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Daily News – 10.10.2012

EXME 12 / 10.10

Midday Express of 2012-10-10

News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne

Europe needs to reverse the declining role of industry for the 21st century with the aim to deliver sustainable growth, create high-value job and solve societal challenge that we face. Immediate action should contribute to reverse the current downward trend from its current level of 15.6% of EU GDP to as much as 20% by 2020. Therefore the Commission proposes a number of priority actions to stimulate investments in new technologies, to improve the business environment, to access to markets and to finance, particularly for SMEs, and ensure that skills meet industry’s needs.

Although EU leads in energy efficiency and foreign investment, Industrial performance across Member States is not balanced

Today the European Commission released a substantial set of proposals to boost industry. It consists of the following three documents: an Industry Communication calling for short term focussed investment in key industry sectors with high growth prospects; the 2012 scoreboard on the Member States industrial competitiveness performance; and also the 2012 European Competitiveness Report, which identifies opportunities to make European industries more competitive.

Commission outlines next steps for EU enlargement

Today the European Commission recommends for a fourth time to open accession negotiations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It recommends granting EU candidate status to Albania subject to completion of key reform steps, and proposes negotiating a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with Kosovo* once it has made progress in fulfilling a number of short term priorities. The Commission also confirmed that Croatia is on track in its membership preparations. In a set of annual reports, the Commission also assesses the progress towards EU accession made elsewhere in the Western Balkans, Turkey, and Iceland over the past year.

Retailers take action to prevent food waste

Retailers have committed to take voluntary action in waste prevention, particularly on food waste. At the Retail Forum in Brussels yesterday they confirmed their continued belief in the need to move to a resource efficient economy in spite of the challenging economic situation. Looking to the sustainability goals they had set themselves in key areas in precious years, such as selling more green products, they noted strong progress.

Enregistrement d'une dénomination de produit agricole

La Commission européenne a ajouté une dénomination à la liste des indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Il s'agit, pour l'Espagne, le poivron frais " Pimiento de Fresno-Benavente ". Cette dénomination s'ajoute à la liste de plus de 1000 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: et les informations sur le produit sont disponibles sur:

Commission clears acquisition by Hanwha of part of Q-Cells

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition by Hanwha Solar Germany, belonging to the Korean Hanwha group, of part of Q-Cells SE of Germany. Q-Cells, currently in insolvency, is active in the development, production and sale of solar cells, solar modules and solar energy systems. The Hanwha group is a conglomerate active in four core areas: manufacturing/construction, chemicals, finance, and services/leisure. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

Commission clears acquisition of Hamilton Sundstrand Industrial by the Carlyle Group and BC Partners

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition by funds managed by the Carlyle Group and funds advised by BC Partners Limited, of joint control of Hamilton Sundstrand Industrial ("HSI"). Carlyle is a US alternative asset manager which sponsors funds that invest globally in a range of industries. BCP, based in Guernsey, provides investment advice to private equity investment funds. HSI, currently a division of Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation, which belongs to the US based United Technologies Corporation is a manufacturer of industrial pumps and compressors. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

World Disasters Report 2012 to be launched at the European Development Days

A special event on the World Disasters Report 2012 will take place on October 16 at 13.30, during the European Development Days 2012 held in Brussels (Tour &Taxis). Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, will be one of the speakers at this global launch. This year's 20th edition, co-organised with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), also coincides with ECHO's 20th anniversary and will focus on Forced Migration and Displacement. It discusses the causes and consequences of forced migration associated with different displacement situations (conflict, natural hazard, economic development displacement) and their impact on the health and rights of migrants. Read the full programme and media opportunities:


European and World Day against the Death Penalty – EU underlines commitment to universal abolition

Today is World and European Day against the Death Penalty. The European Union is opposed to the use of capital punishment in all cases and under any circumstances. Its universal abolition is one of the key objectives of EU human rights policy.

Winners of the 2012 European Union Prize for Literature announced at Frankfurt Book Fair

The winners of the 2012 European Union Prize for Literature, which recognises the best new or emerging authors in the EU, were announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The winners are: Anna Kim (Austria), Lada Žigo (Croatia), Laurence Plazenet (France), Viktor Horváth (Hungary), Kevin Barry (Ireland), Emanuele Trevi (Italy), Giedra Radvilavičiūtė (Lithuania), Gunstein Bakke (Norway), Piotr Paziński (Poland), Afonso Cruz (Portugal), Jana Beňová (Slovakia) and Sara Mannheimer (Sweden). Each winner (see details below) receives € 5 000 and, more importantly, priority for funding from the EU Culture Programme to get their book translated into other languages.

Autre matériel diffusé :

Statement by President Barroso following his meeting with Bono, co-founder of the ONE campaign – rediffusion

Results of the meeting of Commission President Barroso and Dr Edmund Stoiber, chairman of the High-Level Group on the Reduction of Administrative Burdens – rediffusion

Memo "Industrial revolution brings industry back to Europe"

Memo "Overview of competitiveness in 27 Member States"

Memo "Leading in energy efficiency and foreign investment EU industry needs to seize opportunities in globalization"

Memo "Key findings of the 2012 Progress Report on Albania"

Memo "Key findings of the 2012 Progress Report on on Bosnia and Herzegovina"

Memo "Key findings of the 2012 comprehensive monitoring report on Croatia "

Memo "Key findings of the 2012 Progress Report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia "

Memo "Key findings of the 2012 Progress Report on Iceland"

Memo "Key findings of the Feasibility Study for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and Kosovo"

Memo "Key findings of the 2012 Progress Report on Montenegro"

Memo "Key findings of the 2012 Progress Report on Serbia"

Memo "Key findings of the 2012 Progress Report on Turkey"

Memo "ESFRI: research infrastructures for Europe"

Memo "Statement by Commissioner Šemeta on an EU Financial Transactions Tax – ECOFIN Council" – rediffusion

Speech by Commissioner Štefan Füle: "Enlargement Package 2012: Address to the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET)"

Speech by Commissioner Damanaki at the Debate on "Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion: Transnational, Crossborders and Interregional actions paving the way ahead"