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Daily News 21 / 08 / 2018

Brussels, 21 August 2018

Statement by President Juncker on the 50th anniversary of the end of the Prague Spring

Today marks fifty years since the end of the Prague Spring, one of the most tragic and bitter episodes in modern Europe's history. Commemorating the occasion, President Juncker issued the following statement: "As we mark this anniversary, we remember the tragic loss of lives and we pay tribute to the courage and heroism of those – many of them students – who stood defiant in the face of tanks and weapons. Their legacy is our responsibility – we must never forget their attempt to defend the most basic of human rights and freedoms" President Juncker said, adding that today should be used as a "day of solemn commemoration to collectively remember that freedom and the respect for human rights can never be taken for granted and need to be fought for every single day […] I can think of no better way of honouring the memory of the heroes of the Prague Spring". The full statement is available online. Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner Jourová also commented on the occasion: "We must remember the lessons of August 1968. Freedom cannot be taken for granted, while there is no prosperity without freedom of expression, religion or association. Therefore, we should never tolerate a breach of international law, crushing people's legitimate yearning for freedom and democracy," Vice-President Šefčovič said. "A Soviet tank at my doorstep is one of my earliest memories, it influences you for life. Hence I consider defending our democracy the biggest task of today, for all of us: Czechs, Slovaks, Europeans," Commissioner Jourová said. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas - Tel.: +32 229 60524; Alexander Winterstein – Tel.: +32 229 93265)

 

#EUandME: la Commission lance un concours pour les jeunes réalisateurs de films, pour rapprocher les citoyens de l'UE

La campagne #EUandME de la Commission européenne lance un concours de courts-métrages pour des jeunes cinéastes, à partir de ce vendredi jusqu'au 31 octobre 2018. Le concours est ouvert aux jeunes cinéastes européens âgés de 18 à 35 ans. Ils pourront participer dans l'une des cinq catégories liées à la campagne: mobilité, durabilité, droits, numérique et compétences et entreprises. Il y aura un gagnant par catégorie, qui recevra une subvention de 7500 euros pour réaliser son film, et qui sera parrainé par l'un des cinq réalisateurs européens renommés impliqués dans la série de courts-métrages #EUandME. Les participants intéressés sont invités à soumettre leur idée pour un court-métrage racontant une histoire liée à l'impact de l'Union européenne sur la vie quotidienne des citoyens : outre un script du film, une courte vidéo où le candidate démontrera sa motivation et expliquera le concept du film prévu sont demandés ainsi qu'un lien vers un court-métrage qu'ils ont réalisé par le passé. Les candidatures doivent être soumises en format électronique via un formulaire de candidature en ligne sur la page web du concours (disponible à partir du 24 août 12:00 ici). La campagne #EUandME, avec ses cinq courts-métrages dirigés par des cinéastes européens reconnus, a été lancée dans 28 États membres de l'Union européenne en mai 2018 avec pour but de lancer une conversation sur l'impact de l'UE sur la vie des jeunes. De plus amples détails sur le concours des jeunes réalisateurs seront disponibles sur la page web de la campagne. (Pour plus d'informations: Christian Wigand - Tél .: +32 229 62253; Inga Höglund - Tél .: +32 229 50698)

 

Mergers: Commission clears merger between Praxair and Linde, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed merger between Praxair and Linde, subject to conditions. Following its in-depth investigation, the Commission concluded that the proposed transaction, as originally notified, would have significantly reduced competition in a number of markets in the European Economic Area (EEA), in particular for industrial gases, medical gases and related services, specialty gases and helium. To address the Commission's competition concerns, Praxair and Linde offered: (i) to divest to a suitable Praxair's entire gas business in the EEA; (ii) to transfer Praxair's stake in SIAD, an Italian joint venture active in Central and Eastern Europe and in Italy, to Praxair's current joint venture partner Flow Fin; and (iii) to divest additional helium sourcing contracts, beyond those needed to satisfy demand in the EEA. These commitments fully remove the overlap between Praxair and Linde's activities in the EEA. The Commission considers that the proposed transaction, as modified by the commitments, will no longer raise competition concerns and will ensure that competition is preserved on European gas markets in the interest of European customers. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Gases – like oxygen and helium – are crucial inputs for a large variety of products we need and use in our everyday life. For instance, industrial oxygen is used in large quantities in the production of steel. And hospitals need medical oxygen for patients and helium so that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners can work. There are very few companies in the world capable of supplying all these gases. With this decision, we make sure that the merger of Praxair and Linde will not result in further concentration in Europe and that customers will continue to benefit from competition in these markets." The full press release is available online in EN, FR, DE. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100)

 

Mergers: Commission clears the acquisition of sole control over CAL and CAHPL by Amey

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control over CarillionAmey Limited ("CAL") and CarillionAmey (Housing Prime) Limited ("CAHPL") by Amey UK plc, all of the UK. CAL and CAHPL are currently jointly controlled by Amey and Carillion Holdings Limited of the UK. CAL and CAHPL are active in the provision of repair and maintenance services for certain buildings and assets of the UK Ministry of Defence. Amey, which is part of the Ferrovial S.A. Group of Spain, is active in the provision of integrated infrastructure support services and facility management services to the private and public sectors in the UK. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of the limited impact it would have on the market. 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.9013. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Saferoad by FSN Capital

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Saferoad Holding ASA of Norway by FSN Capital GP V Limited, of the UK, which belongs to the FSN Capital group of Norway. Saferoad is the holding company of a group of companies specialised in road safety and road infrastructure solutions in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe. FSN Capital GP V is an investment fund. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns, due to the lack of horizontal overlaps or vertical links between the companies' activities. 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.8969. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Tönsmeier by Schwarz group

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition by Schwarz group of all the shares in Karl Tönsmeier Entsorgungswirtschaft GmbH & Co. KG ("KTE") and Tönsmeier Dienstleistung GmbH & Co. KG ("TDL"), all of Germany. Schwarz group is predominantly active in the food retail sector worldwide through its Lidl and Kaufland divisions. KTE is a fully integrated service provider in waste management, including collection, sorting, treatment and recycling of waste. TDL operates a waste-to-energy plant. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns given the limited overlaps between the companies' activities. 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.9047. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100) 

 

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