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European Commission - Daily News

Daily News 23 / 12 / 2015

Brussels, 23 December 2015

Refugee Crisis: European Commission awards €35 million to Sweden, €8 million to Finland and €5 million to Belgium in emergency funding

The European Commission has awarded €35 million to Sweden, €8 million to Finland and €5 million to Belgium in emergency funding to support these countries in managing the high influx of asylum seekers. The funding comes from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). In all three cases, the funding will be used to address the immediate needs of asylum seekers, mainly for accommodation and provision of food. This brings the overall amount of emergency funding awarded to EU Member States this year to over €222 million (from both the AMIF and ISF emergency funds). The Commission's emergency funding comes on top of the basic allocations under the AMIF national programme, where Sweden will receive € 118.5 million, Finland will receive €23.48 million and Belgium will receive € 89.25 million to finance migration related actions in 2014-20. The provision of emergency assistance under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund – Borders and Visa (ISF-B) is part of the Commission's overall efforts to implement the principle of solidarity through concrete and effective actions addressing urgent and specific needs of Member States facing high asylum and migratory pressure. For more information, see: Asylum Migration and Integration Fund. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)

 

€6.6 million in support of the Libyan population

The European Commission has provided a new assistance package for Libya worth a total of €6.6 million. This support is financed under the European Neighbourhood Instrument in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy. Through this support, the EU confirms its continuous support to the Libyan population in helping them to increase access to health services and in supporting youth in this extremely volatile situation. It consists of two programmes, support to the health sector with a goal to improve the health care provision efficiency in Libya and support to the Libyan youth, with the aim of enhancing adolescents' and young people's active role in society. This programme aims at enhancing adolescents' and young people's active role in society. High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini said: "Many Libyans have bravely decided to join the forces for the sake of their country and by signing the agreement in Schirat they have made a first and very positive step in putting Libya on the path to peace and stability. While the future of their country is most of all in the hands of the Libyans, the international community has the duty to support their efforts. Now we turn our promises into action. The EU has always been concretely at the side of the Libyan people in these difficult years and will continue to do so: the Libyans have been suffering from the crisis for far too long. It’s time to turn the page”. Commissioner Hahn said: "We have been saying all along that once there is agreement to move forward towards a Government of National Accord, the European Commission would be ready with its assistance to support the people of Libya. This package is the beginning, a sign of our commitment to accompany the process of transition". A fact sheet is available online here. (For more information: Catherine Ray – Tel.: +32 229 69921; Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Alceo Smerilli - Tel.: +32 229 64887)

 

Autumn 2015 Standard Eurobarometer: Immigration consolidates its place as the most important issue facing the EU currently

Today, the report presenting the first results of the ‘Standard’ Eurobarometer for Autumn 2015 is published. The report and data show that Europeans' perception of the economic situation continues to improve: 40% of citizens say the national situation is good, up two percentage points since the Spring 2015 survey was published in July. In addition, immigration has consolidated its place as the most important issue facing the EU currently, rising 20 percentage points in the last six months. It is the most important issue for citizens in every Member State except in Portugal. At the same time, public support for free movement of persons within the EU remains strong thus showing that public opinion recognises the difference between migration and free movement of persons. The survey also shows terrorism as a source of growing concern in the wake of the attacks in Paris. The report is available online here. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456)

 

Mergers: Commission clears the acquisition of UTi Worldwide by DSV A/S

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of UTi Worldwide Inc. of the British Virgin Islands by DSV A/S of Denmark. DSV is a global freight forwarding and logistics company active in 75 countries. UTi Worldwide provides freight forwarding and contract logistics and distribution services in approximately 60 countries. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of its overall limited impact on the market structure. 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.7838. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Prefere Resins by Intermediate Capital Groupc and capiton

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control over Prefere Resins Holding GmbH, a manufacturer of phenolic and amino resins for the construction and insulation industries, by funds managed respectively by Intermediate Capital Group (‘ICG’) of the UK and capiton AG of Germany. Both ICG and capiton are investment firms. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, in particular because there are no overlaps between the 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 under the case number M.7875. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386)

 

Mergers: Commission approves joint venture in data centre services by KKCG and Foxconn

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed creation of a joint venture between KKCG PLC of Cyprus and Foxconn Technology CZ s.r.o. of the Czech Republic (belonging to Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. of Taiwan). KKCG is active in private investment in oil and gas, gaming and entertainment, tourism and the metal industry. The Hon Hai/Foxconn group is active in the design, development, manufacturing, assembly and after-sales services for global computer, communications and consumer electronics companies. The joint venture will provide data centre services and will primarily focus on the Czech Republic. The Commission concluded that the proposed joint venture would raise no competition concerns, in particular because of the moderate market positions resulting from the transaction. 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.7867. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386)

 

Mergers: Commission clears the acquisition of joint control of CEOLCBH60 / CEOLCHA51 / CEOLAUX89 by la Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control of CEOLCBH60 / CEOLCHA51 / CEOLAUX89 of France, by la Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC), of France. The companies CEOLCBH60 / CEOLCHA51 / CEOLAUX89 develop, construct and commercialise wind farms. They each own one wind farm in France and were wholly owned by La Compagnie du Vent, in turn controlled by SOPER, a holding company, and ENGIE. La CDC is a French public sector institution acting as a financial group and fund manager carrying out both public sector projects and open market activities. There are limited overlaps between the activities of ENGIE and CDC in the market for the development, commercialisation and promotion of wind farms, as well as on the market for production and wholesale of electricity. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns, due to the very low market shares on both markets and limited overlaps the transaction would give rise to. 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.7814. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386) 

 

Mergers: Commission clears joint venture between Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust for purpose built student accommodation in UK

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the creation of a joint venture, by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and The Wellcome Trust Limited, both of the United Kingdom.  The joint venture would combine the relevant Goldman Sachs and Wellcome Trust student accommodation businesses in the UK, branded "Prodigy Living" and "iQ Student” respectively. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of its limited impact on the market structure. 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.7837. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386) 

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