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Daily News – 24.06.2016

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Daily News 24 / 06 / 2016

Brussels, 24 June 2016

Joint Statement by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Mark Rutte, Holder of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, on the outcome of the United Kingdom Referendum

President Schulz, President Tusk and Prime Minister Rutte met this morning in Brussels upon the invitation of European Commission President Juncker. They discussed the outcome of the United Kingdom referendum and made the following joint statement: "In a free and democratic process, the British people have expressed their wish to leave the European Union. We regret this decision but respect it. This is an unprecedented situation but we are united in our response. We will stand strong and uphold the EU's core values of promoting peace and the well-being of its peoples. The Union of 27 Member States will continue. The Union is the framework of our common political future. We are bound together by history, geography and common interests and will develop our cooperation on this basis. Together we will address our common challenges to generate growth, increase prosperity and ensure a safe and secure environment for our citizens. The institutions will play their full role in this endeavour. We now expect the United Kingdom government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, however painful that process may be. Any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty. We have rules to deal with this in an orderly way. Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union sets out the procedure to be followed if a Member State decides to leave the European Union. We stand ready to launch negotiations swiftly with the United Kingdom regarding the terms and conditions of its withdrawal from the European Union. Until this process of negotiations is over, the United Kingdom remains a member of the European Union, with all the rights and obligations that derive from this. According to the Treaties which the United Kingdom has ratified, EU law continues to apply to the full to and in the United Kingdom until it is no longer a Member. As agreed, the “New Settlement for the United Kingdom within the European Union”, reached at the European Council on 18-19 February 2016, will now not take effect and ceases to exist. There will be no renegotiation. As regards the United Kingdom, we hope to have it as a close partner of the European Union in the future. We expect the United Kingdom to formulate its proposals in this respect. Any agreement, which will be concluded with the United Kingdom as a third country, will have to reflect the interests of both sides and be balanced in terms of rights and obligations.” The statement is available online in ENFR and DE. A Memo is available here. Follow the press conference with President Juncker on EbS. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524; Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382; Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456)

 

Mergers: Commission clears joint acquisition of five shopping centres and retail parks in Italy and Spain by TPG Capital and Partners Group

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the joint acquisition of two retail parks and three shopping centres located in Italy and Spain by TPG Capital of the United States and Partners Group of Switzerland. Both TPG Capital and Partners Group are private investment firms. The assets to be acquired comprise the following entities: in Italy the Centro Navile Retail Park in Bologna and the Metropolis Shopping Centre in Rende; in Spain, the Miramar Retail Park and Shopping Centre in Fuengirola and the L'Aljub Shopping Centre in Elche. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of its very limited impact on the market structure. 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.8049(For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

 

Mergers: Commission clears joint acquisition of PHS by Anchorage and M&G

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control over PHS Group Investments Limited of the United Kingdom by Anchorage Capital Group of the United States and funds managed by M&G Alternatives Investment Management Limited (MGAIM) and M&G Investment Management Limited (MGIM) of the United Kingdom. PHS is a workplace services provider specialised in hygiene services and supplies. Anchorage is an investment adviser. MGAIM and MGIM are subsidiaries of Prudential plc, an international insurance group and operate under the M&G Investments brand across Europe. M&G manages fixed income, equity and real estate assets. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because it would have no impact on the market structure. 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.8041. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

 

STATEMENTS

 

Commissioner Thyssen gives keynote speech at EU trade union conference on the impact of digitalisation and robotisation on the world of work

On Monday, 27 June, the European Trade Union Confederation, together with the European Trade Union Institute, will host the conference "Shaping the new world of work: the impacts of digitalisation and robotisation" in Brussels. Reflecting upon the changing world of work is at the heart of the ongoing debate on the establishment of a European Pillar of Social Rights, on which a public consultation was launched on 8 March 2016. In addition, in a joint statement in March to the Tripartite Social Summit, the European social partners called the European Commission to plan its employment agenda in a way that underpins the digital transformation of economies and labour markets. On this occasion, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, will give a keynote speech which will be made available here. Ahead of the event, Commissioner Thyssen said: "We are living in an era of globalisation, where innovation and progress are driven by digitalisation and new business models. If we want to reap the benefits of new, global, digital and collaborative economies for Europe, it is essential that we make the best use of our human capital. Earlier this month, I proposed a New Skills Agenda for Europe, which includes a renewed push towards digital skills and a rethink of the key competences our curricula should aim for." The conference will bring together over 400 representatives of trade unions, research bodies, academia, civil society, EU institutions and international organisations to discuss how the world and nature of work and employment is being changed radically by the digital revolution. In particular, discussions will focus on the challenges of these new trends for trade unions and workers. More information on the conference can be found here. (For more information:Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June): Commissioner Avramopoulos calls for stronger action to support prevention of drug use

This year's International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking will focus on increasing support for prevention of drug use and strengthening resilience of children and youth against drugs. Ahead of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on Sunday, 26 June, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said: "Europe faces an increasingly complex drug problem. New and traditional drugs continue to be in high demand and supply, with major impacts on public health, especially that of young people. Prevention remains central to the way Europe responds to these challenges. That is why we will spare no efforts to move from words to action on our commitments with all the relevant stakeholders, including our international partners." On 31 May Commissioner Avramopoulos launched the 2016 European Drugs Report produced by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) offering a top-level analysis of the latest trends in drug supply, drug use prevalence, prevention, treatment, and policy across the 28 EU Member States, Turkey and Norway. Additional material produced by EMCDDA marking the International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking will be available here.(For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 58602

 

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