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Daily News 24 / 11 / 2016

Brussels, 24 November 2016

La Commission européenne agit pour mettre fin à la violence à l'égard des femmes

À la veille de la Journée internationale pour l'élimination de la violence à l'égard des femmes, la Commission européenne annonce une campagne en 2017 pour lutter contre ce phénomène, qui demeure très répandu en Europe. En effet, une femme sur trois a connu une forme de violence sexiste dans sa vie. Le Premier Vice-Président Timmermans et la Haute Représentative/Vice-Présidente Mogherini, ainsi que les Commissaires Hahn, Mimica, AvramopoulosStylianides, Jourová, Navracsics, et King ont déclaré: "Nous ne pouvons ignorer les conséquences énormes que la violence à l'égard des femmes a sur les familles, les communautés, la société et l'économie. Nous devons ensemble mettre fin à cette violence et aux stéréotypes qui mettent les femmes en danger. La violence à l'égard des femmes est inacceptable." En 2017, la Commission sensibilisera les Européens sur la violence à l'égard des femmes, sous toutes ses formes – violence domestique, dans l'espace public ou au travail. Bien que 96 % des Européens ont conscience que la violence domestique est inacceptable; encore 27% d'entre eux considèrent que des relations sexuelles sans consentement peuvent être justifiées dans certaines circonstances, d'après un nouveau sondage Eurobaromètre. Sous un slogan fédérateur: "Dites non! Stop aux violences faites aux femmes", la campagne impliquera tous les acteurs dans ce combat: les Etats membres, les professionnels, comme les docteurs ou la police, et les ONGs. Des financements seront fournis à des projets œuvrant à l'élimination de cette forme de violence. La Commissaire Jourová, coordonnant l'effort européen en matière de violence contre les femmes, a déclaré: "Je veux que 2017 soit une année qui change la donne dans la lutte contre la violence à l'égard des femmes. J'aimerais que, d'ici à la fin de l'année, les femmes victimes de violence sentent, entre autres, qu'elles peuvent se rendre auprès de la police, afin d'obtenir le soutien qu'elles méritent." Aussi à l'international, la Commission fournira un soutien aux femmes victimes de violence dans les zones les plus reculées. Enfin, demain soir, le bâtiment de la Commission européenne, le Berlaymont, le bâtiment du Service européen pour l'action extérieure et la Banque Centrale Européenne seront éclairés en orange pour soutenir la campagne de l'Organisation des Nations Unies contre la violence à l'égard des femmes. La déclaration , un Q&A, l'Eurobaromètre et une infographie sont disponibles en ligne. Plus d'informations se trouvent sur un site dédié aux actions de 2017. (Pour plus d'informations: Nathalie Vandystadt– Tel.: +32 229 67083; Mélanie Voin – Tel.: +32 229 58659)

 

Le "Paquet Lait" de la Commission renforce la position des producteurs laitiers dans la chaîne d'approvisionnement

La Commission européenne a publié aujourd'hui le deuxième rapport sur la mise en œuvre du «paquet lait», série de mesures mises en place en 2012 pour renforcer la position des producteurs laitiers européens dans la chaîne d'approvisionnement. Le rapport montre qu'après trois années de mise en œuvre, les agriculteurs européens ont recours de plus en plus souvent aux instruments prévus par le «paquet lait», tels que la négociation collective de clauses de contrats par l'intermédiaire d'organisations de producteurs ou l'utilisation de contrats écrits. La mesure autorisant la négociation collective est destinée à renforcer le pouvoir de négociation des producteurs de lait, tandis que les contrats écrits offrent une transparence accrue et une meilleure traçabilité aux agriculteurs. M. Phil Hogan a accueilli ce rapport avec intérêt et s'est exprimé en ces termes: «Le rapport montre que des mesures peuvent être adoptées au niveau de l'Union européenne pour renforcer la position des producteurs laitiers dans la chaîne d'approvisionnement. Dans le prolongement du rapport du groupe de travail sur les marchés agricoles présenté la semaine dernière, je considère que ce rapport constitue une preuve supplémentaire de la nécessité d'adopter des mesures, dans le cadre du programme de travail de la Commission pour 2017».Le rapport devait initialement être remis en 2018, mais compte tenu des difficultés persistantes auxquelles le secteur laitier est confronté, le commissaire européen chargé de l'agriculture, M. Phil Hogan, a décidé d'avancer la présentation de ce rapport à fin 2016. Cet engagement s'inscrivait dans la série de mesures de solidarité en faveur du secteur laitier annoncées et mises en œuvre l'année dernière. Un communiqué de presse est disponible en ligne dans toutes les langues. (Pour plus d'informations: Daniel Rosario – Tel: +32 229 56 185; Clémence Robin – Tel.: +32 229 52509)

 

Agriculture: Commission launches tender procedure on limited quantity of skimmed milk powder in intervention

A tender procedure on skimmed milk powder currently in intervention will open this Friday 25 November following today's vote by Member States on the Commission's proposal. European operators will have until 13 December to submit their first bids to national authorities. In order to test the market reaction, the quantity of product concerned by the tender procedure is limited, corresponding to only 6% of the total amount of 355 000 tonnes of skimmed milk powder stored and taken out of the markets since the opening of the measure in September 2014.  The European milk market is showing encouraging recovery signs, with an increase of about 10% of the average price paid to producers in the last 3 months. Following a steady decrease, no more quantities of skimmed milk powder (SMP) have been put into public intervention since September 2016, even though this market measure remains open. Commenting on today's vote and decision, Commissioner Hogan said: "I am pleased to say that we are seeing something of a recovery in those hardest-hit markets, though we all know how fragile recovery can be in agricultural markets. Sustaining this recovery and working towards balance in the dairy market remains a priority. Reflecting the fragile nature of the recovery, the Commission will act with appropriate caution and the tender process will be under constant reassessment to prevent any unnecessary disruption." All the support measures put in place by the Commission to help dairy producers, like private storage and public intervention, remain in place. For more information see here. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel: +32 229 56 185; Clémence Robin – Tel: +32 229 52 509)

 

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of St Jude Medical by Abbott Laboratories, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of St Jude Medical by Abbott Laboratories, both US based companies that develop and market medical devices. The approval is conditional on Abbott divesting two devices used in cardiovascular treatments. The Commission's investigation focused on the two areas of cardiovascular devices where Abbott and St Jude compete: vessel closure devices and devices used in electrophysiology procedures, in particular transseptal introducer sheaths. The commitments proposed fully remove the overlap between Abbott and St Jude in these two markets, where the Commission had identified competition concerns. The Commission was therefore able to conclude that the proposed transaction, as modified by the commitments, would no longer raise competition concerns. The decision is conditional upon full compliance with the commitments. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “When it comes to the interests of patients and healthcare systems, we have to make sure that prices stay competitive, that practitioners have sufficient choice and that promising innovative products are not abandoned by the merging companies. I am glad we have found a solution that allows this takeover to proceed, while ensuring that competition is preserved." A full press release is available online in EN, FR and DE. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Angela Nardella - Tel.: +32 229 86801)

 

Mergers: Commission approves container liner shipping merger between Hapag-Lloyd and UASC, subject to conditions

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of United Arab Shipping Company ("UASC") by Hapag-Lloyd of Germany, subject to conditions. The transaction leads to the combination of two competitors in the container liner shipping business and will create the fifth largest container liner shipping company worldwide. The Commission examined the effects of the merger on competition in the market for container liner shipping on thirteen trade routes. It found that the merger, as initially notified, would have created links on the Northern Europe – North America trade routes between the consortia and alliances in which Hapag-Lloyd is a member and the NEU1 (ex-Pendulum) consortium, in which UASC is a member. As a result, the merged entity could have influenced capacity and prices on a very large part of those markets, to the detriment of customers and, ultimately, consumers. To address the Commission's competition concerns, Hapag-Lloyd offered to terminate the participation of UASC in the NEU1 consortium. The Commission therefore concluded that the proposed transaction, as modified by the remedies proposed, would no longer raise competition concerns. The decision is conditional upon full compliance with the commitments. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "European companies rely on container liner shipping services for their transatlantic shipments. It's very important that the markets remain open. The commitments offered by Hapag-Lloyd ensure that the takeover will not lead to price increases on the routes between Northern Europe and North America." A full press release is available online in EN, FR and DE. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Angela Nardella - Tel.: +32 229 86801)

 

State aid: Commission clears RON 447.8 million Romanian support for closing coal mines

The European Commission has found Romania's plans to provide RON 447.8 million of support to alleviate the social and environmental impact of closing two uncompetitive coal mines by 2018 to be in line with EU state aid rules. The Commission concluded the support would not unduly distort competition. Responsibility for decisions on whether or not to close public coal mines rests with Member States. EU state aid rules, in particular Council Decision 2010/787/EU, allow Member States to support the closure of uncompetitive coal mines in order to alleviate the social and environmental impact. The Commission's assessment has found that, in line with the Council Decision, the aid aims to ease the closure process by providing financial support totalling RON 233.7 million (approximately €52 million) to those workers who will lose their jobs due to the closures. In particular, the state support will fund compensation salaries for the laid-off personnel and programmes to retrain former employees to work in alternative professions and other social security benefits for these workers. Furthermore, this support will be used to undertake necessary underground safety measures related to the closure, to rehabilitate the mining sites and to re-cultivate land after the mine closures. The remainder of the aid totalling RON 214.1 million (approximately €47 million) will cover production losses of the mines until closure. The Commission concluded that the support was in line with EU state aid rules. The full press release is available online in EN, FR, DE and RO. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

State aid: Commission approves public funding to support shift from road to rail in Italy

The European Commission has found that the Italian aid scheme Ferrobonus is in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims to boost the shift of freight traffic from road to rail, without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. It will have a positive impact on the environment, supporting a mode of transport that is less polluting than road. Furthermore, by decreasing road congestion it will also be beneficial in terms of mobility. For these reasons, EU state aid rules, in particular the 2008 Commission Guidelines on State aid for railway undertakings, allow public support to the rail transport sector under certain conditions. The Commission's assessment showed that the scheme is open to all operators, both freight forwarders and cargo forwarding customers. It will not distort the level playing field by unduly impacting on maritime transport or inland navigation. In line with the Guidelines, the level of support companies can receive under the scheme is based on reduction in external costs that rail transport allows in comparison to road, i.e. benefits to the public at large. More information will be available in the State Aid Register on the DG Competition website once any confidentiality issues have been resolved, under the case number SA.44627. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Vice-President Šefčovič in Moscow tomorrow

Tomorrow Friday, Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič will be in Moscow where he is meeting Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich and Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak. Tomorrow's talks will focus on EU-Russia energy relations. "Building the Energy Union is a project that also concerns our neighbours. Russia is a particularly important neighbour of the European Union. Energy Union brings us closer together. Also with Ukraine: We believe that beyond 2019, Ukraine should play a crucial role as a transit country for Russian gas being exported to the European Union. The EU is a reliable customer to Russia: we pay in hard currency and on time. We want to continue to buy gas from Russia", said Vice-President Šefčovič ahead of the visit. More information on Energy Union is available here. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen – Tel. +32 229 56186 - Jakub Adamowicz – Tel.: +32 229 50595 - Nicole Bockstaller - Tel.: +32 229 52589)

 

Education in Emergencies Forum: ensuring a brighter future for vulnerable children

The European Commission is organising an Education in Emergencies Forum in Brussels on 30 November 2016 to raise support for quality education for crisis-affected children. EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides will host the event, which is due to be attended by a range of humanitarian experts and key decision makers in the sector. High level speakers include Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Education and Mr Ömer Çelik, Minister for EU Affairs, Turkey. "Education in emergencies is a priority in the EU's humanitarian response. We must help vulnerable children get more access to education. I plan to further step up our ambitions. Other key stakeholders in the international community can play an important role and I look forward to the opportunity that this Education Forum can bring," said Commissioner Stylianides ahead of the event. Earlier this year Commissioner Stylianides announced increased funding for education in emergencies to 4% of the EU humanitarian aid budget. In 2016 the EU is providing €52 million aimed specifically at educational projects for children in emergency situations, to support over 2,300,000 children in 42 countries around the world. Journalists wishing to attend the closing high level session can register using this link. (For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

 

Upcoming events of the European Commission (ex-Top News)

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