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December European Council: A Summit of Results

The outcome of the European Council showed progress in the implementation of European responses to the challenges the EU is facing in the areas of migration, security, defence and economic and social development. The situations in Ukraine and Syria were also addressed. At an informal meeting following the European Council, the leaders of the EU-27 met to discuss how the Brexit process will be handled once the United Kingdom has submitted the notification under Article 50. The leaders welcomed the appointment of Michel Barnier as the Union’s chief negotiator who will be working in an inclusive way so as to guarantee the unity of the 27 Member States. You can find more information and all summit materials, including the Conclusions of the European Council, the Statement after the informal meeting of the 27 heads of state or government on the United Kingdom, President Juncker’s presentation on the Defence Action Plan, and the European Council Conclusions on Ukraine and Decision of Heads of State or Government on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement on the Commission’s news page. (For more information: Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524; Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382)

Investment Plan for Europe: Four agreements in three countries as the EFSI gathers momentum

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed four agreements worth over EUR 300 million in Germany, Spain and Poland. These transactions benefit from the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe. In Germany, a EUR 100 million loan agreement will finance energy-efficiency upgrades and modernisation works to thousands of housing units. In Spain, a EUR 70 million loan agreement will improve upgrades to production and manufacturing facilities. Finally, in Poland, two agreements with Tauron Polska Energia and Przewozy Regionalne, worth a combined EUR 135 million, will finance upgrades to energy infrastructure and rail stock. Commenting on the German energy efficiency project, European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, said: “I am delighted that the EFSI will support improvements to housing units that will benefit thousands of people. Today’s agreement demonstrates the potential of the Investment Plan to boost investment, further our transition to a low-carbon economy and make a real difference to the quality of people’s daily lives.” (For more information see here: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)

 

EU steps up humanitarian aid to Iraq by €25 million as more planes arrive to help Mosul

Today the European Commission is stepping up its response to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq by a further €25 million, bringing total EU humanitarian aid to €159 million in 2016. The new funding comes in addition to aid deliveries this week by EU Member States which were channelled via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for the current emergency in Mosul. “The EU’s aid operations are fully underway to support the Iraqi people suffering at this critical time, as the military campaign in Mosul reaches its tipping point. We are matching humanitarian aid funding with aid deliveries through the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism to help those most in need, like families who have been forcibly displaced by the conflict. It is crucial to ensure the protection of all civilians and respect of International Humanitarian Law, during and after the conduct of hostilities,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, who addressed a High level Informal Donor Meeting on the Humanitarian Response to the Iraq Crisis today in Brussels. Read the full press release. (For more information: Carlos Martin Ruiz de Gordejuela – Tel.: +32 229 65322; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

 

European Commission adopts equivalence decisions for CCPs and trading venues in ten non-EU jurisdictions

The European Commission has determined that non-EU central counterparties (CCPs) in India, Brazil, New Zealand, Japan Commodities, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) meet the EU’s regulatory standards. This will contribute to market certainty and cross-border activity, avoiding the fragmentation of markets. The Commission has also adopted equivalence decisions in relation to Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore determining that the rules governing trading venues in those countries can be deemed equivalent to those in the EU. The decision will allow EU corporates active in financial markets to apply the same treatment for their transactions on these exchanges as for European ones for the purpose of calculating whether they cross thresholds triggering mandatory clearing under the EMIR regulation. European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, said: “The EU cooperates closely with third countries to protect financial stability while supporting firms to operate across borders in global markets. We carry out a rigorous, case by case assessment of each country, and I am pleased to announce today equivalence decisions for ten jurisdictions. These decisions will contribute to market certainty and avoid fragmentation.” Full press release available here. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt Tel.: +32 229 56153; Letizia Lupini – Tel.: +32 229 51958)

 

Agenda Urbain: nouvel appel à projets d’une valeur de 50 millions d’euros pour aider les villes à relever les défis en zone urbaine

Aujourd’hui la Commission lance un second appel à projets d’un montant de 50 millions d’euros venant du Fonds européen dedéveloppement régional (FEDER), au titre de l’initiative Actions Innovatrices Urbaines. Les villes peuvent directement soumettre leur candidature et obtenir des financements de l’UE pour des projets urbains innovants. Les projets les plus innovants seront récompensés dans trois catégories, conformément aux priorités de l’Agenda Urbain de l’UE: l’intégration des migrants, la mobilité urbaine et l’économie circulaire. Les candidatures peuvent être déposées jusqu’à mi-avril 2017. Mme Corina Creţu, commissaire responsable de la politique régionale, a déclaré: «Avec cette initiative, nous donnons aux villes les moyens de concrétiser leurs idées en mettant en œuvre des pratiques qui peuvent ensuite être partagées au niveau de l’Union. Nous savons en effet que les solutions aux défis les plus pressants — le chômage, l’exclusion sociale, le changement climatique, pour n’en citer que quelques-uns — émaneront des villes elles-mêmes. L’Agenda Urbain vise précisément à leur permettre d’agir et à faire entendre leur voix.» Un communiqué de presse est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d’informations: Jakub Adamowicz – Tel.: +32 229 50595; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)

Greener, safer transport in the Czech Republic thanks to Cohesion Policy investments

The Commission has approved two major projects together worth €55.4 million from the Cohesion Fund to upgrade railway sections in Prague and the region of Pilsen. Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: “Improving railway infrastructure does not only boost the economic competitiveness of a region; it also has a positive impact on the environment, and on the quality of citizens’ everyday life. This is why I approved these projects today” €33.1 million is being invested in the modernisation of the railway junction in Pilsen, an important link for international traffic. Works should result in safer and faster travel on this section and should be completed in April 2017. €22.3 million is being invested in upgrading works on the Hostivař train station, an entry point to the Prague railway hub, in the southeast of the capital. Works will aim, for example, to improve accessibility for persons with reduced mobility and at renovating tracks in and around the station. More information on the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds in Czech Republic is available on the Open Data Platform and here. (For more information: Jakub Adamowicz – Tel.: +32 229 50595; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)

 

Agriculture: Les programmes agricoles européens dans les régions ultrapériphériques maintiennent la production locale et les emplois agricoles

Les mesures agricoles spécifiques mises en place pour les régions ultrapériphériques de l’Union Européenne (les DOM français, les îles Canaries, les Açores, Madère et les petites îles de la mer Egée) ont contribué à y maintenir les activités agricoles et à y réduire le prix des produits vendus par-rapport aux prix appliqués sur le continent, selon le 2ème rapport d’évaluation publié par la Commission. De par leur éloignement et leur insularité, ces îles font face à des défis qui requièrent des solutions spécifiques. Deux programmes ont ainsi été créés (POSEI et PIME) pour venir y compléter les actions de la Politique Agricole Commune. Chaque territoire reçoit une allocation financière annuelle de plusieurs millions d’euros. Les programmes fournissent une aide aux producteurs locaux, assurent une diversité des productions locales et contribuent à atténuer les coûts d’approvisionnement de certains produits agricoles essentiels à la consommation ou transformation. Par exemple, dans le secteur de la banane, le programme POSEI a contribué au maintien de la production dans les régions ultrapériphériques concernées. Les surfaces sont demeurées stables en Martinique et à Madère, et ont augmenté de 3,2 % par an en Guadeloupe. Le volume de production est resté stable dans les îles Canaries et à Madère, et a augmenté en Martinique (4,3 % par an) et en Guadeloupe (8,6 %). L’évaluation, portant sur la période 2006-2014, a également montré que ce même programme avait assuré l’emploi d’environ 140 000 personnes en maintenant les activités de production agricole. Ces mesures spécifiques montrent bien comment l’UE apporte une valeur ajoutée en proposant des solutions à des obstacles communs tout en laissant une grande flexibilité aux Etats membres et territoires pour définir leurs besoins et priorités spécifiques. La Commission est tenue de présenter au Conseil de l’Union Européenne et au Parlement Européen un rapport d’évaluation des programmes POSEI et PIME tous les 5 ans. Plus d’informations sont disponibles en ligne. (Pour plus d’informations: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Clemence Robin – Tel.: +32 229 52509)

 

EU exports to the US support 5 million jobs – new tool shows where and in what sectors

Companies exporting from Europe to the US are spread out right across Europe, and are based not just in cities but in thousands of small towns and even villages. This can be seen by exploring the wealth of data available through the Commission’s new data visualisation tool “EU-US trade in your town“. The tool allows users to find out where companies are located, what the most exported products are from any given region and to where in the US they are exported. For each town, the tool also gives information about its share in all the overall jobs linked to US exports, knowing that EU export to the US supports almost 5 million jobs in the EU.  Users of the tool will be able to get answers to questions such as: what are the most popular exports from Finnish Lapland, to the US? What is Thessaloniki’s share of all Greek jobs that are linked to exports to the US? And which American towns import products from Brussels, Belgium?  In total, more than 180,000 European companies export to the US today, and almost 90 percent of them are smaller firms with less than 250 employees. These companies would be the first beneficiaries of improved trade relations between the EU and the US. In total, 30 million jobs in the EU are linked to exports to other countries, and country-by-country information on how these jobs are spread out is also available here. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Axel Fougner – Tel.: +32 229 57276)

 

Steel: Commission welcomes new Global Forum to tackle root causes of overcapacity

The European Commission today welcomed the establishment of a new Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity. Designed to address overcapacity in the global steel industry, the Forum will support the creation of growth and jobs. It comprises the Group of 20 economies (G20), as well as other members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It will report annually to the G20 ministers within its three-year, renewable mandate. Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen said: “With this Forum we have created a global space to respond jointly to the worldwide problem of steel overcapacity. This will protect growth and jobs in an efficient, sustainable EU steel industry.” Commissioner for trade Cecilia Malmström said: “As long as governments outside the EU support their steel industries in ways that distort the market, we will use all the available tools to ensure a level playing field for the EU’s steel producers. But we must also address the root causes of overcapacity in the global steel industry.” The creation of the Global Forum today in Berlin responds to a call by the G20 leaders at the Hangzhou Summit in September 2016 to create such a body. It includes all the world’s major producers. It recognises that subsidies and state support contribute to overcapacity and require attention. Members will exchange information and policies, and address overcapacity, by enhancing the role of the market and changing the structure of the industry. The forum will be facilitated by the OECD and report to G20 ministers every year. A press release is available here. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Axel Fougner – Tel.: +32 229 57276)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of sole control of a postal service provider UK Mail by Deutsche Post DHL Group

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of sole control of UK Mail Group plc of the UK by Deutsche Post AG (trading as Deutsche Post DHL Group) of Germany.  UK Mail Group plc is a UK based courier company with a nationwide network of around 50 sites. Deutsche Post DHL Group is a major global mail and logistics company, delivering services to customer in over 220 countries and territories. It operates under two brands: Deutsche Post and DHL. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of its limited impact 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.8280.  (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Angela Nardella- Tel.: +32 229 86801)

 

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of joint control over Enel Open Fiber/Metroweb by Enel and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control over a newly created company, formed by the merger between Enel Open Fiber and Metroweb Italia, by Enel and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. All companies are based in Italy. The new company will carry over the activities of Enel Open Fiber and Metroweb, both providers of wholesale broadband access services through fiber networks in Italy. Enel is active in the energy, communications and network industries. Cassa Depositi e Prestiti is a company under the control of the Italian government active in the acquisition and management of shareholdings in Italian companies. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns, in particular because there are only limited overlaps between the activities of Enel Open Fiber and Metroweb and a number of competitors would remain active in the market following the transaction. Moreover, Enel and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti are not active on any related markets and are not engaged in business activities in markets in which Enel Open Fiber and Metroweb are active. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website in the public case register under the case number M.8234. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Angela Nardella- Tel.: +32 229 86801)

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of certain student housing facilities in Germany by Allianz and NN Group

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control over the FIZZ Student Housing Fund SCS of Luxembourg by Allianz SE of Germany, the ultimate holding company of the Allianz Group, and the NN Group N.V. of Netherlands. As part of the transaction, FIZZ Student Housing Fund SCS will acquire 94% of the fixed capital limited partnership shares in each of 1C FIZZ Berlin GmbH & Co. KG, 1C FIZZ Hannover GmbH & Co. KG, 1C FIZZ Frankfurt GmbH & Co. KG, and 1C FIZZ Darmstadt GmbH & Co. KG (the “Target Companies”). The Fizz Student Housing Fund is a limited partnership newly established under the laws of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and qualifies as an externally managed alternative investment fund. The Target Companies own and operate student housing facilities in Berlin, Darmstadt, Frankfurt and Hannover (Germany) with a total of 1,238 individual apartments. The Allianz Group is a multinational financial services provider which is active worldwide in the insurance and asset management business. NN is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering investment and insurance services. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because of its very limited impact 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.8243. (For more information: Lucía Caudet – Tel. +32 229 56182; Angela Nardella- Tel.: +32 229 86801)

EUROSTAT: Le nombre de primo-demandeurs d’asile en hausse à près de 360 000 au 3ème trimestre 2016

Au cours du troisième trimestre 2016 (de juillet à septembre), 358 300 primo-demandeurs d’asile ont introduit une demande de protection internationale dans les États membres de l’Union européenne (UE), soit un chiffre en hausse de 17% par rapport au deuxième trimestre 2016 (au cours duquel 305 700 primo-demandeurs d’asile ont été enregistrés). Entre janvier et septembre 2016, plus de 950 000 primo-demandeurs d’asile ont été enregistrés dans les États membres de l’UE. Avec quelque 87 900 primo-demandeurs d’asile de juillet à septembre 2016, les Syriens sont demeurés la principale nationalité des personnes sollicitant une protection internationale dans les États membres de l’UE, devant les Afghans (62 100 primo-demandeurs) et les Irakiens (36 400). Ils constituent les trois principales nationalités des primo-demandeurs d’asile dans les États membres de l’UE au troisième trimestre 2016, représentant un peu plus de la moitié de l’ensemble des primo-demandeurs d’asile. Vous pouvez trouver un communiqué de presse ici. (Pour plus d’informations: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423; Kasia Kolanko – Tel.: +32 229 63444)

EUROSTAT: Le taux d’emplois vacants à 1,6% dans la zone euro

Le taux d’emplois vacants s’est établi à 1,6% dans la zone euro (ZE19) au troisième trimestre 2016, en baisse par rapport au taux de 1,7% du trimestre précédent mais en hausse par rapport au troisième trimestre 2015 où il se situait à 1,5%, selon les chiffres publiés par Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne. Le taux d’emplois vacants dans l’UE28 s’est quant à lui établi à 1,8% au troisième trimestre 2016, stable par rapport au trimestre précédent et en hausse par rapport au troisième trimestre 2015 où il se situait à 1,6%. Vous pouvez trouver un communiqué de presse ici. (Pour plus d’informations: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

EUROSTAT: 1 entreprise de l’UE sur 4 a eu recours à la publicité en ligne en 2016 – La publicité contextuelle prévaut largement

Au cours des 15 dernières années, internet a remodelé la production des médias de radiodiffusion traditionnels – radio et télévision – ainsi que de la presse papier, notamment les magazines et journaux. Internet regroupe un certain nombre de services nouveaux ou étendus, en particulier dans le domaine du marketing et de la publicité. Toutefois, alors qu’environ trois-quarts des entreprises situées dans l’Union européenne et employant au moins dix personnes disposaient d’un site internet en 2016 et que près de la moitié utilisaient les médias sociaux, tout juste un quart (25%) a eu recours à la publicité sur internet. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d’information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Inga Höglund – Tel.: +32 229 50698)

 

EUROSTAT: Excédent de 20,1 mrds d’euros du commerce international de biens de la zone euro

D’après les premières estimations pour le mois d’octobre 2016, les exportations de biens de la zone euro (ZE19) vers le reste du monde se sont établies à 172,5 milliards d’euros, en baisse de 5% par rapport à octobre 2015 (180,8 mrds). Les importations depuis le reste du monde ont quant à elles été de 152,4 mrds d’euros, en baisse de 3% par rapport à octobre 2015 (157,5 mrds). En conséquence, la zone euro a enregistré en octobre 2016 un excédent de 20,1 mrds d’euros de son commerce international de biens avec le reste du monde, contre +23,2 mrds en octobre 2015. Le commerce intra-zone euro a reculé à 144,7 mrds d’euros en octobre 2016, en baisse de 3% par rapport à octobre 2015. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d’information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Axel Fougner – Tel.: +32 229 57276)

 

EUROSTAT: Le taux d’inflation annuel de la zone euro en hausse à 0,6%

Le taux d’inflation annuel de la zone euro s’est établi à 0,6% en novembre 2016, contre 0,5% en octobre. En novembre 2015, il était de 0,1%. Le taux d’inflation annuel de l’Union européenne s’est établi à 0,6% en novembre 2016, contre 0,5% en octobre. Un an auparavant, il était de 0,1%. Ces chiffres sont publiés par Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne. En novembre 2016, des taux annuels négatifs ont été observés dans six États membres. Les taux annuels les plus faibles ont été observés en Bulgarie ainsi qu’à Chypre (-0,8% chacun). Les taux annuels les plus élevés ont été enregistrés en Belgique (1,7%), en République tchèque (1,6%) et en Autriche (1,5%). Par rapport à octobre 2016, l’inflation annuelle a baissé dans cinq États membres, est restée stable dans six et a augmenté dans dix-sept autres. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ici. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151)

STATEMENTS

Joint Statement on the International Migrant Day by First-Vice President Timmermans, HR/VP Mogherini, Commissioners Avramopoulos, Mimica, Stylianides, Hahn, Jourova

On the occasion of International Migrant Day on 18 December, First Vice-President Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini, and Commissioners Hahn, Mimica, Avramopoulos, Stylianides and Věra Jourová said: “On 18 December we dedicate our thoughts to all migrants around the world, to refugees and displaced people for whom migration can be a matter of life or death. When we speak of migration, we should never forget the human element: that today, more than 65.3 million people worldwide are displaced from their homes by conflict, persecution or poverty. Unbearable living conditions, whether caused by conflict, economics, or politics, mean that millions worldwide leave their homes and livelihoods behind, in search of a better future and a life in dignity. And we also shouldn’t forget the positive contribution migrants can bring to development of their communities of origin and to our societies. Protecting the rights of migrants and refugees and improving their situation inside and outside the EU is at the heart of our European agenda. The European Union is the number one donor of humanitarian aid, is strongly engaged through its presence in the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, and the largest development donor and work tirelessly to create a better future for migrants around the world. Our main goal is to save lives and ensure protection of those in need, in a humane and responsible way. With our partner countries across the world, we are addressing the root causes of migration, fighting smugglers and traffickers of human beings, ensuring adequate protection for those in need, enhancing legal pathways and improving inclusion and integration measures, while also offering reintegration support to returned migrants.” Please see the full statement and more information on the EU’s actions to support migrants here. (For more information contact Maja Kocijancic + +32 22986570; Esther Osorio +32 2 2962076)


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commissioners Avramopoulos and King represent the Commission at the Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia

Today, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King are attending the annual Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Forum. Discussions focus on migration and security. On migration, Ministers are discussing migratory flows along the Western Balkan route, border management and the new role of the European Border and Coast Guard, launched on 6 October. Discussions on security include strengthening cooperation in the fight against terrorism and tackling the trafficking of firearms in the region. A press conference will take place at 12.30 pm and can be followed live here. Following the meeting, Commissioner Avramopoulos and the Minister of Interior of the Slovak Presidency Robert Kaliňák will travel to Athens where they will meet with the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos and the Greek Minister for Migration Ioannis Mouzalas. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764)

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