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01 / 03 / 2017

President Juncker will present the White Paper on the Future of Europe: Avenues for Unity for the EU at 27

As announced in President Juncker's 2016 State of the Union speech, the European Commission will present today the "White Paper on the Future of Europe: Avenues for Unity for the EU at 27", which will form the Commission's contribution to the Rome Summit on 25 March 2017. This follows an orientation debate held by the College of Commissioners on the White Paper on the Future of Europe on 22 February and a seminar with the Heads of Cabinet on 23-24 February. Following the meeting of the College of Commissioners yesterday and today, President Juncker will address the European Parliament at 3 pm CET. You can watch the presentation of the White Paper on the Future of Europe at the European Parliament live on EbS+. A joint press conference will be held in the European Parliament by President Juncker and Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, which will also be streamed on EbS. The White Paper will be available online at 3 pm CET. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524; Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382)


Pologne : la politique de Cohésion investit pour protéger les habitants des inondations

76 millions d’euros du Fonds de Cohésion vont être investis dans le réservoir de protection anti-inondation « Racibórz Dolny », le long du fleuve Odra, entre les villes de Racibórz et Wrocław. Le projet garantira davantage de sécurité pour près de 1,3 millions d’habitants vivant dans cette partie des régions de Silésie, d’Opole et de Basse-Silésie. Le projet comprend la construction du réservoir d’une capacité de 185 millions de mètres cubes et des travaux connexes tels que des canaux d’écoulements et des barrages. «Protéger contre les risques naturels et accompagner l’adaptation au changement climatique font partie des priorités d’investissement de la politique de Cohésion. Ces projets, comme celui que nous avons adopté aujourd’hui en Pologne, sont une expression concrète de la solidarité européenne, notamment pour les populations exposées aux risques naturels » a déclaré la Commissaire à la politique régionale Corina Crețu. Près de 192 millions d'euros du Fonds de Cohésion ont été investis dans la période 2007-2013 pour garantir la sécurité des habitants vivant le long du fleuve Odra. Plus d’informations sur les investissements de la politique de Cohésion pour prévenir les risques naturels sont disponibles sur la plateforme Open Data. (Pour plus d'informations: Jakub Adamowicz - Tél.: +32 229 50595; Alexis Perier - Tel.: +32 229 69143)


Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Formosa 1 Wind Power by DONG Energy, Macquarie and Swancor

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of joint control over Formosa 1 International Investment Co., Ltd. of Taiwan by DONG Energy Wind Power Holding A/S of Denmark, Macquarie Corporate Holdings Pty Limited of Australia and Swancor Holding Co., Ltd. of Taiwan. Formosa 1 is an offshore wind farm project to be developed, constructed and operated near Miaoli, Taiwan. DONG is active in the markets for oil and natural gas exploration and production, development, construction and operation of offshore wind farms, electricity and heat generation from power plants, natural gas and electricity trading, the sale and distribution of electricity and the sale of natural gas. Macquarie is active in investment intermediation for institutional, corporate and retail clients around the world in a wide range of sectors. Swancor is a producer and distributor of specialty chemical materials. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns as the geographical area where the wind farm will operate is in Taiwan. 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.8343. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni - Tel.: +32 229 90526)




Federica Mogherini to travel to the Western Balkans from 1 to 4 March

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, will travel to the Western Balkans from 1 to 4 March. Ahead of the visit the High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini said: "For the European Union the work with the Western Balkans, a region in the heart of Europe, is a key priority. I work to see every single one of the Western Balkans partners move forward on the reform path, towards the European Union, to ensure the process is irreversible. Regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations remain essential in this context.” The High Representative/Vice-President will travel today to Podgorica, Montenegro, where she will meet with President Vujanović, Prime Minister Marković and Speaker of the Parliament Brajović and she will address the Parliament of Montenegro. On Thursday 2 March, Federica Mogherini will travel to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina whereshe will meet with the members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ivanić, Čović and Izetbegović, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdić and she will address students of the University of Sarajevo. On the 2 March she will travel to Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, where she will meet President Ivanov, political leaders in the Parliament, and students, including Erasmus students. On 3 March the HRVP will be in Belgrade, Serbia, where she will meet with President Nikolić, Prime Minister Vučić, Speaker of the National Assembly Gojković, members of civil society and opposition and she will address the National Assembly of Serbia. Later that day, the HRVP will travel to Tirana, Albania, where she will meet with President Nishami, Prime Minister Rama, representatives of Parliamentary parties, and she will address the University of Tirana students. Finally, on Saturday 4 March, Federica Mogherini will travel to Kosovo. In Pristina she will meet with President Thaci, Prime Minister Mustafa, and Speaker of the Parliament Veseli and other political leaders. She will also visit Mitrovica. Videos and photos of the visit will be available on EbS. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887)


Commissioner Navracsics and Education Minister Íñigo Méndez de Vigo open new EU facilities to spur innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, will join the Spanish Minister for Education, Culture and Sport, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, in Madrid tomorrow to inaugurate new facilities of EIT Digital, an innovation partnership supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. EIT Digital is one of the EIT's six innovation partnerships, the so-called Knowledge and Innovation Communities, which bring together universities, research institutions, start-ups and other businesses. Established in 2010, EIT Digital fosters digital innovation and provides entrepreneurial education, helping to drive the digital transformation in Europe. It delivers breakthrough digital innovations to the market and nurtures entrepreneurial talent. With the inauguration of the facility in Madrid, EIT Digital is now based in nine co-location centres across Europe. Ahead of his visit, Commissioner Navracsics said: "Innovation is about people. The EIT and the innovation partnerships it supports help equip Europeans with the mindsets and skills we need to tackle the societal challenges facing us and to stay competitive in the global race. And Madrid, the home of many innovative organisations and digital thought leaders, will be a great asset in this." (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt - Tel.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein - Tel.: +32 229 56184)


European Commission appoints two Directors

Today, the European Commission appointed Ms Alexandra Jour-Schröder as Director for Criminal Justice in its department for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) and Mr Thomas Skordas as Director for Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure, based in Luxembourg, in its department for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT). Ms Alexandra Jour-Schröder, a German national, joined the Commission in 1996 and first became Head of Unit in 2007. Her professional experience also includes assignments in the private offices of former Commissioners Monika Wulf-Mathies, Commissioner for Regional Policy; António Vitorino, Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs; Péter Balázs, Commissioner for Regional Policy; and Günter Verheugen, Vice-President for Enterprise and Industry. Currently she is Head of Unit for Criminal Law as well as Acting Director for Criminal Justice at the department for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST). Thomas Skordas, a Greek national, joined the Commission from the private sector in 1995 and spent most of his career in the Commission in the area of information and communication technologies. He first became Head of Unit in 2009 and is currently Head of Unit for Flagships managing a portfolio of large scale, long term research and innovation initiatives aiming to deliver breakthroughs in science and technology as well as Acting Director for Digital Excellence and Science Infrastructure. The appointments will take effect on 1 March 2017.  (For more information: Alexander Winterstein - Tel.: +32 229 93265; Maria Sarantopoulou – Tel.: +32 229 13740)


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