EXME 11 / 08.02
Midday Express of 2011-02-08
News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Direction Générale Communication
Have you ever been annoyed for not being able to borrow a friend's or a colleague's mobile phone charger because it wasn't compatible with your phone? This era is coming to an end. A common charger compatible with mobile phones of all brands is the simple idea that the Commission has been pushing for many years. Thanks to the cooperation between fourteen companies and the European Commission the solution is there: onechargerforall.eu. New technical standards for data-enabled mobile phones were published on 29 December 2010. Today, Vice President Antonio Tajani receives a sample of a compatible common charger from Bridget Cosgrave, Director-General of DIGITALEUROPE, the largest Association of European digital technology industry.
On the occasion of Safer Internet Day 2011, the European Commission today announced that it will step up talks with ICT industry and children's organisations to encourage the design of safer products to help keep children safe online. Moreover, the Commission will shortly review the 2006 Recommendation on minors and how to protect them in audiovisual media and Internet and on the 2008 Communication on the protection of youngsters from harmful content in video games. Children are going online from a younger age and not just from computers, but also games consoles and mobile phones. More than 82 % of 15-16 year olds in Europe have a social networking profile, as well as 26 % of 9-10 year olds. Safer Internet Day is being marked today in more than 65 countries around the world under the slogan "Internet is more than a game, it's your life!". This is supported by the EU's Safer Internet Programme, which helps parents and their children to be safe online. Children's safety online is an important part of the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581 , MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200).
Safer Internet Day 2011: protecting children online
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes for the Digital Agenda today launched the global "Safer Internet Day" by urging children and parents at Belgium's Safer Internet Centre in Brussels to "think before you post". Kroes said that with one in three children now going online from their mobile phone, and many creating content and making new contacts through social networks, more needs to be done to ensure their safety. "The solution cannot be to lock up the Internet. Instead, we have to help people use it well. This is the responsibility of parents, teachers and of the children themselves." The Commission will be working with industry and children's organisations to update and extend existing self-regulation agreements to take account of these developments. For example when a child opens an account on a social network they should get high privacy settings by default. "The European Commission is working with these (social networking) companies to make sure that, when a child opens an account on a social network, only his/her approved list of "friends" can view his/her profile by default," Kroes said. See SPEECH/11/73
Vice-President Tajani at the EU - Japan Forum/EU-KONWAKAI
The recent European Commission Communication on an integrated industrial policy for the globalisation era will be the focus of today’s EU-Japan Forum in Brussels where Vice-President Antonio Tajani will meet with industrialists from Japan. The aim is to explore cooperation in responding to common challenges that industry is faced with in Europe and Japan. Discussions will cover bilateral issues to enhance competitiveness and ways to strengthen EU-Japan economic cooperation, such as raw materials, innovation, space policy and the automotive industry. Vice-President Tajani said: “Economic cooperation between Japan and the EU reinforces competitiveness on both sides. Working together remains the best way to deal with the challenges affecting our societies.” More information
Commission clears acquisition by H.I.G. Capital of DSD
The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition by H.I.G. Luxembourg Holdings Thirteen S.C.A., part of the H.I.G. Capital group of funds ("H.I.G. Capital"), of sole control of Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH and its subsidiaries ("DSD"). DSD is a provider of waste management services in Germany. It offers services to, inter alia, retailers and packaging manufacturers that are obliged to participate in a dual system in order to ensure that sold sales packaging is taken back and properly recycled. H.I.G. Capital is a global private investment firm with funds in private equity, venture capital, distressed debt, real estate and public equities. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.
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