EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 04 SEPTEMBER

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 04 SEPTEMBER
04 Sep 2017

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 04 SEPTEMBER

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Endocrine disruptors: adoption of scientific criteria for biocides

Following the endorsement by Member States, on 4 July, of the scientific criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of pesticides or plant protection products (see press release and fact sheet), the European Commission adopted today  the scientific criteria for biocides. This will allow to fully align the criteria in both legislations, as the objective is to have the same criteria applicable in both sectors. The adopted text will be sent to the Parliament and the Council for a scrutiny period of two-months. As for the criteria for pesticides, the criteria adopted today also specify that the identification of an endocrine disruptor should be carried out by taking into account all relevant scientific evidence including animal, in-vitro or in-silico studies, and by using a ‘weight of evidence’-based approach. It is important to note that the criteria in the area of pesticides and biocides will apply also to substances for which assessment or re-evaluations are already ongoing. For more information see here.

 

Better access to drinking water thanks to Cohesion Policy investments

Almost €96 million from the Cohesion Fund is being invested to upgrade water supply and waste water networks in Croatia’s Slavonia and Istria regions and on the island of Krk. Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu said: “Each euro the EU invests in these projects contributes to better access to clean drinking water and a preserved environment in Croatia.” This investment package includes: (1) €19.3 million for the construction of a waste water treatment plant and of filtration systems in the urban area of Osijek and the towns of Bilje and Darda, in the North-Eastern Croatian region of Slavonia, to protect the groundwater from infiltration. 125,000 people will benefit from better access to drinking water as a result of this project, which should be completed by end 2018. (2) Almost €28 million for the upgrade of 4 waste water treatment plants in the urban areas of Lanterna, Poreč Sjever, Poreč Jug and Vrsar, in the Western region of Istria. (3) €48.5 million for better access to clean drinking water on Krk, an island home to almost 14,500 people and which hosts 5 million tourist overnights per year. Works involve the rehabilitation of nearly 40 km of water supply network, the construction of 6 wastewater treatment plants and the construction of 80 km of sewers. Once the project is completed in 2020, the vast majority of the island will be connected to modern drinking water and sewage networks. More information on EU funds in Croatia is available on the Cohesion Open Data Platform.

Eurostat: July 2017 compared with June 2017-Industrial producer prices stable in euro area-Up by 0.1% in EU28

In July 2017, compared with June 2017, industrial producer prices remained stable in the euro area (EA19), while they rose by 0.1% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In June 2017 prices decreased by 0.2% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU28. Full text available here

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Regenersis EMEA by CTDI EU

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of the Europe, Middle East and Africa business of Regenersis (Depot) Services Ltd. (“Regenersis EMEA”) of the UK, by CTDI GmbH (“CTDI EU”) of Germany, jointly controlled by Communication Test Design, Inc. of the US and Deutsche Telekom AG of Germany. Regenersis EMEA provides repair and maintenance services for electronic products, including mobile phones, smartphones, set-top-boxes, laptops, electronic payment systems, industrial applications and medical devices. CTDI EU provides repair and maintenance for telecommunications network infrastructure equipment as well as other electronic products. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, given the very limited overlaps between the companies’ activities. 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.8570.

 

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First Vice-President Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and Commissioner Bulc visit Slovenia

Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc are in Slovenia today to participate in the Bled Strategic Forum. First Vice-President Timmermans will participate in the Leaders’ Panel at the Bled Strategic Forum this afternoon, High Representative/Vice President Mogherini will address the Forum later in the day. First Vice-President Timmermans holds a working lunch with Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar today and will hold a Citizens’ Dialogue meeting with Slovenian citizens this evening, which will be broadcast live on TV Slovenia and Radio Slovenia, as well as on EbS and Facebook Live. The High Representative/Vice-President will hold meetings with Mr Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Mr Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mr Çavusoglu Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mr Pahor, President of Slovenia and Mr Erjavec, Foreign minister of Slovenia. Tomorrow, 5 September, the First Vice-President meets with the Chairmen and Members of the Slovenian Parliamentary Committees for EU Affairs and Foreign Affairs, followed by a bilateral meeting with Speaker of the Slovenian National Assembly Milan Brglez. First Vice-President Timmermans will later have a working lunch with Slovenian President Borut Pahor and will meet bilaterally with Slovenian Minister of the Interior Vesna Gyorkos Zdinar and with Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs Karl Erjavec. The First Vice-President will also take the opportunity of this visit to meet bilaterally with Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marija Pejčinović Burić. High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini will attend the Informal meeting of the Southeast European Cooperation Process, will meet Miro Cerar, Slovenian Prime Minister, and Mr Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs of India, and will address the Slovenian National Assembly. Commissioner Violeta Bulc will participate in the panel discussion “The European Union in a changed World” and meet with Ms Nathalie Loiseau, French Minister for European Affairs.

 

Commissioner Hahn in Tunisia today and tomorrow to reiterate EU support for the democratic transition of the country

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and enlargement negotiations, is today and tomorrow in Tunisia to reiterate the EU’s commitment to supporting the Tunisian people in their journey towards a modern democracy based on fundamental freedoms and socio-economic development. More information here

 

Commissioner Thyssen visits Paris

Tomorrow, Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Mobility of Workers, travels to Paris, France. She will participate in the meeting of the Global Apprenticeship Network, on the occasion of the launch of their branch in France.

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