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Daily News – 02.02.2010

Midday Express of 2010-02-02

European Commission - 02/02/2010

EXME 10 / 02.02

Midday Express of 2010-02-02

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

Europeans broadly satisfied with their lives, but survey highlights concerns over the future of the economic and social situation

Europeans are on average broadly satisfied with their personal situation, but less satisfied when it comes to the economy, public services and social policies in their country, according to an opinion survey released today. The Eurobarometer on the social climate in the EU also found large differences between countries, with people in the Nordic countries and the Netherlands generally most satisfied with their personal situation. The survey forms part of the European Commission's Social Situation Report, also released today, which examines social trends in Europe, this year focusing on housing.

Déploiement d’une Mission d’Observation Electorale de l’Union Européenne pour les élections présidentielles au Togo

Faisant suite à l'invitation du gouvernement du Togo, la Commission européenne a décidé de déployer une Mission d’observation électorale à l'occasion des élections présidentielles prévues pour le 28 février 2010. Cette Mission d'observation sera dirigée par le Chef Observateur M. José Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil, membre du Parlement européen (ES).

Industrial producer prices up by 0.1% in euro area

In December 2009 compared with November 2009, the industrial producer price index rose by 0.1% in the euro area (EA16) and remained stable in the EU27. In November, prices increased by 0.2% in both zones. In December 2009 compared with December 2008, industrial producer prices fell by 2.9% in the euro area and by 1.7% in the EU27. The average industrial producer price index for 2009, compared with 2008, decreased by 5.1% in the euro area and by 4.3% in the EU27. These figures come from Eurostat.

Commission clears acquisition of Pisto Group by Macquarie Funds and Antin IP

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Macquarie Strategic Storage Facilities Holdings S.a.r.l. (MSSFH) of Luxembourg and its subsidiaries (together The Pisto Group) of France by Macquarie Funds and Antin Infrastructure Partners (Antin IP), also of France. Macquarie Funds is active in financial and infrastructure investment activities. Antin IP is an infrastructure investment fund sponsored by BNP Paribas, a French-based provider of banking and financial services. The Pisto Group is active in the oil products storage sector. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

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