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Daily News – 10.05.2010

EXME 10 / 10.05

Midday Express of 2010-05-10

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht on first official visit to the United States

EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht will visit the United States on 10-12 May 2010 to meet with United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk, US Deputy National Security Adviser for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman as well as other leading figures in the Administration, the Congress and business. His visit will specifically focus on the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) which has the potential to unlock significant economic benefits for both sides of the Atlantic. Commissioner De Gucht, who is the TEC co-Chair on the EU side, will meet with his US counterpart Michael Froman in the National Security Council to discuss the way forward on this important initiative.

President Barroso receives Monti report

President Barroso receives today the report of professor Mario Monti on a new strategy for the Single Market. He had entrusted Mario Monti with the mission to prepare the report in October 2009. The Single Market is the cornerstone of Europe's integration and sustainable growth. As the European Union approaches the 20th anniversary of the symbolic date of 1992, President Barroso believes, as announced in his Political Guidelines and in the Europe 2020 strategy, that the Single Market requires renewed political determination so that it can withstand the threat of economic nationalism and fulfil all its potential. The report will be the basis for a Commission initiative to relaunch the Single Market as a key strategic objective of the Commission. Mario Monti is President of Bocconi University and former Commissioner for the Internal market, Financial services and Tax policy (1995-1999) and for Competition (1999-2004). The report will be published under and on President Barroso's website

Enregistrement de trois dénominations de produits agricoles

La Commission européenne a ajouté trois dénominations de produits agricoles et alimentaires à la liste des appellations d'origine protégées (AOP) et indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Il s'agit, pour l'Allemagne, du houblon "Hopfen aus der Hallertau" (IGP), de la pâtisserie espagnole "Tarta de Santiago" (IGP) et, pour la France, du "Pintadeau de la Drôme" (IGP). Les trois dénominations s'ajoutent à la liste d'environ 900 produits déjà protégés en vertu de la législation sur la protection des indications géographiques, des appellations d'origine et des spécialités traditionnelles. Des renseignements sur les produits de qualité ainsi que la liste des dénominations protégées sont disponibles sur l'internet à l'adresse:

Commission clears joint venture between Enovos, Avelar and Aveleos

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the newly created company Aveleos of Luxembourg by Enovos also of Luxembourg and Avelar Energy of Switzerland. Enovos is a supplier of gas and electricity mainly in Luxembourg and Germany. Avelar is active in trading, generation and retail sales of conventional and renewable energy. Aveleos is active in the photovoltaic energy markets in several EU countries. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

Autre matériel diffusé :

Speech by President Barroso at the World Economic Forum for Europe 2010, Brussels

Speech by Commissioner Dalli 'Can innovation in the EU Food Industry match the demands of EU Consumers?', Parma

Speech by Commissioner Hahn 'Danube Strategy – Important Driving Factor for Improvement of Economy and Environment', Ruse, Bulgaria