The EIB signs the Berlin Call to action for cultural heritage

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The EIB signs the Berlin Call to action for cultural heritage

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Mergers: Commission approves BASF’s acquisition of Solvay’s nylon business, subject to conditions

Source: European Union

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Nylon is used in many different types of products, not only textile or carpets but also in car components, to make them lighter and more environmentally friendly. Our decision willallow for the creation of a significant European player in this market because the commitments offered by BASF and Solvay ensure that the merger will not lead to higher prices or less choice for European businesses and, ultimately, consumers.”
Today’s decision follows an in-depth review of the proposed transaction. The proposed transaction involves Solvay and BASF, two companies active in the nylon industry, where both manufacture nylon compounds and nylon fibres.
Nylon compounds are used in a wide range of applications, particularly in the automotive and electronics industries, due to their light weight and good thermal resistance. They are among the advanced materials used to develop lighter cars which produce less noxious emissions. Nylon fibres are used in particular for clothing and sportswear. The manufacture of nylon compounds and nylon fibres requires as a key input Adiponitrile (“ADN”), an oil derivative.
BASF and Solvay have dominant or strong market positions throughout the nylon value chain, and in particular the value chain of a type of nylon called “nylon 6.6”.

The Commission’s investigation
Following its in-depth market investigation, the Commission identified the following competition concerns with the transaction as originally notified:
It would lead to a reduction of the number of suitable suppliers and likely price increases in a number of markets related to the nylon industry in the European Economic Area (EEA): the markets for ADN, a key upstream input for the nylon 6.6 value chain, but also hexamethylene diamine, adipic acid, hexamethylenediamine adipate salt, nylon 6.6 base polymer, nylon 6.6 engineering plastics and nylon 6 3D printing powder.
Due to the limited number of suppliers of intermediate products, the merged entity would also have the ability and incentive to restrict its competitors’ access to essential inputs including ADN, hexamethylene diamine, adipic acid, hexamethylenediamine adipate salt, and nylon 6.6 base polymer in the EEA.
In addition, there was no indication that the existing level of competition could be maintained by new entrants because of high barriers to entry in these markets. In particular, access to essential inputs is limited and critical to be able to compete effectively.

The commitments
To address the Commission’s competition concerns, BASF and Solvay offered the following commitments:
The divestiture of Solvay’s facilities at Belle-Etoile and Valence (France), Gorzow (Poland), and Blanes (Spain) to a single suitable buyer. These facilities produce hexamethylene diamine, hexamethylenediamine adipate salt, nylon 6.6 base polymer, nylon 6.6 engineering plastics and nylon 6 3D printing powder.
The creation of a production joint venture in Chalampé (France) between the merged entity and the buyer of the divested assets, for the production of adipic acid.
Long-term supply agreements for ADN to meet the divestment business’ requirements.
The commitments fully remove the overlap between BASF and Solvay in the markets where the Commission had identified competition concerns.
Therefore, the Commission concluded that the proposed transaction, as modified by the commitments, would no longer raise competition concerns in the EEA. The Commission’s decision is conditional upon full compliance with the commitments.

Companies and products
BASF, headquartered in Germany, is a large diversified chemical company active in a range of sectors including chemicals, performance products, functional materials and solutions, agricultural solutions and oil & gas.
Solvay, headquartered in Belgium, is a global manufacturer of chemicals and plastics. It is the only manufacturer in the EEA active at all levels of the nylon 6.6 value chain.

Merger control rules and procedures
The transaction was notified to the Commission on 22 May 2018.
The Commission has the duty to assess mergers and acquisitions involving companies with a turnover above certain thresholds (see Article 1 of the Merger Regulation) and to prevent concentrations that would significantly impede effective competition in the EEA or any substantial part of it.
The vast majority of notified mergers do not pose competition problems and are cleared after a routine review. From the moment a transaction is notified, the Commission generally has a total of 25 working days to decide whether to grant approval (Phase I) or to start an in-depth investigation (Phase II).
There are currently six on-going phase II merger investigations: the proposed acquisition by Vodafone of Liberty Global’s business in Czechia, Germany, Hungary and Romania, the proposed acquisition of VDM by Aperam, the proposed acquisition of Whirlpool’s refrigeration compressor business by Nidec, the proposed creation of a joint venture by Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp, the proposed acquisition of Aurubis Rolled Products and Schwermetall by Wieland, and the proposed acquisition of Alstom by Siemens.
More information will be available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8674.

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CALENDRIER du 21 janvier au 27 janvier 2019

Source: European Union

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)Déplacements et visites
 
Lundi 21 janvier 2019
Eurogroup
Foreign Affairs Council
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives the “Europa-Leitbild” of the regional Government of Baden-Württemberg from Mr Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg.
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Mário Centeno, President of the Eurogroup and Minister of Finance of Portugal.
Ms Federica Mogherini chairs the Foreign Affairs Council, in Brussels.
Ms Federica Mogherini co-chairs the EU – Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting, in Brussels.
Ms Federica Mogherini co-chairs the EU – African Union Ministerial Meeting, in Brussels.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič chairs the trilateral gas talks between Russia and Ukraine, in Brussels.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič hosts a dinner meeting with the foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), in Brussels.
Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Mr Grant Robertson, Minister for Finance of New Zealand.
Mr Valdis Dombrovskis receives Ms Nadia Calviño, Minister for Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain.
Mr Jyrki Katainen in Davos, Switzerland (until 24/01): attends the World Economic Forumand The Circulars awards ceremony. 
Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Pavlo Klimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Mohamed Taher Siala, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya.
Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Tomáš Petříček, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Consuelo Rumi, State Secretary for Migration Affairs of Spain.
Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Pavlo Klimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia.
Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Kyaw Tin, Union Minister for International Cooperation of Myanmar.
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives representatives of the Transport & Environment organisation.
Mr Karmenu Vella in Davos, Switzerland: attends the World Economic Forumand The Circulars awards ceremony. 
Ms Marianne Thyssen participates in the Launch event of the final report of the Flemish Skills Strategy, in company of Mr Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation, Scientific Policy and Sport, and Ms Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister for education and training, at the Flemish Parliament, in Brussels.
M. Pierre Moscovici reçoit des étudiants de l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris.
Mr Phil Hogan in Cairo, Egypt: meets Mr Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim, Minister for Foreign Affairs; meets Mr Ezz el-Din Abu-Steit, Minister for Agriculture and Land Reclamation; meets Mr Amr Adel Nassar, Minister for Industry and Trade.
Ms Vĕra Jourová attends a meeting of the European electoral cooperation network, in Brussels.
Ms Vĕra Jourová speaks at the conference “Technology and Democratic freedoms: moving forward with new laws” organised by Microsoft, in Brussels.
Mr Tibor Navracsics in Balatonfüred, Hungary: participates in and speaks at the celebrations organised for the National Day of Hungarian Culture.
Ms Corina Creţu in Bucharest, Romania: attends the Conference of Parliamentary Committee for Union affairs of Parliaments of the EU (COSAC) – “Increase cohesion and ensure convergence through the Multiannual Financial Framework post-2020 tools”.
Ms Margrethe Vestager in Paris, France: meets representatives of the Alstom trade unions; gives a keynote speech at the Youth and Leaders’ Summit at Science Po; provides introductory remarks at the European American press club event.
Mr Carlos Moedas participe à un déjeuner de travail avec les membres de « Françaises D’Europe – Réseau des cadres françaises de l’administration européenne », à Bruxelles.
 
Mardi 22 janvier 2019
Economic and Financial Affairs Council
President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech at the signing ceremony of the Aachen Treaty between Germany and France, in Aachen, Germany.
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Ms Salome Zurabishvili, President of Georgia.
President Jean-Claude Juncker holds a joint press point with Ms Salome Zurabishvili, President of Georgia.
Mr Frans Timmermans in Auschwitz, Poland; visits Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Mr Frans Timmermans in Krakow, Poland;meets Mr Jacek Majchrowski, Mayor of Krakow.
Ms Federica Mogherini chairs the EU-African Union Ministerial Meeting, in Brussels.
Ms Federica Mogherini co-chairs the Informal EU- Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministerial Meeting, in Brussels.
Mr Andrus Ansip receives theFibre to the Home (FTTH) Council Europe; and meets a group of their CEOs: Erzsebet Fitori, Director General, FTTH Council Europe; Aurelie Bladocha Coelho, Director Communications & Public Affairs, FTTH Council Europe; Jacopo Bellelli, Communications & Public Affairs Manager, FTTH Council Europe; Christian Emborg, CEO of DKT; Philippe Vanhille, Senior VP Telecom of Prysmian; Franco Bassanini, President of Open Fiber; Elisabetta Ripa, CEO of Open Fiber; Morgan Kurk, COO of Commscope; Uwe Nickl, CEO of Deutsche Glasfaser.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič delivers a keynote speech at the 11th Conference on European Space Policy for Europe, European Space in the World, in Brussels.
Mr Jyrki Katainen in Davos, Switzerland: meets Mr Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce of the United States of America; Mr Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Carlsberg Group; and Mr Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Director of partnerships at Element AI.
Mr Günther H. Oettinger delivers speech on EU Budget at the event hosted by the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), in Brussels.
Mr Johannes Hahn receives Ms Salome Zurabishvili, President of Georgia.
Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment of Australia.
Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Ștefan-Radu Oprea, Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship of Romania.
Mr Neven Mimica participates in the “African Union – European Union” Ministerial Meeting, in Brussels.
Mr Miguel Arias Cañete participates in the Post-COP24 High Level Debate organised by the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the EU and Polish Electricity Association, in Brussels.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives representatives of the rabbit products sector from France (Comité Lapin interprofessionnel pour la promotion des produits).
Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos receives Mr Mamadou Tangara, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Gambia.
Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos receives Ms Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia.
Mr Phil Hogan meets Mr Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment of Australia, in Brussels.
Mr Phil Hogan receives Board Members of the Spanish Wine Federation (Federación Española del Vino).
Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska participates in the 11th Space Conference on European Space Policy, in Brussels.
Ms Vĕra Jourová delivers a speech at the conference ” Is Antisemitism on the rise in Europe and what can we do about it?” organised at the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Brussels.
Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap Inc.
Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Ms Maya Manolova, Ombudsman of Bulgaria.
Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Nikos Papas, Minister for Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information of Greece.
Mr Tibor Navracsics receives directors of European concert halls: Iván Fischer, Hungarian conductor and composer; Paul Dujardin, Chief Executive Officer, Bozar, Brussels; Prof. Sebastian Nordmann, Intendant, Konzerthaus Berlin; Simon Reinink, General Director, Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Laurent Bayle, President, Philharmonie Paris; Louwrens Langevoort, President, European Concert Hall Organisation.
Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Mr Bogdan Matei, Minister for Youth and Sport of Romania
Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Mr Pedro Duque, Minister for Science, Innovation and Universities of Spain.
Ms Margrethe Vestager receives the European Parliament candidates from Denmark’s Socialist People’s Party (Greens).
Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Pierre Gramegna, Minister for Finance of Luxembourg.
Mr Carlos Moedas in Davos, Switzerland (until 25/1): participates in the World Economic Forum.
Mr Julian King in Lille, France: participates in the International Security Forum (FIC) 2019.
Ms Mariya Gabriel receives Mr Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Chair of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence; receives Mr Evan Spiegel, CEO and Founder of Snap Inc.; receives Ms Marie-Béatrice Levaux, President of the European Federation for Family Employment (EFFE); receives Mr Nikos Pappas, Greek Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications & Media; addresses, as guest speaker the 11th European Space Policy Conference; delivers a speech at the kick-off of the Women4Cyber initiative by the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO).
 
Mercredi 23 janvier 2019
College meeting
President Jean-Claude Juncker, together with the College of Commissioners, receives Mr Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission for a working lunch.
Mr Frans Timmermans in Krakow, Poland;participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue.
Ms Federica Mogherini receives Ms Salome Zurabishvili, President of Georgia.
Mr Andrus Ansip receives Dr. Andrea Jelinek, Chair of the European Data Protection Board.
Mr Jyrki Katainen in Davos, Switzerland: meets Mr Suma Chakrabarti, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Mr Günther H. Oettinger in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland (until24/01): participates in the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.
Mr Johannes Hahn in Davos, Switzerland: participates in the World Economic Forum.
Ms Cecilia Malmström in Davos, Switzerland (until 25/01):participates in the World Economic Forum.
M. Pierre Moscovici à Davos, Suisse (jusqu’au 24/01): participe au Forum économique mondial;participe au panel “Strategic Economic outlook on Europe” et à la session: “Tax and Globalisation”;rencontre M. Alain Berset, Chef du Département fédéral de l’intérieur de la Suisse; M. George Soros, fondateur des Open Society Foundations; M. Suma Chakrabarti, Président de la Banque européenne pour la reconstruction et le développement; des représentants de JPMorgan Chase & Co;  des représentants de Booking; et des représentants de Bridgewater Associates.
Mr Phil Hogan receives Mr Massimiliano Giansanti, President of Confagricultura (Confederazione Generale dell’Agricoltura Italiana).
Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska receives Christian Archambeau, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) Executive Director.
Mr Tibor Navracsics receives representatives of the Central Europe Leuven Strategic Alliance (CELSA).
Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Mr Alain Paul Lebeaupin, Apostolic Nuncio and Head of Mission of the Holy See to the European Union.
Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Mr Daniel Breaz, Minister for Culture of Romania.
Ms Corina Creţu receives Ms Barbara Lezzi, Minister for the South (Italy).
Mr Carlos Moedas in Davos, Switzerland: attends the World Economic Forum; meets with Ms Pascale Baeriswy, Swiss Secretary of State; participates as a discussion leader in the panel “Harnessing Europe’s Innovation Potential”; participates in the “Future of Science and Technology in Society” Session; and participates at the dinner session: “Europe stepping up the lead”.
Mr Julian King meets Mr Kevin Brown, Managing Director for Security of BT Group plc, in Brussels.
Ms Mariya Gabriel delivers a keynote speech at the event Can the EU do more for a healthy media sector?.
Ms Mariya Gabriel in Lille, France: delivers a keynote speech at the International Cybersecurity Forum 2019.
 
Jeudi 24 janvier 2019
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia.
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation and former European Commissioner.
Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Mr Yitzhak Hertzog, Head of the Jewish Agency in Israel.
Mr Andrus Ansip in Tallinn, Estonia: speaks at the high-level seminar “How to fight disinformation in Europe” with the President of Estonia.
Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives representatives of the Slovak business ( U.S.Steel Košice, Eustream, Slovnaft, Slovenský plynárenský priemysel (SPP), Východoslovenská energetika (VSE), Západoslovenská energetika (ZSE) Enviral) on the occasion of the New Year concert organised by the Slovak community in Brussels.
Mr Jyrki Katainen in Davos, Switzerland: meets Ms Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM; Mr Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal; Mr Aditya Mittal, President, Chief Financial Officer of ArcelorMittal and CEO of ArcelorMittal Europe; and Mr Axel A. Weber, Chairman of the Board of Directors of UBS Group.
Mr Johannes Hahn in Davos, Switzerland: participates in the World Economic Forum.
Ms Cecilia Malmström in Davos, Switzerland (until 25/01):participates in the World Economic Forum.
Mr Neven Mimica in Vilnius, Lithuania (until 25/01): on official mission.
Mr Karmenu Vella in St Julian’s, Malta:hosts a breakfast event for blue economy investors and delivers a keynote speech at the “Blue Invest in the Mediterranean” event; and meets Ms Emma Navarro, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Massimiliano Giansanti, President of Confagricultura (Confederazione Generale dell’Agricoltura Italiana).
Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Athens, Greece: speaks at the Economist: World in 2019 Gala Dinner.
M. Pierre Moscovici à Davos, Suisse: rencontre M. Francois Legault, Premier ministre du Québec; M. Ueli Maurer, Président de la Confédération suisse; M. Grant Robertson, Ministre des finances de la Nouvelle Zélande; M. Tony Blair, ancien Premier ministre britannique; des représentants de Bank of America Merrill Lynch ; et des représentants de Standard & Poor’s Global.
Mr Christos Stylianides in Athens, Greece: speaks at a public discussion on “The European Elections 2019 and the Future of the European Union” organized by the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and Europe Direct ELIAMEP.
Ms Vĕra Jourová in Czechia: visits the company Skoda Auto; and delivers a speech at the conference organised by the Association for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation Jagello 2000.
Mr Tibor Navracsics participates in and gives an opening speech at the Future of Learning Forum, in Brussels.
Ms Corina Creţu in Ispra, Italy: participates in a guided tour of the Joint Research Visitors’ Center and of the European Crisis Management Laboratory.
Ms Margrethe Vestager in Dublin, Ireland:participates in the stakeholders’ dinner hosted by the European Movement Ireland and the Central Bank of Ireland.
Mr Carlos Moedas in Davos, Switzerland: attends the World Economic Forum; participates in the discussion session “Informal Gathering of World Economic Leaders (IGWEL): Keeping Trust in Cyberspace”; speaks at the European Research Council press conference; and participates in the Workshop “Competitiveness in the Digital Age”.
Ms Mariya Gabriel in Berlin, Germany: delivers a keynote speech at the Democracy in a Digital Society conference; and meets with Ms Katharina Barley, Federal German Minister for Justice and Consumer Protection.
 
Vendredi 25 janvier 2019
President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Ms Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
President Jean-Claude Juncker holds a joint press point with Ms Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Ms Federica Mogherini receives Mr Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Ms Federica Mogherini participates in a meeting with Ms Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Mr Frans Timmermans meets Ms Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, in Brussels.
Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Pascal Lamy, President emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, to discuss the future of Europe.
 Mr Andrus Ansip in Tartu, Estonia: speaks at the Jaan Poska Gymnasium; speaks on AI at the sTARTUp Day business festival and visits the demo area of the sTARTUp Day festival.
Mr Jyrki Katainen in Oulu, Finland: participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue at the University of Oulu; meets Mr Pauli Harju, Region Mayor of the Council of the Oulu Region; participates in a working lunch hosted by Mr Juha Hänninen, Chairman of the Oulu City Council; and visits the Recofor Oy and Nukute Oy companies.
Ms Cecilia Malmström in Davos, Switzerland:participates in the World Economic Forum; and participates in the informal meeting of Ministers on WTO negotiations on electronic commerce.
Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis in Vilnius, Lithuania:delivers a speech at the BEUC-LVOA event “EU’s role in promoting health of Europeans beyond East & West”; participates in the Annual Conference Quo Vadis, Europa: “Upcoming elections, hybrid threats and the way forward”; and participates, together in a Citizens’ Dialogue.
Mr Christos Stylianides in Patras, Greece: speaks at a public event on “Europe at Crossroads: challenges and prospects for the future – rescEU: a new European response system to natural disasters”  organised by the European Parliament’s European People’s Party (EPP) and Socialists & Democrats (S&D) Groups.
Mr Phil Hogan meets Ms Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, in Brussels.
Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Myslowice, Poland: meets with representatives of the cancer-support association Amazonkami.
Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Tychy, Poland: meets with representatives of the Polish Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Ms Vĕra Jourová in Czechia:  attends the event on the occasion of  the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, organised by the Senate of the Parliament of  Czechia.
Mr Tibor Navracsics in Budapest, Hungary: meets with Mr Gál András Levente – Chairman of Hungarian Public Administration and Organizational Development Research Institute (HUNADI).
Ms Margrethe Vestager in Dublin, Ireland: attends the gold medal award ceremony and receives a “Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse” by the Trinity College Historical Society; participates in the Citizens’ Dialogue at the Trinity College.
Mr Carlos Moedas in Davos, Switzerland:meets with Prof. Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum; and meets with Mr Francis Collins, Director of the US National Institutes of Health.
Ms Mariya Gabriel in Sofia, Bulgaria: meets with Mr Georghi Hristov, CEO of Mimirium Network; meets with Mr Zafer Galibov, photographer; meets with Mr Rumen Bizyokov, partner in the Aeternity blockchain platform.
 
Samedi 26 janvier 2019
Ms Violeta Bulc in Amman, Jordan: meets HRH King Abdullah II of Jordan and HRH Queen Rania of Jordan; meets Mr Walid Masri, Minister for Transport of Jordan; and participates in the launch of Jordan’s national road safety strategy.
Ms Mariya Gabriel in Sofia, Bulgaria: delivers a speech at the opening of the Teenovator Startup Weekend.
 
Dimanche 27 janvier 2019
Ms Margrethe Vestager in Berlin, Germany:  gives a keynote speech at the FDP’s European Party Convention; and participates in and gives a speech at the Pulse of Europe Berlin’s pro-Europe event.
 
Prévisions du mois de janvier :
28/01/2019 Agriculture and Fisheries Council

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Finland: Nightingale Health to receive EUR 20 million EU-financing to herald a new era of chronic disease prevention

Source: European Investment Bank

EUR 20 million EIB loan will be used to accelerate research and development of Nightingale’s blood analysis technology.
Loan backed by European Fund for Strategic Investments, part of the Juncker Plan.
Nightingale Health, the Finnish innovator of an internationally recognized blood analysis technology for chronic disease prevention, today signed a EUR 20 million loan transaction with the European Investment Bank (EIB), guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), a key element of the Investment Plan for Europe, also known as the Juncker Plan. The loan will be used to further accelerate the research and development of Nightingale’s blood analysis technology, facilitating better prediction and prevention for chronic diseases.
EIB Vice-President Alexander Stubb, responsible for innovation, said: “Chronic diseases are a nightmare, not only for those who suffer from them, but also for those trying to cure them. The EIB is committed to supporting companies like Nightingale that can realistically make a big impact and improve the health of EU citizens. The support of the Investment Plan for Europe is particularly valuable here, and the operation is fully aligned with the objective of supporting high-skilled employment opportunities. This will also enhance Europe’s position as a major leader in medical innovation.”
European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness, said: “Europe invests heavily in education and science as we believe that putting a strategic effort into these areas can reap huge benefits. This commitment has resulted in Europe’s position today as a world leader in cutting edge medical research. We are delighted that the Investment Plan for Europe is fostering the development of Nightingale’s technology which has the potential to add significant value to European healthcare. 
Nightingale CEO and Founder Teemu Suna said: “Nightingale wants to create a world where healthcare keeps people healthy throughout their lifetimes, not just whenever they get sick. When we founded Nightingale in 2013, we wanted to bring together innovations from biotechnology, medicine and computer sciences to build a different type of healthcare – one where everyone is given a chance to live a healthier life. Today’s announcement provides Nightingale with the funding needed to take our vision for personalized medicine into European healthcare. By supplying physicians with accurate chronic disease risk prediction for their patients, we will empower people to better understand their own health status and take actions to reduce their risk. Not only will this transform how we treat common diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, but it will also significantly reduce the current economic burden on healthcare systems and workforces.”
The growing burden of chronic disease poses a significant threat to citizens’ wellbeing. It is also estimated that 70-80% of all healthcare costs in the EU are chronic disease-related, accounting to approximately EUR 700 billion(1). Nightingale’s innovative blood analysis technology can detect early signs of a large number of these diseases, improving the assessment of a person’s future risk of developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes. By helping physicians and patients to better understand an individual’s chronic disease risk, effective interventions such as medications and lifestyle changes can be taken to slow and prevent disease progression.
The EUR 20 million loan from the EIB represents another major step forward towards integrating Nightingale’s technology in European healthcare. Already used widely in public health research, the company’s goal is to achieve full clinical integration for its technology by replacing conventional biomarker tests for chronic diseases (e.g. cholesterol tests). By further accelerating the regulatory approval process through rigorous scientific evidence generation, the company aims to realise the promise of precision medicine. Nightingale has already received CE marking for its blood analysis technology in 2017, enabling clinical use of its technology in Europe, and its Quality Management System is certified to EN ISO 13485:2012. Nightingale will match the EIB’s loan, altogether resulting in EUR 40 million in total investment that will be used within the next 3-5 years to further advance Nightingale’s R&D and scientific evidence generation.
Background information:
Nightingale Health is the Finnish innovator of an award winning blood analysis technology. By measuring the comprehensive health state from a person using a single blood sample, Nightingale equips biomedical researchers with insights into the effects of lifestyle factors and future disease risk, accelerating breakthroughs in chronic disease prevention. The company is investing and working towards integrating its technology into clinical practice to bring about precision medicine – empowering  patients to follow up on their own well-being and take proactive steps to stay healthy. 

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Greece: EUR 255m EIB support to the upgrade of Greek national electricity network

Source: European Investment Bank

One of the largest EIB energy investments in Greece  
More than 7,000km of new electricity distribution infrastructure to be installed
Electricity network investment to strengthen connections to renewable energy, improve reliable  electricity supply and cater for increased demand
One of the largest financiers of global energy infrastructure, the European Investment Bank, today agreed a new EUR 255 million long-term loan with the Greek Public Power Corporation (PPC), the largest power producer and electricity supplier in Greece, to upgrade electricity distribution across the country. The new 20 year loan, guaranteed by the Hellenic Republic, represents one of the largest ever EIB loans for electricity investment in Greece.
“The reliable supply of electricity and addressing increased energy needs require significant long term investments for the modernization and the reinforcement of electricity infrastructure of the country. Within this context, I welcome the new initiative of the European Investment Bank, which will materially contribute in the improvement of electricity distribution. Besides, EIB has been a long term partner of the Greek energy sector, providing financial support and valuable knowhow”, said in its statement for the signing of the loan agreement  Mr. Giorgos Stathakis, Minister of Energy & Environment.
PPC’s Chairman and CEO Mr. Manolis Panagiotakis stated that “the Greek Distribution Network is a very valuable asset that PPC Group possesses. Within this framework shaped by technological developments and the European policy for the climate, Distribution Networks become the most significant factor in electricity. Thus, Distribution assets will continue to provide us with steady, attractive returns, also with a higher regulated asset base through focused investments. Within this context, the signing of the first loan agreement amounting to EUR 155 million out of a total approved facility of EUR 255 million, is of exceptional importance and we would like to thank EIB one more time for being here today, facilitating our strategic plans to further reinforce and modernize the Distribution Network across Greek mainland and islands. EIB is a strategic financing partner of the Company that supports its investment program in accordance with its business plan, for projects of major importance on the economy, the Greek consumers, the security of supply of the country and the environment.”
Mr. Stefanos Oktapodas, CEO of HEDNO, welcomed the agreement and pointed out that “we are very pleased with this significant investment that will upgrade the critical infrastructure of the distribution network, maximizing the benefits for the energy users, the economy and the environment”.
“Across Europe and here in Greece significant new investment in electricity network infrastructure is essential to cater for future demand reflecting economic growth, ensure reliable electricity supply and reflect changing sources of power generation. The European Investment Bank is pleased to provide EUR 255 million to new investment in the Greek national electricity distribution system that will benefit millions of customers across the country. This builds on the EIB’s strong firm partnership with PPC and track record of financing energy projects across Greece, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, interconnectors to islands and electricity distribution.” said Peter Jacobs, Head of the European Investment Bank’s Investment Team for Greece.
The first European Investment Bank financing for investment in Greece in 2019 will support a EUR 510 million national investment programme implemented by the Hellenic Electricity Network Operator (HEDNO), a wholly owned subsidiary of PPC, within the period July 2017-2020.
The first part of the new European Investment Bank loan, to PPC, parent company of the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator, totalling EUR 155 million, was signed at the PPC headquarters in Athens by Mr. Manolis Panagiotakis, Chairman and CEO of PPC S.A. and, Mr. Ioannis Kaltsas, responsible for public sector lending by the European Investment Bank in Greece and Cyprus.  
The remaining EUR 100 million is expected to be signed as the project progresses.
Energy users across Greece to benefit
Expansion of the national electricity distribution network will cater for expected increased future demand and enable energy consumers across Greece to benefit from more reliable electricity supply. A total of 7,327 km of new medium and low voltage electricity distribution lines will be installed that will improve distribution efficiency and increase network resilience and stability.
Improving connections to renewable energy
Upgrading the national electricity network is crucial to better connect existing and planned wind farms and solar power plants to towns and cities.
Builds on EIB’s strong energy track engagement in Greece
Last year the EIB agreed to support construction of two new windfarms in northern Greece, the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline and investments for smart metering and improve high-voltage electricity infrastructure.
Over the last 55 years the European Investment Bank provided EUR 6.4 billion for energy investment across Greece, including more than EUR 2 billion for new power generation and electricity distribution investment by PPC.
This has included backing new investment in wind energy, power distribution and transmission, energy efficiency and security of energy supply projects and technical assistance to share experience from similar schemes elsewhere in Europe.

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Main topics and media events 21 January – 3 February 2019

Source: European Union

Roaming charges ended in the European Union on 15 June 2017. Europeans travelling within EU countries will ‘Roam Like at Home’ and pay domestic prices for roaming calls, SMS and data.  …

On 23 June 2016 citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU). On 29 March 2017 the UK formally notified the European Council of its intention to leave the EU by…

Over the past 20 years, the European Union has put in place some of the highest common asylum standards in the world. And in the past two years, European migration policy has advanced in leaps and…

‘Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan.It will be built through concrete achievementswhich first create a de facto solidarity.’Robert Schuman9 May 1950On 25 March 2017,…

In response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and deliberate destabilisation of a neighbouring sovereign country, the EU has imposed restrictive measures against the Russian Federation.  …

Enlargement is the process whereby countries join the EU. Since it was founded in 1957, the EU has grown from 6 member countries to 28.Any European country that respects the principles of liberty,…

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Third quarter of 2018 compared with second quarter of 2018 – Government debt down to 86.1% of GDP in euro area – Down to 80.8% of GDP in EU28

Source: European Union

At the end of the third quarter of 2018, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area (EA19) stood at 86.1%, compared with 86.3% at the end of the second quarter of 2018. In the EU28, the ratio decreased from 81.0% to 80.8%. Compared with the third quarter of 2017, the government debt to GDP ratio fell in both the euro area (from 88.2% to 86.1%) and the EU28 (from 82.5% to 80.8%).
Full text available on EUROSTAT website

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Third quarter of 2018 – Seasonally adjusted government deficit increased to 0.5% of GDP in the euro area – Up to 0.6% of GDP in the EU28

Source: European Union

In the third quarter of 2018, the seasonally adjusted general government deficit to GDP ratio stood at 0.5% in the euro area (EA19), an increase compared with 0.3% in the second quarter of 2018. In the EU28, the deficit to GDP ratio stood at 0.6%, an increase compared with 0.4% in the previous quarter.
Full text available on EUROSTAT website

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First EU citizens using ePrescriptions in other EU country

Source: European Union

The initiative applies to all ePrescriptions prescribed in Finland and to the Estonian pharmacies that have signed the agreement. The novelty of this initiative is that the ePrescriptions are visible electronically to participating pharmacists in the receiving country via the new eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure, without the patient having to provide a written prescription. This is in line with our policy on Digital Health and Care, which aims to empower patients by giving access to their health data and ensuring continuity of care.
Andrus Ansip, Vice President for the Digital Single Market, said: “Congratulations to Finland and Estonia for showing the path in eHealth cooperation between states and I would like other countries to follow soon. People should be able to use their e-prescriptions across borders. Free movement is a founding principle of the EU: we must make it as easy as possible for people to get treatment or medicines when abroad in the EU. The next major step will be to simplify patient access to their very own health data, by developing a common format for exchanging electronic health records between EU countries.”
Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: “I very much welcome the first step in the exchange of ePrescriptions between Finland and Estonia. Sharing ePrescriptions and Patient Summaries will be crucial for patient safety as it can help doctors to better understand a foreign patient’s medical history and can reduce the risks of incorrect medication and the costs of duplicate tests.The Commission will continue its support to expand these exchanges across the EU.”
Mariya Gabriel,Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, said: “This is a great starting point for better care for citizens, something arguably very important for them. ePrescriptions and International Patient Summaries can save lives in case of emergency situations. The EU Budget financed the technical solutions used for these exchanges, showing once again how important and how close it is to citizen’s daily life.”
In 2011, the European institutions adopted Directive 2011/24 which ensures continuity of care for European citizens across borders. The directive gives the possibility for Member States to exchange health data in a secure, efficient and interoperable way. The following cross-border health services are now being progressively introduced in all EU Member States:
1) ePrescription and eDispensation allow any EU citizen to retrieve his/her medication in a pharmacy located in another EU Member State, thanks to the electronic transfer of their prescription from his/her country of residence to the country of travel. The country of residence is then informed about the retrieved medicine in the visited country;
2) Patient Summaries provide background information on important health-related aspects such as allergies, current medication, previous illness, surgeries, etc., making it digitally accessible in case of a medical (emergency) visit in another country. It is an abstract of a larger collection of health data called the European Health Record. To make this a reality, the Commission will soon be presenting a Recommendation on the European Electronic Health Record Exchange Format.
Data protection rules are strictly observed and patients will have to provide their consent before these services are accessed.
Both services were made possible thanks to the eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure which connects the eHealth national services, allowing them to exchange health data, and which is funded by the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility.
Next steps
22 Member States are part of the eHealth Digital Service Infrastructure and are expected to exchange ePrescriptions and Patient Summaries by the end of 2021. 10 Member States (Finland, Estonia, Czechia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Croatia, Malta, Cyprus, Greece and Belgium) may start these exchanges by the end of 2019.
The eHealth Network (the body of eHealth authorities in the EU) has recently given the green light to Finland and Estonia to start exchanging ePrescriptions and to Czechia and Luxembourg to receive Patient Summaries of foreign citizens.
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ASEAN: Council adopts conclusions

Source: European Union

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