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EXME 12 / 13.09
Midday Express of 2012-09-13
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
The European Commission has today proposed to provide Denmark with €7.4m from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 720 workers made redundant by the wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Group. The money would help to finance a package of measures to assess these workers to find new jobs. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for their approval.
The European Commission has today proposed to provide Germany with €5.3m from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 2,103 former workers of printing machinery manufacturer of Manroland AG and of three of its subsidiaries and suppliers. The money would help to finance a package of measures to help these workers to find new jobs. The proposal now goes to the European Parliament and the EU's Council of Ministers for their approval.
To make it through the crisis, Europe needs the contribution of all sectors of its economy. In a Communication on 'Blue Growth' adopted today, the European Commission presents promising indications for economic growth and employment prospects in the marine and maritime economy to help Europe's economic recovery. These economic sectors provide jobs for 5.4 million people and contribute a total gross value added of around 500 billion euros. By 2020, these should increase to 7 million and nearly 600 billion euros respectively. To realise this potential, the Commission establishes that obstacles hindering growth have to be removed and smart solutions to boost new sectors need to be implemented. By promoting marine research and innovation, by supporting innovative SMEs, by addressing skills needs and by encouraging innovative products and solutions, Europe can unlock the untapped potential for growth in its blue economy while safeguarding biodiversity and protecting the environment. Traditional sectors such as maritime transport and maritime and coastal tourism will gain in competitiveness. Growing and emerging sectors, such as ocean renewable energy and blue biotechnology, can become a key to creating more jobs, cleaner energy, and more products and services.
As Croatia prepares to become the 28th EU Member State on 1 July 2013, the first targeted recruitment campaign to find qualified Croatian nationals launches today. The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is running a recruitment competition for recent graduates to fill a range of positions within the EU institutions, including public administration, law, audit, economics and finance roles (AD5 'administrators'). A competition launched earlier this year to prepare for enlargement was aimed at any EU national who spoke Croatian. This is the first time applications are only open to Croatian citizens. This is to ensure, as with previous enlargements, that nationals of the new Member State are properly reflected within the institutions as rapidly as possible.
The European Commission has temporarily approved a rescue recapitalisation worth €1.8 billion that Cyprus granted to Cyprus Popular Bank for reasons of financial stability. The Commission found the measure to be in line with EU state aid rules because it is limited to the minimum necessary and provides safeguards to minimise distortions of competition. The public support measure is approved for a period of six months. The Cypriot authorities committed to submit a restructuring plan for the bank within this period. The Commission will then take a final decision on the basis of the restructuring plan.
After the decline in EU27 trade in goods with South Africa observed in 2009, both exports and imports recovered in 2010 and 2011, although imports grew at a slower pace. The value of EU27 exports to South Africa reached a peak of 26.6 billion euro in 2011, while imports rose to 20.5 bn, still not reaching the level recorded in 2007. As a result, EU27 trade with South Africa registered a surplus of 6.1 bn in 2011, compared with +1.4 bn in 2010 and -3.1 bn in 2009. The first half of 2012 showed a decrease in EU27 trade with South Africa, compared with the first half of 2011. Exports fell slightly from 13.2 bn in the first half of 2011 to 13.0 bn in the first half of 2012, and imports more significantly from 10.5 bn to 9.7 bn. As a result, the EU27 surplus in trade of goods with South Africa increased from 2.7 bn in the first half of 2011 to 3.4 bn in the same period of 2012. South Africa accounted for around 1.4% of the EU27's international trade in goods.
Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Limoni by Bridgepoint and Orlando Italy Management
The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the proposed acquisition of joint control by the private equity firms Bridgepoint Advisers Group Limited of UK and Orlando Italy Management S.A. of Luxembourg over the Italian Limoni S.p.A. Limoni, previously solely controlled by Bridgepoint, is active in the retail distribution of perfumes and cosmetic products, mainly in Italy. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.
Integrated Maritime Policy: further progress towards sustainable maritime development
The European Commission has adopted the second Progress report on the EU's 2007 Integrated Maritime Policy. By facilitating the cooperation of all maritime players across sectors and borders, and by avoiding duplication of spending and efforts, the Integrated Maritime Policy has enhanced the sustainable development of the European maritime economy, while contributing to a better protection of the marine environment. The report presents a coherent picture of achievements in all policy areas related to the seas. Transport, research, environment, tourism, shipbuilding, climate change adaption, regional policies all contribute to the Maritime Dimension of Europe 2020 and the growth of Europe's Blue economy. Between 2007 and 2011, the EU has launched key initiatives such as the White Paper for Transport; the Common Information Sharing Environment for the EU’s maritime domain to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of maritime surveillance; a Task force on Maritime Employment and Competitiveness; three joint calls of FP7 Research Programme under the Ocean of Tomorrow to support multidisciplinary marine and maritime projects, a first version of the European Marine Observation and Data Network to improve access to data and reduce costs to users; A Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic adopted in November 2011; the further implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the environment pillar of the IMP to achieve better environmental status for EU marine waters by 2020 and initiatives to promote Maritime Spatial Planning. The new phase of the Integrated Maritime Policy will be based on the Blue Growth Communication also adopted today to further achieve a healthy maritime economy that delivers innovation, growth and sustainability for the EU as a whole. For more information: see Integrated Maritime Policy (Maritime affairs website)
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