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EXME 13 / 09.01
Midday Express of 2013-01-09
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
To return to growth and higher levels of employment, Europe needs more entrepreneurs. With 4 million new jobs created every year, new companies, especially small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), create the most new jobs in Europe. Therefore, European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani presented today an action plan to support entrepreneurs and revolutionise entrepreneurial culture in Europe. The plan stresses the key role of education and training to nurture new generations of entrepreneurs, and includes specific measures to help budding entrepreneurs among young people, women, seniors, migrants, and the unemployed. The high level of EU unemployment leaves untapped human resources, especially amongst women and young people. The plan also tackles obstacles to entrepreneurship such as ambitious measures to facilitate start-ups and new businesses, make transfers of business ownership more successful, improve access to finance, and give honest entrepreneurs a second chance after bankruptcy.
As from 11 January the new European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will be up and running to help protect European citizens and businesses against cyber-crime. EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström will participate in the official opening of the Centre established at the European Police Office, Europol in the Hague (the Netherlands).
Commission clears acquisition of Mannheim Bio Fuel and Novaol Austria by Bunge Group
The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition by Bunge Group of Mannheim Bio Fuel GmbH and Novaol Austria GmbH. Bunge is a global agribusiness and food company. Both Mannheim Bio Fuel and Novaol Austria are jointly controlled subsidiaries of Bunge Group and Diester Industries SAS and are active in the production and sale of biodiesel and crude glycerine. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.
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