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Daily News – 10.09.2013

EXME 13 / 10.09


10 / 09 / 13

1 day to go: #SOTEU Join us

President Barroso will be delivering the State of the Union 2013 Address in the European Parliament at 9am tomorrow morning, Wednesday 11 September.

The Commission will be live-blogging the SOTEU on President Barroso’s website from early Wednesday morning. As the speech happens, the live blog will immediately give the details - on main messages and key announcements, with extra information and insight to share. We'll also be bringing in the most interesting commentary and reactions from right across the online world, so join the debate! 

You can comment on the live-blog here: (available this afternoon)

The live-blog is also open for free syndication. You can embed it on your website or blog with this link:

The speech and debate in the European Parliament will be also live-transmitted on EbS.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #SOTEU

Lebanon: Further support of €58 million to deal with Syria crisis

The European Commission has adopted new funding today for a total of €58 million in support of Lebanon. The objective of this newly adopted assistance is to alleviate the impact of the high influx of refugees from Syria. This support includes funds from the recently announced comprehensive assistance package which mobilises an additional €400 million for the consequences of the Syrian crisis.

The EU – its Institutions and its Member States - is the biggest donor of assistance in response to the Syrian crisis both in Syria and in neighbouring countries.

Other news

Making better use of Europe's waterways

The European Commission today announced new measures to get more freight onto Europe's rivers and canals. The new inland waterways strategy was presented by VP Kallas on board a barge in Strasbourg, in the presence of French Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier, as well as MEPs – including Catherine Trautmann, MEP and President of the Port of Strasbourg . Barges are amongst the most climate-friendly and energy-efficient forms of transport but currently they only carry about 6% of European cargo each year. The new proposals intend to realise the unused potential of Europe's 37,000 km of inland waterways. They will enable freight to move more easily and lead to further greening of the sector, as well as encouraging innovation and improving job opportunities. Further information MEMO/13/771 and SPEECH/13/683

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Findus Group by JP Morgan

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Findus Group by JP Morgan, both of the United Kingdom.  Findus is active in the production and supply of frozen and chilled food products, serving predominately the retail sector. JP Morgan is a global financial service firm active in investment banking, asset management, private banking, private wealth management, and treasury and securities services. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number _M_6949

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of CBS Outdoor Europe by Platinum Equity

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of CBS Outdoor Europe of the UK by the US-based Platinum Equity LLC. Platinum Equity is a company specialised in the merger, acquisition and operation of companies active in different sectors, such as information technology, telecommunications, logistics, metal services, manufacturing and distribution. CBS Outdoor Europe provides outdoor advertising displays in France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would not raise any competition concerns, in particular because the parties' activities do not overlap in the European Economic Area (EEA). The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website in the public case register under the case number M.7013 .

European Parliament to vote on Commission's proposal on access to a Lawyer

The European Parliament will today vote on a new law to guarantee the rights of all citizens to be advised by a lawyer when facing criminal proceedings in the European Union. This new law would mean anyone who is a suspect – no matter where they are in the European Union – would be guaranteed the right to see a lawyer from the earliest stages of proceedings until their conclusion and ensure that anyone arrested has the opportunity to communicate with their family.

CLIMATE ACTION: Commissioner Hedegaard “communicates the obvious” in Copenhagen on Friday 13 September

European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard will attend a climate event of the University of Copenhagen – entitled "Communicating the obvious", on Friday 13 September. The event will discuss how to incite Europeans to take personal action against climate change, with experts from communication and business. A string of examples will be presented from the housing, transport, food and waste sectors. For more information, please go to . The event is part of the communication campaign A world you like. With a climate you like ( .