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Daily News – 16.01.2017

European Commission - Daily News

Daily News 16 / 01 / 2017

Brussels, 16 January 2017

Le marché américain s'ouvre de nouveau au bœuf français: déclaration des Commissaires Cecilia Malmström, Vytenis Andriukaitis et Phil Hogan

Les Etats-Unis ont annoncé la levée de l'embargo sur les importations de viande bovine en provenance de la France. La Commission salue cette décision qui constitue une nouvelle étape dans la réouverture d'un marché fermé depuis la crise de l'Encéphalopathie spongiforme bovine (ESB) dans les années 90. "Après des décisions similaires prises pour l'Irlande, la Lituanie et les Pays-Bas, la Commission salue la décision des États-Unis d'autoriser les importations de viande bovine en provenance de la France. Ceci est une nouvelle illustration que les efforts déployés par l'Union Européenne pour éradiquer l'ESB de son territoire ont porté leurs fruits. C'est une excellente nouvelle pour les producteurs français, et la Commission continue de travailler avec toutes les parties concernées pour s'assurer que, dans un avenir proche, tous les États membres disposeront du même accès au marché américain. Cette décision des États-Unis démontre clairement ce que nous pouvons réaliser en ayant une relation ouverte et constructive avec l'un de nos partenaires commerciaux les plus importants", ont déclaré les Commissaires Cecilia Malmström, en charge du commerce, Vytenis Andriukaitis, en charge de la santé et de la sécurité alimentaire, et Phil Hogan, en charge de l'agriculture. La déclaration est en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 5617; Aikaterini Apostola - Tel.: +32 229 87624; Axel Fougner - Tel.: +32 229 57276; Clémence Robin - Tel.: +32 229 52509)

 

Commission welcomes the successful conclusion of negotiations on an EU/US Agreement on insurance and reinsurance  

The European Commission and the US Department of the Treasury and Office of the Trade Representative jointly announced last Friday the successful conclusion of negotiations of an Agreement between the EU and the USA on insurance and reinsurance. This agreement was reached after more than 20 years of discussions between both sides on reinsurance collateral in particular and almost a year of formal negotiations. The Agreement covers prudential benefits which are granted on certain conditions for reinsurers and for reinsurance and insurance groups of the EU operating in the US and conversely, and exchange of information between supervisors on both sides of the Atlantic. Welcoming the successful closure of negotiations Valdis Dombrovskis, Commission Vice-President for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union said: “We welcome this agreement, which is both balanced and fair. This is a major deal that is set to benefit insurers, reinsurers and policyholders on both sides of the Atlantic. It is a win-win solution. It shows that both EU and US regulators can reach mutually-beneficial outcomes through enhanced international cooperation."Through this Agreement, the EU and the US agree to remove collateral and local presence requirements for reinsurers operating on a cross-border basis between the EU and the USA, if they meet the conditions laid down in the Agreement. In line with the objectives of the Investment Plan for Europe and the Capital Markets Union, this Agreement will make possible increased investment by reinsurers. EU reinsurers estimate that they have about $40 billion of collateral posted in the USA, which could be used more effectively in other investments. The opportunity cost is estimated at around $400 million per year. EU and US insurance and reinsurance groups active in both jurisdictions will not be subject to certain requirements with respect to group supervision for their worldwide activities, but supervisors retain the ability to request and obtain information about worldwide activities which could harm policyholders' interests or financial stability. The Agreement also contains model provisions for the exchange of information between supervisors, which supervisors on both sides of the Atlantic are encouraged to follow. The Agreement is being notified to Congress in the USA. In the EU, it will be submitted to the EU Member States in Council in view of its formal signature. The European Parliament's consent will also be needed for conclusion of this Agreement. See EU-US joint statement. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Letizia Lupini – Tel.: +32 229 51958)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of MCIS-CN and AETZ-CN assets by MCHC and Ube

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of joint control over MCIS-CN and the assets of AETZ-CN by Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC) and Ube Industries. Both target companies are active in the production of electrolytes for lithium-ion secondary batteries in China. The acquiring companies are both registered in Japan. MCHC is a global holding company active in performance products, health care and industrial materials. Ube is a global company active in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, construction materials, machinery and energy and environment. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns as the jointly controlled entity will operate solely in East Asia and will have no activities within the European Economic Area. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competitionwebsite, in the public case registerunder the case number M.8266. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni - Tel.: +32 229 90526)

 

EUROSTAT: Excédent de 25,9 mrds d'euros du commerce international de biens de la zone euro

D'après les premières estimations pour le mois de novembre 2016, les exportations de biens de la zone euro (ZE19) vers le reste du monde se sont établies à 184,2 milliards d'euros, en hausse de 6% par rapport à novembre 2015 (173,8 mrds). Les importations depuis le reste du monde ont quant à elles été de 158,3 mrds d'euros, en hausse de 5% par rapport à novembre 2015 (150,9 mrds). En conséquence, la zone euro a enregistré en novembre 2016 un excédent de 25,9 mrds d'euros de son commerce international de biens avec le reste du monde, contre +22,9 mrds en novembre 2015. Le commerce intra-zone euro a progressé à 154,0 mrds d'euros en novembre 2016, en hausse de 5% par rapport à novembre 2015. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'informations: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Axel Fougner - Tel.: +32 229 57276)

 

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Almost one million people coded during EU Code Week 2016

The Europe Code Week reached a record number of participants in 2016 with 970,000 people coding in one of the 23,000 events organised in more than 50 countries around the world. The attendance figures were published today, showing that the popular grassroots initiative attracted 70% more participants last year compared to 2015. Given the positive feedback, the EU Code Week will be organised this year for the fifth time in a row. EU Code Week 2017 will extend over two weeks from 7-22 October, inviting even more young programming enthusiasts to participate. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market said: "I am happy that this grassroots movement has grown so popular, especially since coding is becoming increasingly important in today's world. Confidence and creativity in using digital technologies are essential for everyone in Europe to participate fully in our digital society. Moreover, basic coding skills will most likely become indispensable for the future jobs." The Commission supports EU Code Week and other initiatives to improve digital skills in Europe as part of the Digital Single Market strategy. Stepping up Europe's digital skills is also part of the EU-wide Skills Agenda. EU Code Week aims to show that anyone can create and build things with code. The goal is also to get more people to learn computational thinking and understand how computers work and to connect different groups to offer more coding opportunities. Participation in EU Code Week is open to all, encouraging people additionally to organise their own coding events with the help of online toolkits, lesson plans and guides available on the EU Code Week website. More results of EU Code Week 2016 can be found here. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund - Tel.: +32 229 50698)

 

Upcoming events of the European Commission (ex-Top News)

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