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Daily News 17 / 08 / 2016

Brussels, 17 August 2016

Circular economy: Commission expands Ecolabel criteria to computers, furniture and footwear

The Commission has adopted a new set of ecological criteria under the EU Ecolabel scheme for computers (personal, notebook and tablet computers), furniture and footwear. Manufacturers who wish to benefit from the EU Ecolabel have to comply with strict requirements that focus on the environmental performance of the product, but also cover product safety and social aspects. "The EU Ecolabel promotes Europe's transition to a circular economy, supporting both sustainable production and consumption. Thanks to transparent ecological criteria, consumers can make conscious choices, without compromising on the quality of the products. Similarly, the Ecolabel rewards those manufacturers who choose to design products that are durable and repairable, promoting innovation and saving resources", said Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella. To be eligible for the EU Ecolabel, computer manufacturers will need to consider energy efficiency and device upgradability during the design and manufacturing process, along with taking into account how easy it is to dismantle, recover and recycle resources from the devices. In the case of furniture, the new criteria require manufacturers to conduct a more comprehensive life cycle assessment, while paying special attention to the hazardous compounds and residues, which could contribute to indoor air pollution.  Following the provisions of recognised international labour standards, special attention was given to improving Corporate Social Responsibility with regard to labour conditions which will apply to the final footwear assembly site. The criteria revision is valid for six years following its date of adoption. More information is available on DG ENV website. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Iris Petsa – Tel.: +32 229 93321)


Concentrations : la Commission autorise l'acquisition conjointe d'Indigo Infra par Ardian et Crédit Agricole Assurances

La Commission européenne a approuvé, en vertu du règlement européen sur les concentrations, l'acquisition du contrôle en commun sur l'entreprise Infra Foch Topco SAS et ses filiales Indigo Infra et Infra Park Digital par la société de capital investissement Ardian et par Predica, filiale du groupe Crédit Agricole Assurances. Toutes ces entreprises sont établies en France. Indigo Infra et Infra Park Digital ont pour activité l'exploitation de parcs de stationnement et la fourniture de places de parking et de services associés. Predica est une société spécialisée dans le secteur de l’assurance-vie. La Commission a conclu que la concentration envisagée n'était pas susceptible de poser de problème de concurrence puisqu'elle n'aura qu'un impact très limité sur la structure des marchés de la gestion des parcs de stationnement et de la fourniture de places de parking. L'opération a été examinée dans le cadre de la procédure simplifiée 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 d'affaire M.8111. (Pour plus d'informations: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100)


Mergers: Commission clears joint acquisition of wire manufacturer WireCo by private equity firms Onex and Paine & Partners

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control over WireCo Worldgroup (Cayman) Inc. of the US by Onex Corporation of Canada and Paine & Partners LLC of the US. WireCo is a global manufacturer of highly-engineered and general purpose wires. Onex and Paine are both private equity firms. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of the minimal overlaps between WireCo’s activities and those of the portfolio companies of Onex and Paine. 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.8139. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100)



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