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EXME 13 / 18.02

Midday Express of 2013-02-18

News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing

Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne

New EU initiative to fight organised crime and human trafficking at EU borders

A new €1.5 million project that will boost the fight against organised crime and human trafficking in Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova and Turkey has been launched by the European Union.

State aid: Commission publishes updated Guide on services of general economic interest (SGEI)

The European Commission services have published an updated guide to explain how EU rules in the fields of state aid, public procurement and the internal market apply to services of general economic interest (SGEI). The guide provides simple and comprehensive answers to the most frequent questions asked by public authorities, service users and providers and other stakeholders. Originally published in 2010, it has now been revised to take account of the new state aid rules on SGEI that the Commission adopted in December 2011 and April 2012 (see IP/11/1571 , MEMO/11/929 and IP/12/402) - the so-called "Almunia" Package.

Commission clears acquisition of Cerved Holding by CVC

The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the acquisition of control of Cerved Holding S.p.A. ("Cerved Holding"), Italy, by CVC Capital Partners SICAV-FIS S.A (''CVC''), Luxembourg. Cerved Holding is active as provider of database and commercial information to third parties. CVC provides advice to and manages investment funds. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.

Vassiliou congratulates Romanian director Netzer after Golden Bear success

European Commissioner Androlla Vassiliou has congratulated Romanian director Călin Peter Netzer after he scooped the Golden Bear for best picture at the Berlin film festival with Poziţia Copilului (Child's Pose). The film, about a wealthy, controlling woman who uses her social status to try to save her son from jail after he accidentally kills a child in a road accident, was one of 17 films at the festival supported by the EU's MEDIA programme, which funds development, promotion and distribution of European films outside their country of origin. "My warmest congratulations go to the director and cast of Poziţia Copilului. Romania has a rich tradition of producing challenging and unforgettable films; this film is in the top drawer and Călin Peter Netzer's success is well-merited. I hope the film enjoys global acclaim," said Commissioner Vassiliou, who is responsible for education, culture, multilingualism and youth. In a double success for Romania, the 24-year-old actress Ada Condeescu was named among this year's 'Shooting Stars' , the top 10 young actors and actresses to watch, at the festival. Three other MEDIA-backed films also received prizes: Layla Fourie by Pia Marais, a political thriller set in South Africa, received a 'special mention' from the jury. The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer, a documentary based on the 1965 purges in Indonesia, won the Panorma Audience Award and Ecumenical Jury Prize, and Krugovi (Circles) by Srdan Golubović, about a Serbian soldier who risks his life to protect a Muslim civilian during the Bosnian war, was also honoured by the Ecumenical Jury. (To find out more: Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou's website , Twitter @VassiliouEU)

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