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European Commission - Daily News

Daily News 26 / 02 / 2016

Brussels, 26 February 2016

EU Action Plan to crack down on Wildlife Trafficking

Today the Commission adopted an EU Action Plan to tackle wildlife trafficking within the EU and to strengthen the EU's role in the global fight against these illegal activities. Trafficking in endangered species, which involves live and dead specimens of wild fauna and flora, or parts of products made from them, has become one of the most profitable criminal activities worldwide. An estimated 8 to 20 billion euro pass annually through the hands of organised criminal groups, ranking alongside the trafficking of drugs, people and arms. The Action Plan comprises 32 measures to be carried out until 2020 by the EU and its 28 Member States, mobilising all EU diplomatic, trade and development cooperation tools. This was prepared jointly by a core team co-chaired by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, with the close involvement of Commissioners for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos. A Press release in all EU languages and a Factsheet are available online. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Iris Petsa - Tel.: +32 229 93321)          

Mergers: Commission approves Dentsply acquisition of dental equipment supplier Sirona, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of dental equipment supplier Sirona by Dentsply, both of the US, subject to conditions. The Commission's investigation focused on the main product areas where both Dentsply and Sirona are active, namely CAD/CAM ("computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing") materials, small dental equipment, dental imaging systems and dental implant systems.The decision is conditional in particular upon the extension of licensing agreements between Sirona and its current suppliers of CAD/CAM blocks used in its chairside CAD/CAM systems. The Commission found that these commitments addressed its competition concerns. The decision to approve the transaction is conditional upon full compliance with the commitments. A full press release is available in EN, FR and DE. More information will be available on the competition website, in the Commission's public case register under the case number M.7822 (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel. +32 229 80100; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386)


Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Logos Australia and Logos China by Macquarie and Ivanhoe

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Logos New Holding Company Pty Ltd, Logos New Holding Trust and Logos New Investment Trust, all of Australia (together "Logos Australia") and Logos China Investment Limited of the British Virgin Islands ("Logos China") by Macquarie Corporate Holdings Pty Limited of Australia ("Macquarie"), and Ivanhoe Cambridge China Inc. of Canada ("Ivanhoe"). Ivanhoe is part of the pension fund Caisse de dépôt et placement de Québec of Canada and is a global real estate investor.  Logos Australia and Logos China both develop and manage real estate in Australia and China respectively. Macquarie is an investment intermediator for institutional, corporate and retail clients around the world in a wide range of sectors, including resources and commodities, energy, financial institutions, infrastructure and real estate. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because neither Logos Australia nor Logos China are active in the European Economic Area (EEA). 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.7916. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel. +32 229 80100; Carolina Luna Gordo – Tel.: +32 229 68386)




Visite du Premier Vice-Président Frans Timmermans à Paris pour des réunions avec le Gouvernement français et des rencontres avec des étudiants et représentants de la société civile

Les jeudi 25 et vendredi 26 février, le Premier Vice-Président de la Commission européenne, Monsieur Frans Timmermans, est en déplacement à Paris pour des discussions avec ses homologues du Gouvernement français ainsi qu'un 'dialogue citoyen' avec des étudiants et des représentants de la société civile. Ce matin, le Premier Vice-Président a rencontré le Premier Ministre français Monsieur Manuel Valls, ainsi que le Ministre de l'Intérieur Monsieur Bernard Cazeneuve pour une discussion sur la crise des réfugiés et les enjeux sécuritaires. Cet après-midi, il rencontrera Monsieur Emmanuel Macron, Ministre de l'Économie, de l'Industrie et du Numérique. Hier, Monsieur Timmermans s'est entretenu avec le Professeur Gilles Kepel, avant de participer à un 'dialogue citoyen' avec plus d'une centaine d'étudiants à l'Institut d'études politiques de Paris, sur le thème: 'Fraternité: l'Europe face à la crise du vivre ensemble'. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tim McPhie – Tel.: +32 229 58602)


High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini to visit Azerbaijan and Armenia from 29 February – 1 March

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini will travel to Azerbaijan on Monday 29 February and Armenia on Tuesday 1 March, continuing her tour of the Eastern Partnership countries following visits to Ukraine and Georgia at the end of last year. In Azerbaijan, the HR/VP will meet with President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. Whilst in Baku, the HR/VP will also attend the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council Ministerial alongside Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and meet representatives of civil society. During her time in Armenia, the High Representative will meet President Serzh Sargsyan, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian, members of various political parties in the parliament, as well as representatives of civil society. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 228 6570; Adam Kaznowski – Tel.: +32 228 9359)


Commissioner Mimica to attend the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)-EU Forum

Today, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, will take part in the 14th Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) – European Union Forum in Brussels. At this annual meeting he will engage with OCT partners in a dialogue over issues of mutual interest, notably the new global agreement on climate change that was reached in Paris in December 2015, the OCTs' response efforts to climate change, as well as growth and investment opportunities. The Forum will take stock of the work carried out in previous years and will discuss continued engagement for the years to come. Commissioner Mimica will co-sign a Joint Declaration between the EU and twenty-two Overseas Countries and Territories on reinforced cooperation in the field of sustainable energy. Speaking ahead of the signing ceremony, Commissioner Mimica said: "The signing of this Declaration represents an important step in our cooperation in sustainable energy. The signature strengthens links between energy policy commitments of Overseas Countries and Territories and the support that could be provided by the European Union and the resources available via the 11th European Development Fund. The EU is committed to continue supporting Overseas Countries and Territories in their efforts in becoming less dependent on fossil fuels, and making their economies more resilient." (For more information: Alexandre Polack Tel.: +32 229 90677; Sharon Zarb – Tel.: +32 229 92256)




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