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Daily News

08 / 05 / 2017

 

Europe Day: Members of the Juncker Commission mark the day speaking to citizens

Several Members of the Juncker Commission will hold speeches and Citizens' Dialogues today and tomorrow to mark Europe Day 2017. Later today, President Juncker will address the Bonner Akademie für Forschung und Lehre praktischer Politik on the future of Europe and its current challenges. Commissioners Mimica and Bulc will hold a joint Citizens' Dialogue in Rijeka, Croatia. Commissioner Hahn will hold another in Vienna, where he will also deliver a speech on the 30 years of Erasmus+. On Tuesday, Europe Day, President Juncker will participate in a Citizens' Dialogue in Bozar, Brussels, with other prominent European figures. Commissioners Bulc and Hogan will take part in Citizens' Dialogues in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Dublin, Ireland, respectively. Commissioner Avramopoulos will participate in a celebratory event organised by the Commission Representation in Athens and Commissioner Navracsics will be at a similar event organised by the Representation in Budapest. The Commission's Representations in all Member States will be hosting a wide range of celebratory events to mark Europe Day with concerts, games, exhibitions, family days, and workshops. For more details, consult the websites of the Commission's Representations here(For more information: Margaritis Schinas, Tel.: +32 229 60524; Natasha Bertaud, Tel.: +32 229 67456)

 

Juncker Plan: EUR 25 million to support innovative software systems

The Juncker Plan has backed a EUR 25 million agreement between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and MariaDB, a Finnish software development company, to support the development and commercialisation of innovative database systems. The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the central pillar of the Juncker Plan, was a crucial factor in making this loan agreement possible. European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: "Developing new, innovative products requires sustained investment. I am delighted that the Investment Plan is unlocking finance to facilitate MariaDB's development programme, that includes expanding their engineering team as well as increasing international sales and marketing operations. Focus on innovation and research as well as reaching out to new markets will help the company succeed in a highly competitive market." The Juncker Plan is now expected to trigger around EUR 4 billion in investment in Finland and EUR 183.5 billion across Europe. For the latest figures country-by-country, see here. A full press release is available here. (For more information: Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)

 

La Commission lance un point de rencontre virtuel "Génération Erasmus"

Il y a 30 ans naissait le programme Erasmus, grâce à la volonté très forte des décideurs européens, des étudiants et des universités. Depuis, une génération Erasmus est née, composée de neuf millions d'anciens étudiants, apprentis, volontaires, professeurs et éducateurs. Aujourd'hui, la Commission Européenne lance un point de rencontrevirtuel pour cette génération, afin de construire maintenant et ensemble le futur de ce programme après 2020. Le Commissaire Tibor Navracsics, chargé de l'Education, la Culture, la Jeunesse et du Sport a déclaré: "Erasmus+ est l'un des outils les plus puissants de l'UE. Pour continuer à toujours améliorer sa pertinence et son succès, il est indispensable de le développer en coopération avec l'ensemble des acteurs concernés. Ceci implique non seulement la 'Génération Erasmus', mais aussi les organisations actives dans le domaine de l'éducation, de la formation et de la jeunesse. Cet espace en ligne donne aux citoyens européens une occasion concrète de construire l'Erasmus+ et l'Europe de demain." Pour rendre les échanges d'idées aussi interactifs que possible, la plateforme offre une palette de fonctionnalités différentes : stimuler la discussion grâce au partage d'idées, de vidéos et de documents, débattre et commenter les suggestions proposées, voter pour ses idées préférées et planifier des événements et des groupes de discussions partout en Europe. Plus d'informations sur le trentième anniversaire d'Erasmus ainsi que la campagne D'Erasmus à Erasmus+. (Plus d'informations : Nathalie Vandystadt – Tél.: +32 229 67083 ; Inga Höglund – Tél.: +32 229 50698)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Vanderlande by Toyota

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Vanderlande of the Netherlands by Toyota of Japan. Vanderlande manufactures and sells automation equipment for airports, warehousing and parcel handling. Toyota manufactures and sells automobiles, engines, compressors for automotive air-conditioners, foundry parts, electronic components, textile machinery, logistics services and non-fixed-installed and non-automated material-handling equipment. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because the companies are not active in the same markets and because market shares in all vertically linked markets remain limited. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information will be available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8391. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni – Tel.: +32 229 90526)

 

Mergers: Commission clears the creation of a joint venture by STRABAG and EVN

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control by STRABAG SE ("STRABAG") and EVN AG ("EVN"), both of Austria, over the joint venture Projektgesellschaft Geoenergie Bayern Projekt Garching a.d. Alz GmbH & Co. KG, of Germany. The joint venture holds the rights for the development of the deep geothermal energy project "Bruck" in Garching a.d. Alz in Bavaria, which will further develop and generate and supply electricity and district heating to third parties. Moreover, it is expected to develop other deep geothermal projects. STRABAG is active worldwide in all segments of the construction business, especially in structural, construction and civil engineering, as well as road construction. EVN is mainly active in the exploration and production of oil and gas, gas storage and distribution of electricity, gas and district heating. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns given that the joint venture has no, or negligible, actual or foreseen activities within the European Economic Area. 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.8455. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni – Tel.: +32 229 90526)

 

Concentrations: la Commission autorise l'acquisition par AXA et la Caisse des dépôts et des consignations de deux locaux commerciaux

La Commission européenne a approuvé, en vertu du règlement européen sur les concentrations, l'acquisition du contrôle en commun par AXA et la Caisse des dépôts et des consignations, toutes deux basées en France, de deux lots de copropriété à usage de commerce au sein d'un centre commercial situé dans la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, en France. AXA est un groupe d'assurances global actif dans le secteur de l'assurance vie, santé et d'autres formes d'assurance ainsi que dans la gestion d'investissements. La Caisse des dépôts et des consignations est un établissement public réalisant des activités d’intérêt général telles que la gestion des fonds privés auxquels les pouvoirs publics souhaitent apporter une protection particulière et des activités ouvertes à la concurrence dans les secteurs de l’environnement, de l’immobilier, de l’investissement et du capital investissement ainsi que des services. La Commission a conclu que l'acquisition envisagée ne soulèverait pas de problème de concurrence compte tenu de son impact très limité sur la structure du marché. La transaction a été examinée dans le 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.8387. (Pour plus d'informations: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Tsoni – Tel.: +32 229 90526) 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini in New York City to debrief United Nations Security Council

On 8 and 9 May, High Representative/ Vice-President Federica Mogherini will be in New York City for her annual debrief to the UN Security Council, in line with the European Union's strong commitment to multilateralism. The United Nations remain a key partner for the European Union and an indispensable forum for tackling global challenges in partnership. In the margins, the High Representative/Vice-President will have a number of bilateral meetings, including with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres; the Presidency of the Security Council, Ambassador of Uruguay Elbio Rosselli; the US Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley and EU Ambassadors to the UN. The High Representative/Vice-President will also attend a celebration of Europe Day together with UN Secretary General Guterres. For more information on the EU at the UN, please see the website of the EU Delegation and the factsheet. HR/VP Mogherini will hold a press point on 9 May at 12:30 local time, at the UN Security Council stake-out. The entire visit will be fully covered on EbS. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Esther Osorio – Tel.: +32 229 62076)

 

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