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Daily News 14 / 01 / 2019

Brussels, 14 January 2019

Joint letter by President Juncker and President Tusk to Prime Minister May

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, together with European Council President Donald Tusk, has today replied to a letter by Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, providing clarifications to the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration as negotiated between the European Union and the United Kingdom. The letter is available online here. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229-60524; Daniel Ferrie – Tel.: +32 229-86500)


DiscoverEU gives 14,500 more young people the chance to explore Europe

The second round of the European Commission's DiscoverEU initiative attracted applications from almost 80,000 young people from all EU Member States during a two-week period that closed on 11 December 2018. 14,536 young Europeans were selected based on the award criteria and taking into account the quota set for each EU Member State. Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, responsible for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: “It is wonderful to see how young Europeans are using DiscoverEU to get to know their continent. In total, almost 180,000 young people from all over Europe have applied during the two rounds in 2018; and thanks to this initiative, we will have so far given around 30,000 young people the chance to explore Europe's cultures and traditions and connect with other travellers, as well as the communities they are visiting. It is inspiring to see how young people are exploring Europe through a personal journey. DiscoverEU allows them to plan their own trips, share their stories on social media and make new friends.” The winners of the second round will now be contacted so that they can book their trips. They will be able to travel, alone or in groups of maximum five people, between 15 April and 31 October 2019 for up to 30 days. DiscoverEU was launched in June 2018, following a proposal from the European Parliament for a Preparatory Action with a budget of €12 million in 2018. The first application round gave around 15,000 young people the opportunity to travel around Europe. For 2019, the European Parliament has approved €16 million for DiscoverEU. The Commission is planning to launch the next application round in summer 2019. Specific dates and further information will be announced on the European Youth Portal in due course. A press release, memo and factsheet are available online. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt - Tel.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein - Tel.: +32 229 56184)


Politique de cohésion: un meilleur système de registre foncier pour les citoyens en Roumanie

Près de 266 millions d'euros du Fonds européen de développement régional (FEDER) vont être investis afin d'élargir la portée du cadastre, le système d'enregistrement de terrains dans les zones rurales en Roumanie. Ce projet vise à renforcer la sécurité juridique et la transparence des droits immobiliers. La commissaire chargée de la Politique régionale, Corina Creţu, a déclaré: "Ce projet de la politique de cohésion protège activement les personnes vivant dans les zones rurales en renforçant leurs droits de propriété. Il facilitera l'accès des propriétaires fonciers aux fonds européens et contribuera également au développement économique de ces régions, grâce à une plus grande sécurité juridique stimulant les investissements et accélérant la mise en œuvre de projets clés d'infrastructures". Le financement de l'UE servira à effectuer des enregistrements systématiques dans les zones rurales, à numériser et classer les archives existantes, à former le personnel impliqué, à développer l'utilisation des technologies de l'information et de la communication au sein des services d'enregistrement et à améliorer la gestion et le suivi des projets. Moins d'un quart des propriétés en Roumanie est actuellement inscrit au registre foncier. Le projet couvre 660 unités administratives réparties dans sept zones rurales en Roumanie: en cartographiant et en numérisant les biens immobiliers dans la base centrale de données cadastrales, ce projet financé par l'UE contribuera à couvrir l'ensemble du territoire roumain. (Pour plus d'informations: Christian Spahr - Tél.: +32 2 295 00 55; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr - Tél.: +32 229 56169)


Stronger supervision:Banking supervisors agree on a cooperation mechanism for combatting money laundering

Today, the European Commission is following up on one of the actions laid out in President Juncker's State of the Union proposal to strengthen anti-money laundering supervision. The European Central Bank and national authorities supervising financial institutions' compliance with EU anti-money laundering obligations, in close cooperation with the European Commission and the European Supervisory Authorities, have reached an agreement on the new cooperation mechanism. The agreement clarifies the actions that need to be taken when a weak link is discovered in the system and how exactly information will be exchanged, so that cooperation in the fight against money laundering takes place in an efficient and timely way. Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President responsible for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, said: "Today Europe reaches another milestone in implementing our agenda to enhance money laundering supervision. Bank supervisors and anti-money laundering supervisors must work hand in hand to give no chance to money laundering in Europe." Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Gender Equality and Consumers added: “The EU has strong anti-money laundering rules, which are then applied by national anti-money laundering authorities. Money and criminals know no borders, so we need the authorities and European supervisors to react in a coordinated way. This agreement is a clear signal of this improved cooperation.” Today's agreement contains detailed rules on what type of information should be exchanged, under which conditions, and what confidentiality and data protection safeguards will apply to protect citizens' and companies' financial data. This deliverable was also highlighted as a priority in the Action Plan adopted in the ECOFIN Council of 4 December 2018, and is a requirement of the  5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive which must be fully operational across the EU by January 2020. More information on the fight against anti-money laundering can be found online. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Mélanie Voin – Tel.:+32 229 58659)


Commission welcomes Francesco La Camera as newly elected Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

The Commission welcomes the decision by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to elect the European candidate, Mr Francesco La Camera from Italy, as its new Director-General. Mr La Camera will succeed Mr Adnan Amin from Kenya, who has headed the organisation since it was officially inaugurated in 2011. Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete said: "The election of a European candidate for this important organisation demonstrates our leadership in the global world of renewables. I am confident that Mr La Camera is the right person to lead the International Renewable Energy Agency in the next phase of renewables deployment worldwide". Mr. Francesco La Camera is currently the Director of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Environment in Italy. He is expected to start as the head of the organisation in April 2019. The International Renewable Energy Agency is an intergovernmental organisation with 160 member countries. The organisation's role is to support the acceleration of renewable energy throughout the world by providing technical assistance, policy support and new data and analysis to governments. In the European Union, the International Renewable Energy Agency played an important role in the assessment of Europe's cost-competitive potential for renewables in 2030. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen – Tel.: +32 229 56186; Lynn Rietdorf – Tel.: +32 229 74959)


State aid: Commission approves reintroduction of Croatian bank resolution scheme

The European Commission has authorised under EU State aid rules the reintroduction of a bank resolution scheme in Croatia, which was initially approved in October 2016 and prolonged in June 2017. The measure will be available for small banks with total assets below €1.5 billion, only if they are found to be in distress by the competent national authorities. The objective of the scheme is to facilitate the work of the Croatian resolution authorities, should a concrete case and need arise for it. The Commission found the scheme to be in line with the State aid rules on banking applicable since 2013 and related EU law. The non-confidential version of the decision will be available under the case number SA.51814 in the State Aid Register on the DG Competition website once any confidentiality issues have been resolved. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Astuti - Tel.: +32 229 55344)


Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of eight property companies by NN Group, Allianz Group and NRP

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of eight property companies by NN Group of the Netherlands, Allianz Group of Germany and NRP Group of Norway. The eight property companies own real estate properties located in Denmark and Sweden. NN Group and Allianz Group are both financial services providers. NRP Group provides direct investment and fund solutions within the real estate, shipping and offshore sectors. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of the limited impact of the transaction on the market structure. 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.9210. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni - Tel.: +32 229 90526)


Eurostat: La production industrielle en baisse de 1,7% dans la zone euro, baisse de 1,3% dans l'UE28 (novembre 2018 comparé à octobre 2018)

En novembre 2018 par rapport à octobre 2018, la production industrielle corrigée des variations saisonnières a diminué de 1,7% dans la zone euro (ZE19) et de 1,3% dans l'UE28, selon les estimations d'Eurostat, l'office statistique de l'Union européenne. En octobre 2018, la production industrielle avait augmenté de 0,1% tant dans la zone euro que dans l'UE28. En novembre 2018 par rapport à novembre 2017, la production industrielle a diminué de 3,3% dans la zone euro et de 2,2% dans l'UE28. Un communiqué de presse Eurostat est à votre disposition en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Lucía Caudet – Tél. +32 229 56182; Victoria von Hammerstein-Gesmold - Tél.: +32 229 55040)


Eurostat: Excédent de 38,7 milliards d'euros des échanges courants de l'UE28, excédent de 49,3 milliards d'euros pour la balance des services (troisième trimestre 2018)

Le compte des opérations courantes de la balance des paiements de l'UE28, corrigé des variations saisonnières, a enregistré un excédent de 38,7 milliards d'euros (1,0% du PIB) au troisième trimestre 2018, en baisse par rapport à l'excédent de 59,9 milliards (1,5% du PIB) du deuxième trimestre 2018 et à celui de 60,4 milliards (1,6% du PIB) du troisième trimestre 2017, selon les estimations d'Eurostat, l'office statistique de l'Union européenne. Au troisième trimestre 2018 par rapport au troisième trimestre 2017, basé sur des données corrigées des variations saisonnières, l'excédent du compte des biens s'est réduit (+10,2 milliards d'euros, contre +24,4 milliards) tout comme celui du compte des services (+49,3 milliards d'euros, contre +51.0 milliards) ainsi que celui du compte des revenus primaires (+0,4 milliards d'euros, contre +5,2 milliards). Le déficit du compte des revenus secondaires a augmenté (-21,2 milliards d'euros, contre -20,8 milliards) tout comme celui du compte de capital (-3,4 milliards d'euros, contre -3,2 milliards). Un communiqué de presse Eurostat est à votre disposition en ligne. (Pour plus d'informations: Annika Breidthardt – Tél.: +32 229 56153; Annikky Lamp– Tél.: +32 229 56151; Enda McNamara – Tél.: +32 229 64976)





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