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Information and Notices

Volume 48
26 February 2005


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Contents

page

 

I   Information

 

Commission

2005/C 050/1

Euro exchange rates

1

2005/C 050/2

COM documents other than legislative proposals adopted by the Commission

2

2005/C 050/3

Re-notification of a previously notified concentration (Case COMP/M.3637 — Total/Sasol/JV) ( 1 )

3

2005/C 050/4

Prior notification of a concentration (Case COMP/M.3744 — ALCOA/AFL) — Candidate case for simplified procedure ( 1 )

4

2005/C 050/5

Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case COMP/M.3682 — INTEK/GIM) ( 1 )

5

 

European Central Bank

2005/C 050/6

Recommendation of the European Central Bank of 11 February 2005 to the Council of the European Union on the external auditors of the Banco de Portugal (ECB/2005/3)

6

 

European Training Foundation

2005/C 050/7

Budget of the European Training Foundation for the financial year 2005

7

 

European Ombudsman

2005/C 050/8

Special Report to the European Parliament made in accordance with Article 3(7) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman

9

 

II   Preparatory Acts

 

Commission

2005/C 050/9

Legislative proposals adopted by the Commission

10

 

III   Notices

 

Commission

2005/C 050/0

Framework Programme for Judicial Cooperation in civil matters — Call for Proposals for specific co-funded projects 2005

11

 

2005/C 050/1

Notice

s3

 


 

(1)   Text with EEA relevance

EN

 


I Information

Commission

26.2.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 50/1


Euro exchange rates (1)

25 February 2005

(2005/C 50/01)

1 euro=

 

Currency

Exchange rate

USD

US dollar

1,3165

JPY

Japanese yen

138,74

DKK

Danish krone

7,4418

GBP

Pound sterling

0,68975

SEK

Swedish krona

9,0724

CHF

Swiss franc

1,5426

ISK

Iceland króna

80,24

NOK

Norwegian krone

8,2615

BGN

Bulgarian lev

1,9559

CYP

Cyprus pound

0,5837

CZK

Czech koruna

29,723

EEK

Estonian kroon

15,6466

HUF

Hungarian forint

242,28

LTL

Lithuanian litas

3,4528

LVL

Latvian lats

0,6961

MTL

Maltese lira

0,4313

PLN

Polish zloty

3,9233

ROL

Romanian leu

36 226

SIT

Slovenian tolar

239,71

SKK

Slovak koruna

37,858

TRY

Turkish lira

1,704

AUD

Australian dollar

1,6824

CAD

Canadian dollar

1,6358

HKD

Hong Kong dollar

10,2685

NZD

New Zealand dollar

1,8288

SGD

Singapore dollar

2,152

KRW

South Korean won

1 327,56

ZAR

South African rand

7,6994


(1)  

Source: reference exchange rate published by the ECB.


26.2.2005   

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COM documents other than legislative proposals adopted by the Commission

(2005/C 50/02)

Document

Part

Date

Title

COM(2004) 770

 

30.11.2004

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT pursuant to the second subparagraph of Article 251(2) of the EC Treaty concerning the common position of the Council on the adoption of a proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 establishing the Community Customs Code

COM(2004) 800

 

10.12.2004

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT pursuant to the second subparagraph of Article 251(2) of the EC Treaty concerning the common position of the Council on the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing a framework for the setting of Eco-design requirements for Energy-using Products and amending Council Directives 92/42/EC, 96/57/EC and 2000/55/EC

COM(2004) 801

 

10.12.2004

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT pursuant to the second subparagraph of Article 251(2) of the EC Treaty concerning the common position of the Council on the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 1999/32/EC as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels

COM(2004) 817

 

14.12.2004

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT pursuant to the second subparagraph of Article 251(2) of the EC Treaty concerning the common position of the Council on the adoption of a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport and amending Council Regulation (EEC) 3821/85 on recording equipment in road transport

COM(2004) 846

 

4.1.2005

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT pursuant to the second subparagraph of Article 251(2) of the EC Treaty concerning the common position of the Council on the adoption of a European Parliament and Council Directive concerning the quality of bathing waters

COM(2004) 853

 

6.1.2005

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT pursuant to the second subparagraph of Article 251(2) of the EC Treaty concerning the common position of the Council on the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications

These texts are available on EUR-Lex: http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/


26.2.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 50/3


Re-notification of a previously notified concentration

(Case COMP/M.3637 — Total/Sasol/JV)

(2005/C 50/03)

(Text with EEA relevance)

1.

On 23 December 2004, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertaking Total France SA, belonging to the Total Group (‘Total’, France), and Sasol Wax International AG (‘Sasol Wax’, Germany), belonging to the Sasol Group (‘Sasol’, South Africa), acquire within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation joint control of the undertaking Sasol Wax GmbH (‘JV’, Germany ) by way of purchase of shares.

2.

This notification has been declared incomplete on 2 February 2005. The undertakings concerned have now provided the further information required. The notification became complete within the meaning of Article 10(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 on 17 February 2005. Accordingly, the notification became effective on 18 February 2005.

3.

The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax (No (32-2) 296 43 01 or 296 72 44) or by post, under reference number COMP/M.3637 — Total/Sasol/JV, to the following address:

Commission of the European Communities

Competition DG

Merger Registry

Rue Joseph II/Jozef II-straat 70

B-1000 Bruxelles/Brussel


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1.


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EN

Official Journal of the European Union

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Prior notification of a concentration

(Case COMP/M.3744 — ALCOA/AFL)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(2005/C 50/04)

(Text with EEA relevance)

1.

On 18 February 2005, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertaking Alcoa Inc. (‘Alcoa’, USA) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation control of part of the undertaking Alcoa Fujikura Ltd (‘AFL’, USA), currently jointly controlled by a subsidiary of Alcoa and Fujikura USA Inc., by way of purchase of shares.

2.

The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

for Alcoa: manufacturing of aluminum products and components,

for the part of AFL acquired by Alcoa: manufacturing of electrical distribution systems and components for the automotive industry.

3.

On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of Regulation (EC) No 139/2004. However, the final decision on this point is reserved. Pursuant to the Commission Notice on a simplified procedure for treatment of certain concentrations under Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (2) it should be noted that this case is a candidate for treatment under the procedure set out in the Notice.

4.

The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax (No (32-2) 296 43 01 or 296 72 44) or by post, under reference number COMP/M.3744 — ALCOA/AFL, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition,

Merger Registry

J-70

B-1049 Bruxelles/Brussel


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1.

(2)  Available on DG COMP website:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/competition/mergers/legislation/consultation/simplified_tru.pdf.


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Non-opposition to a notified concentration

(Case COMP/M.3682 — INTEK/GIM)

(2005/C 50/05)

(Text with EEA relevance)

On 16 February 2005, the Commission decided not to oppose the above notified concentration and to declare it compatible with the common market. This decision is based on Article 6(1)(b) of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004. The full text of the decision is available only in Italian and will be made public after it is cleared of any business secrets it may contain. It will be available:

from the Europa competition web site (http://europa.eu.int/comm/competition/mergers/cases/). This web site provides various facilities to help locate individual merger decisions, including company, case number, date and sectoral indexes,

in electronic form on the EUR-Lex website under document number 32005M3682. EUR-Lex is the on-line access to European law. (http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex)


European Central Bank

26.2.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 50/6


RECOMMENDATION OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

of 11 February 2005

to the Council of the European Union on the external auditors of the Banco de Portugal

(ECB/2005/3)

(2005/C 50/06)

THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK,

Having regard to the Statute of the European System of Central Banks and of the European Central Bank, and in particular Article 27.1 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

The accounts of the European Central Bank (ECB) and of the national central banks of the Eurosystem are audited by independent external auditors recommended by the Governing Council of the ECB and approved by the Council of the European Union.

(2)

The Council of the European Union approved PricewaterhouseCoopers — Auditores e Consultores, Lda. as the external auditors of the Banco de Portugal in its Decision 1999/70/EC of 25 January 1999 concerning the external auditors of the national central banks (1).

(3)

According to a recent change in Portuguese law, the auditing of accounts must now be carried out exclusively by revisores oficiais de contas (certified auditors). As a consequence the Banco de Portugal considers that it is appropriate to replace PricewaterhouseCoopers — Auditores e Consultores, Lda. with PricewaterhouseCoopers & Associados — Sociedade de Revisores Oficiais de Contas, Lda. since the former do not have the status of certified auditors. The ECB has no objection to this change.

(4)

There is no change in the length of the external auditors' mandate,

HAS ADOPTED THIS RECOMMENDATION:

PricewaterhouseCoopers & Associados — Sociedade de Revisores Oficiais de Contas, Lda. are recommended as the external auditors of the Banco de Portugal from the financial year 2004 for a renewable period of one year.

Done at Frankfurt am Main, 11 February 2005.

The President of the ECB

Jean-Claude TRICHET


(1)  OJ L 22, 29.1.1999, p. 69. Decision as last amended by Decision 2004/651/EC (OJ L 298, 23.9.2004, p. 23).


European Training Foundation

26.2.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 50/7


BUDGET OF THE EUROPEAN TRAINING FOUNDATION FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2005

(2005/C 50/07)

Pursuant to article 26(2) of the Financial Regulation of the European Training Foundation (ETF) adopted by the Management Board on 17 June 2003, the budget and amending budgets, as finally adopted, shall be published in the Official Journal of the European Communities within two months of their adoption.

The European Parliament has adopted on 16 December 2004 the general budget 2005 applicable to the European Communities in which ETF subsidies appear under the following headings:

External Actions, Education and Culture,

15.03.03.01 — ETF — Subsidy under Title 1 and Title 2

EUR 11 565 000

15.03.03.02 — ETF — Subsidy under Title 3

EUR 4 435 000

Pre-Accession Strategy, Education and Culture,

15.03.02.01 — PHARE contribution to the ETF — Subsidy under Title 1 and Title 2

EUR 1 935 000

15.03.02.02 — PHARE contribution to the ETF — Subsidy under Title 3

EUR 565 000

Total

EUR 18 500 000

Regarding article 27(6) of the ETF Financial Regulation and with the adoption of the general budget 2005 by European Parliament on the 16 December 2004, the ETF budget 2005 including the establishment plan, adopted by the Governing board on 9 November 2004 (ETF-GB-027-01), becomes definitive.

Furthermore, the ETF manages Phare/Cards, Tacis and Meda funds for a total amount of EUR 185 million.

For complete details about 2005 budget including the establishment plan please visit ETF website at the following address: http://www.etf.eu.int (Documentation centre-institutional reports)

European Training Foundation

Budgets 2004/2005

Expenditure

 

Title

Budget 2004

After transfers

Budget 2005

TITLE 1

EXPENDITURE RELATING TO PERSONS WORKING WITH THE FOUNDATION

 

 

 

TOTAL TITLE 1

11 493 973

12 047 000

TITLE 2

BUILDING, EQUIPEMENT AND MISCELLANEOUS OPERATING EXPENDITURE

 

 

 

TOTAL TITLE 2

1 470 027

1 453 000

TITLE 3

EXPENSES RELATING TO PERFORMANCE OF SPECIFIC MISSIONS

 

 

Chapter 30

Operational expenses (Documentation, publications, translation, meetings, etc)

 

 

 

Total chapter

1 095 351

1 033 400

Chapter 31

Priority actions: work programme activities (Support to the Commission, information provision and analysis through the National Observatory Network, development activities)

 

 

 

Total chapter

3 540 649

3 966 000

TITLE 3

TOTAL TITLE 3

4 636 000

5 000 000

TITLE 9

RESERVE

 

GRAND TOTAL

17 600 000

18 500 000

TITLE 4

EARMARKED EXPENDITURE

800 000

 

 

TOTAL TITLE 4

800 000

 


European Ombudsman

26.2.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 50/9


Special Report to the European Parliament made in accordance with Article 3(7) of the Statute of the European Ombudsman (1)

(2005/C 50/08)

The European Ombudsman addressed a special report to the European Parliament on 20 December 2004 following the draft recommendation to the European Commission in own-initiative OI/2/2003/GG (Confidential).

The text of the special report is available on the European Ombudsman's website in all 20 official languages at: http://www.euro-ombudsman.eu.int.

Paper copies can be requested free of charge from the European Ombudsman's office

1 Avenue du Président Robert Schuman

B.P. 403

F-67001 Strasbourg Cedex.

Tel. (33-3) 88 17 23 13

Fax (33-3) 88 17 90 62

Email: euro-ombudsman@europarl.eu.int.


(1)  Decision 94/262 of 9 March 1994 of the European Parliament on the Regulations and General Conditions Governing the Performance of the Ombudsman's Duties, OJ 1994 L 113/15.


II Preparatory Acts

Commission

26.2.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 50/10


Legislative proposals adopted by the Commission

(2005/C 50/09)

Document

Part

Date

Title

COM(2004) 393

 

28.5.2004

Amended proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on enhancing port security

COM(2004) 747

 

28.10.2004

Amended proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the harmonisation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States concerning credit for consumers repealing Directive 87/102/EC and modifying Directive 93/13/EC (presented by the Commission pursuant to Article 250 (2) of the EC Treaty)

These texts are available on EUR-Lex: http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/


III Notices

Commission

26.2.2005   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 50/11


FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME FOR JUDICIAL COOPERATION IN CIVIL MATTERS

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR SPECIFIC CO-FUNDED PROJECTS 2005

(2005/C 50/10)

A call for proposals concerning the FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME FOR JUDICIAL COOPERATION IN CIVIL MATTERS is currently launched. The priorities, the full text of the call, the application forms and the guidelines can be found on the website:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/justice_home/funding/civil_cooperation/funding_civil_cooperation_en.htm

You must return the completed application form and all its annexes to the Commission by 8 April 2005, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate General Justice, Freedom and Security (Unit C.4)

Office LX 46-00/151

B-1049 Bruxelles

Your envelope must be marked ‘APPLICATION UNDER THE FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME FOR JUDICIAL COOPERATION IN CIVIL MATTERS’


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