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Daily News – 02.12.2009

EXME 09 / 02.12


News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

02 / 12 / 09

The first ever "Town Hall"-style meeting between local and regional authorities, developing countries and the EU institutions is taking place today in Brussels at the Committee of the Regions. Around 300 representatives from local and regional authorities from all over the world are meeting with their EU counterparts to ensure their increasingly important contribution to development is recognised.

Europeans remain concerned about climate change and they believe fighting it can boost economic growth in the EU. These are the main conclusions of a special Eurobarometer survey of public attitudes which was published today.

The Commission has proposed to the Council a 15-month extension of anti-dumping measures regarding certain leather footwear from China and Vietnam. The original duties, which are 16.5% on Chinese shoes and 10% on Vietnamese shoes, were imposed in 2006. Following an industry request, the Commission investigated to see whether the measures should continue after their normal expiry date. The investigation found an extension of the measures to be justified.

30% of Christmas lights present an obvious and direct risk of fire and electric shocks according to a new report published today by the European Commission. The report presents the conclusions of a joint market surveillance project involving authorities from 5 Member States - Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Netherlands - as well as the European Commission. Testing was carried out between November 2007- May 2009 at different intervals on 196 random samples of lighting chains across the entire price range. The samples were checked against over 20 administrative and technical requirements. Many lighting chains failed multiple tests.

La Commission européenne a autorisé aujourd’hui un régime d’aide français doté d'un budget approximatif de 700 millions €, destiné à soutenir les agriculteurs en proie à des difficultés en raison de la crise économique actuelle. Les aides prévues par ce nouveau régime peuvent être octroyées jusqu’au 31 décembre 2010 et prendre la forme de subventions directes, de bonifications d’intérêts, de prêts bonifiés, ainsi que d'aides aux paiements des cotisations de sécurité sociale. Le régime français constitue une application de la modification du cadre communautaire temporaire pour les aides d'État destinées à favoriser l'accès au financement dans le contexte de la crise économique et financière actuelle, qui a introduit la possibilité d’accorder des montants d’aide limités aux producteurs du secteur agricole primaire (voir IP/09/1599).

  • Commission clears acquisition of Azaliya by Mubadala and Veolia Eau

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Azaliya of France by MDC — V Holdings Sarl (MDC) of the United Arab Emirates and Veolia Eau Compagnie Générale des Eaux S.C.A. (Veolia Eau) of France. Mubadala is active in private direct principal investments. Veolia Eau provides water supply services and wastewater treatment. Azaliya provides outsourced management of water supply and water treatment solutions. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

In October 2009 compared with September 2009, the industrial producer price index rose by 0.2% in both the euro area (EA16) and the EU27. In September, prices fell by 0.4% in both zones. In October 2009 compared with October 2008, industrial producer prices dropped by 6.7% in the euro area and by 5.8% in the EU27. These figures come from Eurostat.

  • Ministers and high level officials from EU neighbouring countries discuss education and business cooperation European Parliament 3-4 December 2009

Pressure on employment in the current international business climate can be eased if the worlds of work and education come closer together to prepare citizens and societies for tomorrow’s labour challenges. This is the key premise of a European Training Foundation conference on education and business cooperation in some 30 countries surrounding the European Union which will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 3 and 4 December. Follow the conference live: There will be live web streaming of the opening and closing plenary sessions on Thursday 3 December 2009 at 14.00-16.00 CET and Friday 4 December 2009 at 12.00-14.00 CET. High resolution photos from the conference will be uploaded on 3 and 4 December 2009 on the ETF website: Contact: Bent Sorensen - Head of ETF Communication Unit European Training Foundation - Villa Gualino, Viale Settimio Severo, 65, I-10133 Torino; T: + 39 011 630 2222, F: + 39 011 630 22 00 -

  • Autre matériel diffusé

• Memo on: "Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 1 and 2 December 2009"

• Memo on: "Christmas Lights - Frequently asked questions"

• Memo on: "State aid: Commission welcomes Court ruling on excise duty exemptions for Alumina production"

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

Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration:

Daimler AG /IPIC/Brawn GP