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Daily News 22 / 07 / 2016

Brussels, 22 July 2016

The July infringements' package: Commission acts for full, proper and timely implementation of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses

To help citizens and businesses benefit fully from the internal market, the European Commission continuously engages with and, if necessary, initiates infringement procedures against Member States which do not respect European law. The European Commission also closes pending cases where the Member State concerned, in cooperation with the Commission, has solved the problem and ensured compliance with EU law, thus rendering a referral to the Court of Justice of the EU unnecessary. This month, as part of its monthly package of infringement decisions, the Commission took a number of decisions (including 20 reasoned opinions, 8 referrals to the Court of Justice of the EU, and on 86 closures). A summary of the key decisions as well as the contact details of the relevant Spokespersons and the corresponding press releases can be found in the fact sheet. On the general EU infringement procedure, a memo is also available here. (For more information: Alexander Winterstein - Tel.: +32 229 93265; Uldis Šalajevs – Tel.: +32 229 67560)

 

Commission awards additional EUR 82.6 million in emergency funding to Greece

The European Commission has awarded an extra EUR 82.6 million in emergency funding to Greece under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF). Through AMIF, emergency funding of EUR 24.2 million is awarded to the Greek Ministry of Health, for increasing the capacity to provide primary health care to migrants and refugees. It aims to provide primary health care services (medical and psychosocial services) at refugee accommodation centres, and to strengthen the capacity of the public health system and epidemiological surveillance structures. In addition, EUR 58.4 million are awarded to the Greek Ministry of Defense to provide migrants with urgent shelter, accommodation, catering, health care and transportation. These activities are to be funded on the Greek mainland with EUR 52.2 million provided by AMIF, while EUR 6.2 million is awarded for support in the hotspots through the ISF. These new emergency assistance grants follow similar awards made earlier in 2016 which covered the needs between February and July. With this extra funding, the emergency assistance awarded for activities in Greece reaches EUR 345 million since the start of 2015, including support to Greek authorities, EU agencies, international organisations and NGOs. This emergency funding comes on top of the EUR 509 million already allocated to Greece under the national programmes for 2014-2020 (EUR 294.5 million from AMIF and EUR 214.7 million from ISF). (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)

 

SME financing gets a fresh boost under the Investment Plan for Europe

One of the main success stories of the Investment Plan for Europe has been the interest by financial intermediaries across Europe to use the EU budget guarantee to provide finance to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). Therefore, as we announced on 1 June in our stock-take of the Investment Plan for Europe, we are scaling up the SME window of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). This week, the Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group have signed an agreement to make this a reality. The agreement reinforces the SME window by shifting EUR 500 million from the EU guarantee from the Infrastructure and Innovation window to the SME window; and it uses the EFSI guarantee to boost equity financing of SMEs and top up the InnovFin and COSME loan guarantee instruments as well as the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). These measures will allow the European Investment Fund (EIF) to finance a significant extra volume of operations, meaning more EFSI-backed equity and loans will reach European SMEs, including those in the social sector. (For more information contact Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Siobhán Millbright – Tel.: + 32 229 57361)

 

Commission authorises three genetically modified soybeans for food/feed uses

Today the Commission authorised three GMOs for food/feed uses (soybean MON 87708 x MON 89788, soybean MON 87705 x MON 89788 and soybean FG 72), all of which have gone through a comprehensive authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by EFSA. The authorisation decisions do not cover cultivation. The GMOs approved today had received "no opinion" votes from the Member States in both the Standing and Appeal Committees and the Commission adopted the pending decisions. The authorisations are valid for 10 years, and any products produced from these GMOs will be subject to the EU's strict labelling and traceability rules. For more information see here. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Iris Petsa - Tel.: +32 229 93321)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Supercell Oy by Tencent

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Supercell Oy of Finland by Tencent of Cayman Islands. Supercell Oy develops and publishes games for mobile devices. Tencent’s businesses include the operation of internet and mobile platforms, advertising, development and publishing of game software, and operation of media platforms. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because the overlaps between the activities of Tencent and Supercell Oy on the market for development and publishing of mobile games remain limited in the European Economic Area. 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.8090. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

 

Mergers: Commission clears joint acquisition of Royal Carribean Holdings de España by Springwater and RCL

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control over Royal Caribbean Holdings de España, S.L. of Spain by Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD (“RCL”) of the US and Springwater Capital LLC of Switzerland. Royal Caribbean Holdings supplies ocean cruises in Spain, France and Portugal under the brands "Pullmantur" and "Croisières de France". The company is currently controlled by RCL. RCL is a global cruise vacation company headquartered in the United States which operates a number of global and regional cruise brands. RCL uses the following brands for the supply of ocean cruises: "Royal Caribbean International", "Celebrity Cruises", "Azamara Club Cruises", "TUI Cruises" and "Skysea Cruises". It operates these brands in Spain, Portugal, France and other countries in and outside the EU, except "Skysea Cruises" which is mainly used in China. Springwater is a private equity firm which uses the brand "Wamos Air" for the provision of air passenger transport services. 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.8069. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Meda by Mylan subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Meda AB of Sweden by Mylan N.V. of the Netherlands, subject to conditions. Both companies operate in the pharmaceutical sectorThe decision is conditional upon the divestment of a number of Mylan's or Meda's businesses in Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Luxembourg, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the UK. The Commission had concerns that the transaction, as initially notified, would have reduced competition on the markets for several pharmaceutical products. The commitments offered by Mylan address these concerns.The Commission's decision to approve the transaction is conditional upon full compliance with the commitments. A full press release is available in EN, FR, DE, SV and NL. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Commissioner Moscovici participates in G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Chengdu, China

Commissioner Moscovici will represent the European Commission at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting on 22-24 July in Chengdu, China. The agenda of the ministerial meetings includes discussions on the Global Economy, a Framework for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth, Financial Sector Reform, the International Financial Architecture, Investment and Infrastructure as well as International Taxation issues. Green finance, Climate finance and Anti-terrorist Financing will be also covered by the ministerial working sessions. In addition to the ministerial meetings, a G20 high-level Tax Symposium on tax Policy opportunities for Strong, Sustained and balanced Growth will take place on 23 July. Referring to the agenda, Commissioner Moscovici said: "Chengdu will host the first G20 Finance Ministers' meeting after the UK referendum, which has triggered an increase in economic uncertainty as well as financial market volatility. To mitigate the impact of this uncertainty, we need to continue our focus on jobs and growth, delivering the right mix of reforms, investment and smart fiscal policies. In these circumstances it is more important than ever that the G20 acts on its commitment to use all available tools to support growth." The discussion in Chengdu will constitute an important step towards the G20 Hangzhou Leaders’ Summit on 4-5 September. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Audrey Augier – Tel.: +32 229 71607)

 

 

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