la Commission.

    [03] La Commission recommande d'abroger la procédure de déficit excessif engagée l'égard de la France

    La Commission européenne a décidé de recommander au Conseil de mettre fin la procédure concernant les déficits excessifs (PDE) engagée l'égard de la France dans la mesure où le déficit est retombé 2,9% du PIB en 2005 et devrait encore se contracter en 2006 et 2007 avec une suppression progressive du recours aux mesures temporaires. La tendance l'accroissement de la dette s'est elle aussi inversée récemment. Ceci indique que la correction du déficit est crédible et reflète l'incidence positive de l'amélioration du contrôle des dépenses ces dernières années. En ce qui concerne l'avenir, il faut maintenant atteindre l'objectif de l'équilibre budgétaire que la France s'est fixé pour la fin de cette décennie afin de garantir la viabilité de ses finances publiques long terme.

    [II] Other news - Autres nouvelles

    [04] EU challenges Canadian discriminatory tax rules on wine and beer in the WTO

    The European Union will today request WTO consultations with Canada on its new fiscal measures affecting wine and beer. The new Canadian measures provide excise tax relief to Canadian wine and beer, while leaving the excise tax on imported EU wine and beer intact. The new discriminatory tax regime has been applied on a provisional basis since 1 July 2006 but is still pending before the Canadian Parliament.

    [05] La Commission encourage les femmes et les jeunes participer plus activement au débat sur l'Europe – le point sur le plan D comme démocratie, dialogue et débat

    Aujourd'hui, la vice-présidente Margot Wallström, en charge des relations institutionnelles et de la stratégie de communication, a informé la Commission de l'état d'avancement du plan D, un an après son annonce par la Commission européenne. Prenant la parole avant la réunion, Mme Wallström a déclaré : "Le plan D a contribué donner un nouvel élan au débat sur l'avenir de l'Union. N'oublions pas qu'il appartient également aux Etats membres d'utiliser cette période de réflexion pour écouter les idées exprimées par leurs citoyens. A présent, l'objectif est de se concentrer sur la "majorité silencieuse" – en particulier les jeunes et les femmes. Nous voulons les encourager faire entendre leur voix concernant l'avenir de l'Europe."

    [06] Commission clears acquisition of Thames Water by Macquarie

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Thames Water Holdings plc (Thames Water) of the UK by Macquarie Bank Limited (Macquarie) also of the UK. Macquarie is active in financial and investment banking services. Thames Water provides water and sewerage services in a designated area in and around London. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [07] Commission clears joint venture between WHO and Codere

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the joint venture between William Hill Organization Limited (WHO) of the UK, belonging to the William Hill group, and Codere SA of Spain. WHO operates internet gambling sites and provides fixed odds bookmaking services via licensed betting offices and telephone. Codere manages gaming machines, bingo halls and racetracks. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [08] La Commission autorise le projet d'acquisition, par Telecom Italia, de l'activité d'accès Internet d'AOL Allemagne

    La Commission européenne a donné son aval, en vertu du règlement communautaire sur les concentrations, au projet d'acquisition, par Telecom Italia S.p.A., de l'activité d'accès Internet d'AOL LLC en Allemagne. La Commission a conclu que l'opération n'entraverait pas significativement l'exercice d'une concurrence effective dans l'Espace Economique Européen ou une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

    [09] Commission opens in-depth investigation into acquisition of Alcatel Alenia Space and Telespazio by Thales

    The European Commission has opened a detailed investigation under the EU Merger Regulation into the acquisition by Thalès of France of Alcatel's shareholdings in the two space joint ventures Alcatel Alenia Space (AAS) of France and Telespazio of Italy, currently jointly controlled by Alcatel and Finmeccanica. The Commission's initial market investigation found that the proposed transaction gives rise to competition concerns because of the combination of Thalès's dominant position for Travelling Wave Tubes (TWTs), a critical component for telecommunications satellites, and AAS's activities as a manufacturer of satellite subsystems and components, and as a satellite prime contractor. A decision to open an in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation. The Commission now has 90 working days (until 17 April 2007) to take a final decision on whether the concentration would significantly impede effective competition within the European Economic Area or a significant part of it.

    [10] Commission hosts major international product safety event

    The European Commission has opened today in Brussels a major international conference on ways to ensure global product safety and international cooperation between consumer safety authorities. The two-day event is themed "Cooperation in the Global Marketplace - Meeting the Challenges of Consumer Product Safety" and is being organised by the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organisation (ICPHSO). The conference addresses the entire product life cycle, including the 'pre-market' stage assessment, i.e. its safety and manufacturing quality assurance; the 'on- the-marketplace' stage including market surveillance and control of production; and finally the 'coming-off-the-market' stage including corrective actions, recalls and notification requirements. The aim is to foster learning and exchange of best practice between all key players around the globe. Keynote speakers include Robert Madelin, Director General of the Commission's Health and Consumer Protection DG, and Heinz Zourek, Director General of the Enterprise and Industry DG, as well as representatives from the regulatory authorities of the People's Republic of China, Japan, Canada and the USA. The 150 participants include EU Member State authorities, manufacturers, retailers, importers, legal advisers and consumer representatives. In conjunction with the conference regulators and enforcers from around the world are also meeting to develop strategies for cooperation and exchange of information. Furthermore, on 1 December, the Commission is holding a major workshop on ways to ensure product safety by working closely with business. The event is themed "Economic operators' obligation to notify dangerous products" and will promote the obligation of manufacturers, importers and distributors to inform the competent authorities of the Member States in case the consumer products they placed on the market turn out to be unsafe. Further information on <a href="http://www.icphso.org/EuroMeet_1.html">http://www.icphso.org/EuroMeet_1.html

    [11] Autre matériel diffusé

    Questions and answers on Emissions Trading and National Allocation Plans for 2008 to 2012

    Note of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (30/11-01/12)

    Opening remarks by Charlie McCreevy at public hearing on Future Single Market Policy

    Speech by José Manuel Barroso : "The Scottish enlightenment and the challenges for Europe in the 21st century; climate change and energy" at Enlightenment Lecture Series (28/11, Edinburgh University)

    Speech by Benita Ferrero-Waldner at plenary session of EuroMed Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting (28/11, Tampere) From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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