24 Nov 2014
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 24 NOVEMBERBrussels Daily
At the College meeting on Tuesday 25 November in Strasbourg, President Juncker and the Commissioners will discuss an initiative to reinforce transparency in the European Commission and in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with the United States. This follows last week’s College debate on transparency. Also on the College agenda are President Juncker’s Investment Plan for Europe and the Commission’ overall assessment of the draft budgetary plans for 2015 of Member States in the euro area. Commissioner Malmström is expected to hold a short press point on the Transparency initiative with MEP Lange in Strasbourg (timing tbc). On Wednesday 26 November, President Juncker will present his Investment Plan at 9:00 CET in the European Parliament’s Plenary session, jointly with Vice-President Katainen and in the presence of EIB President Hoyer. At 10:00 CET, all communication material will be released online on a dedicated website and sent via notification. A joint press conference on the same topic is scheduled for 11:00 in the European Parliament and will be live broadcast by EBS as well as into the European Commission’s press room.
Statement by the European Commission and the European Central Bank following the conclusion of the second post-programme surveillance mission to Ireland
Staff teams from the European Commission and European Central Bank (ECB) visited Ireland to carry out the second post-programme surveillance (PPS) mission on 17-21 November. This was coordinated with the IMF’s second post-programme monitoring (PPM) mission. The European Stability Mechanism also participated in the meetings on aspects related to its Early Warning System. See full press release here.
Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Everett Smith Group by Lear Corporation
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of the Everett Smith Group (“ESG”) by Lear Corporation, both of the US. Lear is a manufacturer of seating and electrical distribution products (such as wiring, terminals and connectors) for vehicles. ESG supplies automotive leather products including seat covers, instrument panels and door panels for various types of vehicles. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns, in particular because the companies’ activities do not horizontally overlap. The operation 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.7407.
Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of joint control over three Irish insurance subsidiaries by CNP and Santander
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control over Santander Insurance Life Limited (“SIL), Santander Insurance Europe Limited (“SIEL”) and Santander Insurance Services Ireland Limited (“SISIL”), all of Ireland, by CNP Assurances SA of France, a global insurance company, and Banco Santander, an international banking group. SIL underwrites life insurance and SIEL non-life insurance, in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain, while SISIL provides administrative and operational services to SIL and SIEL. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns given the minimal overlaps between the companies’ activities. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure.More information will be available on the competition website, in the Commission’s public case register under the case number M.7367.
Joint Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2014)
Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality and Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development made the following statement: “Combating all forms of violence against women and girls is a fundamental pillar of the respect for human or fundamental rights and remains a priority for the EU, both internally and externally. One year ago, the European Commission and EEAS jointly adopted the Communication on eliminating female genital mutilation, and we have continued our efforts in this area. The EU is funding projects promoting social change and preventing this practice, as well as providing support to victims and engaging with members of practising communities to advocate for attitudinal change.” See full statement