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Daily News of 2013-09-23

European Commission - MEX/13/0923   23/09/2013

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EXME 13 / 23.09

DAILY NEWS

23 / 09 / 13

President Barroso at the UN General Assembly week

From 23 to 26 September, President Barroso will travel to New York to attend the UN General Assembly 68 Plenary week events. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) is the major annual multilateral event bringing together political leaders from all over the world.

President Barroso will speak at the Opening of the Special event on the Millenium Development Goals as well as at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development . The UNGA will also be an opportunity to hold an important number of bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary General, the President of the General Assembly, as well as with a number of leaders from third countries (Ukraine, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Peru, Mali). The President will have a working meeting with the President of the World Bank as well.

The full list of key results from European Commission programmes and an overview of EU policies and activities that contribute to the eight MDGs can be found in the brochure " EU Contribution to the Millennium Development Goals ".

High Representative/Vice-President Ashton, Commissioners Füle, Georgieva, Hedegaard, Piebalgs and Potočnik will also participate in the Assembly. For further information read the EU Priorities for the 68th UN General Assembly .

EU is making major contribution to global fight against poverty

Over the last decade, thanks to EU funding, almost 14 million pupils could go to primary school, more than 46 million people were helped with cash or other in-kind benefits to ensure their food security, and over 7.5 million births were attended by skilled health workers, saving the lives of mothers and babies.  These are just some of the new results published today by the European Commission on how it has helped reduce global poverty and supported the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), improving the lives of millions of people.  The new results, which cover EU activities between 2004 and 2012, come some days ahead of a UN Special Event in New York that will discuss how progress on eradicating poverty can be accelerated and how a comprehensive global agenda for development after 2015 could be shaped. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, will take part in the event, and will be accompanied by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, and Environment Commissioner, Janez Potočnik. President José Manuel Barroso commented:  “The world has made impressive progress in fighting poverty and we can be proud of the European Union's great contribution to this success. I firmly believe that eradicating poverty within one generation is possible. My vision is of a world where everyone lives in dignity and prosperity, with access to clean water, sanitation and energy, as well as education and health services; a world where fundamental human rights are universally respected, and where development is sustainable. Investing in fair and sustainable globalisation is not just the right thing to do. It is also a matter of strategic vision.” Further information:   IP/13/852

Other news

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of German cable operator Kabel Deutschland by Vodafone

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Kabel Deutschland Holding AG, a German cable operator, by Vodafone Group Plc. of the United Kingdom. The Commission's investigation confirmed that the activities of the merging parties were mainly complementary. While Kabel Deutschland primarily offers cable TV, fixed line telephony and Internet access services, Vodafone's core business consists of mobile telephony services. To a certain extent, it also offers fixed line telephony and Internet access, as well as IPTV. The Commission found that in markets where the parties' activities overlap, the increase in market share resulting from the proposed transaction is insignificant and will therefore not appreciably alter competition.

ERA progress report: 'single market' for research closer, not yet a reality

The European research landscape still faces serious shortcomings, according to a report presented today by the European Commission. Issues such as non-transparent recruitment practices and gender inequality are stopping EU Member States and other European countries from reaching their research and innovation potential. The report presents the first comprehensive analysis of the state of the 'single market' for research, or the European Research Area (ERA). It shows that some progress has been made, but that even the best performing research institutions still have issues to address ahead of the 2014 deadline for ERA, as set by EU leaders. There is also a significant gap between the best and the worst performers ( MEMO/13/807).

Consultation on Green Action Plan for small enterprises – Enhancing their international competitiveness

Through a public consultation, the European Commission wishes to collect stakeholders’ views on the most effective support measures for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to become more resource efficient and sell internationally green products and which actors are best placed to help SMEs in the process. Today only few European SMEs extend their green business to foreign markets. Knowing that the EU makes up roughly one third of the world market for environmental industries this reveals a huge potential for SMEs to grow.

The results of this public consultation will be used to shape the actions aimed at promoting resource efficiency for and by SMEs to be included in the forthcoming Green Action Plan for SMEs. The public consultation runs from 20tth September until 12th December 2013.

The public consultation , see also MEMO/12/218 (Eurobarometer survey: SMEs are important for a smooth transition to a greener economy) EU and China explore the benefits of green growth and SMEs an important aspect of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation

Future of Europe Debate: Vice-President Viviane Reding debates with citizens in Helsinki

European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding will be in Helsinki with Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Sirpa Pietikäinen tomorrow to hold a debate on the future of Europe with about 300 citizens. The debate will take place on 24 September between 10:00 and 12:00 (9:00 and 11:00 CET) at Vanha ylioppilastalo, Mannerheimintie 3, Helsinki. Prior registration is required: http://kansalaiskeskustelu.eu/ . The event will be streamed live via the internet as a webcast. Citizens from all over Europe can also participate via Twitter by using the hashtag #EUDeb8.

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Brazilian food processor Marfrig’s Zenda and Seara businesses by rival JBS

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Columbus Netherlands B.V. known as “Zenda” and of six companies forming the Brazilian “Seara” business, both currently owned by Marfrig Alimentos S.A., by JBS S.A. of Brazil. Zenda produces leather for use in various sectors, including automotive, furniture, shoes and garment. Seara is primarily active in the rearing of live poultry and pigs for slaughter and in the production of primary and processed poultry and pork products in Brazil. Seara exports primary poultry and processed chicken to the European Economic Area (EEA). JBS produces beef products, hides and other cattle parts and also has activities in pork and poultry. It exports its products, among others, to the EEA. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns, in particular because the overlaps between the activities of JBS, Zenda and Seara are limited. 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.7012 .  

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Topdanmark by IF P&C in insurance sector

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Topdanmark A/S of Denmark by IF P&C of Sweden. Topdanmark is a public limited company listed on the Nasdaq OMX Copenhagen, active in the area of life and non-life insurance exclusively in Denmark. IF P&C, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sampo plc (Finland), is active mainly in the field of non-life insurance in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, as well as in the Baltic countries and Russia. Sampo plc is a financial holding controlling also the Finnish Manadatum Life Insurance Company Ltd active within the life insurance business in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns, in particular because the parties' market shares remain relatively limited on the markets concerned. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.6957 .


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