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Daily News 08 / 08 / 2018

Brussels, 8 August 2018

Victims of the earthquake in the Indonesian island of Lombok receive EU support [updated on 09/08/2018 at 10:11]

The European Commission is closely following through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism the impact of the strong earthquakes that struck the Indonesian island of Lombok in late July and in early August that displaced thousands of people. The EU's emergency Copernicus Satellite mapping system has been activated to help the Indonesian civil protection authorities and the first maps have already been delivered. The Commission is also allocating a first emergency assistance of €150 000 to provide to the most affected communities. The aid will directly benefit 4 000 people in the worst hit districts of East Lombok and North Lombok. This initial EU funding supports the Indonesian Red Cross Society in delivering life-saving support to the most vulnerable through the distribution of emergency shelter material and relief items, such as tarpaulins, blankets, mattresses, family kits and hygiene parcels. The assistance also ensures access to clean water, good hygiene services, basic health care, as well as psychological support to the affected families. To contribute to the restoration of livelihoods, targeted individuals will also receive unconditional cash grants to help them to recover and increase their resilience to future shocks. In addition, the EU/Schengen consular group organised a Consular Desk at the airport in Lombok manned by representatives of the embassies of Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The group so far assisted around 1 000 European citizens with information, availability of flights, assistance in booking flights and access to waiting lists, assistance to injured people. (For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi –  Tel.: +32 229 69140) 


Concentrations : la Commission européenne autorise l'acquisition de Sisaho International, de sa filiale Siaci Saint Honoré et des filiales de cette dernière, par Watling Street Capital Partners

La Commission européenne a approuvé, en vertu du règlement européen sur les concentrations, l'acquisition du contrôle exclusif de Sisaho International SAS, de sa filiale Siaci Saint Honoré SAS et des filiales de cette dernière, toutes ensemble "Siaci", basées en France, par Watling Street Capital Partners LLP, basée au Royaume-Uni. Siaci est actif dans le courtage en assurances couvrant les deux grandes catégories de risques, à savoir les assurances de personnes et les assurances de dommages. Watling Street réunit un ensemble de sociétés de gestion de fonds d'investissement dont les sociétés composant le portefeuille ont majoritairement leur siège social en Europe de l'Ouest. Par l'intermédiaire de la société Funecap Topco SAS dont Watling Street envisage d'acquérir le contrôle, cette dernière sera active dans le courtage en assurance prévoyance obsèques. La Commission a conclu que l'opération envisagée ne soulèverait pas de problème de concurrence, compte tenu des chevauchements horizontaux limités et l'absence de relations verticales entre les entreprises. L'opération a été examinée dans la 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.9022. (Pour plus d'informations: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Astuti – +32 229 55344)




Federica Mogherini discussed enhanced bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the EU and New Zealand in Wellington

On 7 August, Federica Mogherini was in New Zealand for the first visit by an EU High-Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission to the country. While in Wellington, she met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. They discussed the excellent EU-New Zealand bilateral relations under the Partnership Agreement and explored ways of increasing cooperation between the two even further, including on global challenges such as climate change and terrorism, protection and strengthening of the rules-based international order, and working for peace, security and sustainable development in their respective neighbourhoods and beyond. Together they committed to swift progress on the recently-launched negotiations for a comprehensive and ambitious EU-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and reiterated their united position in favour of global free trade. The High Representative also met her counterparts Foreign Minister Winston Peters – a joint press release was issued after their meeting – and Defence Minister Ron Mark. They discussed priorities such as the joint commitment to continued implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and support for the diplomatic efforts aimed at full denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. They also committed to increase cooperation on security in the Pacific region, including on the peaceful and sustainable use of the Pacific Ocean. For more information on EU-New Zealand cooperation visit the website of the EU Delegation to New Zealand. (For more information: Maja Kocijančič – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Lauranne Devillé - Tel.: +32 229 80833; Judith Hebekeuser:  +32 22952656)



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