25 Jul 2014
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 25 JulyBrussels Daily
Ukraine: proposals for possible targeted measures
At its meeting on 22 July, the Foreign Affairs Council stressed its readiness “to introduce without delay a package of further significant restrictive measures”. To this the end the Council requested “the Commission and the EEAS to finalise preparatory work on possible targeted measures and present proposals for taking action, including in the areas of access to capital markets, defence, dual use goods, and sensitive technologies, including in the energy sector. The result of this work will be presented on Thursday 24 July”.
In line with this request, the Commission presented yesterday to the Council a document outlining a number of measures that could be taken in the areas set out by the Council conclusions and the procedure that should be followed to adopt the relevant legal instruments. The document builds on the preparatory work conducted by the Commission services, in cooperation with the EEAS, in response to the mandate given by the March European Council. The Council’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) held yesterday an exchange of views on the basis of this preparatory work and has returned to this matter at its meeting today. The Commission will swiftly table the necessary legislative proposals in all areas identified by the Council.
The Committee of Permanent Representatives also agreed to add further persons and entities responsible for action against Ukraine’s territorial integrity to the list of those subject to an asset freeze and a visa ban. The legal acts bringing this agreement into force will be adopted by written procedure, and will enter into force on publication in the EU Official Journal, scheduled for the late afternoon of 25 July.
Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Teeuwissen and Jagero II by Saria
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Teeuwissen of the Netherlands and Jagero II of Spain by Saria of Germany. Teeuwissen commercialises meat for human consumption and processes casings and abattoir by-products (ABPs), which are partly used for the production of pharmaceuticals ingredients (APIs). Jagero II also commercialises meat for human consumption. In addition, it produces casings and processes ABPs out of which some are in particular used for the production of APIs. Saria recycles and manages animal, vegetable and agriculture by-products. Saria also manufactures products and ingredients for human consumption, animal nutrition, agriculture and for a range of uses in different branches of industry (such as cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, detergents and cleaning products, lubricants and release agents), and is active in the renewable energy sector, including the production of biodiesel and biogas. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns because Saria will acquire sole control over companies that it already jointly controls. 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.7329
Today, the latest Standard Eurobarometer survey results are published – the first EU-wide opinion poll conducted since the European Parliament elections in May which were organised under the slogan ” This time it’s different “. The latest Eurobarometer survey shows that this time it was different with positive developments in several areas. Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said: “We have been through challenging times but Europe is now turning the corner. Joint efforts at European level to set Europe on the path of economic recovery are starting to pay off.”
What Commissioners said
Speaking at a meeting with stakeholders in Larissa, capital of the region of Thessaly yesterday, Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, said: “Greece will get 15.5bn for 2014-20 under EU Cohesion Policy. Using these investments well is the key challenge.
I believe that it is the regions that hold the key to recovery in Greece – this why I resolved to visit all 13 of them. Thessaly is number 11. These visits have confirmed my faith in the regions’ potential. That’s why I am pleased that Greece’s partnership agreement for 2014-2020 foresees a programme for every one of the 13. Thessaly will benefit from its own Operational Programme too…. But there are challenges for now and for the future: all projects, especially the key priority projects which are so essential for Greece need to be finished off by 2015.
Greece was one of first in the EU to approve its Partnership Agreement, now it needs to make sure quality Operational Programmes are adopted.
It is imperative to use money efficiently, directed primarily at the real economy. In the future the investments in Greece should be better targeted – at two key areas: Increasing the proportion of renewables and measures for energy efficiency and supporting SMEs which are the backbone of economy and its job engines….Concerning energy, we could save 2.8 % of gas imports into Europe, reducing our dependency on external energy supply if we were able to save only one percent of energy. This would be an important step to reduce our dependency on external energy supply.”