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Daily News of 2013-08-29

European Commission - MEX/13/0829   29/08/2013

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29 / 08 / 13

European Heritage Days: 50 countries offer free access to historic sites

Millions of people will enjoy free access to thousands of rarely opened historic and cultural sites in 50 countries throughout September as part of the annual European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the European Commission and Council of Europe. The 2013 European Heritage Days are officially launched tomorrow (30 August) in Yerevan, Armenia, which currently holds the Chairmanship of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. A new interactive website will also be launched on the same day: it will provide details of the sites which are open to the public, as well as information about special events taking place in each country to tie in with the Heritage Days.

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EU announces new support for economic development and the reduction of social inequalities in Morocco

The European Commission has announced the first part of his agenda in 2013 for Morocco. This program, a total of € 110 million, reflecting the commitment of the European Union (EU) for economic and social development in Morocco. "Our support for these two major areas of socio-economic reforms allows us to contribute to a more inclusive growth in line with the commitments made by the EU to its Moroccan partner line with the new approach of the European Neighbourhood Policy. These actions are also designed to meet the needs of the Moroccan population regarding the redistribution of growth in Morocco", said Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy.

Mergers: The Commission clears acquisition of Barclays Infrastructure Funds Management by 3i Group

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Barclays Infrastructure Funds Management (BIFM) by the 3i Group, both of the UK. BIFM, which is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of Barclays PLC, is a funds management business which focuses on infrastructure investment in the UK, France Ireland and Italy. 3i Group is an investor and investment management company focused on mid-market private equity, infrastructure and debt management. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns given the companies' limited market shares on the markets concerned. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.6966


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