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Daily News – 30.07.2015

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Daily News 30/07/2015

Brussels, 30 July 2015

Safety net measures for European dairy, fruit and vegetables to be extended

Safety net measures for the European dairy, fruit and vegetables sectors will be extended into 2016. The European Commission is currently finalising the last details with a view to formally adopting the relevant legal decisions in the coming weeks. The European Commission is aware of the challenges faced by European producers and is committed to making the necessary efforts to support them. EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan already announced his intention to extend measures during the most recent Council of Agriculture Ministers on 13 July, adding today: "The significant actions taken to date by the European Union have demonstrated the solidarity of the EU with farmers most affected by the Russian ban. These actions also played an important part in mitigating the effects of the ban. Now, almost a year later, with the ban prolonged, we need to continue to provide a safety net in order to give security to producers who continue to face difficulties in relation to the ban." Global demand for milk and dairy products has deteriorated throughout 2014 and the first half of 2015 notably due to the slowdown in imports from China and intention of the Russian government to prolong for another year the unjustified and illegal ban on imports of agricultural products from the EU until August 2016. A press release is available here. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel: +32 229 56 185; Joseph Waldstein – Tel: +32 229 56 184)

EU gives €4.5 million for Burundi refugee crisis

The European Commission is releasing €4.5 million in humanitarian assistance to help the increasing number of refugees from Burundi who have fled to neighbouring countries. More than 175 000 people, the majority of them women and children, are estimated to have already left the country. "We cannot overlook the deteriorating humanitarian situation affecting Burundi. Refugee numbers are up in the last three months which is a serious cause of concern in an already fragile region. This additional EU humanitarian funding will help neighbouring countries accommodate refugees and meet their most urgent needs. It is a strong signal of EU's solidarity with the most vulnerable people caught in a difficult situation beyond their control," said EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides. Read the press release. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

Mergers: Commission clears joint venture between BPI and Constructions Industrielles De La Méditerranée

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the creation of the joint venture 'SUNCIM' by BPI Group and Constructions Industrielles De La Méditerranée ('CNIM'), all of France. BPI Group, ultimately owned by the French Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations and the French state, is an investment fund. The CNIM Group designs and manufactures high-tech turnkey industrial equipment and plants, and provides expertise, research and development, services and operations in the fields of environment, energy, defence and industry. SUNCIM builds concentrated solar power plants outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). Since the joint venture has no activities in the EEA, the Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would not raise any competition concerns in the EU. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.7642. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of glass packaging business Verallia by private equity firm Apollo

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Verallia by Apollo Management L.P. of the USA. Verallia is formed by a group of companies that manufactures and supplies glass bottles and jars for the food and beverage industries worldwide. Before the transaction, Verallia belonged to Compagnie de Saint-Gobain S.A. of France. Apollo Management is a private equity firm. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns, in particular because there are no overlaps between the activities of Apollo Management and its portfolio companies and those of Verallia. 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.7693. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

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