Daily News of 2014-04-24
European Commission - MEX/14/0424 24/04/2014
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Commissioner Füle on achievements and state of play of the Eastern Partnership 5 years after its launch
Commissioner for enlargement and the European neighbourhood policy Štefan Füle is in Prague today, where he is participating in the Prague High Level Meeting on the anniversary of the Easter Partnership, an event organised by the Czech authorities. Commissioner Füle will deliver a speech on the achievements and state of play of the Eastern Partnership five years after its launch. The speech will be made available later this afternoon.
Trilateral talks on gas reverse flows
EU Energy Commissioner Oettinger will meet Slovakian Energy Minister Malatinsky and Ukrainian Energy Minister Prodan today in Bratislava. The aim of the meeting is to prepare the Memorandum of Understanding on gas reverse flows from Slovakia to Ukraine. This would mark an important first step toward increased security of supply for the Ukraine.
The European Commission has made payments to Spain from the European Globalisation adjustment Fund (EGF). The total amount of €840,000 will help 300 dismissed workers back into employment, following their redundancies in the textile sector. The Commission had made the proposal for EGF support on 28 January 2014 (see IP/14/81). This payment was approved by the European Parliament and the Council on 11 March 2014.
In the fourth quarter of 2013, the seasonally adjusted general government deficit to GDP ratio stood at 2.6% in the euro area (EA18), down from 3.1% in the third quarter of 2013. In the EU28 the deficit to GDP ratio also decreased from 3.5% of GDP in the third quarter of 2013 to 3.1% of GDP in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of WME and IMG by Silver Lake
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of WME Entertainment, LLC and IMG Worldwide Holdings, Inc. by Silver Lake Group, L.L.C., all US companies. IMG provides sports consulting, multimedia rights management, events management and talent representation to companies and individuals. WME is a talent agency providing representation and advice to clients in sectors including film, television, music, literature, theatre and public speaking. Silver Lake is a global leader in technology investing, with over $ 20 billion in combined assets under management. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns because the parties' market shares in the talent representation and other markets where they have related activities are limited. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number 7179
Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Swedish oil businesses by DCC Energy
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Qstar Försäljning AB, Qstar AB and Card Network Solutions Europe AB, all of Sweden, by DCC Energy Ltd, of Ireland. Qstar Försäljning supplies a number of motor fuels to and from retail stations, while Qstar distributes non-retail fuels and Card Network Solutions supplies business and payment systems for the gasoline and fuel industry. All three companies are only active in Sweden. DCC Energy is active in the business segments of oil, LPG and fuel cards in a number of European countries. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns, because of the parties' moderate combined market shares and the presence of a number of other strong players. 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.7161 .
The Commission welcomes the decision yesterday by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City to allow the European Union and 26 Member States to proceed with their civil claims against Reynolds American Inc. (“RJR”) in relation to the illicit trade in cigarettes. Tobacco smuggling is estimated to cost public budgets around €10 billion a year in the EU alone, undermines health policies, and helps to fund even more sinister crimes. The civil litigation against RJR is part of the EU’s continuous efforts to fight the illicit tobacco trade.
While just over half of European workers perceive working conditions in their country to be good (53%), a majority (57%) nevertheless think that their working conditions have deteriorated in the last 5 years, according to a Eurobarometer survey published today, which looks at how the quality of work has been affected by the crisis. Although most workers are satisfied with their own working conditions (77% on average in the EU), there is a very wide disparity across Member States, ranging from 94% in Denmark to 38% in Greece. Generally, most workers express high levels of satisfaction with their working hours (80%) and health and safety at work (85%). The results of the Eurobarometer will feed in to discussions at a conference on working conditions taking place in Brussels on 28 April.
Le «Bacalhau de Cura Tradicional Portuguesa» reconnu comme Spécialité Traditionnelle Garantie
La Commission européenne a approuvé la demande d'enregistrement, dans la liste des Spécialités Traditionnelles Garanties (STG), du " Bacalhau de Cura Tradicional Portuguesa ", un cabillaud pêché dans l'Atlantique Nord puis séché et salé en vrac selon une technique traditionnelle pratiquée depuis le XIVème siècle au Portugal. Cette méthode de maturation donne au poisson une bonne consistance, une saveur intense longue en bouche et un arôme agréable et prononcé. La dénomination rejoint plus de 1,200 produits déjà protégés, dont la liste est disponible dans la base de données DOOR . Pour plus d'informations, voir aussi les pages sur la politique de qualité .