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EXME09 / 26.10

MIDDAY EXPRESS

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

26 / 10 / 09

In a letter sent today to APEK, the Slovenian telecoms regulator, the Commission reminds APEK that regulatory remedies should be imposed on appropriately defined markets. Earlier this year APEK identified a market for access to unbundled local loops, the so-called last mile, and imposed a full set of remedies including price control on the dominant operator, Telekom Slovenije. Today's complementary measure significantly deviates from APEK's previous approach of August 2009. APEK now distinguishes between residential and business customers and differentiates price regulation for unbundled optical fibre lines accordingly. The Commission says that APEK's proposal does not have convincing evidence to maintain this distinction and calls upon the Slovenian regulator to prove the distinguishing features of wholesale fibre access to different customers. APEK may need to modify its relevant market definition informing the Commission and other national telecoms regulators.

In a letter sent today, the European Commission calls on the Danish telecoms regulator, IT- og Telestyrelsen (NITA), to reconsider its regulatory approach for terminating calls to non-geographic numbers operated by service providers that offer premium rate services to end-users. Unlike national regulators in other EU Member States, NITA regulates the price of these services, setting them at the same level as for "ordinary" termination services. However, as recognised by the Commission's Recommendation on Termination Rates (IP/09/710), terminating calls to service providers is generally characterised by different competitive conditions than terminating calls to end-users and therefore not necessarily subject to regulation. Against this background, the Commission invited NITA to re-assess whether the obligations imposed in this regard on TDC, the Danish incumbent operator, in particular concerning price control, were indeed proportionate and justified.

The European Commission has adopted additional legislative proposals today to further strengthen financial supervision in Europe. Following the adoption of a legislative package to strengthen financial supervision in Europe on 23 September 2009, including the creation of a European System of Financial Supervisors with three new European Supervisory Authorities, the Commission proposes to make targeted changes to existing financial services legislation to ensure that the new Authorities can work effectively. In particular, these proposals lay down in detail the scope for the Authorities to exercise their powers, ensuring a more harmonised set of financial rules through the possibility to develop draft technical standards, settle disagreements between national supervisors and facilitate the sharing of micro-prudential information. The package will now be sent on to the Council and the European Parliament for consideration.

Aujourd’hui, en adoptant une stratégie couvrant la période 2009-2013, la Commission a relancé la lutte contre le VIH/sida dans l’Union et ses pays voisins. Des traitements efficaces sont disponibles, mais aucun remède ou vaccin n’existe à ce jour. Entre 2001 et 2007, le nombre de personnes vivant avec le VIH/sida dans l’Union et les pays environnants est passé de 1,5 à 2,2 millions. Environ 730 000 d’entre elles résident dans l’Union. Les 50 000 nouveaux cas de séropositivité diagnostiqués en 2007 rien que dans l’Union et ses pays voisins montrent bien qu'il n'y a pas lieu de relâcher nos efforts. Il existe des disparités entre les nombres de cas séropositifs et les différents modes de transmission en Europe. La stratégie en tient compte et se concentre sur trois grands domaines: la prévention et le dépistage, les groupes prioritaires les plus exposés et les régions prioritaires. Elle est accompagnée d’un plan d’action, qui indique des mesures concrètes, des groupes cibles et des outils d’évaluation pouvant être utilisés pour mesurer les avancées obtenues.

  • State aid: Commission approves prolongation of the Swedish guarantee scheme for credit institutions

The European Commission has authorised, under EC Treaty state aid rules, a six months prolongation until 30 April 2010 of a Swedish guarantee scheme for credit institutions. The Commission found the prolongation of the measures, initially approved on 29 October 2008 (see IP/08/1600), to be in line with its guidance on state aid to banks during the crisis (see IP/08/1495). In particular, the extended measures are well targeted, proportionate and limited in time and scope. The Commission has therefore concluded that they represent an appropriate means of remedying a serious disturbance in the Swedish economy and as such are compatible with Article 87(3)(b) of the EC Treaty.

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• Speech by Vice-President Wallström 'Women, peace & security', Stockholm

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

Notification préalable d'une opération de concentration:

Apollo/Pliant

GIP/Crédit Suisse Group/General Electric Company/Gatwick Airport Limited

Magna/Sberbank/Newopel


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