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30 / 10 / 13

Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2014

The European Commission has today proposed fishing opportunities for 2014 for the Atlantic and the North Sea, as well as in international waters. This is the annual proposal for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen from the main commercial fish stocks next year. The proposal sets levels of total allowable catch (TAC) and fishing effort both for stocks managed exclusively by the EU, and for stocks managed with third countries such as Norway or through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations across the world's oceans. For the fish stocks not shared with third countries, the Commission proposes to increase or maintain the TACs for 36 stocks, and reduce them for 36 stocks, in line with the scientific advice. The Commission's ultimate goal, and one of the pillars of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), is to have all stocks fished at sustainable levels, the so-called Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY).

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Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Visser & Smit Marine Contracting by Reggeborgh and Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Visser & Smit Marine Contracting B.V. (VSMC) by Reggeborgh and Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster N.V., all of the Netherlands. VSMC installs, services and replaces subsea power cables. Reggeborgh is an investment company, focusing on the non-retail sale of petroleum products and construction services. Boskalis provides marine services on a global scale in dredging, maritime infrastructure, terminal services, salvage, transport, heavy lift and harbour towage. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns given the limited overlaps between the parties' activities and the presence of a number of strong competitors on the relevant markets. 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.6995 .

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Visser & Smit Marine Contracting by Reggeborgh and Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Visser & Smit Marine Contracting B.V. (VSMC) by Reggeborgh and Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster N.V., all of the Netherlands. VSMC installs, services and replaces subsea power cables. Reggeborgh is an investment company, focusing on the non-retail sale of petroleum products and construction services. Boskalis provides marine services on a global scale in dredging, maritime infrastructure, terminal services, salvage, transport, heavy lift and harbour towage. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns given the limited overlaps between the parties' activities and the presence of a number of strong competitors on the relevant markets. 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.6995 .

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of sole control over Vodafone Omnitel by Vodafone Group

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of sole control of Vodafone Omnitel N.V., of the Netherlands, by Vodafone Group Plc, of the United Kingdom. Vodafone Group Plc is a global company that is involved in the operation of mobile telecommunications networks and the provision of related services. Vodafone Omnitel N.V. is active in the provision of mobile telephony, Internet and fixed telephony services in Italy. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns as Vodafone Omnitel N.V is already jointly controlled by the Vodafone Group and there are only very limited overlaps between the two companies' activities.  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.7048 .

Business Climate Indicator increases in October

In October 2013, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area continued the upward trend that started in May 2013. It increased by 0.18 points to 0.01, close to its historic long-term average. The assessments of past production, the level of overall order books and production expectations improved markedly. Also the level of export order books and the stocks of finished products were appraised more positively.

October 2013: Economic Sentiment improves in the euro area and the EU

In October the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) increased by 0.9 points in the euro area (to 97.8) and by 1.1 points in the EU (to 101.8). While the upward trend observed since May has been continued, the magnitude and sectoral scope of the improvement in confidence has moderated compared to recent months.

Commission publishes brief on financial implementation of rural development programmes

The Commission published today its latest Agricultural Brief on the financial implementation of rural development funding, which amounted to € 96.3 billion - roughly 20% of the Common Agricultural Policy's (CAP) total budget - between 2007 and 2013. Rural development funds were split between three axes: 33% for improving the competitiveness of agriculture and forestry ("axis 1"), 45% for the environment and the countryside ("axis 2") and 13% for improving the quality of life in rural areas and encouraging the diversification of economic activity ("axis 3"). The Brief provides an overview of the policy background and financial implementation of rural development programmes in the EU and in candidate countries, while also highlighting factors influencing programme implementation. Rural development funds are a highly flexible tool offering a wide range of options for targeted solutions to the diversity of challenges faced by rural areas in the 28 EU Member States.

Education and Training Monitor highlights impact of budget cuts and skills mismatch

Sixteen Member States decreased their spending on education between 2008 and 2011, with six showing further significant budget decreases in 2012, according to the latest Education and Training Monitor released today by the European Commission. The 2013 Education and Training Monitor provides a picture of each country's progress in relation to specific benchmarks and indicators, and highlights the latest policy developments and analysis. Accompanied by 28 individual country reports and an online visualisation tool , it provides a wealth of data to facilitate evidence-based policy making across Europe.

Online information about construction products to save time and money

Today the Commission took another step to simplify administration and reduce costs for businesses in the construction sector. According to the Commission’s proposal, manufacturers of construction products (e.g. bricks, insulation, doors etc.) will be able to upload digital “declarations of performance” on their websites. These documents must accompany every construction product sold, in order to give information on their essential characteristics (e.g. fire resistance, mechanical strength or energy efficiency). Once the legal act is agreed, companies selling construction products in the EU should be able to upload these certificates online for public viewing. Today, all such declarations must be individually communicated to each customer by post or email. Online availability of these declarations should enable faster communication through the supply chain, reduce producer costs and facilitate sales of construction products. The proposal, which will supplement the recently implemented Construction Products Regulation, will also make it easier for consumers to find out what performance they should expect from the product they are about to buy, thus increasing consumer confidence.

What Commissioners said

Vice-President Reding at Yale University: "What's the Deal with the EU-US Free Trade Agreement?"

Vice-President Viviane Reding will give a speech at Yale University in New Haven where she will address the on-going negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: opportunities and challenges.  She will also speak about how Europe can be inspired from the US (do we need a European Finance Minister?) and vice-versa. See: SPEECH/13/865 (speech will be available under EMBARGO upon request and on RAPID at 17:00 CET).

Commissioner Malmström welcomes agreement on migrant seasonal workers

Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs welcomed yesterday's agreement on the 'Seasonal workers Directive', reached between the Parliament and the Council: "After more than 3 years of negotiations a good solution has been found, harmonising the conditions of entry and residence and the rights of migrant workers coming to the EU for seasonal work. Non-EU seasonal workers make a serious contribution to the European economy. Today's agreement demonstrates the European Parliament and the Council are able to find good answers to indeed difficult questions. I sincerely hope they can agree soon on the Commission's proposal for a Directive for intra-corporate transferees, which has also been discussed for over three years."


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