Brussels Daily
03 Aug 2018


Brussels Daily


Commission authorises five Genetically Modified products for food and feed use

Today, the Commission has adopted authorisation decisions of five Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for food and feed use. The authorisation decisions do not cover the use of these GMOs for cultivation. Today’s decisions concern 2 new authorisations (maize MON 87427 x MON 89034 x NK603, maize 1507 x 59122 x MON 810 x NK603) and the renewal of 3 existing authorisations (maize DAS-59122-7, maize GA21, sugar beet H7-1). All of these Genetically Modified Organisms have gone through a comprehensive authorisation procedure, including a favourable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). All Member States had a right to express a view in the Standing Committee and subsequently the Appeals Committee, and the outcome is that the European Commission has the legal backing of the Member States to proceed. The authorisations are valid for 10 years, and any products produced from these Genetically Modified Organisms will be subject to the EU’s strict labelling and traceability rules. For more information on GMOs in the EU see here.


EUROSTAT: June 2018 compared with May 2018 – Volume of retail trade up by 0.3% in euro area – Stable in EU28

In June 2018 compared with May 2018, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and remained stable in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May, the retail trade volume increased by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.6% in the EU28. Full text available here

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.


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