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Daily News – 06.08.2009

Midday Express of 2009-08-06

European Commission - 06/08/2009

EXME09 / 06.08

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

06 / 08 / 09

The European Commission has accepted commitments made by Greece to ensure fair access to Greek lignite deposits. The commitments have been given to comply with a decision adopted on 5 March 2008 (see IP/08/386) which found that Greece had infringed competition rules (Articles 82 and 86 of the EC Treaty) by maintaining rights giving the state-owned electricity incumbent Public Power Corporation (PPC) privileged access to lignite. In particular, Greece has committed to grant exploitation rights to four lignite deposits through public tenders excluding PPC, to ensure that competitors of PPC in the Greek electricity market get access to lignite and to lignite-fired generation. The Commission's decision makes the proposals legally binding on Greece and requires the commitments to be implemented within one year.

The European Commission has just selected 50 Masters Courses and 13 Joint Doctorates to be added to the courses available under the EU's Erasmus Mundus programme for stronger European co-operation and international ties in higher education. The new courses involve 296 universities from Europe and 70 partner universities from a range of countries around the world. With the 50 newly-selected Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses, students starting their studies in the academic year 2010-2011 will be able to choose from among 116 Masters offering scholarships. The programme has also selected 13 Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates, a new element within the second phase of Erasmus Mundus, which kicked off this year.

Rediffusion

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of mobile electronics and transportation systems manufacturer Delphi Corporation by the global investment company Platinum Equity LLC. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition within the European Economic Area (EEA) or a substantial part of it.

La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement de l'Union Européenne sur les concentrations, le projet de rachat des participations de Veolia Eau-Compagnie Générale des Eaux ("Veolia Eau") dans six filiales communes, détenues conjointement avec Veolia Eau, par Lyonnaise des Eaux ("LDE"). La Commission a conclu que la concentration n’entraverait pas significativement une concurrence effective dans l’espace économique européen (EEE) ou une partie substantielle de celui-ci.

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

Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration :

Lion Capital/CEDC/Russian Alcohol Group

Bertelsmann/KKR/JV

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