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Daily News – 10.02.2010

EXME 10 / 10.02

Midday Express of 2010-02-10

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

Commission Launches a One Stop Help Desk for Motorways of the Sea

The European Commission has launched today a One Stop Help Desk to provide information on funding possibilities for Motorways of the Sea projects arising from the Trans-European Network for Transport (TEN-T) programme and the Marco Polo programme. It will also point to other relevant national and European Union funding schemes. The EU initiative Motorways of the Sea is a TEN-T priority project that aims to promote green, viable, attractive and efficient sea-based transport links integrated in the entire transport chain.

Commissioner Hahn attends the Baltic Sea Action Summit in Helsinki

Johannes Hahn, the new European Commissioner for Regional Policy, will today address the Baltic Sea Action Summit in Helsinki. Convened by Finnish President Tarja Halonen, Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen and the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) "Baltic Sea Action Group", this high-level event will bring together several EU Heads of State or Government, as well the Russian and Norwegian Prime Ministers. The purpose is to encourage key stakeholders – governments, business leaders, and NGOs - to make concrete commitments to save the Baltic Sea from further deterioration. In October 2009, EU Member States agreed on a comprehensive European Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region with the aim of better coordinating their efforts.

Ententes: la Commission envoie une communication des griefs aux participants présumés à une entente dans le domaine du transit aérien

La Commission Européenne a envoyé en Février 2010 une communication des griefs à certaines entreprises concernant leur participation présumée à des ententes sur la fixation des prix dans le domaine du transit aérien en violation des règles de l'UE sur l’interdiction des ententes et des pratiques commerciales restrictives (Article 101 du Traité sur le fonctionnement de l'Union Européenne – TFEU - et Article 53 de l'Accord sur l'Espace économique Européen -EEE). Le transit consiste en l’organisation du transport de marchandise ainsi que des activités afférentes, telles que le dédouanement, l’entreposage, les services au sol.


Mons nominated as 2015 European Capital of Culture

The panel responsible for selecting the European Capitals of Culture for 2015 have recommended that Mons in Belgium should be one of the two cities that will share the title. Its formal nomination by the EU Council of Ministers will take place around November 2010.