|Reference: MEX/12/0612 Event Date: 12/06/2012|
EXME 12 / 12.06
Midday Express of 2012-06-12
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture/Mies van der Rohe Award – exhibition in the Berlaymont
A touring exhibition featuring models of the 45 buildings shortlisted for the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture/ Mies van der Rohe Award is taking place at the European Commission's headquarters building, the Berlaymont, in Brussels. The exhibition, organised by the Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe , runs to 14 June. Seven projects by Belgian architects are among those featured, including one of the six finalists for the Prize, the BrOnks Youth Theatre in Brussels by MDMA/Martine De Maeseneer Architecten. On Thursday 14 June, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth,will welcome some of the featured architects to the Berlaymont including Rik Nys, from David Chipperfield Architects, which won the main award, in collaboration with Julian Harrap, for the reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin, and Ramon Bosch and Bet Capdeferro, who received the 'Emerging Architect Special Mention' award for the Collage House in Girona, Spain. In addition to Martine De Maeseneer, Belgian architects at the event will include Dirk Van den Brande, finalist with the BrOnks Theatre, Brussels; Stéphane Beel and Xaveer De Geyter, shortlisted for the UFO University Hall, Ghent; Paul Robbrecht and Hilda Daem, shortlisted with Offices Robbrecht and Daem Architects, Ghent; Barbara Oelbrandt and Lieven Nijs, shortlisted with Passive House with Textile Skin, Asse; Michaël Bianchi, shortlisted with Victor Jara Cultural Centre, Soignies; Willem Jan Neutelings, shortlisted with the Museum for City History (MAS), Antwerp, and Freek Persyn, shortlisted with the C-Mine Cultural Infrastructure, Genk. After Brussels the exhibition can be seen at: Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia (10 June - 12 July); Architekturzentrum Wien, Vienna (19 July - 8 October); Dansk Architectur Centre, Copenhagen (25 October 2012 - 6 January 2013); Triennale di Milano, Milan (January - February 2013). Launched in 1987 and co-funded by the EU Culture Programme and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, the €60 000 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture is the most prestigious award in European architecture. To find out more: About the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture/Mies van der Rohe Award ; DG Education and Culture ; Commissioner Vassiliou's website ; Twitter @VassiliouEU
Commission clears joint control of South Korean pitch and needle coke joint venture
The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the proposed acquisition of joint control of a South Korean joint venture (the "JV") by South Korean company Posco Chemtech Company Ltd. ("Posco Chemtech") and Japanese companies Mitsubishi Corporation ("MC") and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation ("MCC"). Posco Chemtech is active in engineering, manufacture and maintenance of industrial furnaces, refractories, environmental enhancement products, fertilisers and inorganic additives. MC is active worldwide in many industries, including energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, food and general merchandise. MCC produces and supplies chemicals, pharmaceutical intermediates and ingredients, and recording media. The JV will be active in the production and supply of pitch coke, needle coke and other by-products to customers in Korea, China, Japan, India, Taiwan and Russia. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.
EU and China roadmap toward a mutual recognition of organic products
The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Cioloş, and the Chinese Minister for Administration of Quality, Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), Zhi Shuping, agreed today in Beijing to open negotiations on a mutual recognition agreement in the field of organic food products. China and the European Union (EU) will examine their respective legislations. Standards and controls applied to organic production will be assessed in order to seek an agreement which facilitates trade in the field of organic products and builds longer term cooperation in this area. EU exports of organic products to China increased significantly in 2011, with promising perspectives in the years to come. On the basis of the roadmap, a dialogue will start at technical level with the following objectives : promoting mutual understanding trust and bilateral cooperation in the field of organic agriculture ; working towards a mutually beneficial reciprocal arrangement on recognition of each other's organic laws and regulations ; holding technical discussions for agreeing the necessary steps needed to achieve the aim of mutual recognition in the organic field ; establishing regular contacts and communication concerning the respective legislation, technical standards and procedures in the field of organic agriculture. The EU has already reached mutual recognition and reciprocity in the area of organic food products with the USA, Canada, Switzerland and Japan. Turnover on the EU organic market is estimated at 18 billion euros. The EU has been a main importer of organic products coming from China for years and these imports are developing. The Chinese domestic market of organic products is now developing fast, with significant perspectives ahead. EU exports of organic products to China have seen a significant increase over the recent years. World trade value of organic products was estimated at 59 billion dollars in 2010 and its value could reach 100 billion dollars in the coming five years. Global organic production area is estimated at 37 million ha, of which 9.2 million in the EU, with an average growth rate of 10% over the past years, and 2 million ha in China, with a growth rate of 30% over the last years.
The European Commission has decided to further investigate the proposal by the Czech telecoms regulator (ČTÚ) to partially lift obligations on the main Czech telecoms operator Telefónica to give alternative operators access to its infrastructure, so they can also offer broadband. Without this access, the choice of operators offering high-speed Internet in the Czech Republic would be limited and consumers might have to pay higher prices for higher speed Internet connections. The Commission has serious doubts whether ČTÚ's proposal not to impose regulation on wholesale broadband access in municipalities where Telefónica allegedly faces more intense competition from alternative infrastructures is compatible with EU telecoms rules. The Commission also believes that ČTÚ's plans could affect trade in the EU as the conditions for access to Telefónica's copper and fibre network in the Czech Republic can determine the cost of Internet services offered by other operators in the other Member States. The Commission has therefore suspended ČTÚ's plans and started a so-called 'Phase 2' investigation.
Autre matériel diffusé :
Speech of Commissioner M. Barnier, "Financial regulation, growth, competitiveness, integration: Europe at a crossroads", 18th International Economic Forum of the Americas, Montreal, 11 June 2012- Rediffusion