Brussels Daily
28 Aug 2017


Brussels Daily


Forest fires: EU helps mobilise further support for Italy 

The Commission has helped mobilise firefighting aircraft for Italy, through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, following another request by the country for assistance to battle forest fires. Responding immediately to the request, France has offered 3 planes (2 Canadairs and a reconnaissance aircraft). This is the third time Italy has received EU support to manage forest fires this summer. Italy has also received support from the EU’s emergency Copernicus satellite to provide mapping to the national civil protection authorities. Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides said: “The EU stands in full solidarity with Italy. Throughout what has been a particularly difficult summer, we have been thoroughly committed to helping countries deal with forest fires. Our Civil Protection Mechanism has been put into action once again and I thank France for their swift offer of assistance to Italy. Our thoughts remain with the brave first responders and those effected by the fires, and we stand ready to provide further assistance if requested”. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated multiple times this summer by several countries across Europe and the Commission’s 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is closely monitoring forest fire risk across Europe and has already supported Portugal, France, Italy, Montenegro and Albania this summer. In addition, and as national capacities are overstretched in many countries, the Commission is co-financing 85% of related transport costs to countries offering support through the Civil Protection Mechanism during this critical time in the Mediterranean basin. Photos and video stockshots of the Emergency Centre are available, as well as a MEMO ‘Fighting forest fires in Europe – how it works’.


Cohesion policy invests in a modern rail network in Croatia and links Eastern and Southern Europe

€ 145 million from the Cohesion Fund is being invested in improving the rail connection between the towns of Križevci in the center of the country and Dugo Selo near Zagreb. The section is part of the Mediterranean corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), which connects Croatia with its Hungarian and Slovenian neighbors, and connects southern Europe to the east, from Spain to the Ukrainian border. Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu commented: “The EU is funding better connections within Croatia and its neighbors in a pan-European strategic transport network, which promotes clean mobility in the country, Directly to Croatian economic growth, facilitating the transport of goods and tourism. ” This project includes the renovation and doubling of the roads between the two cities, works at railway stations, modernization of the telecommunications and signaling system, and the construction of adjacent road infrastructures (bridge, tunnels, roads) to guarantee Better access to the rail network. More information about European funds in Croatia is available on the plateforme Open Data.


Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Pelican Rouge by Selecta, subject to conditions

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of vending services provider Pelican Rouge of the Netherlands by Selecta of Switzerland, subject to conditions. Selecta and Pelican Rouge are both active in the vending services market in the European Economic Area. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would not lead to serious doubts in any of the markets where the activities of Pelican Rouge and Selecta would overlap, with the exception of the Finland market for vending services. To address the Commission’s competition concerns, Selecta offered to divest all of its vending service activities in Finland. In view of the proposed commitments, the Commission concluded that the proposed transaction, as modified by the commitments, would no longer raise competition concerns. A full press release is available online in here


Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Industrial Parts Holding by Advent International Corporation

The European Commission has approved, under the European Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Industrial Parts Holding based in France by Advent International Corporation based in the United States. Industrial Parts Holding is active in the distribution of components, tools and supplies for maintenance and production applications in Europe. Advent International Corporation is a global private equity firm. The Commission concluded that the proposed merger would not give rise to competition concerns as there would be limited business overlap and a number of competitors would remain in the market after the merger. The transaction was examined under the simplified merger control procedure. Further information is available on the Commission’s competition website in the public business register under the case number M.8572.

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