Migration: Commission increases emergency assistance for Spain to €32 million
Yesterday, the Commission awarded an additional €3 million in emergency assistance under the Internal Security Fund (ISF) to support Spain in responding to the recent migratory pressure. The assistance will mainly support the costs linked to the deployment of extra staff from the Guardia Civil to the southern borders of Spain. This support brings to €32 million the emergency funding awarded to Spain since July to help the country address, among others, migratory challenges. This financial assistance comes on top of €691.7 million allocated to Spain under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF) national programme 2014-2020.
Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Uralkali by Uralchem
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Public Joint Stock Company Uralkali (“Uralkali”) by Joint Stock Company United Chemical Company Uralchem (“Uralchem”), both of the Russian Federation. Uralkali mainly produces and sells potash and related/derivative potassium salts. Uralchem produces and distributes products to the agricultural industry, particularly mineral fertilizers. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns, due to the lack of horizontal overlaps and the limited vertical links 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.8666.
Commissioner Avramopoulos in Madrid to discuss migration along the Western Mediterranean sea route
Following President Juncker‘s contact with Prime Minister Sánchez this week, where President Juncker underlined the Commission’s support for Spainin dealing with increased migratory pressure, today Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos is in Madrid. He will hold a series of high-level meetings in the context of the increased arrivals along the Western Mediterranean sea route. These include meetings with Ms Carmen Calvo, Vice-President of the Spanish Government, Josep Borrell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Mr Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Minister of Home Affairs, and Ms Magdalena Valerio, Minister for Labour, Migration and Social Security. The joint statement will be available online after the meeting here.