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European Commission - Daily News

Daily News 24 / 11 / 2015

Brussels, 24 November 2015

Commission due to adopt new measures to reinforce protection for European depositors and further reduce banking risks

Subject to adoption by the College of Commissioners, Commissioner Jonathan Hill will come to the European Parliament's press room in Strasbourg at 14:00 CET to present a legislative proposal for a euro area-wide insurance scheme for bank deposits and measures to reduce remaining risks in the banking sector. The event can also be followed live on EbS. A press pack will be available online shortly after the start of the press conference. Accredited journalists are also invited to attend an off-the record technical at 15:15 in the Berlaymont press room in Brussels. Journalists in Strasbourg will also be able to follow this briefing in the European Parliament (WIC 700). (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194; Audrey Augier – Tel.: +32 460 75 21 97)

 

Joint Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015

Tomorrow marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Today one in three women in the EU has experienced some form of gender-based violence in their lives. Within our borders and beyond, too many girls continue to marry or are mutilated in childhood. Growing numbers of women are seeking asylum in the EU; some of whom have been raped, beaten or sexually exploited during their journey, while others flee gender-based violence in their home countries and are seeking protection from the EU. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini, and Commissioners Neven Mimica, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Christos Stylianides and Věra Jourová said: "We join our voices to put an end to violence against women and girls. This violence constitutes a blatant violation of human rights and gender discrimination that blights every country in Europe and worldwide. We have the resources to put an end to it and the EU is firmly committed to strengthening its efforts in order to make gender-based violence a problem of the past". Tonight and tomorrow the Commission's Berlaymont building will be lit up in orange to support the UN campaign 'UNiTE'. The full statement is available here and a memo is available here. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253)

 

Plant Health: Member States endorse additional EU measures against Xylella fastidiosa

Experts from EU Member States yesterday endorsed additional measures, proposed by the Commission, against Xylella fastidiosa, one of the most dangerous plant bacteria known worldwide. The new measures update the existing emergency provisions adopted in May this year by adjusting the list of regulated plants in relation to the different subspecies of Xylella fastidiosa found respectively in French and Italian territory. Furthermore, the new EU measures foresee the possibility for the Italian authorities to authorise in Apulia the planting, for scientific purposes only, of host plants in well-defined parts of the current containment area. Based on a new EFSA opinion on the susceptibility of grapevine to the Apulian strain of Xylella fastidiosa, the deletion of grapevine from the list of regulated plants was not accepted. However, thermotherapy has been recognised as an effective method to control Xylella fastidiosa on grapevine propagating material within and outside of demarcated areas. Lastly, Member States have to put in place awareness raising campaigns for the general public, travellers, professional and international transport operators about the threat of this dangerous bacterium, and to prepare contingency plans to ensure better preparedness in case of potential outbreaks. More information on plant health and biosecurity is available online. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Aikaterini Apostola – Tel. +32 229 87624)

 

La Commission approuve deux nouvelles indications géographiques protégées

La Commission européenne a approuvé la demande d'enregistrement de deux nouvelles indications géographiques protégées (IGP). Provenant d'Espagne, la 'mojama de Barbate', obtenue à partir de la partie noble du thon, dénommée «longe», est présentée emballée sous vide, découpée en morceaux ou en tranches de différents poids, dans de l’huile d’olive ou de tournesol. La mojama est élaborée dans les municipalités de Barbate et de Vejer de la Frontera, toutes deux situées dans la province de Cadix. Originaire de France, l'échalote d'Anjou', rosée et de forme légèrement allongée, possède une intensité aromatique originale et piquante qui la distingue des autres échalotes. Ces deux nouvelles appellations vont rejoindre plus de 1300 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. (Pour plus d'information: Daniel Rosario – Tel: +32 2 29 56185; Clémence Robin – Tel: +32 229 52 509)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of joint control over combined heat and power plant in Lithuania by Fortum and Lietuvos Energija

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control over a combined heat and power plant in Kaunas, Lithuania, by Fortum and Lietuvos Energija. Fortum is active in the generation and sale of electricity and heat, as well as related services, in the Nordic Countries and other areas of the Baltic region. Lietuvos Energija is active in the generation and supply of power and heat as well as the trade and distribution of electricity and gas in Lithuania and in the Baltic region. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because Fortum has a minimal presence in Lithuania in the markets for generation and wholesale of electricity. The market share increment brought about by the transaction is therefore small and will not significantly alter the market structure. Moreover, the joint venture will be a new competitor on the Kaunas district heating market. 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.7745. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Bayer's diabetes care business by Panasonic Healthcare

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Bayer's diabetes care business of Germany by Panasonic Healthcare of Japan. Panasonic Healthcare is ultimately controlled by KKR of the US, a global investment firm. Both companies are active in the supply of self-monitoring blood glucose systems, used for diabetes care, with Bayer currently distributing the systems manufactured by Panasonic Healthcare. With the acquisition, Panasonic Healthcare will take control of the distribution for its own products. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, in particular because there are several other channels for competitors of Panasonic Healthcare to reach the market with their products. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.7787. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386)

 

Concentrations: la Commission autorise l’acquisition de Rue du Commerce par Carrefour

La Commission européenne a autorisé le rachat, conformément au règlement de l'UE sur les concentrations, de Rue du Commerce par Carrefour France S.A.S., deux sociétés françaises. Carrefour France, qui appartient au groupe Carrefour S.A., est une multinationale du commerce de détail principalement présente dans le secteur alimentaire en Europe, en Amérique latine et en Asie. Rue du Commerce est spécialisée dans le secteur de la distribution en ligne de produits électroniques grand public et propose aussi une plate-forme de commerce en ligne pour commerçants tiers. La Commission a conclu que le projet d'acquisition ne posait aucun problème de concurrence, étant donné que les chevauchements d'activités seraient minimes entre les deux sociétés. L’opération a été examinée dans le cadre de la procédure simplifiée d'examen des opérations de concentration. Des informations plus détaillées sont disponibles sur le site Internet de la DG Concurrence, dans le registre public des affaires de concurrence, sous le numéro M.7790. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386)

 

Mergers: Commission clears Avago's acquisition of Broadcom

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Broadcom Corporation by Avago TechnologiesLimited. Both companies are global manufacturers of semiconductors. The Commission concluded that the merged entity would continue to face effective competition in Europe.Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Thanks to very good cooperation with the companies the Commission has been able to approve this multi-billion dollar takeover within a very short space of time while preserving effective competition in this crucial high-technology sector." The Commission's investigation showed that the portfolios of the companies are mainly complementary since Broadcom makes "off-the-shelf" chips for the broadband and connectivity market segments, while Avago makes custom-built chips for special applications in the analogue wireless integrated circuits, enterprise, storage and industrial segments. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review procedure. A full press release is available here in EN, FR, DE. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.7686. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386)

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Vice-President Ansip: Making Europe's copyright rules fit for the digital age

This afternoon, Vice-President Andrus Ansip, in charge of the Digital Single Market, will discuss the modernisation of EU copyright rules at Strasbourg University's Centre for International Intellectual Property Rights. As part of its Digital Single Market Strategy, in December the Commission will take the first steps to make EU's outdated copyright framework fit for the digital age. The Commission intends to present its reform plans in a strategy paper, along with a first concrete proposal to give cross-border portability of online content to Europeans. Vice-President Ansip said: "We do not want to destroy current copyright policies or overhaul them completely. This is about making concrete, targeted and balanced improvements in areas where the EU can make a real difference." He will add: "European culture, whatever it is – films, drama, sport, books – has to be made digitally available on a large scale. This should be an evolution, not a revolution. It should be about rules that give people better access to the cultural content that they want, while rewarding those who create it, and those who invest in its production." The full speech will be available in the afternoon here. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Mélanie Voin - Tel.: +32 229 58659)

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