Daily News 07 / 06 / 2016

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Headline: Daily News 07 / 06 / 2016

Commission to announce New Migration Partnership Framework: reinforced cooperation with third countries to better manage migration

This afternoon, meeting in Strasbourg, the College of Commissioners is expected to set out plans for a new results-oriented Partnership Framework to mobilise and focus EU action and resources in our external work on managing migration. Under this Framework, the EU will seek tailor-made partnerships with key third countries of origin and transit using all policies and instruments at the EU’s disposal to achieve concrete results. The priorities are saving lives at sea, increasing returns, enabling migrants and refugees to stay closer to home and, in the long term, helping third countries’ development in order to address root causes of irregular migration. Member State contributions in these partnerships – diplomatic, technical and financial – will be of fundamental importance in delivering results. A press release, memo and factsheet will be available online. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Catherine Ray – Tel.: +32 229 69921; Alexandre Polack – Tel.: +32 229 90677; Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570)


Delivering the European Agenda on Migration: Commission to present Action Plan on Integration and reforms ‘Blue Card’ scheme for highly skilled workers from outside the EU

The European Commission is expected today to adopt an Action Plan to support Member States in the integration of third-country nationals and their economic and social contributions to the EU, as well as a legal proposal to reform the rules on highly skilled migrants coming to the EU to work, which will support European businesses in attracting qualified and talented people from around the world. These initiatives follow up on the commitment in the Juncker Commission’s Political Guidelines, which set legal migration as a priority for this Commission. A press release, memo and factsheets on both the Action Plan on Integration and the proposal for a reformed Blue Card will be available online. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Tove Ernst – Tel.: +32 229 86764; Tim McPhie – Tel.: +32 229 58602; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 80423)


Commission takes note of upcoming Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy

The European Commission will today further contribute to the ongoing consultations for the upcoming Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy that High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini is preparing at the request of the June 2015 European Council. Today’s discussion will be another important step in the process, following an orientation debate, a specific College Seminar and a meeting of the Commissioners’ Group for External Action held on the same issue over the past months. Following a wide consultation process that also includes other European Union Institutions, Member States as well as the foreign policy community, civil society and general public, the High Representative will finalise the Strategy in view of its presentation in the coming weeks, as requested by the European Council. More information here.(For more information:Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Catherine Ray – Tel.: +32 229 69921; Adam Kaznowski – Tel.: +32 229 89359; Esther Osorio – Tel.: + 32 229 62076)

Commission releases 2016 Convergence Report

The 2016 Convergence Report, published today, assesses Member States’ progress on moving towards euro adoption. This year’s report covers the seven Member States that are legally committed to adopt the euro: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden. The report is based on the convergence criteria, sometimes referred to as the ‘Maastricht criteria’, set out in article 140(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). The criteria include price stability, sound public finances, exchange rate stability and convergence in long-term interest rates. The compatibility of national legislation with Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) rules is also assessed. The Member States covered in the report have made progress with convergence, but none of them currently meet all conditions for euro adoption. Read the press release and memo online. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151)


European Commission announces over €6 million to support stabilisation efforts in Libya

The European Commission today announces over €6 million to support stabilisation efforts in Libya. Through the Instrument contributing to Stability & Peace (IcSP), €5 million will go to the Stabilisation Facility for Libya – an initiative of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the international community. The aim of the Stabilisation Facility is to rehabilitate critical infrastructure in conflict-affected areas. In turn, this will enable the reopening of key services at municipal level, underpinning the country’s efforts to stabilise the overall political situation in Libya and to allow business activity to recover.  A press release is available online here. (For more information: Catherine Ray – Tel.: +32 229 69921; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887)

European Commission announces €200 million in funding for the Neighbourhood Investment Facility to mobilise over €2 billion of investments in the EU’s Southern and Eastern neighbourhood

The European Commission today announces €200 million for the Neighbourhood Investment Facility. The money will allow the mobilisation of €2 billion in investments for critical infrastructure covering transport, energy and environment, as well as the development of social and private sectors in neighbourhood partner countries east and south of the EU’s borders. Johannes Hahn Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations said: “Economic and social development is at the heart of the EU’s support to help stabilise countries in our Neighbourhood. This funding will help partner countries carry out essential investments which would otherwise be postponed due to lack of resources at the risk of hampering economic development. It demonstrates the EU’s continued commitment to accelerate investment and support inclusive development across the region, which in turn improves resilience of countries and also addresses root causes of migration“. A press release is available online here. (For more information: Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570; Alceo Smerilli – Tel.: +32 229 64887)


Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of DaVita Care by Khazanah, Mitsui&Co and DaVita Healthcare Partners

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of DaVita Care Pte. Ltd. (“Davita”) of Singapore by Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Mitsui & Co., Ltd and DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc. (“DVHP”). DaVita operates local dialysis centres and provides hospital management consultation services related to kidney care and dialysis in five countries in Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, India, China and Taiwan. Khazanah is the Government of Malaysia’s strategic investment fund. Mitsui is a Japanese global trading company. DVHP, headquartered in the United States, provides a variety of healthcare services. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, because DaVita has no business activity in the European Economic Area (EEA). 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.8029. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)


EUROSTAT: Estimation du PIB et des principaux agrégats pour le premier trimestre 2016 – Le PIB en hausse de 0,6% dans la zone euro et de 0,5% dans l’UE28 – +1,7% et +1,8% respectivement par rapport au premier trimestre 2015

Au cours du premier trimestre 2016, le PIB corrigé des variations saisonnières a progressé de 0,6% dans la zone euro (ZE19) et de 0,5% dans l’UE28 par rapport au trimestre précédent, selon l’estimation publiée par Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union européenne. Au cours du quatrième trimestre 2015, le PIB avait augmenté respectivement de 0,4% et 0,5%. Un communiqué de presse est disponible ANNOUNCEMENTS

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on official visit to Canada

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission will travel to Ottawa tomorrow for a two-day visit in preparation for the EU-Canada Summit later this year. The visit will provide an opportunity to take stock of and advance Commissioner Thyssen attends the International Labour Conference in Geneva

Tomorrow, 8 June, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the 105thUpcoming events of the European Commission (ex-Top News)

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