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MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

25 / 09 / 06

The European Commission has welcomed the unanimous adoption, at the Competitiveness Council, of its proposal to repeal the exemption from the EC Treaty's ban on restrictive business practices (Article 81) for liner conferences on routes to and from the EU. The current block exemption, established by Council Regulation 4056/86 allows carriers to fix prices and regulate capacity jointly. The repeal will enter into effect in October 2008. To ensure that the new regime fosters competitive markets, the Commission will issue guidelines on the application of the competition rules to maritime transport before the end of the transitional period. The Council also empowered the Commission to apply EC Treaty competition rules to cabotage and tramp shipping, by extending the scope of the competition implementing rules (Regulation 1/2003).

The European Commission, through the Temporary International Mechanism (TIM), has started the payment of social allowances to 40,000 of the neediest Palestinian families. This comes on top of allowances already paid to health workers, those who have suffered a sudden drop in income and pensioners. Families have been identified from those normally supported through the social welfare scheme of the Palestinian Authority and will receive €270 each. No regular payments have been made to the families in the scheme since February 2006 due to ongoing financial crisis. The Middle East Quartet (EU, US, UN and Russia) last week supported an extension of the TIM for a three month period and an expansion of its scope.

  • La Commission autorise l'acquisition de Pages Jaunes par KKR

La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement Concentrations, le projet d'acquisition de l'entreprise française Pages Jaunes Groupe SA (Pages Jaunes), filiale de France Télécom, par Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts & Co L.P (KKR) des Etats-Unis. KKR est active dans l'investissement de capitaux propres. Pages Jaunes est active dans la publication d'annuaires téléphoniques, la vente d'espace publicitaire dans ces annuaires et la vente d'espace publicitaire sur Internet. Il ressort de l'enquête menée par la Commission que l'opération envisagée n'entravera pas de manière significative la concurrence dans le marché commun. Cette affaire a été traitée selon la procédure simplifiée.

La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement UE sur les concentrations, le projet de concentration par lequel Abertis, société espagnole exerçant ses activités dans la gestion d'autoroutes à péage, fusionne avec Autostrade, société italienne exerçant les siennes dans le même secteur en Italie. La Commission a considéré que l'opération n'entraverait pas de manière significative une concurrence effective dans l'Espace économique européen ou dans une partie substantielle de celui ci.

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of All3Media Group, the UK TV production and distribution company, by Permira Holdings, an international private equity firm. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of sole control of Cardinal Health UK by Alliance Boots plc of the UK. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.

  • Malaysia and EU agree to start negotiations on "FLEGT"

“The Hon. Datuk Peter Chin, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia met Commissioners Louis Michel and Stavros Dimas, responsible for Development and Environment respectively, today in Brussels. They agreed to embark on formal negotiations towards conclusion of a voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) on forest law enforcement, governance and trade (FLEGT), which will provide assurance that all trade in timber between Malaysia and the EU is verified to be legal. The agreement will also provide for cooperation, such as joint studies, knowledge-sharing and capacity-building. The commitment to proceed with formal negotiations followed a series of informal consultations between Malaysia and the EU over the past year. Commissioner Dimas said: "This represents a major milestone in the implementation of the EU FLEGT Action Plan, and I commend Malaysia for its' leadership. I am confident that other countries will soon join Malaysia in this ambitious initiative." Datuk Chin stated that "as a major exporter of timber products to the EU, Malaysia believes that the conclusion of a VPA with the EU will further promote bilateral trade in timber products between Malaysia and the EU". Commissioner Michel concluded by stating that "in taking this step, the EU and Malaysia aim to demonstrate that trade and good governance can reinforce each other as a positive force for development and sustainable resource management."

Jacques Barrot, vice-président de la Commission européenne en charge des transports, a participé aujourd'hui à un colloque parlementaire sur la sécurité routière en Europe, tenu à l'Assemblée nationale française. A cette occasion, le vice-président a rendu hommage à l'action menée en France dans le domaine de la sécurité routière, ainsi qu'il a donné un aperçu de l'acquis et des perspectives de la politique de l'Union européenne en la matière. Dans sa conclusion, M. Barrot a exhorté les participants à ne pas relâcher leurs efforts et il a réaffirmé la volonté de la Commission d'intensifier les siens pour atteindre l'objectif commun de réduire de moitié le nombre de victimes de la route à l'horizon 2010.

Joe Borg, European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, travelled to Athens yesterday to take part in the opening session of the Mare Forum Conference being held on 25-26 September. The theme of this Conference is the Green Paper, launched by the Commission last June, on a future Maritime Policy for the Union. The Commissioner's visit started yesterday evening with a working dinner hosted by Greek State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ioannis Valinakis. Their conversation covered a range of maritime issues, including maritime surveillance, and civil/military roles in handling crisis situations at sea. In his Conference speech earlier today, the Commissioner spoke of the benefits that a Maritime Policy could bring to shipping by enhancing the competitiveness of the sector while protecting and preserving the marine environment and putting maritime governance on a sound footing. He encouraged representatives of the sector to play an active role in the year-long consultation process on the Green Paper. At the end of the morning, Commissioner Borg will meet with Manolis Kefalogiannis, Greek Minister of Mercantile Marine. He will welcome the active role that Greece is playing in stimulating the debate on a Maritime Policy. Commissioner Borg will then join the members of the Board of the Union of Greek Ship-owners to receive their initial reactions to the Green Paper. The Commissioner's visit will close with a lunch hosted by the President and members of the Executive Committee of the Malta International Shipping Council, which will provide a further opportunity for exchange of views with representatives of the industry.

For more information: http://www.mareforum.com/mare_forum_2006.htm

Une conférence sur les actions innovantes dans le secteur de la pêche s'est déroulée en Finlande, à Vaasa, les 22 et 23 septembre 2006. Cette conférence, organisée par la Commission européenne, était axée sur le rôle des femmes ; elle a permis aux participants d'échanger leurs meilleures pratiques et d'examiner les résultats de projets innovants financés par l'Instrument financier d'orientation de la pêche (IFOP). Les conclusions d'une évaluation externe de ces projets ont été présentées, ainsi que les possibilités en matière d'actions innovantes dans le cadre du Fonds européen pour la pêche, qui sera opérationnel en janvier 2007. La conférence était destinée aux gestionnaires de projets et aux représentants des Etats membres et du Parlement européen.

La 6ème conférence des ministres de l'industrie de l'Union européenne et des pays partenaires méditerranéens s'est déroulée à Rhodes sur le thème "Les entreprises de l'Union européenne et des pays méditerranéens face aux défis de la mondialisation". Les ministres de l'industrie ont débattu de la mise en œuvre de la politique européenne de voisinage (PEV) pour favoriser l'intégration économique et maîtriser la mondialisation. Ils ont convenu d'approfondir la coopération économique notamment dans les quatre domaines suivants: intégration économique, accès au marché, compétitivité et PME, innovation et investissements. Par ailleurs, ils ont confirmé leur engagement en faveur de l'établissement d'une zone de libre échange euro-méditerranéenne porteuse d'avantages mutuels, d'ici 2010. C'est la première conférence ministérielle organisée dans le cadre du partenariat euro-méditerranéen depuis la cessation des hostilités au Liban et en Israël.

  • EU imposes strict testing requirements on fishery imports from Brazil

A draft European Commission decision to impose safeguard measures against Brazilian fishery products was endorsed by Member State experts in the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health on 22 September. The measures are being taken due to serious concerns about the safety of these products for consumers, following a Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) inspection visit in June. The main concerns relate to the possible level of histamine in Brazilian fishery products, hygiene in the fishery production process and the reliability of the Brazilian approval procedure for fishery establishments. Under this decision, susceptible fishery products exported from Brazil to the EU will have to be tested and certified to show that they do not exceed the limits set out in the EU's food hygiene legislation (Regulation 853/2004 on hygiene for food of animal origin and Regulation 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs). Member States will step up controls on these products at the border, and will carry out testing on non-certified consignments, at the expense of the operator responsible for the consignment. Results of this testing will be reported by Member State authorities through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed and in quarterly reports to the Commission. In addition, the Commission informed the Standing Committee this week that five fishery establishments in Brazil which were identified by the FVO to be non-compliant with EU hygiene rules will be removed from the list of establishments authorised to export to the EU. With regard to other food products imported from Brazil which have been subject to recent FVO checks, the Commission is in the process of evaluating the FVO findings and the follow-up information and guarantees provided by the Brazilian authorities. Measures may be taken in the near future if certain deficiencies are not rapidly and adequately addressed by the Brazilians.

The European Commission and European Federation of Accountants (FEE) are jointly organising on the Thursday 28 September in the seat of the European Parliament in Brussels a one-day conference "Modernising accounting in the Public Sector – Exchange of Experience". The conference will discuss the public sector's progress in implementing accrual accounting. Among prominent speakers are : Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget Dalia Grybauskaite, president of the FEE David Devlin and Brian Gray, the Commission's Accountant and Deputy Director General of DG Budget. A specific press briefing for attending journalists will be organised half-way through the conference to enable them to put questions to key delegates from the Commission, the FEE and the International Public Sector's Accounting Standards Board.


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