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Daily News – 13.12.2010

EXME 10 / 13.12

Midday Express of 2010-12-13

News from the Communication Directorate General's midday briefing

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

Commissioner Georgieva pledges for cholera victims in Haiti

Commissioner Georgieva said "The anti-cholera efforts undertaken before of the post-electoral riots have reduced the daily rate of cholera deaths from 50 on 23th of November to 22 on 4th of December. We are working to continue with this positive trend, but to be successful, humanitarian workers and victims of cholera need peace. Insecurity is killing more people by preventing treatment than by violence in the streets. If turmoil persists, the cholera epidemic can go out of control. It is essential to allow patients to be treated, clean water to be provided and good sanitation to be ensured. If we fail to do so, the consequences could be devastating.

Douanes: de nouvelles règles relatives à la sûreté et à la sécurité entrent pleinement en vigueur le 1er janvier 2011

À compter du 1er janvier 2011, les opérateurs devront soumettre aux autorités douanières une déclaration électronique incluant des données de sûreté et de sécurité sur les marchandises avant que celles-ci n'entrent dans l'Union européenne ou ne quittent son territoire. Le but de cette mesure est de renforcer la sûreté et la sécurité des transactions internationales, en permettant aux douanes d'effectuer des analyses de risque plus efficaces sur la base des informations reçues préalablement et, ainsi, de mieux cibler les contrôles. Les opérateurs ont bénéficié d'une période transitoire depuis juillet 2009 afin de pouvoir adapter leurs systèmes électroniques à ces nouvelles règles.

Victims of the Chechen conflict to receive €2 million European humanitarian aid

The European Commission has decided today to provide another €2 million in humanitarian assistance to the 45,000 people displaced by the Chechen conflict. The money will be used to rebuild houses, so that families can return home; income-generating activities will also be supported, to reduce the dependence on humanitarian aid. In addition, legal counselling and access to health and education will be funded. Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, said "An estimated 30,000 are still displaced within Chechnya today and many thousands of their compatriots are scattered around neighbouring countries. With this new funding, we will provide assistance for war-affected, homeless and vulnerable households to rebuild their normal lives. The EU has made another gesture of solidarity to this long suffering people". The Commission is the largest humanitarian donor in Chechnya. Over the past 11 years, it has given over €237 million in humanitarian aid to victims of the conflict. The funds have been spent on medical care, the provision of shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, psychosocial help, primary education, legal support and livelihood projects. The number of displaced people in the area has declined significantly in recent years, due to political stabilisation and economic progress. This is why, the European Commission started phasing out its humanitarian aid in 2008. The aid approved today will be channelled through the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Danish Refugee Council, and will be available until October 2011. For further information:

Commission clears the acquisition of CommScope by Carlyle

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of CommScope Inc. ("CommScope") by Cedar I Holding Company Inc. ("Cedar Holding", both of US, a special purpose acquisition vehicle owned and controlled by Carlyle Partners V, L.P., an investment fund sponsored by The Carlyle Group ("Carlyle"), also of US. CommScope provides infrastructure solutions for communications networks. It manufactures and sells a range of telecommunications equipment. Carlyle is a global alternative asset manager, which sponsors funds that invest globally across four investment disciplines (buyout, credit alternatives, growth capital and real estate) in a range of industries.The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

Commission clears the acquisition of sole control by CA Immobilien Anlagen over Europolis

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition by CA Immobilien Anlagen AG of Europolis AG, both of Austria. CA Immobilien Anlagen and Europolis are both active in real estate investment, real estate development and asset management in a number of European countries. However, in view of their small combined market shares the Commission has concluded that the transaction does not significantly impede effective competition. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

Commission clears QQCT port terminal joint venture between APMM, DP World, COSCO and QPGL

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the QQCT container port terminal joint venture between the A.P. Møller- Mærsk group of Denmark, the DP World group of the United Arab Emirates, the Chinese COSCO group and the Chinese Qingdao Port group, all active in the provision of a range of services related to shipping and port terminals. The QQCT operates a shipping container terminal at the Chinese port of Qingdao. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

Money sent by migrants to their country of origin fell by 7% in 2009

In the EU27, money sent by migrants to their country of origin, usually referred to as workers' remittances, had registered a constant increase over recent years. This trend has been interrupted by the economic crisis. Total EU27 outflows amounted to 30.3 billion euro in 2009, compared with 32.6 bn in 2008 (-7%). These figures include both intra-EU27 and extra-EU27 flows. The decrease in workers' remittances in 2009 compared with 2008 was almost the same for extra-EU27 flows (-7%) and for intra-EU27 flows (-6%). The share of extra-EU27 remittances in the total stood at 73% in 2009, the same level as in 2008. The outflow of workers' remittances was highest in 2009 in Spain (7.1 bn euro or 22% of total EU27 remittances), Italy (6.8 bn or 21%), Germany (3.0 bn or 9%), France (2.8 bn or 9%) and the Netherlands (1.5 bn or 5%). In 2009, the majority of Member States recorded decreases in the outflow of workers' remittances compared with 2008, with the highest falls observed in Spain (from 7.9 bn euro to 7.1 bn) and France (from 3.4 bn to 2.8 bn), and the largest increase in Italy (from 6.4 bn to 6.8 bn). This News Release, issued by Eurostat, presents data collected within the framework of Balance of Payments statistics.

In the EU27, 116 million people were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2008

How many people are poor in the EU? Is inequality increasing? Does a job guarantee escape from poverty? Questions like these and many others on poverty and social exclusion as well as housing, health and education are analysed in the new publication Income and living conditions in Europe issued by Eurostat. This publication is based on data from the EU-SILC survey, and is issued in connection with the closing conference of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, which takes place in Brussels on 16 and 17 December 2010.


European Union welcomes Cancún Agreement as important step towards global framework for climate action

The European Union welcomes the positive results of the Cancún climate conference. The balanced and substantive package of decisions adopted today, known as the Cancún Agreement, represents an important further step on the road to building a comprehensive and legally binding framework for climate action for the period after 2012.

Mergers: Commission approves transaction combining IT and telecoms wholesale activities of Schindler's ALSO and Droege's Actebis

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed combination of the activities of ALSO of Switzerland and Actebis of Germany, two wholesalers of IT, consumer electronics and telecommunication products. Following the transaction the combined entity will be jointly controlled by the respective parent companies of ALSO and Actebis, Schindler (Switzerland) and Droege (Germany). After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA) or any substantial part of it.

Autre matériel diffusé :

Memo Factsheet on Haiti Cholera Epidemic

Statements by President Barroso and Commissioner Hedegaard on the Cancún Agreement on climate change - rediffusion

Statement by Vice-President Reding on the Competitiveness Council’s general approach on the Consumer Rights Directive - rediffusion

Memo on EU-India Joint Statement

Statement by President Barroso following the EU-India Summit, Brussels - rediffusion