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Daily News – 24.11.2009

Midday Express of 2009-11-24

Commission Européenne - 24/11/2009

EXME 09 / 24.11

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

24 / 11 / 09

L’OCDE et la Commission européenne présentent aujourd’hui leur rapport sur le perfectionnement professionnel des enseignants en Europe, dans une perspective internationale («Teachers’ Professional Development: Europe in international comparison»). Ce rapport estime qu’il est indispensable de bien informer les enseignants de l’évaluation qui est faite de leur travail, afin qu’ils tirent pleinement profit des possibilités de formation, mais aussi que la réussite de leur développement professionnel dépend de la diversité de leur expérience en matière de formation et de l’amélioration de leur cadre de travail. D’après le document, neuf enseignants sur dix participent à différentes formes de formations professionnelles sur leur lieu de travail et plus de la moitié disent en vouloir davantage. Sur la base de l’enquête internationale sur les enseignants, l’enseignement et l’apprentissage (TALIS), menée cette année dans 23 pays, le rapport présente des données inédites, car elles permettent la comparaison du perfectionnement professionnel des enseignants au niveau international.

One hundred secondary school students from 25 countries are in Brussels today to compete in a marathon 24-hour challenge for which they must find creative solutions. The unique event is organised in the framework of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009.

In a letter sent today, the European Commission calls on the Lithuanian regulatory authority for telecommunications, the Ryšių reguliavimo tarnyba (RRT), to impose appropriate price control and access obligations on all communication providers regarding their fixed termination services. Fixed termination rates (FTRs) are the wholesale prices which fixed operators charge for terminating calls on their respective networks. FTRs in Lithuania are amongst the highest in the EU. A higher reduction of FTRs would speed up the transition to the approach set out in the Commission's Recommendation on Termination Rates (IP/09/710), according to which FTRs should be set in all Member States at the level of the cost of an efficient operator by 31 December 2012. In addition, the Commission urged RRT to ensure that termination services are provided on fair and equal conditions to all operators and therefore requested RRT to also consider imposing non-discrimination and transparency obligations on alternative providers.

Stavros Dimas, membre de la Commission européenne chargé de l'environnement, ouvrira demain à Bruxelles le troisième forum de la protection civile. Cette conférence rassemblera pendant deux jours plus de 500 professionnels du secteur de la protection civile afin d'étudier comment les États membres de l'UE peuvent améliorer leur résilience aux catastrophes. Les changements climatiques vont probablement augmenter la fréquence et la gravité des catastrophes naturelles, et l'Europe doit se tenir prête à affronter ce problème et d'autres encore, en particulier les menaces terroristes, les accidents chimiques et autres incidents. La conférence intitulée «Vers une société plus résiliente» donnera l'occasion aux participants de discuter des enjeux futurs en matière de protection civile européenne, des progrès technologiques et de la mobilisation des citoyens pour la préparation aux catastrophes.

The Rural Development Committee approved a second wave of proposals from Member States/regions for using EU Recovery Plan and CAP Health Check funding for addressing through rural development policy crucial issues such as fast EU recovery from the economic crisis and climate change. This saw almost half of the rural development programmes being already modified and ready to support and/or re-enforce investments in broadband, climate change, renewable energies and dairy restructuring. The decisions taken so far will put about € 1.6 billion of fresh EU money into the rural development budget of more than € 90 billion for the period 2007 - 2013. The remaining additional budget is to be programmed in the following months.

In September 2009 compared with August 2009, the euro area (EA16) industrial new orders index rose by 1.5%. In August the index increased by 0.6%. In the EU271 new orders grew by 1.7% in September 2009, after an increase of 2.0% in August. Excluding ships, railway & aerospace equipment4, for which changes tend to be more volatile, industrial new orders fell by 1.2% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU27. In September 2009 compared with September 2008, industrial new orders decreased by 16.5% in the euro area and by 16.4% in the EU27. Total industry excluding ships, railway & aerospace equipment4 dropped by 18.2% and 17.5% respectively. These estimates are released by Eurostat.

  • Enregistrement de deux dénominations de produits agricoles

La Commission européenne a ajouté deux dénominations de produits agricoles et alimentaires à la liste des appellations d'origine protégées (AOP) et indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Il s'agit des marrons italiens "Marroni del Monfenera" (IGP) et du produit français "Moutarde de Bourgogne" (IGP). Les deux dénominations s'ajoutent à la liste d'environ 850 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:

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/index_fr.htm

  • Commission clears acquisition of GFKL by Advent

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of GFKL Financial Services AG (GFKL) of Germany by Advent International Corporation (Advent) of the US. Advent is a private equity investor. GFKL is active in receivables management and software applications. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

  • State aid: Commission approves prolongation of Hungarian mortgage support scheme for households affected by financial downturn

The European Commission has authorised, under EC Treaty state aid rules, a six months prolongation until 31.12.2010 of a Hungarian mortgage support scheme to help households affected by the financial and economic downturn. The Commission found that the extended measures, initially approved on 13.07.2009 (see IP/09/1123), were aimed at well-defined objectives of common interest and well designed to deliver these objectives and to limit distortions of competition. The Commission has therefore concluded that they provide aid of a social character to individuals, affected by a temporary income shock and at risk of losing their home, on a non-discriminatory basis and as such are compatible with Article 87(2)(a) of the EC Treaty.

  • 2010 guide prices for fisheries products: decrease for most products

The European Commission has adopted its annual proposal on next year’s guide prices for fresh and frozen fisheries products as well as the EU producer price for tuna for processing. The Commission proposes to decrease guide prices for white fish and crustacean species, by between –1 % and –6 %. The current economic crisis is strongly affecting consumer demand for fisheries products in the EU. The decrease in demand has resulted in dramatic drops in first-sale prices in the first half of 2009, in particular for whitefish and crustacean species. On the other hand, the recent price evolution for pelagic species and frozen products has been less negative. For pelagic species there are increases for sardines and albacore (between 1 % and 3 %) but decreases for herring, mackerel, Spanish mackerel and anchovies (between –1 % and –4 %). For frozen products, the Commission proposes upward adjustments of between 1 % and 2 % for hake and prawns and decreases of between –1 % and –4 % for Greenland halibut, sea bream, cuttlefish, octopus and squids. Finally, the Commission proposes to decrease the EU producer price for yellowfin tuna by -4 % in the light of the recent deterioration of the market for this product. The Commission proposals are based on Member States' average market prices over the previous three years. Other important factors also taken into account include trends in production and market demand, the interests of consumers and the need to avoid withdrawals of fisheries products from the market. For full details of the Commission's proposal, see table at: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/press_corner/press_releases/2009/com09_73_en.htm

Rediffusion

La Commission européenne a autorisé, en application du règlement européen sur les concentrations, le projet d’entreprise commune entre les établissements financiers italiens UniCredit S.p.A. et Banca IMI S.p.A, une entreprise du groupe Intesa San Paolo. L’opération envisagée transformerait l’entreprise commune existante TLX S.p.A. en une nouvelle entreprise commune de plein exercice appelée Euro TLX Societa Intermediazione Mobiliare S.p.A (Euro TLX SIM). Après examen, la Commission est parvenue à la conclusion que l’opération n’entraverait pas de manière significative le jeu d'une concurrence effective dans l’Espace économique européen (EEE) ou une partie substantielle de celui ci.

  • Autre matériel diffusé

• Memo on "EU Telecoms Reform: 12 reforms to pave way for stronger consumer rights, an open internet, a single European telecoms market and high-speed internet connections for all citizens"

• Memo on "Informal meeting with EU ministers on the situation of GM on 23 November 2009 reconfirms need for European coordination"

• Memo on " Antitrust: Commission closes formal proceedings against Qualcomm"

• Memo on "Questions and Answers on the Community Civil Protection Mechanism"

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

Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration:

Crédit Agricole SA/Société Générale Asset Management

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