Daily News 06 / 06 / 2016

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Headline: Daily News 06 / 06 / 2016

Commission adopts proposals to simplify and improve passenger ship safety rules

Today the Commission has adopted a number of legislative proposals to simplify and improve the safety framework for ships carrying passengers in EU waters. The update is a response to lessons learnt, including from accidents, and technological developments. For example, it will give competent authorities immediate access to relevant data in case of emergency, so as to ensure more effective search and rescue operations. EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: “Offering the highest safety standards to passengers across all transport modes is one of my top priorities. The update we are proposing aims to enhance safety by clarifying the rules and by making the best use of recent technological developments. We also propose to remove some redundant and costly requirements. This clearly is Better Regulation at work.” More information is available here. (For more information: Jakub Adamowicz – Tel.: +32 229 50595; Alexis Perier – Tel.: +32 229 69143)

Energy Union: North Seas countries agree on closer energy cooperation
North Seas region countries Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have today agreed to further strengthen their energy cooperation. The aim is to create good conditions for the development of offshore wind energy in order to ensure a sustainable, secure and affordable energy supply in the North Seas countries. A political declaration and action plan signed today by nine Ministers, the Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete, will also facilitate the building of missing electricity links, allow more trading of energy and further integration of energy markets. Reinforcing regional cooperation will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance security of supply in the region. These are key objectives of the Energy Union. Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said: “Today’s declaration is an important step towards an Energy Union that will deliver the climate commitments we made in Paris last year. Close regional cooperation and pooling together of energy sources will be essential to unlock the full potential of the North Sea resources at the lowest cost.” Commissioner Arias Cañete said: “Today marks a turning point in cooperation in the North Seas region. We now have a concrete action plan that will deliver results. This strategy will boost interconnection and renewables capacity, help fight climate change and bolster energy security, which are the central goals of the Energy Union.” For more information read the full press release in EN, FR and DE.(For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen – Tel.: +32 229 56186; Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589)

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Airbus Defence Electronics by KKR

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Airbus Defence Electronics by KKR of the US. Airbus Defence Electronics comprises three businesses, namely Airbus DS Optronics GmbH, Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH, both of Germany, and Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security SAS of France. KKR owns and manages private equity funds investing in companies active in a variety of sectors. Airbus Defence Electronics manufactures and sells sensor systems, military radars and communications, electronic warfare and optronics. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because the companies’ activities do not overlap and they are not active on related markets. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information will be available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8022. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

Mergers: Commission approves joint acquisition of Duck Creek by Apax Partners and Accenture

The European Commission has approved the joint acquisition of Duck Creek of the US by Apax Partners of the UK and Accenture of Ireland under the EU Merger Regulation. Duck Creek is a global provider of software solutions for the non-life insurance sector. Apax Partners manages private equity funds in a broad range of sectors. Accenture provides services related to strategy, management, technology and IT systems. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because neither Accenture, nor the companies controlled by Apax Partners are active in the same market as Duck Creek or in related markets. 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.8038. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

State aid: Commission publishes non-confidential version of decision to open investigation into transfer pricing arrangements on corporate taxation of McDonalds (Luxembourg)

Today the Commission has published the non-confidential version of the decision taken on 3 December 2015 to open an in-depth investigation into transfer pricing arrangements on corporate taxation of McDonalds in Luxembourg. The decision is available online under the case number SA.38945. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

EUROSTAT: Intégration des migrants sur le marché du travail de l’UE en 2015 – Taux d’activité des citoyens non-UE plus faible que celui des nationaux

En 2015 dans l’Union européenne (UE), la proportion de personnes économiquement actives (celles ayant un emploi et celles au chômage) se situait juste en-dessous de 70% pour les citoyens de pays hors-UE âgés de 20 à 64 ans (69,8%), alors que le taux d’activité dépassait les 77% pour les citoyens du pays déclarant (77,3%), ci-après dénommés «nationaux». Une même tendance est observée dans la plupart des États membres de l’UE. En détail, les citoyens non-UE âgés de 20 à 64 ans faisaient face à un taux de chômage nettement plus élevé et un taux d’emploi plus faible que les nationaux. Le tableau dressé est très différent lorsque l’on analyse la situation sur le marché du travail des nationaux par rapport à celle des citoyens d’un autre État membre de l’UE. Ces informations proviennent d’une publication d’Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne, avec des données, ventilées par citoyenneté et par pays de naissance, sur une large gamme d’indicateurs relatifs à l’intégration des migrants sur le marché du travail, dont seule une petite sélection est présentée dans ce communiqué de presse. Les indicateurs d’intégration des migrants dont dispose Eurostat comprennent également les thèmes de l’inclusion sociale, de l’éducation et de la citoyenneté active. Un communiqué de presse est disponible Commissioners Bulc and Bieńkowska to represent the Commission at tomorrow’s Transport Council

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc will be joined by Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market and Industry, at the meeting of the 28 EU Transport Ministers held tomorrow in Luxembourg. International aviation, aviation safety and inland navigation will be some of the main agenda items. In particular, the 28 EU Transport Ministers will discuss a package of mandates authorising the Commission to negotiate EU-level aviation agreements with several key partners, such as Turkey or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. These mandates, which aim to strengthen the competitiveness of the European aviation sector and reinforce its global positioning, are part of the Upcoming events of the European Commission (ex-Top News)

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