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Midday Express of 2009-03-02

European Commission - MEX/09/0302   02/03/2009

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EXME09 / 02.03

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

02 / 03 / 09

Danuta Hübner, commissaire européenne à la politique régionale, sera en visite le 2 mars dans la région Poitou-Charentes. La Commissaire participera à un débat sur l'innovation aux côtés des acteurs régionaux qui contribuent à la mise en œuvre de la politique de cohésion. Elle profitera de l’occasion pour visiter plusieurs projets soutenus par l’Union européenne sur le site du Futuroscope. Ce symbole de la région, apporte aussi la preuve de son important potentiel en matière de recherche et de développement.

Les 2 et 3 mars prochain, la Commission européenne organise une importante conférence pour illustrer comment l'Union européenne favorise la créativité et l'innovation en finançant des projets transfrontaliers et comment les expériences et les résultats obtenus peuvent être partagés dans l'intérêt de tous. Elle présentera également EVE (Espace virtuel d'échange), nouvelle plateforme en ligne qui diffuse les résultats et les détails de projets financés par l'UE en matière d'éducation, de culture et dans les domaines connexes. C'est là une contribution importante de la Commission à l'Année européenne de la créativité et de l'innovation.

The European Commission and the European retail sector will tomorrow launch a Retail Forum as part of their drive to promote more environmentally sustainable consumption patterns. The Forum will be launched by Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas, Consumer Commissioner Meglena Kuneva, EuroCommerce President, Senator Feargal Quinn and Pierre-Olivier Beckers, President and CEO of the Delhaize Group, representing the European Retail Round Table (ERRT). The event in Brussels will also involve producers, consumers and environment groups. The creation of the Retail Forum represents a significant contribution in the implementation of the EU Action Plan on sustainable consumption and production and sustainable industrial policy presented by the Commission in July 2008. The Forum aims to reduce the environmental impact of the retail sector and its supply chain, promote more sustainable products and better inform consumers about 'green' purchasing opportunities.

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 1.2% in February 2009 according to a flash estimate issued by Eurostat. It was 1.1% in January. Euro area inflation is measured by the Monetary Union Index of Consumer Prices (MUICP). To compute the MUICP flash estimates, Eurostat uses early price information relating to the reference month from Member States for which data are available as well as early information about energy prices. The flash estimation procedure for the MUICP combines historical information with partial information on price developments in the most recent months to give a total index for the euro area. No detailed breakdown is available. Experience has shown the procedure to be reliable (17 times exactly anticipating the inflation rate and 7 times differing by 0.1 over the last two years). Further information can be found in Eurostat News Release 113/2001 of 5 November 2001.

  • Commission clears acquisition of CCH by OEP

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Columbian Chemicals Holding LLC (CCH) of the US by One Equity Partners II L.P. (OEP), also of the US. OEP is a private equity fund. CCH produces and sells carbon black, which is used as a pigment and reinforcement in rubber and plastic products. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

  • Commission clears acquisition of Rotorsim by Agusta and CAE

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of Rotorsim Srl of Italy by Agusta S.p.A. of Italy, controlled by Finmeccanica — Societa per Azioni, and CAE Aviation Training B.V. (CAE) of The Netherlands. Agusta manufactures helicopters. CAE provides simulation and control technologies and training solutions for aerospace. Rotorsim operates flight simulators. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

  • Commission clears acquisition of Itínere Chilean assets by Atlantia and Acciona

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of joint control of the Chilean assets of Itínere of Spain by Atlantia S.p.A. of Italy and Acciona of Spain. Atlantia operates toll motorways in Italy and abroad. Acciona is active in infracture, energy, water and concession services. The assets of Itínere concerned by this transaction are toll motorways in Chile. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

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