EXME 12 / 08.08
Midday Express of 2012-08-08
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
Dans un contexte de sortie de crise politique progressive, au terme de trois années de soubresauts, les programmes d'aide au développement européens redémarrent. L'Union européenne (UE) adopte un nouveau plan de soutien articulé autour de la santé, l'éducation et le renforcement de la société civile. Cette aide sera mise en œuvre au niveau régional à travers des ONG (organisations non-gouvernementales) locales et internationales, des organisations internationales - notamment l'UNICEF-, ainsi que directement par l'Union européenne. Le montant global du nouveau plan s'élève à € 54 millions.
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the Dutch and German medical device company BSN Medical by the Guernsey based investment fund EQT VI, part of the EQT group of private equity funds. The Commission's investigation confirmed that the operation would not raise competition concerns because the parties have no overlapping activities.
The European Commission has extended the scope of an in-depth investigation opened in March 2012 under EU state aid rules regarding a set of aid measures supporting the racetrack and leisure park at Nürburgring in Germany (see IP/12/263). The extension concerns several additional financial measures aimed at avoiding an immediate insolvency of the companies concerned. At this stage, the Commission has doubts that the measures were granted on market terms and that the companies are viable without continued state support. The extension of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties an opportunity to comment on the additional measures under assessment; it does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation.
London 2012: European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou to attend closing ceremony of the Olympic Games
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for sport, will attend a number of events at the Olympic Games in London from 10-12 August, including the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday evening (starts 22:00 Brussels time). "I am looking forward to being able to share in the excitement of the London Olympics, which have more than lived up to expectations. We have seen some truly outstanding individual and team performances by sportsmen and women representing European countries," said the Commissioner. More than 10 000 athletes from 204 nations are competing in 26 sports and disciplines during the Games.