Brussels Daily
29 Aug 2017


Brussels Daily


Commission proposes Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2018 with increased quotas for herring and salmon

Today the Commission adopted a proposal for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2018. In particular, the Commission proposes to increase catches for Central Herring, Sprat and the Main Basin Salmon stocks, and to maintain the number of catches for the important stock of Western Baltic Cod. For the remaining stocks the Commission proposes reducing catches, following scientific advice. This year’s proposal also includes a ban on Baltic European Eel fisheries, not traditionally a part of the annual allowable catch proposals but a necessary step due to alarming scientific evidence and historically low levels. The proposed total allowable catches are based on scientific advice from the International Council on the Exploration of the Seas and follow the Baltic multiannual fisheries management plan adopted last year by Member States and the European Parliament. Efforts by stakeholders in recent years have already succeeded in rebuilding important stocks in the Baltic. Between 2012 and 2016, for example, the overall biomass of pelagic stocks increased by 50%. But further action remains necessary to ensure all stocks are exploited at sustainable levels. European Ministers for Fisheries will now examine the Commission proposal, with the aim of adopting it during the Fisheries Council of 9-10 October. A press release is available here.


Meeting in Paris on migration: reaffirmation of support to Libya, Chad and Niger for controlled control and management along the Central Mediterranean Route


The High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini participated on Monday in the meeting between the Heads of State and Government of Germany, Spain, France and Italy as well as Niger, Chad and Libya, Organized by France in Paris. The heads of delegations present concluded to continue their actions along the Central Mediterranean Route, working closely with partner countries in Africa. HR / VP Mogherini said: “This meeting confirms and reinforces the work that the European Union has initiated since last year and is beginning to bear fruit in the direction of a common, sustainable and respectful management of human rights. A highly complex phenomenon that requires a strong partnership. ” The Heads of State and Government and the HR / VP Mogherini have agreed to take measures within the framework of the ongoing work of the 4 July Action Plan and the Partnership for Migration in 4 key areas : 1) to continue to support and improve the coordination of support to countries of origin, Niger, Chad and Libya, in particular by further fighting criminal networks and by strengthening CSDP missions; (2) provide protection to those in need by increasing resettlement efforts in the region; 3) improving returns and readmissions for irregular migrants; (4) the creation of an operational coordination team by Germany, France, Spain and Italy, which will work closely with HR / VP Mogherini and the European Commissioner for Migration, Internal Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos


Mergers: Commission clears the acquisition of joint control over METT by GE and Macquarie

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control over Markbygden ETT AB (METT) of Sweden by General Electric Company (GE) of the US and Macquarie Group Limited of Australia. METT will construct and operate the Swedish onshore wind park Markbygden ETT with a capacity of 650MW, expected to be fully operational in December 2019. GE is a global, diversified manufacturing, technology and services company. Macquarie is a global investment, banking and financial services provider. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given the limited overlaps between the companies´ activities.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.8595.




Ten innovative cities shortlisted for 2017 European Capital of Innovation title

Ten cities – Aarhus, Berlin, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Nice, Paris, Tallinn, Tampere, Tel Aviv and Toulouse – are shortlisted as candidates for the European Capital of Innovation contest. The finalists have been selected from 32 eligible applications by an independent panel of experts for using innovative ideas to improve the quality of urban life and for getting citizens more involved in their communities. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Every new edition of the European Capital of Innovation showcases more inspiring and innovative ideas from across Europe. The tough competition this year proved how vibrant our local innovation ecosystems are. The journey so far has been very exciting, and the best is yet to come. I am looking forward to announcing the winners in November and further cooperating with them.” The winner of the contest will be announced at the Lisbon Web Summit on 7 November and will receive €1 million to further support the city’s innovative activities, while two runner-up cities will receive €100,000 respectively. Previous winners of the contest include Barcelona in 2014 and Amsterdam in 2016. More information about the finalist cities is available in the published news item and the iCapital website.


Commissioner Crețu visits the Netherlands and participates in an event to highlight the benefits of EU Cohesion Policy

Tomorrow Commissioner for Regional policy Corina Crețu is visiting the towns of Eersel and Diessen, in the Dutch Province of Noord-Brabant. Alongside King’s Commissioner of Noord-Brabant Wim van de Donk and MEP Lambert van Nistelrooij at the LandArt project in Diessen, Commissioner Crețu will participate in the launch of ‘Let the stars shine’ in the Netherlands — a common initiative of nine Members of the European Parliament designed to highlight the added value of the EU and the results of its policies, including Cohesion Policy. Commissioner Crețu said: “Improving the way we communicate on the results of Cohesion Policy investments is directly linked to the ongoing discussion on the future of EU finances and the future of Europe. To get citizens to join that discussion, we need to show them clearly what we do for them. This is why Marianne Thyssen and I have laid out 7 concrete communication actions to enhance the visibility of EU-funded projects.” With regional and local stakeholders in Eersel and Diessen, Commissioner Crețu will also discuss EU actions for smart villages and support to rural areas, as well as Cohesion Policy investments in bioeconomy, which help reach EU goals of a low-carbon, circular economy.

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