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Daily News 26 / 08 / 2016

Brussels, 26 August 2016

Agriculture: la Commission finalise les détails du paquet de soutien de €500 million pour rééquilibrer le secteur laitier

Suite à une réunion avec les experts des Etats Membres, la Commission a aujourd'hui finalisé les détails des mesures de soutien aux agriculteurs à hauteur de €500 million présentées le mois dernier. Les éléments phares de ce paquet sont l'aide financière de €150 million allouée à la réduction de la production laitière et les enveloppes nationales de €350 million pour les Etats Membres afin de soutenir notamment les petites exploitations et les éleveurs engagés dans des actions contribuant à la pérennité des exploitations et à la stabilisation du marché. Le Commissaire européen à l'agriculture et au développement rural, Phil Hogan, a déclaré: "Le plan d'aide pour réduire la production laitière est particulièrement important pour moi car il représente une véritable réponse à un problème existant sur le marché européen. Je suis confiant que cette mesure pourra contribuer de manière significative à améliorer la confiance sur les marchés et que cela entraînera une hausse des prix pour les producteurs laitiers européens." Les agriculteurs décidant de participer à ce programme  recevront une compensation financière pour le lait non produit avec l'objectif final de rééquilibrer le marché. Les détails techniques tels que les différentes dates limites, le plafond de réduction éligible à l'aide, les règles de contrôles, etc ont été aujourd'hui clarifiés. Quant à l'aide directe de €350 million, les options pour utiliser les sommes reçues ont également été confirmées. Par ailleurs, les propositions de la Commission de prolonger l'intervention et le stockage privé pour le lait en poudre ainsi que la prolongation de l'autorisation d’établir des accords volontaires sur la production laitière (article 222) ont été votées par les Etats Membres. Il en va de même pour les propositions relatives aux aides directes couplées pour le secteur laitier et pour les avances en matière d'aide directe et de développement rural. Plus d'informations sur les détails de ces mesures sont disponibles ici. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Clemence Robin – Tel.: +32 229 52509)

 

Late payments: Average payment period decreasing, but more progress needed

The European Commission adopted today a Report on the implementation of the Late Payment Directive. The Directive puts in place strict measures to protect European companies against late payment in transactions with public authorities and other businesses. The report shows that, as a result of the Directive, the average payment period in business-to-business transactions in the EU has dropped by more than 10 days since 2013. National authorities have recognised the importance of combating late payment and, where necessary, have adopted additional measures to ensure compliance with the Directive. Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: "We are monitoring the implementation of the Late Payment Directive closely and have noted a steady decrease in average payment periods within the EU. But late payment still hurts many companies, in particular SMEs, and ultimately the EU's competitiveness. Paying within the legal time limit of 30 days is proving challenging for public authorities. There is still work to do before a consistent culture of prompt payment becomes a reality. We encourage all EU countries to strengthen their efforts in combating late payment." The Report recommends further actions in particular closer and more consistent monitoring of the evolution of average payment periods based on a common methodology. More information on late payments is available on DG GROW website. (For more information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Maria Sarantopoulou – Tel.: +32 229 13740)

 

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed: more efficient than ever after 35 years of watching over the food on European plates

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) 2015 annual report, published today, demonstrates the increased efficiency with which RASFF exchanges information on issues posing a serious health risk. The network thereby enables authorities to act swiftly on many food safety risks before they could become harmful to European consumers. Last year, the European Commission received 3049 notifications of food or feed risks via this EU-wide alert system, 775 of which concerned a serious health risk. The response rate to such alerts increased by 23% to reach 4030 follow-up notifications. Among the most notified risks were mercury in fish, aflatoxins in nuts and Salmonella in fruits and vegetables. RASFF's round-the-clock information sharing service is a key tool to ensure quick cross-border reaction when risks to public health are detected in the food chain. The system - which originated in 1979 - has evolved to keep pace with a growing and increasingly complex global market and changing consumer habits. New challenges such as global trade, food fraud, e-commerce and emerging risks require further enhancing cooperation between RASFF and other systems governing food safety and public health. Work on dealing with these challenges has already begun. For more information on RASFF, the full report and the infographic, see here.(For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel: +32 229 56172; Axel Fougner – Tel: +32 229 57276)

 

State aid: Commission approves support schemes for renewable energy in Luxembourg and Malta

The European Commission has found plans by Luxembourg and Malta to support power generation from renewable sources to be in line with EU state aid rules. The schemes will increase electricity produced from renewable sources, in line with EU energy objectives, without unduly distorting competition.  The Commission assessed the plans under the 2014 Guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and energy, which allow Member States to support the production of electricity from renewable sources under certain conditions. The Luxembourg scheme introduces premium payments to support operators of wind, solar, biogas, hydropower and biomass installations. The total budget of the measure will be approximately €150 million, allocated between 2016 and 2020. Under the Maltese scheme onshore wind developers can also tender for support if an eligible site receives development consent during the lifetime of the scheme. The total budget of the measure will be approximately €140 million, allocated between 2016 and 2020. A full press release is available online in EN, FR, DE and MT. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of ÅR Packaging by CVC

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of ÅR Packaging of Sweden by CVC of Luxembourg.  ÅR Packaging is a producer of paperboard and flexible packaging products, including for food, healthcare and pharmaceutical products. CVC is a private equity fund holding interests in companies in various industries, including chemicals, utilities, manufacturing, retailing and distribution. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because the companies' activities do not overlap and because ÅR Packaging has a limited market position for the supply of flexible packaging for food and pharmaceutical products. The case was examined under the normal merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8107. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

Mergers: Commission clears joint venture by Alpiq and GETEC in energy sector

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the creation of a joint venture by Alpiq AG, ultimately controlled by Alpiq Holding AG, both of Switzerland, and GETEC ENERGIE AG of Germany. Alpiq is an energy provider active throughout Europe in the generation and wholesale supply of electricity, wholesale supply of gas, plant engineering and building technology. GETEC is an energy service provider, specialising in electricity and gas supply as well as energy market related services. GETEC is primarily active in Germany and Austria. The joint venture will provide energy market related administrative and customer services in several European countries. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given the joint venture's limited activities within 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.8154. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Logoplaste by Carlyle

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Logoplaste (consisting of the two companies Newpak of Luxembourg and Logoplaste Latam of the Netherlands) by the Carlyle Group of Luxembourg. Carlyle is a global alternative asset manager investing in all economic sectors. Logoplaste is an industrial group focusing on the manufacturing of rigid plastic packaging in the food and beverage, personal care, household care and oil and lubricants sectors. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns, in particular because the companies in the portfolio of Carlyle do not produce the same kind of rigid plastic packaging as Logoplaste. 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.8133. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

EUROSTAT: 15% des chômeurs dans l’UE ont trouvé un emploi

Parmi toutes les personnes dans l’Union européenne (UE) qui étaient au chômage au quatrième trimestre 2015, 65,7% (13,0 millions de personnes) étaient toujours au chômage au premier trimestre 2016, tandis que 15,4% (3,0 millions) avaient trouvé un emploi et que 18,9% (3,7 millions) avaient évolué vers l’inactivité économique au cours de cette même période. Sur toutes les personnes initialement en situation d’emploi, 96,2% (169,7 millions de personnes) sont restées en emploi, alors que 1,7% (2,9 millions) de celles pourvues d’un emploi au quatrième trimestre 2015 se sont révélées être au chômage au premier trimestre 2016 et que 2,2% (3,8 millions) ont opéré une transition vers l’inactivité économique. Aujourd’hui, Eurostat, l'office statistique de l'Union européenne, publie des statistiques des flux trimestriels sur le marché du travail, établies à partir des données du marché du travail non corrigées des variations saisonnières provenant de l’enquête européenne sur les forces de travail. Les flux sur le marché du travail montrent les mouvements des individus entre l'emploi, le chômage et l'inactivité économique. Afin d'en assurer la comparabilité, les données publiées par Eurostat sont fondées sur une méthodologie harmonisée. Il peut en résulter de petites différences entre ces données et celles publiées au niveau national. Un communiqué de presse EUROSTAT est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

 

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