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EXME 14 / 19.08
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Today (August 19) is World Humanitarian Day - an occasion to pay tribute to the people who risk their lives every day to help the victims of war and disasters around the world. It's observed in memory of the victims of the attack on the United Nations' headquarters in Baghdad in 2003 which caused the deaths of 22 people, including the UN Special Representative in Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello. Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, is marking World Humanitarian Day in Iraq , where the European Commission is providing vital assistance to hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped by the fighting.
The European Commission has launched an on-line consultation on issues related to the ratification and implementation by the EU of the Minamata Convention on mercury. Minamata Convention is a global treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury, and aims to phase out many of its current uses. The consultation , which is available online until 14 November 2014, asks citizens, public authorities, businesses and NGOs for their views. Ideas and comments are welcome on the ratification and subsequent EU implementation of the Convention, restrictions and bans, approval processes, and on dental amalgam, for instance. These inputs will be used in the preparation of a ratification package by the Commission services.
Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Rolls Royce Power Systems by Rolls Royce
The European Commission has approved the acquisition of sole control, by Rolls Royce of the UK, over Rolls Royce Power Systems of Germany, under the EU Merger Regulation. Rolls Royce develops and manufactures aircraft engines and power systems for aerospace and marine applications. Rolls Royce Power Systems is active in the sale of medium and high speed diesel and gas reciprocating engines for off-highway applications. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns, because it would not alter the competitive situation in the market to a significant extent, since, before this transaction, Rolls Royce already controlled Rolls Royce Power Systems jointly with Daimler. 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.7310 .
What Commissioners said
Martine Reicherts, EU Commissioner for Justice, attended the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Lyon (France) where she gave a speech on the right to be forgotten and the EU data protection reform.