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Daily News 15 / 06 / 2016

Brussels, 15 June 2016

Managing the Refugee Crisis: Commission reports on progress made in the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement

Today, the Commission will adopt its second report on the EU-Turkey Statement showing that while there has been further good progress in its implementation, progress achieved so far remains fragile. The continued successful implementation depends mainly on the political determination of all parties involved. The sharp and continued decrease of people crossing irregularly or losing their lives in the Aegean on their way from Turkey into Greece is proof of the Statement's effectiveness so far and also shows that the business model of smugglers can be broken. Member States have also increased their efforts on resettlement – offering legal and safe pathways as an alternative. Return operations have continued to be carried out. All Member States have sent their contribution certificates for the Facility for Refugees in Turkey which will allow for the accelerated disbursement of the Facility to be delivered and the first €1 billion to start benefiting refugees by the end of the summer. Since the publication on 4 May of the Third Progress report on the implementation of Turkey's Visa Liberalisation Roadmap, progress has also continued towards fulfilling the remaining benchmarks of the visa liberalisation roadmap. European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: "The EU-Turkey Statement is delivering results: migrants see that it is not worth risking their lives on smugglers' boats and we are on track to contract €1 billion of projects under the Refugee Facility by the end of this summer. But now is not the moment to sit back. We need to fully implement all elements of the Statement. This includes stepping up resettlement and increasing Greece's capacity to address the humanitarian situation and deal with asylum applications in line with EU law. The Turkish authorities also need to complete the implementation of the visa liberalisation roadmap." A press release, a Q&A as well as a factsheet on the Refugee Facility will be available. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Tim McPhie - Tel.: +32 229 58602; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)

 

Commission adopts Progress report on relocation and resettlement and second Recommendation identifying steps to restore Dublin transfers to Greece

Today, the Commission will adopt its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken over the past month. Since the last report, Member States have significantly increased their efforts on resettlement as part of the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. The number of relocations has increased to 2,280, with the rate having almost doubled since the Commission's third report on 18 May. Despite these positive signs, progress is still too slow. Action must be accelerated to avoid migrants returning to irregular routes. Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos said: "As numbers of arrivals in Greece have gone down, the absolute onus now lies on significantly increasing and speeding up relocations. But we also cannot forget Italy, where the seasonal increase of arrivals is happening. This is a humanitarian obligation. At the same time, I commend the efforts made by Member States over the past months to resettle Syrian refugees from Turkey. Our progress in genuinely breaking the smugglers' business model will only be sustainable if a safe and legal channel is really open for asylum seekers." Today the Commission will also adopt its second Recommendation on the specific measures that Greece needs to take to fully implement the EU asylum standards to better manage the refugee crisis and to possibly resume transfers of asylum seekers from other Member States under the Dublin Regulation. Press releases on both the progress report on relocation and resettlement and the Recommendation identifying steps to restore Dublin transfers will be available, as well as a factsheet on relocation and resettlement and a factsheet on EU financial support to Greece. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Tim McPhie - Tel.: +32 229 58602; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)

 

Commission presents scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the pesticides and biocides areas

Today the European Commission presents criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products and biocides. Endocrine disruptors are substances, both natural and chemical, that can alter the functions of the hormonal system and consequently cause adverse effects on people or animals. The Commission proposes to the Council and the European Parliament to adopt a strong science-based approach to the identification of endocrine disruptors and to endorse the World Health Organization definition. The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Endocrine disruptors can have serious health and environmental impacts and even if many substances containing them are already banned as a result of existing legislation on pesticides and biocides, we have to remain vigilant. The Commission is committed to ensuring the highest level of protection of both human health and the environment, which is why we are today putting forward strict criteria for endocrine disrupters – based on science – making the EU regulatory system the first worldwide to define such scientific criteria in legislation." Today's package includes: a Communication providing an overview of the scientific and regulatory context; an Impact Assessment Report which presents the state of science regarding different criteria to identify endocrine disruptors, and provides information on possible consequences; and two draft legal acts – one under the Biocidal Products legislation, the other under the Plant Protection Products legislation, which set the criteria to identify endocrine disruptors. A full press release, MEMO, and the full text of the presentation of the scientific criteria are available online. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Aikaterini Apostola – Tel.: +32 229 87624)

 

World leaders gather in Brussels as 10th edition of European Development Days kicks off

Today, the tenth edition of the European Development Days, Europe's leading forum on global development and cooperation, kicks off. Discussions will focus on the implementation of Agenda 2030, adopted by the United Nations and made up of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the event, a number of new initiatives and partnerships on international cooperation will be put in place, to highlight the diverse nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):Vice-President/High Representative Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica and the Executive Director for UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will deliver and sign aStatement to recommit to the strategic partnership between the UN and EU established in 2012; Commissioner Mimica will also sign a new partnership with the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, for €20.2 million and he will host the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Advisory Board which UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, will co-chair; Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, will highlight a new initiative to promote eco-entrepreneurship and green job creation and will participate in a high level panel on the Circular Economy – Sustainable Consumption and Production. Digital technologies are particularly high on the agenda of the event this year: Vice-President Andrus Ansip, in charge of the Digital Single Market, will participate this afternoon in a discussion on how digitalisation can contribute to the SDGs. A number of other EU Commissioners are also giving keynote speeches and participating in other panel discussions, including Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on The Development and Trade link and the Agenda 2030, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete on climate and development with a focus on the implementation of the UN Paris Agreement, and Commissioner for Home Affairs, Migration and Citizenship, Dimitri Avramopoulos on Harnessing the potential of migration and forced displacement for development. Finally, a Transfer Agreement will be signed between the EU and the US Government for the USD 10 million contribution by USAID Power Africa initiative, to ElectriFI– the EU's Electrification Financing Initiative. More information in the press release. (For more information: Alexandre Polack – Tel.: +32 229 90677; Sharon Zarb – Tel.: +32 229 92256)

 

Competition: Commission publishes 2015 annual report 

The European Commission has today published the 2015 Annual Competition Report, which illustrates how EU competition policy initiatives and enforcement activities have underpinned the Commission's growth and jobs agenda. The Report provides examples of how competition policy in 2015 contributed to boosting investment and innovation, as well as to addressing EU challenges in priority areas such as the Digital Single Market, the Energy Union and the Internal Market, including the fight against tax evasion and tax avoidance. The foreword to the Report by EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, the full text and the accompanying staff working document, with more details on legislative, policy and sector-specific developments are available here. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

 

Car emissions: EU moves closer to more robust testing methods for CO2 emissions and fuel consumption

On 14 June, the technical regulatory committee gathering Member States representatives (Technical Committee of Motor Vehicles) voted in favour of the Commission's draft proposal to introduce a new, more realistic, test procedure for measuring CO2 emissions and fuel consumption from cars and vans. Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: "The Commission continues to respond to the car emission revelations with concrete measures. We recently introduced Real Driving Emissions tests to reduce the gap between NOx emissions measured in a laboratory – the current legal parameter – and actual emissions on the road. Now, we are also closing the gap on CO2 emissions and on fuel consumption. This is good news for the consumer and the environment." Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action, added: "This is a crucial step to restore credibility. Based on this new solid testing methodology, the Commission will propose new ambitious CO2 standards for the car sector for the period after 2020." The current laboratory test procedure to measure CO2 emissions and fuel consumption from cars no longer reflects today's driving conditions or vehicle technologies. This is why the Commission is now proposing to adopt the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), a globally harmonised test procedure developed within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with the support of the European Commission. The draft implementing act will be sent to the European Parliament and Council shortly so they can exercise their right or regulatory scrutiny according to comitology rules. If the current text is endorsed, the new WLTP test will be mandatory for all new vehicle types from September 2017 and for all new vehicles from September 2018. The WLTP will provide stricter test conditions and more realistic CO2/fuel consumption values to the benefit of consumers and regulators both at EU and national levels. It will be a strong incentive for the deployment of low-carbon mobility technologies. The new CO2 emissions test complements the Commission's work to reduce the level of NOx emissions through Real Driving Emissions testing, and the Commission proposal for a full overhaul of the type approval system to ensure greater quality and independence of vehicle testing, and more surveillance of cars already in circulation. Together, this package of proposals will contribute to restoring consumer confidence in their cars and to more environment-friendly vehicles. For more information: Factsheet "European Commission tightens rules for safer and cleaner cars". (Contact persons: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182, Anna-Kaisa Itkonen – Tel.: +32 229 56186)

 

One step closer to ending roaming charges in June 2017: Commission prepares the ground with review of wholesale roaming markets

Today the Commission adopted a proposal to set maximum wholesale roaming charges (i.e. the prices that operators charge each other for the use of their networks) in order to make sure that the end of roaming charges for consumers, set for mid-June 2017, runs smoothly. The EU agreed that as of 15 June 2017 Europeans will pay the same price to use their mobile devices when travelling in the EU as they do at home (see press announcement and fact sheet). For this important change to happen, the Commission committed to reviewing the wholesale roaming markets, and is today delivering on the plans agreed with the European Parliament and the Council. Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said: "In a year from now, we'll say goodbye to roaming charges. Our ambition is to abolish unjustified geo-blocking on the same occasion. We also want the cross-border portability of content to be a reality in 2017 so that Europeans can travel with their films, music, sports broadcasts, e-books across the EU. This will clearly be a triple win for European consumers". Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Günther H. Oettinger added: "We want to make sure that the end of roaming charges works properly for consumers and market players. This is why we come today with a proposal on wholesale roaming markets. We count now on the European Parliament and the Council to keep the pace and adopt it swiftly".  As the summer holidays are getting closer, it is useful to remind that roaming charges have been cheaper than ever since 30 April: when travelling in the EU, mobile devices users only pay a small amount on top of their domestic prices: up to €0.05 per minute of call made, €0.02 per SMS sent, and €0.05 per MB of data (excl. VAT). These initiatives will be complemented by an ambitious update of EU telecoms rules in the autumn as part of the Commission's Digital Single Market strategy.  More information can be found here (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Marie Frenay - Tel.: +32 229 64532)  

 

EU Commission adopts proposal to help fund financial services NGOs

The European Commission has today proposed a regulation to establish an EU programme to support two non-profit organisations, Finance Watch and Better Finance, for the 2017-2020 period. The proposed funding is part of efforts to involve a broad range of stakeholders in the area of financial services policy-making  and to hear all points of views so that the interests of European consumers are better served. The programme's overall budget will amount to a maximum €6 million during that period, with a maximum 60% co-funding rate. The Commission first launched a pilot project in 2011 to support the development of a European centre of financial expertise that would stimulate the involvement of consumers and non-industry stakeholders in the area of EU financial services policy-making. Finance Watch and Better Finance received operating grants between 2012 and 2015 for that purpose. The evaluation of the pilot project found that the objective had been met. No other applicants have responded to the Commission’s tender for funding in this specific area. The Commission now seeks the European Parliament and Council's support for the proposal to continue funding these activities along the same lines between 2017 and 2020. (For more information: Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194; Letizia Lupini - Tel.: +32 229 51958) 

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Dell's IT Services Business by NTT Data International

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Dell Services, the information technology services business of Dell Inc., by NTT Data International L.L.C., both of the United States. Dell Services provides a broad range of IT and business services to commercial and governmental customers of Dell, These include infrastructure, cloud, applications and business process services. NTT Data International is a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, of Japan, which is active in regional and long distance telecommunications, data communications, mobile communications and IT services. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, in particular because of the limited overlaps between the companies' activities 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.8024. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Continental Bakeries by Goldman Sachs

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Continental Bakeries B.V. of the Netherlands by the Goldman Sachs Group, of the United States. Goldman Sachs is a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. Continental Bakeries is a European bakery group that manufactures and sells biscuits, sweets, bread replacements and toast. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given that none of Goldman Sachs’ portfolio companies are active in the same markets as Continental Bakeries. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information will be available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8071. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

 

Mergers: Commission clears joint venture by Air Liquide and OMZ in LNG sector

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed creation of a joint venture by Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions France S.A. and OMZ, based in the Russian Federation. Air Liquide designs, develops and produces gas production units and develops comprehensive solutions the refining of associated gas, natural gas and liquefied natural gas ("LNG"). OMZ is an integrated and diversified engineering and production research holding engaged in the heavy machine-building industry. The joint venture will be active in the research and development, design and engineering of natural gas liquefaction technology, mainly in Russia. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns because of the negligible combined market shares of the companies in the provision of LNG engineering services and the manufacture of cold boxes used in the liquefaction process. Moreover, the core geographical area of the joint venture's activity will be the Russian Federation. 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.7970. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of ZF TRW's Engineered Fasteners & Components business by Illinois Tool Works

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of the Engineered Fasteners & Components Business unit ("EF&C", Germany) of ZF TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. by Illinois Tool Works Inc. of the US. ZF TRW develops and produces active and passive safety systems for motor vehicles. Its EF&C business manufactures plastic fasteners and plastic components for the automotive industry. Illinois Tool Works is a global manufacturer of a range of industrial equipment, including fasteners and plastic components for the automotive industry. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given that a number of strong competitors will remain active on all markets concerned after the transaction. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.7972. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

 

Concentrations: la Commission autorise l'acquisition des activités d'affacturage et de crédit-bail de GE Capital par Crédit Mutuel

La Commission européenne a autorisé, en vertu du règlement de l'UE sur les concentrations, le projet d’acquisition, par le groupe Crédit Mutuel, des activités d'affacturage et de crédit-bail de GE Capital en France et en Allemagne. Crédit Mutuel est un groupe français de bancassurance qui fournit des services d’affacturage, par l’intermédiaire de CM-CIC Factor, et des services de crédit-bail, par l’intermédiaire de CM-CIC Bail, d'Arkea Crédit Bail et de Bail Actea. La Commission a conclu que l'opération envisagée ne poserait pas de problème de concurrence, du fait qu'elle n'était pas susceptible de modifier de manière significative la structure du marché. En France, l’entité issue de la concentration restera confrontée à la concurrence d’au moins quatre grands groupes bancaires, tant dans le secteur des services d’affacturage que dans celui des services de crédit-bail. En Allemagne, les activités des parties se chevauchent uniquement en ce qui concerne les services de crédit-bail, pour lesquels les parties à la concentration ne détiennent pas des parts de marché élevées. L’opération a été examinée dans le cadre de la procédure normale du contrôle des concentrations. De plus amples informations sont disponibles sur le site internet concurrence de la Commission, dans le registre public des affaires sous le numéro M.7944. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

 

EUROSTAT: First estimates for 2015 - Consumption per capita varied by almost one to three across EU Member States; GDP per capita by nearly one to six

Actual Individual Consumption (AIC) is a measure of material welfare of households. Based on first preliminary estimates for 2015, AIC per capita expressed in Purchasing Power Standards (PPS) varied from 51% to 137% of the European Union (EU) average across the Member States. Ten Member States recorded AIC per capita above the EU average in 2015. The highest level in the EU was recorded in Luxembourg, 37% above the EU average. Germany was nearly 25% above, followed by Austria, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Sweden which all recorded levels between 10% and 20% above the EU average. AIC per capita for twelve Member States lay between the EU average and 30% below. In Italy, Ireland and Cyprus the levels were 10% or less below the EU average, while Spain, Portugal, Lithuania, Greece and Malta were between 10% and 20% below. Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia were between 20% and 30% below the average. Six Member States recorded AIC per capita more than 30% below the EU average. Estonia, Latvia and Hungary were between 30% and 40% below, while Croatia and Romania had AIC per capita just over 40% below the EU average and Bulgaria was around 50% below. A full EUROSTAT press release is available online. (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Heli Pietila – Tel.: +32 229 64950)

 

EUROSTAT: Niveaux des prix à la consommation: Les niveaux des prix des produits alimentaires en 2015 variaient de 63% de la moyenne de l'UE en Pologne à 145% au Danemark

En 2015, le niveau de prix d’un panier comparable de produits alimentaires et de boissons non alcoolisées était, au sein de l'Union européenne (UE), plus de deux fois supérieur dans l’État membre le plus cher que dans celui le moins cher. Le Danemark affichait le niveau de prix des produits alimentaires et des boissons non alcoolisées le plus élevé de l'UE en 2015, à 145% de la moyenne de l'UE, suivi de la Suède (124%), de l'Autriche (120%), de l'Irlande et de la Finlande (119% chacun) ainsi que du Luxembourg (116%). À l'autre extrémité de l'échelle, les niveaux de prix les plus faibles ont été observés en Pologne (63%), en Roumanie (64%), en Bulgarie (70%), en Lituanie (78%), en République tchèque ainsi qu'en Hongrie (79% chacune). Un communiqué de presse EUROSTAT est à votre disposition en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151)

 

EUROSTAT: Avril 2016 - Excédent de 27,5 mrds d’euros du commerce international de biens de la zone euro, Excédent de 5,6 mrds d’euros pour l’UE28

D’après les premières estimations pour le mois d'avril 2016, les exportations de biens de la zone euro (ZE19) vers le reste du monde se sont établies à 172,3 milliards d’euros, en baisse de 1% par rapport à avril 2015 (173,9 mrds). Les importations depuis le reste du monde ont quant à elles été de 144,8 mrds d’euros, en recul de 5% par rapport à avril 2015 (153,0 mrds). En conséquence, la zone euro a enregistré en avril 2016 un excédent de 27,5 mrds d’euros de son commerce international de biens avec le reste du monde, contre +20,9 mrds en avril 2015. Le commerce intra-zone euro a augmenté à 142,8 mrds d’euros en avril 2016, soit +1% par rapport à avril 2015. Un communiqué de presse EUROSTAT est à votre disposition en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Enrico Brivio Tel.: +32 229 56172; Axel Fougner – Tel.: +32 229 57276)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioners Andriukaitis, Thyssen, Jourovà, and Navracsics participate in the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) [Updated: 15/06/2016 at 15:35]On Thursday and Friday, 16 and 17 June, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) will take place in Luxembourg. The European Commission will be represented by Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, Valdis Dombrovskis; Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis; Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen; Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourováand Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Tibor Navracsics. On Thursday, the Council meeting will start by a policy debate on the 2016 European Semester cycle, including an assessment of the 2016 country-specific recommendations. Following this debate, EU Ministers will discuss the draft conclusions on a new start for social dialogue, followed by a discussion on the progress report regarding the Accessibility Act which was proposed by the Commission on 2 December 2015. The Ministers will also take note of progress reports on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive, accompanied by a state of play of the yellow card procedure, and the recently proposed revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive. After the morning session, at 12:30, there will be a press conference by Vice-President Dombrovskis, Commissioner Thyssen and Dutch Minister for Social Affairs and Employment, Lodewijk Asscher, which can be followed here. In the afternoon, EU Ministers are expected to reach Council conclusions on the Commission's strategic engagement for gender equality and the Commission's list of actions to advance LGBTI equality, which includes actions to fight hate crime against LGBTI people, and to conclude, Commissioners Thyssen and Navracsics will present the New Skills Agenda for Europe. Finally, on Friday, EU Ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on food products improvements, a health approach to combat antimicrobial resistance and strengthening the balance in the EU pharmaceutical system. This last session will be followed by a press conference at around 12:15 by Commissioner Andriukaitis and Dutch Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport, Edith Schippers, which you can follow here. (For more information: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151; Aikaterini Apostola – Tel. +32 229 87624)
 

European Commission appoints senior managers in its Legal Service, Secretariat-General and Health department

The European Commission today appointed Ms Laura Pignataro Nolin to the position of Principal Legal Adviser “Team - European Civil Service Law” in the Legal Service of the Commission, as of 16 June 2016; Mr Giovanni Fracchia as the Commission's Mediator in the Secretariat-General, starting date to be determined later; and Ms Paola Colombo to the position of Director for Health and Food Audits and Analysis in the Health and Food Safety department (DG SANTE), as of 1 August 2016. Ms Pignataro Nolin, Italian, joined the Commission from academia in 1992. She has worked in the Commission's Legal Service since 1995, representing the Commission in hundreds of court cases and working on countless pieces of EU legislation. She is currently Legal Adviser dealing with internal market and environmental issues. Mr Fracchia, Italian, joined the Commission 1990. Medical doctor by education, he worked on a variety of topics in the area of medical research and health policies. Mr Fracchia has extensive management experience: he first became Head of Unit in 2003 and was briefly an Acting Director in 2008. He is currently the head of the European Commission's medical service. Ms Colombo, Italian and a trained veterinarian, joined in the Commission in 1995. Until 2002, she worked on policies tackling different animal diseases and drafting relevant legislation. In the mid-2000s, she gained political experience as a member of former Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding's private office. Since 2007, she headed the Management and Resource Unit of the European Political Strategy Centre of the European Commission, the successor of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers. (For more information: Alexander Winterstein - Tel.: +32 229 93265; Andreana Stankova – Tel.: +32 229 57857)

 

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