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Daily News 18 / 08 / 2016

Brussels, 18 August 2016

EU opens doors to Indonesia's licensing scheme for exports of verified legal timber

The Commission has amended the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Regulation (FLEGT) to recognise Indonesia’s licensing scheme for exports of verified legal timber to the EU. The delegated regulation amends the FLEGT Regulation to include Indonesia and its Licensing Information Unit under the list of ‘Partner countries and their designated licensing authorities’. It now also includes Indonesian products covered by the FLEGT licensing scheme in the list of ‘Timber products to which the FLEGT licensing scheme applies only in relation to the corresponding partner countries’. The delegated regulation will enter into application on 15 November, making this the earliest date that Indonesia could begin to issue FLEGT licences. The EU-Indonesia Joint Implementation Committee will announce the date for FLEGT licensing to begin when it meets on 15 September. Illegal logging is a global problem with significant negative economic, environmental and social impact. The FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement has strengthened forest governance in Indonesia by increasing transparency, accountability and stakeholder participation in decisions about forests. In 2002, just 20% of Indonesia’s timber was legal. Today, over 90% of Indonesia’s timber exports are from independently audited factories and forests.One third of the EU's tropical timber imports by value come from Indonesia. The EU buys 11% of timber products and paper exported from there. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Iris Petsa – Tel.: +32 229 93321)

 

EUROSTAT: Juin 2016 comparé à mai 2016 - La production dans le secteur de la construction stable dans la zone euro, en baisse de 0,3% dans l’UE28

En juin 2016 par rapport à mai 2016, la production dans le secteur de la construction, corrigée des variations saisonnières, est restée stable dans la zone euro (ZE19) et a baissé de 0,3% dans l’UE28, selon les premières estimations d’Eurostat, l’office statistique de l'Union européenne. En mai 2016, la production dans le secteur de la construction était restée stable dans la zone euro et avait reculé de 0,4% dans l'UE28. En juin 2016 par rapport à juin 2015, la production dans le secteur de la construction a progressé de 0,6% dans la zone euro, tandis qu'elle a diminué de 0,6% dans l’UE28. Un communiqué de presse EUROSTAT est disponible en ligne. (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Maria Sarantopoulou – Tel.: +32 229 13740)

 

EUROSTAT: July 2016 - Annual inflation up to 0.2% in the euro area and the EU

Euro area annual inflation was 0.2% in July 2016, up from 0.1% in June. In July 2015 the rate was 0.2%. European Union annual inflation was also 0.2% in July 2016, up from 0.1% in June. A year earlier the rate was 0.2%. A full EUROSTAT press release is available online. (For more information: Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151)

 

Concentrations: la Commission approuve l’acquisition d'Ausy par Randstad

La Commission européenne a autorisé, en application du règlement de l’UE sur les concentrations, l'acquisition du contrôle sur l'entreprise française Ausy par la société Randstad, établie aux Pays-Bas.  Ausy fournit des services de conseil et d'ingénierie centrés sur les technologies avancées. Randstad fournit des services de travail temporaire, des services d'emploi permanent et d'autres services liés à la gestion des ressources humaines. La Commission a conclu que la concentration envisagée ne poserait pas de problèmes de concurrence, car les chevauchements entre les activités des entreprises sont minimes et plusieurs concurrents continueront d'être présents dans les secteurs concernés. L'opération a été examinée selon 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 M.8089. (Pour plus d'informations: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100)

 

Mergers: Commission clears joint venture between JTSC and MHI-MS in the manufacture of tunnel boring machines

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the creation of a joint venture by Japan Tunnel Systems Corporation (JSTC) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Mechatronics Systems (MHI-MS), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. All three companies are based in Japan. The joint venture will be active in the manufacture of tunnel boring machines. JSTC, jointly controlled by IHI Corporation and JFE Engineering Corporation, is active in the design, manufacture and supply of shield machine and total tunnelling systems. MHI-MS is active in the design and manufacture of equipment for various uses such as the prevention of pollution and environment improvement. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns as the newly created joint venture would not have any activities in the European Economic Area. 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.8112. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100)

 

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