Brussels Daily
14 Jan 2015


Brussels Daily

State aid: Commission approves prolongations of Cypriot bank guarantee scheme and Greek guarantee and bond loan schemes for credit institutions

In two separate decisions the European Commission has found that the prolongation of a Cypriot government guarantee scheme for credit institutions and the prolongations of a Greek guarantee and a bond loan scheme for credit institutions, all until 30 June 2015, were in line with EU state aid rules. The Cypriot original scheme was approved in November 2012. Since then it has been prolonged several times, the last time in June 2014. The Commission has, therefore, concluded that the guarantee scheme is in line with its rules on state aid to banks during the crisis. Similarly, the Greek schemes were initially approved in November 2008. They were also prolonged several times, the last time in in June 2014. In all cases the Commission concluded that the prolonged measures are targeted, proportionate and limited in time and scope. During the application of the extraordinary crisis rules for state aid to banks, the Commission is authorising guarantee schemes on banks’ liabilities for successive periods of six months in order to be able to monitor developments and adjust conditions accordingly. More information is available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number SA.40027 (Cypriot scheme) and SA.40030

Industrial production up by 0.2% in both euro area and EU28

In November 2014 compared with October 2014, seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 0.2% in both the euro area (EA18) and the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October 2014 industrial production grew by 0.3% in the both zones. In November 2014 compared with November 20134, industrial production decreased by 0.4% in the euro area and by 0.1% in the EU28.

Commission appoints Nicolas de la Grandville as Director of Protocol Service

The European Commission has appointed Nicolas de la Grandville to the function of Director “Protocol Service”, effective as of 1 February 2015. The appointment follows internal, inter-institutional and external publication of the vacancy on 25 June 2014. A total of 58 candidates applied for the post, which was followed by a selection procedure during which the Consultative Committee on Appointments (CCA) invited three candidates for interview. (for more information: Jakub Adamowicz – Tel.: +32 229 50595)


Commissioners Hogan and Andriukaitis to attend International Green Week in Berlin

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan and Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis will both attend the 80th International Green Week in Berlin this week, which starts on Thursday evening. Both Commissioners will attend the opening ceremony (15, Thursday evening), where Commissioner Hogan is speaking, and participate in the Opening Round of this international food and agriculture exhibition (16th, Friday) including a visit to the Commission stand in the so-called Erlebnisbauernhof Hall. In addition to these, Commissioner Andriukaitis will hold a series of meetings with the German Federal Ministers for Health, for the Environment, and for Agriculture and speak before the Bundestag Health Committee. For his part, Commissioner Hogan will address the Bundestag Agriculture Committee, and hold a meeting with the regional Ministers of Agriculture from the different Länder. Commissioner Hogan will also take part in the 7th Summit of Agriculture Ministers (17, Saturday), with more than 70 Ministers likely to be attending, and will hold a number of bilateral meetings. He will also address a reception of the German Organic sector.


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