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28 / 06 / 2017


Un budget européen pour demain: la Commission ouvre le débat sur l'avenir des finances de l'UE

Alors que l'UE n'a jamais autant agi pour protéger ses citoyens, leur donner les moyens d'agir et les défendre, nos ressources sont déjà exploitées jusqu'à leur limite. A l'heure où l'Europe est face à son avenir, notre Union a besoin d'un budget plus adapté, où chaque euro est employé au service des citoyens. La Commission européenne publie aujourd'hui son document de réflexion sur l'avenir des finances de l'UE, qui examine les options pour mettre un tel budget sur pied. En décrivant les potentielles implications budgétaires des choix qui s'offrent à nous, les questions soulevées dans ce cinquième – et ultime – document de réflexion sont au cœur du débat lancé le 1er mars par le Livre blanc de la Commission sur l'avenir de l'Europe. Le commissaire Günther H. Oettinger, chargé du Budget et des ressources humaines, a déclaré: "Si l'Europe doit relever de nouveaux défis, l'argent doit bien venir de quelque part. Nous pouvons dépenser moins ou trouver de nouveaux revenus. Mais quoiqu'il en soit, chaque euro venant du budget européen doit avoir de la valeur ajoutée et un impact positif sur la vie quotidienne des gens." La Commissaire à la politique régionale, Corina Creţu, a ajouté: "Il est temps que nous donnions un coup de jeune à notre budget. Rendons-le plus simple, plus souple et réfléchissons, avec ambition et imagination, aux façons dont nous pouvons en faire un puissant instrument qui aidera nos économies à croitre plus rapidement, nous encouragera à nous rapprocher toujours autant, et ne laissera personne pour compte dans la mondialisation." Pour plus d'information, un communiqué de presse est disponible dans toutes les langues. (Pour plus d'information: Alexander Winterstein – Tel.: +32 229 93265; Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Andreana Stankova – Tel.: +32 229 57857; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)


Juncker Plan: nearly EUR 16 million to upgrade production facilities in Poland

The Juncker Plan has backed a nearly EUR 16 million European Investment Bank (EIB) loan agreement with Sits, a Polish furniture-making company. The agreement will allow Sits to expand its manufacturing and warehousing facilities, located in Grudziądz, in order to meet expected demand. Up to 500 new jobs are expected to be created in the construction phase of the project. More direct and indirect jobs are expected to be created once the plant becomes operational. This agreement was made possible by the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The EFSI is the central pillar of the European Commission's Investment Plan for Europe, the so-called "Juncker Plan", and helps to ensure that European companies have the tools they need to compete in the global marketplace.Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: "Investment helps companies to upgrade their production and expand operations across Europe. I am glad that today's Juncker Plan-backed loan agreement will help the Polish furniture maker Sits to expand their facilities in Poland, grow its range of high-quality products and create new jobs along the way." The Juncker Plan is now expected to trigger over EUR 6.5 billion in investments in Poland and EUR 209 billion across Europe. For the latest figures country-by-country, see here. A full press release is available here. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Juliana Dahl – Tel.: +32 229 59914)


Juncker Plan: EUR 15 million to upgrade and expand healthcare facilities in Romania

The Juncker Plan has backed a EUR 15 million European Investment Bank (EIB) loan agreement with Regina Maria, a private healthcare network in Romania. The agreement will allow Regina Maria to upgrade and expand its network of outpatient and inpatient facilities in Bucharest and elsewhere in the country through the construction and renovation of two hospitals and 15 outpatient centres. In addition to increasing healthcare capacity and improving the quality of medical services, this project is expected to support approximately 2,000 jobs. This agreement was made possible by the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The EFSI is the central pillar of the European Commission's Investment Plan for Europe, the so-called "Juncker Plan". Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: "The European Investment Bank is playing an important role in supporting economic growth in Romania. With the backing of the European Commission's Juncker Plan it can do even more. This agreement demonstrates the EU's strong commitment to supporting crucial social infrastructure upgrades.” The Juncker Plan is now expected to trigger almost EUR 800 million in investments in Romania and EUR 209 billion across Europe.For the latest figures country-by-country, see here. A full press release is available here. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Juliana Dahl – Tel.: +32 229 64976)


Steering Committee of EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey meets today

Today, the 7th Steering Committee meeting of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey takes place in Brussels. It brings together the European Commission, representatives of EU Member States, representatives of Turkey and the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee's rapporteur for Turkey Ms Kati Piri. On the occasion, Commissioner Hahn stressed: "The EU Facility for Refugees continues to make a difference in the daily lives of many refugees. EU support gives Syrian refugees and host communities the opportunity to boost their skills and thus succeed on the labour market. I remain fully committed to helping Turkey improve the living conditions of the refugees in the country and I look forward to visiting some of our refugee support projects next week when I travel to Turkey." Commissioner Stylianides added: "We have already reached over 680,000 people through the Emergency Social Safety Net and the additional funding committed in May will enable us to reach 1.3 Million refugees by the end of the year. The Conditional Cash Transfer for Education programme has already reached the families of 56,000 refugee children. This is the EU's largest humanitarian aid operation ever andwe continue working hard to provide vulnerable refugees in Turkey with aid, a sense of dignity, and hope." During the Steering Committee meeting, the European Commission will report on the continuous progress under the EU Facility. A full press release of the meeting will be available after 1pm here. More information on the Facility here. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Lauranne Devillé – Tel.: +32 229 80833; Christina Wunder – Tel.: +32 229 92256)


EU strengthens girls' visibility and participation in fighting violence against women and girls

Tomorrow, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, will give the keynote speech at the launch event of a new global campaign by the aid agency World Vision, with the aim to end violence against women and girls. In this context, Commissioner Mimica said: "Violence against girls has dramatic and life-long consequences – on its victims, their families, and on whole societies. It's up to all of us not to let this continue a day longer. The EU is already investing huge efforts to provide an empowering and safe environment for girls – from helping to reform legislation to protect girls from femicide and harmful practices to supporting girls who are victims of sexual violence. In order to increase our impact globally, we are currently working together with the United Nations on a ground-breaking Initiative to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls around the world. We intend to officially launch it in September – so join us to make this change happen!" The EU initiative and the new World Vision campaign come at the right time: a recent report found that in 2015, less than 0.6% of total global development spending was allocated to ending violence against children. The European Commission leads by example: between January 2011 and March 2017, the EU has supported children's rights through all sectors of its external relations with over €8 billion in 142 developing countries – almost 10% of which was directly dedicated to tackling child labour, trafficking of children, supporting children in armed conflicts, preventing harmful practices and sexual exploitation, as well as other violence-related projects.(For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Christina Wunder – Tel.: +32 229 92256)


Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of both Zur Mühlen and Asset Groups by Clemens and Robert Tönnies

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control of both Zur Mühlen Group and the Asset Group by Clemens Tönnies and Robert Tönnies, all based in Germany. The Zur Mühlen Group and the Asset Group are active in meat processing in Germany and Poland. Currently, these undertakings are controlled by Clemens Tönnies and his son Maximilian Tönnies. With the transaction, both undertakings will be integrated into the Tönnies Family Holding, which is a meat industry business, primarily active in Germany and other European countries. The Commission concluded that the proposed change of control would raise no competition concerns given that the companies' activities have limited market shares in vertically related markets and only minimal direct overlaps. 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.8510. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou - Tel.: +32 229 13740)




Bringing the EU closer to citizens – Commission launches new prize

The European Commission has today started an EU-wide contest for the "Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach: Spreading Knowledge about Europe". This Prize will reward outstanding contributions that communicate the founding values, history, action and key benefits of the EU to citizens. Eligible participants include, for example, scholars, researchers, scientists, writers, journalists and artists who can contribute to articulating what Europe stands for today and tomorrow. This first-time Prize complements the Jean Monnet Actions – an Erasmus+ funded initiative supporting teaching and academic research programmes on EU studies. European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics,said: "I am pleased that the 'Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach' will recognise and reward quality works that effectively and creatively spread knowledge about Europe. We need to bring the EU, its benefits and achievements closer to citizens – giving visibility and European level recognition to such works will help us reach that goal." The Altiero Spinelli Prize will award six first prizes of EUR 50.000; six second prizes of EUR 30.000 and ten third prizes of EUR 17.000. More information including the application documents and rules is available here. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund - Tel.: +32 229 50698)


Le Commissaire Avramopoulos en visite à Paris

Le commissaire chargé de la migration, des affaires intérieures et de la citoyenneté, Dimitris Avramopoulos, sera en visite demain à Paris, France, où il rencontrera le Ministre français de l'Intérieur  M. Gérard Collomb, afin de discuter de la politique européenne de migration, de la gestion des frontières intérieures et extérieures de l'Europe ainsi que de la dimension extérieure des migrations. Le Commissaire visitera également l'OCDE où il rencontrera M. Angel Gurría, Secrétaire général de l'OCDE, afin de participer au lancement de l'OCDEInternational Migration Outlook 2017. La conférence de presse conjointe organisée à l'occasion de ce lancement sera retransmise en direct à partir de 11h surEbS.(Pour plus d'information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456;Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 58602)


Commission appoints Director to its financial services department

The Commission decided today to appoint Ms Nathalie de Basaldua Lemarchand to the position of Director for Investment and Company Reporting in its Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union department (DG FISMA). Ms De Basaldua, who holds a double Spanish and French nationality, joined the Commission in 1986. Throughout her career Ms De Basaldua worked on corporate finance, securities markets and banking issues, including as deputy chief of the private offices of two Commissioners, Charlie McCreevy and Jonathan Hill. She first became Head of Unit in 2004 and has been holding different management positions ever since. She is currently Acting Director for Investment and Company Reporting in DG FISMA. (For more information: Alexander Winterstein – Tel.: +32 229 93265; Andreana Stankova – Tel.: +32 229 57857)


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