10 Sep 2014
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 10 SEPTEMBERBrussels Daily
Today, the Commission adopted proposals on veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed, to improve the health and wellbeing of animals, to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the EU and to foster innovation. The proposal on veterinary medicinal products aims in particular to make more medicines available in the EU to treat and prevent diseases in animals. The proposal on the modernisation of medicated feed legislation now includes feed for pets in its scope. The idea is to ensure the appropriate standard of product quality and safety in the EU, whilst simultaneously paving the way for better treatments for diseased animals. The proposed rules will benefit animals, their holders, pet owners, veterinarians and businesses – including the pharmaceutical and feed industries – in the EU. “These proposals both have animal health and welfare at their heart. However, they also represent a major step forward for public health as they introduce measures that contribute towards combatting the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), keeping antibiotics effective for people and animals alike”, said Tonio Borg, European Commissioner for Health. See also MEMO/14/522
Today, President-elect Juncker will unveil the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate and the new shape of the next Commission. This follows a series of interviews last week by the President-elect with all Commissioners-designate and the adoption by the Council of the proposed lit of Commissioners-designate, last Friday.
See also MEMO/14/523
President Barroso to visit Budapest, 11 September
On Thursday 11 September, President Barroso will travel to Budapest on an official visit. He will meet Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and, on the occasion of a ceremony in the Hungarian Parliament, present him with the decision by the European Commission on a Partnership Agreement with Hungary on the mobilisation of structural funds and EU investments for 2014-2020. This ceremony is open to the press and will start at 12:30 CET. In the afternoon of the same day, President Barroso will receive a Doctor Honoris Causa at the Corvinius University in Budapest. Finally he will also visit the European Technology Institute in Budapest.
Following an in-depth investigation, the European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition by Huntsman Corporation of a number of chemical businesses held by Rockwood Specialties Group, Inc. – both United States companies. The clearance is conditional upon the divestment of Huntsman’s TR52 business. TR52 is Huntsman’s main titanium dioxide grade used for printing ink applications (such as printing inks used in flexible packaging). The Commission had concerns that the transaction, as originally notified, would have enabled the merged entity to raise prices of titanium dioxide for printing ink applications in the European Economic Area (EEA). The commitments offered by Huntsman address these concerns.
Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting by Viacom
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting of the United Kingdom by Viacom Inc. of the United States. Channel 5 is one of the four public sector broadcasters in the UK. Viacom is a global entertainment content company that creates television programmes, motion pictures, short-form video, applications, games, social media and other entertainment content. Both Viacom and Channel 5 are present in the UK for the licensing or acquisition of broadcasting rights to audio-visual content, the wholesale supply of television channels, the retail supply of audio-visual content and TV advertising. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerning these markets given the limited combined market share of the parties and the presence of alternative suppliers. The Commission’s investigation focused on TV advertising. 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.7288 .
Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Marathon by Det Norske
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Marathon Oil Norge AS by Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA, both of Norway. Both companies are active in the exploration, production and upstream wholesale of oil and gas (“E&P”) with a focus on the Norwegian continental shelf. Det Norske is ultimately controlled by Aker ASA of Norway, which – through subsidiaries – provides a variety of services to E&P companies. Moreover, Aker supplies various subsea production systems as well as subsea umbilicals to companies active in this sector. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns, in particular because the parties’ combined share in the market for the upstream wholesale of oil and gas is very limited, both at a regional and at a European Economic Area (EEA)-wide level. Moreover, the Aker Group is unlikely to be able to shut out other E&P companies from access to specialised equipment and services, since there is significant competition from other suppliers and the E&P companies are themselves large companies which are able and willing to purchase goods and services at a global level. 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.7316 .