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Midday Express of 2010-11-19

Commission Européenne - MEX/10/1119   19/11/2010

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EXME 10 / 19.11

Midday Express of 2010-11-19

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

Company law: Commission presents Report on how the European Company Statute works for business

The European Commission has presented a Report to the European Parliament and the Council on the application of the Regulation on the Statute for a European Company (Societas Europaea or SE). In theory, the Statute gives companies operating in more than one Member State the option of establishing themselves as a single company under EU law. This would make them able to operate throughout the EU with one set of rules, including a unified management and reporting system. Today's Report is part of the review process of the SE Regulation. It includes a description of the positive and negative factors, which influence setting up an SE and highlights trends on the distribution of SEs throughout the EU. It also analyses the main problems encountered when setting up and running an SE. An accompanying Commission Staff Working Document supplements the assessment. It takes inventory of SEs and analyses the flexibility of relevant national legislation in the different Member States.

Concentrations: la Commission autorise l'acquisition du groupe industriel Dyson par Lloyds TSB Bank et Svenska Handelsbanken

La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement de l'UE sur les concentrations, le projet d'acquisition du groupe industriel britannique Dyson par Lloyds TSB Bank et Svenska Handelsbanken. Après examen, elle 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.

Vice-President Kallas welcomes progress on enhanced cooperation between EU and Russia in transport

Vice-President Siim Kallas, currently visiting Moscow, has welcomed the progress made with Russia on cooperation in the fields of aviation, shipping, rail, road safety and transport security. There was also progress in agreeing on a new framework to make EU–Russia transport dialogue more efficient. To that end, a concrete mandate will be given to existing working groups, particularly in view of their contribution to the Partnership for Modernisation.

Behavioural Economics: a Role in Policy- Making?

On 22 November top international researchers, EU policy makers and consumer advocates will gather in Brussels for a high-level conference "Behavioural Economics: So What? Should Policy Makers Care". The conference looks at possible concrete applications of behavioural consumer research in testing, optimising and streamlining consumer policies. The outcomes are likely to offer major insights for future EU policy making, even beyond consumer policy. Behavioural economics studies how and why consumers actually make their choices. It suggests that consumers may follow herding instincts, excessively trust experts' advice and rely on biased advice. This may lead them to poor choices, especially when buying increasingly complex products such as investment funds which they struggle to compare. EU consumer policy aims to empower consumers to make the best choices for themselves. Behavioural research could be used to 'road-test' policy blueprints to improve their effectiveness. A large pilot study on consumer decision-making in retail investment services will feed into the conference. The study is likely to show that standardising and simplifying product information improves consumer choices and under which conditions the "health warnings" disclosing the adviser's bias are the most effective. The study results will complement the upcoming Commission consultation on improving the regulation of packaged retail investment products' (PRIPs). The PRIPs initiative will seek better protection for consumers by making investment products more transparent and easier to compare, and ensuring effective sales rules. The Behavioural Economics Conference can be followed live via web streaming and an off-the-record technical briefing for the press will be organised at 13.30 (at the Borschette Centre). Behavioural economics conference site (including the streaming link and the press programme): http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/conferences/behavioural_economics2/index_en.htm

Feed information to improve significantly after SCoFCAH endorses results of an important act of private-sector cooperation

Feed information will soon improve significantly, thus further empowering feed users, due to an innovative act of private-sector cooperation that resulted in a Commission proposal. The proposal was endorsed today by the Member States at the Standing Committee for on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH). The private sector worked voluntarily on an important update of the old list of feed materials (Catalogue), which contains less than 200 entries. The new Catalogue will include descriptions of 64 qualifying transformation processes of feed materials (currently only 17 processes, which are essentially used to treat feed, are listed) and almost 600 well-defined feed materials. Furthermore, the new Catalogue clarifies many borderline cases of products whose status has been unclear for decades – a situation causing disruptions to the internal market. Thus, the coverage of the feed materials listed in the new Catalogue is significantly increased and simultaneously the information about their properties is improved. The new feed marketing rules came into effect on September 1, 2010. Introducing the new approach of co-regulation, all interested feed chain partners were given the chance to participate in the updating of the EU Catalogue of feed materials. Thirty-eight EU associations of the feed sector, often competing entities on the market, held many meetings to improve the Catalogue. They presented their joint proposal shortly after the new Regulation 767/2009 entered into force, thus proving their strong commitment in the mandate they received from the legislators and their belief in the added value of the Catalogue's updating. In line with the co-regulation approach, the Commission checked the proposal, did some limited fine-tuning and presented it for a vote in the animal nutrition section of today's SCoFCAH. The draft Regulation received a positive opinion by qualified majority and will now be sent to the European Parliament and Council for scrutiny before the Commission can officially approve it. The regulation is expected to enter into force in the first half of 2011. For more information please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/animalnutrition/labelling/index_en.htm

Monthly Labour Market Monitor November 2010

According to the latest Monthly Labour Market Monitor by the European Commission today, the labour market in the EU has continued to stabilise, with signs of recovery in some Member States. The deterioration in employment in the EU seems to have slowed down in the second quarter of this year with employment expanding for the first time in nearly two years, and the unemployment rate in the EU has broadly stabilised. Nevertheless, underlying unemployment in the EU increased slightly in September due to a new rise in female unemployment, indicating a continued shift of emphasis to female unemployment. In contrast, the labour market for young people in the EU has been improving since last autumn, with youth unemployment actually falling since September 2009. Despite a faster than envisaged economic recovery, job creation for the EU in coming months will probably continue to develop slowly, reflecting the substantial labour hoarding during the crisis and the need to consolidate the fiscal stance. This month's edition also takes a closer look at the labour market situations in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Romania and Slovenia, and the latest trends in self-employment.

Suivi mensuel du marché du travail - Novembre 2010

D'après le dernier rapport de suivi mensuel du marché du travail publié par la Commission, le marché de l'emploi continue à se stabiliser avec même quelques signes d'amélioration dans certains Etats membres. Après pratiquement deux années de contraction, l'emploi a finalement progressé au second trimestre 2010 et le taux de chômage s'est globalement stabilisé. Néanmoins, le nombre de chômeurs dans l'Union Européenne a légèrement augmenté au mois de septembre à cause d'une nouvelle augmentation du chômage des femmes. Au contraire, l'emploi chez les jeunes en Europe s'est amélioré depuis l'automne dernier, avec un taux de chômage en nette diminution depuis septembre 2009. Malgré une reprise économique plus rapide que prévu, la création d'emploi en Europe dans les prochains mois va probablement rester modérée, reflétant l'absorption du chômage partiel accumulé durant la crise et l'assainissement des finances publiques. L'édition de ce mois analyse également de plus près les situations de l'emploi en Bulgarie, Chypre, Grèce, Malte, Portugal, Roumanie et Slovénie, ainsi que les dernières tendances du travail indépendant.

Monatlicher Arbeitsmarkt-Monitor November 2010

Dem jüngsten Arbeitsmarkt-Monitor der EU-Kommission zufolge stabilisiert sich der Arbeitsmarkt in der EU weiter - es gibt Zeichen der Erholung in einigen Mitgliedstaaten. Die Verschlechterung der Beschäftigungssituation in der EU scheint sich im zweiten Quartal verlangsamt zu haben; zum erstem Mal seit fast zwei Jahren gibt es Zeichen einer Beschäftigungsexpansion, und die Arbeitslosenquote in der EU hat sich im Großen und Ganzen stabilisiert. Dennoch ist die Zahl der Arbeitslosen in der EU im September leicht gestiegen. Grund ist ein erneuter Anstieg der Frauenerwerbslosigkeit, deren Bedeutung weiter zunimmt. Im Gegensatz dazu hat sich der Arbeitsmarkt für junge Menschen in der EU seit letztem Herbst weiter verbessert - die Jugendarbeitslosigkeit fällt seit September 2009. Trotz einer unerwartet schnellen wirtschaftlichen Erholung wird die Schaffung von Arbeitsplätzen in den kommenden Monaten vermutlich nur langsam fortschreiten. Gründe sind zum einen, dass Unternehmen während der Krise in erheblichem Ausmaß Arbeitskräfte gehortet hatten und zum anderen die notwendigen Bemühungen um Haushaltskonslidierung in den Mitgliedstaaten. Diese Ausabe beschäftigt sich eingehender mit der Arbeitsmarktsituation in Bulgarien, Zypern, Griechenland, Malta, Portugal, Rumänien und Slovenien sowie mit den aktuellen Trends im Bereich der selbständigen Beschäftigung.

"July countries" in the North, "August countries" in the South

In the EU27, a clear seasonal influence on the number of nights spent in hotels and other collective tourism establishments can be observed. As would be expected, the third quarter of the year is the high season and accounted for 43% of the 2.2 billion nights spent in the EU27 in 2009, followed by the second quarter with 26% of all nights spent, while the first quarter (15%) and the fourth quarter (16%) can be considered as the low season. One of the objectives in the Communication of the European Commission "Europe, the world's No 1 tourist destination – a new political framework for tourism in Europe", released in June 2010, is to encourage an extension of the tourist season as tourist activities are currently concentrated very strongly in the months of July and August. A more even distribution of tourism demand over the year would make better use of existing tourist infrastructure and staff working in the tourism sector during the low season. This information comes from two reports published by Eurostat, which focus on seasonal patterns in the tourism sector in the EU27.

Commissioner Piebalgs at the 15th Africa-EU Ministerial Political Dialogue meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi

Today, EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs is leading the EU Delegation at the 15th Africa-EU Ministerial Political Dialogue meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Ministerial meeting will be the occasion for Africa and EU to finalize the preparation of the Africa-EU Summit due to take place from 29th to 31st November in Lybia. In parallel, Commissioner Piebalgs will meet with Malawi Minister of Finance Ken Kandodo to sign a €19 million financing agreement for the country. This is part of EU's support to Africa to face the impact of the economic crisis ("V-Flex" instrument). This allocation will enable the Malawi government to implement macroeconomic and fiscal policies that will further help reduce the country's economic and social vulnerability in the wake of the recent global economic downturn. For more info: http://www.delmwi.ec.europa.eu/en/index.htm

L'UE soutient le secteur sucrier en Côte d'Ivoire

La Commission européenne a approuvé aujourd'hui un financement de 5.2 millions d'euros destiné à soutenir le secteur sucrier en Côte d'Ivoire, en vue de diversifier la production et d'améliorer les revenus agricoles. Cet appui de l'UE contribuera à améliorer les revenus des populations qui dépendent du secteur sucrier, secteur qui a beaucoup souffert de la crise en Côte d'Ivoire et qui ne bénéficie pas de la même attention que les cultures principales du pays. Le financement de l'Union européenne contribuera à l'amélioration de la compétitivité et de la productivité de l'industrie sucrière sur les quatre complexes sucriers de la zone Nord de la Côte d'Ivoire, notamment grâce à l'introduction de variétés de canne à sucre plus performantes.

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