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EXME 13 / 09.10


09 / 10 / 13

Lampedusa: President Barroso pays tribute to the victims and shows solidarity through concrete action

Today, President Barroso visits the island of Lampedusa to pay tribute to the many victims who have tragically lost their lives trying to reach the European shores and to show solidarity through concrete action.

Watch the joint press conference of European Commission President Barroso and Italian Prime Minister Letta following their visit in Lampedusa live here . The President's statement will be available later this afternoon. More on current activities of the EU action in the fields of migration and asylum .

Other news

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Greek airline Olympic Air by Aegean Airlines

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Olympic Air by Aegean Airlines, both Greek air carriers. The Commission's in-depth investigation has shown that Olympic Air would be forced to exit the market in the near future due to financial difficulties if not acquired by Aegean. Once Olympic would be out of business, Aegean would become the only significant domestic service provider and would capture Olympic's current market shares. Therefore, with or without the merger, Olympic would soon disappear as a competitor to Aegean. Thus the merger causes no harm to competition that would not have occurred anyway.

La "Pasta di Gragnano" reconnue comme indication géographique protégée

La Commission européenne a approuvé la demande d'enregistrement dans la liste des indications géographiques protégées (IGP) de la dénomination italienne " Pasta di Gragnano ", pâtes produites dans la commune de Gragnano dans la province de Naples. La " Pasta di Gragnano " est connue pour sa méthode traditionnelle de production à l'aide de filières en bronze, qui confèrent aux pâtes une rugosité qui leur permet de mieux «accrocher» les sauces et les condiments. Près de 1200 produits sont déjà protégés en vertu de la législation sur la protection des indications géographiques, des appellations d'origine et des spécialités traditionnelles. Des renseignements sur les produits de qualité ainsi que la liste des dénominations protégées sont disponibles en ligne à l'adresse:

What Commissioners said

Vice-President Kallas: Connecting the EU with its eastern neighbours

Two years ago, the European Union began work with the Eastern Partnership countries to become better connected and more closely integrated through transport. “For the Eastern Partnership countries to build stronger ties with the EU, in transport and other areas, benefits all sides,” Vice-President Siim Kallas, in charge of transport, will say this afternoon at the Eastern Partnership Transport Ministerial Meeting in Luxembourg. “We now have the chance to move our transport system further eastwards to our closest neighbours. After all, transport does not stop at borders – and that is what European transport policy is all about. It brings the peoples and economies of Europe closer together.” While closer transport integration offers great potential for trade growth and wider economic cooperation, it is held back by missing cross-border links and limited interoperability of traffic management systems, Kallas will say. “That means we have to remove all the barriers and bottlenecks, both administrative and technical. It means building smooth cross-border links to join up to the EU’s future core TEN-T network.” The speech will be available on RAPID later this afternoon.

Tax in the Digital Economy: Commissioner Šemeta presents his views on the way forward

Speaking in Paris today at a conference on Taxation and the Digital Agenda, Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta said: "Digital companies must be prepared to play by EU rules in order to benefit from our 500 million consumers. And this means paying their fair share in taxes. But we cannot put the entire burden at their feet. It is the responsibility of governments to ensure a clear, coordinated and watertight international tax framework, which sets a level playing field for all businesses. If our tax rules today are no longer appropriate for the economy we live in, then changes must be made – at global, EU or national level."

Commissioner De Gucht does not exclude WTO action on Russia’s trade restrictions on Lithuanian goods

In the European Parliament plenary, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht yesterday addressed the rising trade restrictions that Russia is imposing on EU products for health and hygiene issues, Russia’s recent restrictions on Lithuanian dairy products being a point in case. Commissioner De Gucht made clear that the European Commission will continue to defend EU exporters and to insist that Russia lives up to the commitments it took when acceding to the World Trade Organisation (WTO): “I will not hesitate to recommend appropriate action to the College on the basis of the relevant provisions of WTO's General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.” Commissioner De Gucht also reiterated his doubts about the WTO compatibility of Russia's customs restrictions on Lithuanian goods, imposed since 12 September.

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