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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 07-12-13

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From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] What has the EU done for you in 2007?
  • [02] Cohesion policy 207-2013: Commissioner Hübner sees steady transformation of North-East Germany
  • [03] State aid: Commission launches probe into possible aid to Italian manufacturer Ixfin
  • [04] State aid: latest Scoreboard shows Member States moving towards less and better targeted aid over the past 6 years
  • [05] 675 textile workers in Malta to be helped by EU globalisation fund
  • [06] European Financial Integration Report 2007
  • [07] Commission welcomes signature of the Treaty of Lisbon and calls for its swift ratification.
  • [08] Les liquides achetés en duty-free l’aéroport de Singapour ne seront plus confisqués aux passagers en transit
  • [09] Commission clears acquisition of PAIDI by DZ Equity Partner and Welle Holding
  • [10] Commission clears acquisition of Versailles Holdco by Uberior and L&R Midday Express of 2007-12-13 Reference: MEX/07/1213 Date: 13/12/2007 EXME07 / 13.12

    MIDDAY EXPRESS

    News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

    13/12/07


  • [01] What has the EU done for you in 2007?

    The European Commission has produced a multimedia yearbook presenting 10 of the European Union's achievements of 2007. It combines a pocket book format with video clips on the internet.

    [02] Cohesion policy 207-2013: Commissioner Hübner sees steady transformation of North-East Germany

    Regional policy Commissioner Danuta Hübner visits Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in North-East Germany, at the invitation of Mr Harald Ringstorff, the Minister President of the Land. The visit marks the launch of the new programme for the region, with EU investment of €2.56 billion over the period 2007-2013. The Commissioner will visit projects in Rostock that demonstrate how the region has evolved since the early 1990s thanks to support from the EU.

    [03] State aid: Commission launches probe into possible aid to Italian manufacturer Ixfin

    The European Commission has opened under EC Treaty State aid rules an in- depth investigation into restructuring aid in favour of the Italian electrical and optical equipment manufacturer Ixfin SpA. The Commission has concerns that a rescue aid in favour of the company was not ended in time and that additional illegal restructuring aid was granted. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested parties a possibility to submit their comments. It does not prejudge the outcome of the procedure.

    [04] State aid: latest Scoreboard shows Member States moving towards less and better targeted aid over the past 6 years

    The European Commission's latest state aid Scoreboard shows that Member States have been moving over the past six years towards the European Council objective of less and better targeted aid. In particular, the EU-10 Member States have progressively reoriented their state aid towards horizontal objectives of common interest such as regional development, R&D, SMEs and protecting the environment. With the exception of Malta and Hungary, they have all directed more than 85% of their aid to horizontal objectives which places them at or above the EU average. R&D aid has increased only moderately in the EU, but with the new R&D framework a further increase is expected in the future.

    [05] 675 textile workers in Malta to be helped by EU globalisation fund

    The European Commission has today approved an application from Malta for assistance under the European Globalisation adjustment Fund (EGF). The application will now be sent to the European Parliament and Council for decision. The funding will help 675 redundant workers in the textiles sector back into employment. It is the fifth application for financial assistance from the Fund to be put forward by the Commission.

    [06] European Financial Integration Report 2007

    The European Commission has released its European Financial Integration Report (EFIR), an annual analysis of integration of the EU financial services sector. EFIR is a new step in the monitoring of European financial integration, merging in two former reports: the Financial Integration Monitor and the Single Market in Financial Services Progress Report.

    [07] Commission welcomes signature of the Treaty of Lisbon and calls for its swift ratification.

    Marking an important step in European integration, the 27 Member States have today signed the Treaty of Lisbon. This marks a new phase in providing the Union with a new treaty to respond to the challenges of the 21st century. The Commission believes that the new treaty provides significant new benefits for citizens and will resolve the institutional debate for the foreseeable future. In line with the Barroso Commission's twin track approach this will allow for a greater emphasis on the issues of concern to citizens such as jobs and growth, energy and climate change and migration. The Commission calls on Member States to ratify the treaty in good time for its entry into force on 1 January 2009. The Commission has today launched a website on the Treaty that explains in an easy to read way the policy innovations and institutional reforms contained in the new Treaty.

    [08] Les liquides achetés en duty-free l’aéroport de Singapour ne seront plus confisqués aux passagers en transit

    La Commission européenne a adopté aujourd’hui un règlement qui permet aux passagers aériens en transit dans l’UE en provenance de Singapour d’emporter bord de leur avion en correspondance les liquides achetés en duty-free. Lors d’un changement d’avion dans l’UE, ces passagers n’auront plus laisser sur place les liquides achetés l’aéroport de Singapour et transportés en tant que bagage de cabine. C’est la première application d’un règlement récent qui prévoit la possibilité d’une telle exemption pour les liquides achetés dans les aéroports de pays tiers.

    [09] Commission clears acquisition of PAIDI by DZ Equity Partner and Welle Holding

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of PAIDI Moebel GmbH (PAIDI) of Germany by DZ Equity Partner GmbH and Welle Holding AG & CO. KG (Welle Holding), both of Germany. PAIDI produces and distributes furniture for babies', children's and teenagers' rooms. DZ Equity is a financial investor specialising in equity investment in medium sized companies. Welle Holding is a family-owned company active in the production of furniture for kitchens and babies', children's and teenagers' rooms. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    [10] Commission clears acquisition of Versailles Holdco by Uberior and L&R

    The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Versailles Holdco Ltd of the UK by Uberior Integrated Ltd (Uberior) of the UK, controlled by The Governor and Company of the Bank of Scotland, part of the HBOS PLC group and London & Regional Investment Holdings Ltd (‘L&R’), also of the UK. Uberior is an equity investments company. HBOS provides banking services in the UK and elsewhere. L&R is a real estate investment and development company, based in the UK but also active in Europe. Versailles Holdco operates health and fitness clubs in the UK, Spain, Belgium, Ireland and the Netherlands. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

    Autre matériel diffusé

    • Memo on Mergers: Commission has carried out inspections in the S PVC sector

    • Memo on Background to the JLS issues to be discussed at the European Council meeting on 14 December 2007

    • Speech by Commissioner Almunia "Unlocking the potential of Latin America"

    • Speech by Commissioner Fischer Boel "Taking the next steps for a better CAP"

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

    Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration : From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/


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