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EXME 12 / 23.10
Midday Express of 2012-10-23
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
A double celebration in Genk, Belgium last night marked the 20th birthday of two keystones of EU environmental policy. It is now twenty years since the EU adopted the Habitats Directive, one of the two building blocks of Natura 2000, Europe's network of protected areas. LIFE, the EU funding instrument for the environment, is also celebrating 20 years.
Commission assesses impact of single release date for films in cinemas, TV and internet
The European Commission is launching a new initiative aimed at assessing the benefits of releasing feature films via different platforms on the same day; in other words, a simultaneous release in cinemas, on television, through video-on-demand and via the internet. At present, most films are subject to traditional 'release windows' which mean they are first seen exclusively in cinemas or festivals, before being later screened on television or through video-on-demand. Some independent film producers believe that they will achieve higher revenues if they release films through all possible distribution channels at the same time. The € 2 million pilot scheme will cover around 20 art-house films released in Germany, France, UK, Poland, Spain, Italy The Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg. Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "The film industry in the USA is increasingly adapting to new models of distribution. It is essential that Europe also tests all the possibilities to see how we can ensure diversity and profitability in a competitive market." MEDIA programme, Commissioner Vassiliou's website , Twitter @VassiliouEU
Commission clears acquisition of Nutrixo by Vivescia
The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition by the Vivescia Group of Nutrixo Group, both of France. Nutrixo is active in milling (manufacture of common wheat flour), manufacture of semolina, marketing of bakery products, pastries, industrial confectionery and catering products. Vivescia is active in marketing of oilseeds and protein crops, cereal processing (malting, corn processing, starch-glucose production, animal nutrition and biofuel), marketing of agricultural inputs (feedingstuffs, inputs for mixed cropping and wine-growing). The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.
Commission clears acquisition of Groupama by Ageas
The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of sole control of Groupama UK by Ageas UK. Ageas UK is the holding company for Ageas' non-life insurance activities in UK. Groupama UK provides a range of non-life insurance products, i.e. motor, home, travel, personal accident and commercial insurance, mainly in UK. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.
Commission clears acquisition of Participes by Abertis and Brookfield Asset Management
The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition by Abertis Infraestructuras, S.A. ("Abertis", Spain) and Brookfield Brazil Motorways Holdings SRL ultimately owned by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. ("Brookfield", Canada) of joint control of the undertaking Partícipes en Brasil S.L.U. (Partícipes, Spain). Abertis manages mobility and telecommunication infrastructures internationally. Brookfield Brazil Motorways is an investment fund managed by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. which is a global asset management company. Partícipes operates toll roads in Brazil. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. The Commission considered that this transaction does not lead to any competition concern in view of the absence of horizontal overlaps and of vertical links within the EU.
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