Viasna website blocked again

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Headline: Viasna website blocked again

The Belarusian authorities have enforced another blocking of access to the website of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. In particular, employees of government institutions cannot access the resource, which is “blocked under the laws of the Republic of Belarus.”

Under a new law active since 1 January 2015, the authorities can block websites after two minor violations. At the same time, the Information Ministry has a right to block online resources for a single violation of the law.

Moreover, representatives of the Ministry do not disclose the blacklists of banned sites and do not report the reasons for blocking them.

There are numerous ways of bypassing censorship on the Internet. Users can view restricted resources through other unrestricted resources.

You can also access the major human rights news by following Viasna’s Facebook account.

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В Южном Федеральном округе прошел II-й этап Всероссийского конкурса профессионального мастерства среди сотрудников правовых подразделений

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Headline: В Южном Федеральном округе прошел II-й этап Всероссийского конкурса профессионального мастерства среди сотрудников правовых подразделений

В Южном Федеральном округе на базе Волгоградской академии МВД России под эгидой ДПД МВД России прошел II-ой этап Всероссийского конкурса среди юристов системы МВД России на звание «Лучший по профессии».

Председатель конкурсной комиссии – начальник Административно-правового управления Договорно-правового департамента МВД России полковник внутренней службы Дмитрий Газизов наградил и поздравил  победителей, которыми стали:
– старший лейтенант внутренней службы Набиев Юрий, юрисконсульт правового направления ОМВД России по Городищенскому району ГУ МВД России по Волгоградской области – 1 место;
– подполковник внутренней службы Крюченков Андрей, начальник отдела по правовому обеспечению финансово-хозяйственной деятельности правового управления ГУ МВД России по Краснодарскому краю – 2 место;
– майор внутренней службы Дусалиев Аслан, юрисконсульт правового отдела УМВД России по Астраханской области – 3 место.

Юрий Набиев будет представлять свой регион на III-м этапе конкурса в Москве в июле 2016 года в период празднования 70-летнего юбилея юридической службы системы МВД России.

В июне 2016 года II-ой этап Всероссийского конкурса профессионального мастерства среди сотрудников правовых подразделений на звание «Лучший по профессии» будет проведен в Приволжском, Уральском, Сибирском и Дальневосточном федеральных округах.

Всероссийский конкурс профессионального мастерства проводится на основании приказа МВД России от 21.10.2005 № 850 один раз в три года, в режиме нескольких отборочных туров, начиная с регионального уровня, далее на окружном и третий этап – в Москве. Сотрудники соревнуются по четырем номинациям: специальная подготовка (тестирование правовых знаний), медицинская, огневая и физическая подготовка.

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В Смоленской области руководитель управляющей компании обвиняется в присвоении денежных средств и мошенничестве

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Headline: В Смоленской области руководитель управляющей компании обвиняется в присвоении денежных средств и мошенничестве

Полученными незаконно денежными средствами обвиняемый распорядился по собственному усмотрению.

Следственным управлением УМВД России по Смоленской области направлено в суд уголовное дело по обвинению 55-летнего жителя г. Ярцево в присвоении денежных средств и мошенничестве, совершенных с использованием служебного положения.

По версии следствия, обвиняемый, являясь руководителем управляющей компании, получил денежные средства от членов товарищества собственников жилья в размере около 300 тысяч рублей. Часть полученных денежных средств предназначалась для оплаты услуг организаций, осуществлявших обслуживание одного из многоквартирных домов. Однако данные денежные средства не были перечислены организациям, а были присвоены злоумышленником и использованы им по собственному усмотрению.

Также, по версии следствия, обвиняемый, не имея лицензии на право управления и эксплуатации жилым фондом, фактически не осуществляя данный вид деятельности, незаконно направлял жильцам многоквартирных домов, которые ранее находились на обслуживании его компании, квитанции об оплате услуг по содержанию жилья на общую сумму более 400 тысяч рублей. Полученными незаконно денежными средствами обвиняемый распорядился по собственному усмотрению.

В ходе следствия обвиняемому избиралась мера пресечения в виде подписки о невыезде.

В настоящее время уголовное дело по обвинению руководителя управляющей компании в мошенничестве и присвоении, совершенных с использованием служебного положения, направлено в суд для рассмотрения по существу.

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Pact of Amsterdam to help European cities

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Headline: Pact of Amsterdam to help European cities

European cities must increase their influence on EU legislation, access to European funds and knowledge exchange. These are the main issues to be discussed at the informal ministerial meeting on the Urban Agenda for the EU and the Pact of Amsterdam to be held in Amsterdam on Monday 30 May. A new feature is that the priority themes of the Urban Agenda will be addressed in partnerships.

The Pact of Amsterdam

The pact aims to help put in place a new and innovative working method in which the European Commission, EU institutions, and local and regional governments work together to identify and address bottlenecks in EU legislation. The partnerships will explore ways in which the EU can improve its policy so that cities are better able to tackle the most urgent and complex problems.

Participants

The meeting, chaired by Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk, will be attended by ministers from the EU member states, representatives from the European Parliament, the European Commission, European institutions – like the Committee of the Regions – and other stakeholders, including urban organisations. The attendees will include Maroš Šefčovič (Vice-President of the European Commission), Corina Creţu (European Commissioner for Regional Policy), Iskra Mihaylova (Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Regional Development (REGI)), Markku Markkula (President of the Committee of the Regions), Eberhard van der Laan (Mayor of Amsterdam) and Johanna Rolland (President of EUROCITIES).

The closing conference will start at 3.50pm and will be streamed directly.

You can follow tweets on the meeting.

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All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020

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Headline: All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020

All scientific articles in Europe must be freely accessible as of 2020. EU member states want to achieve optimal reuse of research data. They are also looking into a European visa for foreign start-up founders.

Photo: Tineke Dijkstra 

And, according to the new Innovation Principle, new European legislation must take account of its impact on innovation. These are the main outcomes of the meeting of the Competitiveness Council in Brussels on 27 May.

Sharing knowledge freely

Under the presidency of Netherlands State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science Sander Dekker, the EU ministers responsible for research and innovation decided unanimously to take these significant steps. Mr Dekker is pleased that these ambitions have been translated into clear agreements to maximise the impact of research. ‘Research and innovation generate economic growth and more jobs and provide solutions to societal challenges,’ the state secretary said. ‘And that means a stronger Europe. To achieve that, Europe must be as attractive as possible for researchers and start-ups to locate here and for companies to invest. That calls for knowledge to be freely shared. The time for talking about open access is now past. With these agreements, we are going to achieve it in practice.’   

Open access

Open access means that scientific publications on the results of research supported by public and public-private funds must be freely accessible to everyone. That is not yet the case. The results of publicly funded research are currently not accessible to people outside universities and knowledge institutions. As a result, teachers, doctors and entrepreneurs do not have access to the latest scientific insights that are so relevant to their work, and universities have to take out expensive subscriptions with publishers to gain access to publications.

Reusing research data

From 2020, all scientific publications on the results of publicly funded research must be freely available. It also must be able to optimally reuse research data. To achieve that, the data must be made accessible, unless there are well-founded reasons for not doing so, for example intellectual property rights or security or privacy issues.

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eu-LISA at EU Institutions Open Doors Day in Brussels

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Headline: eu-LISA at EU Institutions Open Doors Day in Brussels

​​On Saturday 28 May eu-LISA will take part in an Open Doors Day organised in the Berlaymont buiding in Brussels to highlight the European Institutions. We will be illustrating our work and results in conjunction with DG Migration and Home Affairs as well as sister Agencies EASO and Frontex.

The theme this year is migration with a focus on the current refugee crisis. The stands will take visitors from the root
causes of the migratory flows, via refugee camps, smuggling routes, hotspots,
and the common European asylum system to integration. At every point of the way
presentation will highlight EU actions, legislation and European Commission
proposals.

If you are in the Brussels area this weekend why not take this opportunity to come and learn more about us and the European Institutions!

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Daily News 27 / 05 / 2016

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Headline: Daily News 27 / 05 / 2016

Investment Plan for Europe: EIF and Equa bank sign an agreement to benefit Czech SMEs

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Equa bank have signed a COSME agreement in the Czech Republic, benefiting from the support of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), a key pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe which aims to revive investment in strategic projects around Europe. The COSME agreement will allow Equa bank to provide CZK 1.8bn (ca. EUR 66.5m) of loans to SMEs over the next two years with substantially reduced collateral requirements. Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: “This EFSI-backed COSME deal demonstrates once again that the EU actively supports small businesses, the biggest job creators in the Czech Republic and across the EU. Thanks to this agreement, more than 250 small companies in the Czech Republic will gain access to the finance they need to grow their businesses, which is great news.”(For more information see here or contact Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: + 32 229 6151)

Launch of European Platform on Undeclared Work: Commission joins forces with Member States to fight social dumping

Following the approval of the Commission’s proposal to create a platform to enhance cooperation in combatting undeclared work, today marks its launch. The platform aims to turn undeclared work into declared work, to ensure social protection for millions of Europeans who lose out through various kinds of risky job arrangements, including dependent work relationships hidden as self-employment. Chaired by the Commission, the platform will enable discussions on the ways and means to improve policies and measures tackling undeclared work and foster cooperation between national authorities and other actors, including those related to cross-border aspects of undeclared work. Additionally, the platform focuses on increasing public awareness of the issue. Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, said at the launch event this morning: “This Commission vowed to put people at the heart of our policymaking and here, we have taken bold action to defend our social values and to strengthen fairness in our common market. For us it is clear: there is no place for unfair working conditions and social dumping in our European Union.” The platform is composed of the relevant authorities of all Member States and representatives of cross-industry social partners on EU level. Commissioner Thyssen‘s speech can be found here. More information can be found here. (For more information: Christian Wigand– Tel.: +32 229 62253; Sara Soumillion – Tel.: + 32 229 67094)

Outcome of the G7 summit in Japan

In Ise-Shima, the G7 summit concluded with the adoption of a Leaders’ Declaration and outreach working sessions with Asian partners and international organisations. The EU, as a full G7 member represented by Presidents Juncker and Tusk, has inspired an ambitious outcome of the summit and welcomes its results. The G7 Leaders’ Declaration notably stresses the special responsibility of the G7 to lead international efforts to tackle global challenges. Under the G7 Ise-Shima Economic Initiative leaders agreed a number of measures to boost strong and sustainable global growth, including by boosting investment and implementing commitments on fair and transparent taxation. They also agreed to enhance G7 assistance to tackle the global refugee crisis. They reaffirmed their commitment to open and fair global trade and called for swift progress on various regional trade agreements, including the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and TTIP. Leaders recognised that global excess capacity in industrial sectors, especially steel, is a pressing structural challenge with global implications that needs to be urgently addressed through elimination of market distorting measures. They reaffirmed their desire to lead by example and implement swiftly the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The G7 also took a clear position on a number of foreign policy issues and adopted an Action Plan on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism. Presidents Juncker and Tusk had a number of bilateral meetings, including with Japan, Canada and Vietnam. Read the G7 Leaders’ Declaration. More information on: www.ec.europa.eu/news. (For more information: Mina Andreeva – Tel.: +32 229 91382; Margaritis Schinas – Tel.: +32 229 60524)

EU announces new funding to support post-conflict process in Colombia

During an official visit to Colombia on 26-27 May, HR/VP Mogherini announced that the EU will provide an overall package of over €575 million to support Colombia’s post-conflict and peace building efforts. This package brings together cooperation funds provided by the EU Trust Fund, the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (€18 million) in support of the Colombian Government`s Rapid Response Plan and loans offered by the European Investment Bank together with ongoing cooperation (€67 million for period 2014-2017). During her visit, HR/VP Mogherini said: “The EU has supported the current peace process since the beginning and it will continue to accompany Colombia in the post conflict phase. Solid peace can only be built if the final peace agreement is effectively implemented and the EU has vast experience in peace building. We are determined to stand by Colombia, a close partner and ally, in its noble pursuit of bringing durable and lasting peace as well new opportunities to all Colombians.” Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica also added: “Today’s announcement sends a clear signal of the EU’s ongoing and increasing commitment to Colombia – both over the short term, in helping to promote peace in areas affected by conflict, and over the long term, supporting durable and sustainable peace in the country”. A press release is available here. (For more information: Catherine Ray Tel.: +32 229 69921; Sharon Zarb – Tel.: +32 229 69140)

Commission implementation tool launched to help Member States comply with EU environmental legislation 

Today the European Commission is launching the Environmental Implementation Review which will give the first comprehensive overview on the state-of-play of how key environmental policies and laws have been implemented on the ground in Member States. The aim of this process is to help Member States comply with the rules, anticipate problems and identify solutions and priorities before formal infringement proceedings are initiated. Full implementation of EU environmental legislation could save the EU economy €50 billion every year in health costs and direct costs to the environment. Commissioner Vella said: “The Environmental Implementation Review shows that grassroots efforts help environmental policies to take hold. For example, if EU water legislation were to be fully implemented, the combined annual benefits to society could reach € 2.8 billion. If Natura 2000 sites were to be fully manned and managed our biodiversity trends would improve. If air quality rules were followed we could reduce respiratory illness among our population. We need to step up our work with Member States to close the gaps. The earlier we act, the less costly it will be.(For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Iris Petsa – Tel.: +32 229 93321)

As Blue Fin Tuna season opens Vella asks to push for more effort to protect Mediterranean fish stocks

Fish stocks in the Mediterranean are deteriorating at an alarming rate, threatening the jobs and livelihoods of thousands of fishermen. Taking the #MEdfish4ever campaign to the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean(GFCM) in Malta on Monday (30 May), Karmenu Vella, the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries will urge representatives to increase fish stock recovery effort. Citing the successful recovery of Blue Fin Tuna, as shown by ICCAT agreement to an increase of 60% of the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) over three years. Vella stated that; “As the blue fin tuna season opens we see that thanks to our joint efforts, fishermen can take to the sea with renewed sense of purpose. Our task this week and over the coming months, is to extend this success story to other Mediterranean stocks”. The blue fin tuna campaign for purse seiner vessels will run this year from 26 May to 24 June in the Mediterranean and the Eastern Atlantic.  The Medfish4ever campaign was launched at Seafood expo. Efforts are largely focussed towards a major Ministerial declaration in spring of next year. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: + 32 229 56172; Iris Petsa – Tel.: +32 229 93321)

State aid: Commission clears closure of lignite-fired power plants in Germany

The European Commission has found German plans to grant €1.6 billion public financing for mothballing and subsequently closing eight lignite-fired power plants to be in line with EU state aid rules. Under the plans notified by Germany in November 2015 eight lignite-fired power plants would be mothballed and closed. With the mothballing and closure of the eight power plants the German Government aims to reduce CO2-emissions by 11 – 12.5 million tons per year as of the year 2020, when all eight plants will have stopped operating. This constitutes more than half of the additional contribution that the German energy sector still needs to make in order to meet the national emission target for 2020. The operators of these power plants would be compensated for foregone profits as they cannot continue to sell electricity on the market. The Commission found that the remuneration is primarily based on the foregone profits that the operators of the eight plants would have earned, had they continued operating in the electricity market for four more years, which is less than the average expected lifetime of the plants. On this basis, the Commission concluded that the measure promotes EU environmental objectives, as it helps Germany to achieve its CO2 emission target, without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. The press release is available online in EN, FR and DE. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

State aid: Commission clears €2.13 billion aid to alleviate social and economic impact of closing 26 uncompetitive coal mines in Spain

The Commission has found Spanish plans to grant €2.13 billion for the orderly closure of 26 uncompetitive coal mines to be in line with EU state aid rules. The aid aims to alleviate the social and environmental impact of the mine closures without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. In April 2016 Spain notified plans to grant public support to the operators of 26 coal mines that are due to be shut down until 2018. The aid aims to ease the closure process by covering production losses of the mines until closure. It will also provide financial support to those workers, who have lost or will lose their jobs due to the closures, by funding severance payments and social security benefits. Furthermore, it will finance the safety and remediation works necessary after the mine closures. The Commission concluded that the plans are in line with EU state aid rules, in particular Council Decision 2010/787/EU. The press release is available online in EN, FR, DE and ES. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of building materials group Italcementi by HeidelbergCement, subject to conditions

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Italian building materials group Italcementi by its German competitor HeidelbergCement. The clearance is conditional on HeidelbergCement selling Italcementi’s entire business in Belgium. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said: “Competitive markets for cement and concrete are essential for the EU’s construction sector. I welcome the proposed commitments as they will ensure that HeidelbergCement’s multibillion euro takeover of Italcementi will not harm effective competition.” The Commission had concerns that the merged entity would have faced insufficient competition from the remaining players and that the takeover would have led to higher prices for cement and ready-mix concrete in in Belgium and its neighbouring regions. The Commission found that the commitments offered by HeidelbergCement address the competition concerns identified and concluded that the proposed transaction, as modified by the commitments, would raise no competition concerns. A press release is available online in EN, FR, DE and IT. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Giulia Komel – Tel.: +32 229 61175)

 

Mergers: Commission approves joint venture of the non-US asset management businesses of Warburg Pincus, General Atlantic, Santander and Unicredit

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the creation of a joint venture combining the non-US asset management businesses of SAM Investment Holdings Limited and Pioneer Global Asset Management S.p.A.. SAM is currently jointly controlled by the private equity firms Warburg Pincus LLC and General Atlantic LLC, both of the US, and by the banking group Banco Santander S.A., of Spain. Pioneer is currently solely controlled by the banking group UniCredit S.p.A. of Italy. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given the companies’ moderate combined market shares, in particular on the concerned markets in Poland, and the presence of a number of strong competitors. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission’s Eurostat: Le prix de l’électricité à usage domestique a augmenté de 2,4%…tandis que celui du gaz a baissé de 1,7%

Dans l’Union européenne (UE), le prix de l’électricité facturée aux ménages a connu une majoration moyenne de 2,4% entre le second semestre 2014 et le second semestre 2015, atteignant 21,1 euros les 100 kWh. Depuis 2008, le prix de l’électricité dans l’UE a augmenté de 33%. Parmi les États membres de l’UE, le prix de l’électricité à usage domestique était compris, au second semestre 2015, entre moins de 10 euros les 100 kWh en Bulgarie et plus de 30 euros les 100 kWh au Danemark. Le prix du gaz facturé aux ménages a quant à lui diminué de 1,7% en moyenne dans l’UE entre les seconds semestres 2014 et 2015 pour s’établir à 7,1 euros les 100 kWh. Depuis 2008, le prix du gaz dans l’UE a augmenté de 32%. Parmi les États membres de l’UE, le prix du gaz à usage domestique s’échelonnait au second semestre 2015 entre un peu plus de 3 euros les 100 kWh en Roumanie et Hongrie et près de 12 euros les 100 kWh en Suède. Les diverses taxes et redevances représentaient en moyenne un tiers (33%) du prix de l’électricité facturée aux ménages dans l’UE au second semestre 2015, et quasiment un quart (23%) du prix du gaz. Un communiqué de presse d’EUROSTAT est disponible Le Commissaire Pierre Moscovici est en déplacement à Nancy aujourd’hui

Pour ce cinquième déplacement en région en France visant à rapprocher l’Europe de ses territoires, le Commissaire Pierre Moscovici se rend à Nancy, dans le Grand-Est, région ouverte sur trois Etats-membres : l’Allemagne, la Belgique et le Luxembourg et qui a également une porte sur la Suisse. Il visitera notamment une entreprise spécialisée dans l’ingénierie acoustique, qui a bénéficié du soutien du Plan Juncker d’investissement pour le lancement  d’un projet innovant sur les études acoustiques des parcs éoliens. Le Commissaire s’entretiendra aussi avec un groupe de chefs d’entreprises et de responsables locaux sur le rôle essentiel que joue l’Union européenne dans le développement économique des territoires. Ce déplacement fera également une large place au dialogue avec les citoyens, puisque le Commissaire participera à une conférence étudiante organisée par l’ISAM-IAE (Université de Lorraine) sur le thème « L’Europe face aux crises ou crise de l’Europe ? ». Dans la perspective de ce déplacement, Pierre Moscovici a déclaré : «il est indispensable de présenter sur le terrain ce que fait l’Europe au quotidien pour ses acteurs économiques et pour ses citoyens. Les projets bénéficiant du Plan Juncker constituent un excellent terreau pour ces échanges. Je me réjouis de me rendre une nouvelle fois dans les régions françaises, dans le but de réconcilier l’Europe et les citoyens, en expliquant ce qu’elle fait pour eux pour soutenir l’innovation et relancer la croissance et l’emploi ». (Pour plus d’information Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Audrey Augier – Tel.: + 32 229 71607)

Commissioner Jonathan Hill to meet Welsh Government officials, financial sector representatives and students in Cardiff

Jonathan Hill, Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union, is in Cardiff today to meet Welsh Government officials, financial services representatives as well as students of financial regulation. In all these meetings, he will set out the importance of the Single Market for financial services and set out his plans for a Capital Markets Union across Europe and other measures to encourage financial services. Commissioner Hill will also take this opportunity to discover what lies behind the growing success of Cardiff’s financial sector, which is the fastest-growing in the UK, while listening to any concerns about the EU’s role in this area. (For more information: Vanessa Mock – Open Day 2016 of the European Institutions: 28 May

As part of Calendar

The Commissioners’ weekly activities

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EU announces new funding to support post-conflict process in Colombia

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Headline: EU announces new funding to support post-conflict process in Colombia

During an official visit to Colombia on 26-27 May, HR/VP Mogherini announced that the EU will provide an overall package of over €575 million to support Colombia’s post-conflict and peace building efforts.

This package brings together cooperation funds provided by the EU Trust Fund, the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (€18 million) in support of the Colombian Government`s Rapid Response Plan and loans offered by the European Investment Bank together with ongoing cooperation (€67 million for period 2014-2017). It includes both short and medium term measures, in the form of technical assistance, grants and loans that will become available once the final peace agreement is signed.

Particularly important are the grants that will be provided through the Trust Fund, the “Columba Fund”, to which the European Commission and ten Member States have already committed to contribute €90 million. The European Investment Bank (EIB) has linked a loan package of €400 million to the actions financed by the Trust Fund.

During her visit, HR/VP Mogherini said: “The EU has supported the current peace process since the beginning and it will continue to accompany Colombia in the post conflict phase. Solid peace can only be built if the final peace agreement is effectively implemented and the EU has vast experience in peace building. We are determined to stand by Colombia, a close partner and ally, in its noble pursuit of bringing durable and lasting peace as well new opportunities to all Colombians.”

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica also added: “Today’s announcement sends a clear signal of the EU’s ongoing and increasing commitment to Colombia – both over the short term, in helping to promote peace in areas affected by conflict, and over the long term, supporting durable and sustainable peace in the country”.

The HRVP Federica Mogherini attended the signing ceremony of four EU projects: disbursement of a first tranche of a sector reform contract for local sustainable development (€5 million), the promotion of secure land tenure rights and equitable access to land in national protected areas (€3.2 million), comprehensive action against mines (€1.8 million) and community Radios for Peace and Peaceful Coexistence (€2 million). The objective of these EU projects is to contribute both to ensuring that the people of Colombia have the support they need and as soon as possible once the final peace agreement is signed, as well as continue to contribute to Colombia`s efforts to address the root causes of the conflict by building on ongoing cooperation.

For more information:

EU-Colombia: http://eeas.europa.eu/colombia/index_en.htm

 

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CALENDRIER du 30 mai au 5 juin 2016

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Headline: CALENDRIER du 30 mai au 5 juin 2016

 

(Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)

Déplacements et visites

 

Lundi 30 mai

President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a speech at the event marking the 40 years of European People’s Party, in Luxembourg.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever.

Mr Frans Timmermans delivers a speech at the event “How to make SDGs Europe’s Business – A Multi-Stakeholder Approach”, in Brussels.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Ms Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands.

Ms Federica Mogherini on official visit to Saudi Arabia (until 31/05).

Mr Andrus Ansip in Tallinn, Estonia: participates in a discussion on the digital agenda with industry, organised by Nortal and delivers a speech at the Estonian ICT week seminar “ITEE Centre of Excellence in Digital Connected Economy”.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: participates in the informal ministerial conference on the adoption of the “Pact of Amsterdam”.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Maxim Timchenko, CEO of the energy company DTEK.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis participates in the event marking the 40 years of European People’s Party, in Luxembourg.

Mr Jyrki Katainen meets with Mr Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister and with Mr Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance; participates in the event marking the 40 years of European People’s Party, in Luxembourg.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Frankfurt, Germany: delivers a speech at the German-Chinese Economic Conference “One Belt – One Road”.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Munich, Germany: visits the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT).

Ms Cecilia Malmström receives Mr Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Secretary of Economy of Mexico.

Mr Neven Mimica in Papua New Guinea (until 01/06): participates in the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Summit.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Malta (until 31/05): participates in the Opening of the 40th Session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Ms Stefania Ubaldi, President of the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO).

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: rencontre M. François Hollande, Président de la République française.

Mr Christos Stylianides receives Mr Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in The Hague, the Netherlands: participates in a EU-European Space Agency (ESA) Space Ministerial Conference organised by the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the EU, with the Luxembourg and Swiss Co-Chairs of the ESA Ministerial Council. She also delivers a speech at the European Space Solutions Conference; takes part in the official signing of the Agreement for the Future Galileo Reference Center in the Netherlands together with Ms Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands.

Ms Vĕra Jourová in Prague, the Czech Republic: participates in a Roundtable on the 2016 country-specific recommendations and speaks at a Citizens Dialogue Event.

Mr Tibor Navracsics participates in the Youth and Education Council and meets with Ms Sia Anagnostopoulou, Deputy Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Greece, in Brussels.

Ms Corina Creţu in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: participates in the Informal Meeting of EU Ministers responsible for Urban Matters and participates in the High-Level Panel Debate on the Implementation of the EU Urban Agenda.

Mr Carlos Moedas delivers a speech at the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) Council meeting.

Mr Carlos Moedas receives Mr Peter Plavčan, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

Mardi 31 mai

Président Jean-Claude Juncker à Paris, France: Il inaugurera le Salon des maires et des collectivités locales de France et participera à une conférence organisée par la Fondation Robert Schuman.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Ronald Plasterk, Minister of Interior of the Netherlands.

Mr Frans Timmermans delivers the keynote speech at the Progressive Economy Annual Forum.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia.

M. Frans Timmermans reçoit l’Union des Mosquées de Bruxelles, la Ligue des Imams et la Plateforme des musulmans de Belgique pour leur présentation de condoléances suite aux attentats du 22 mars 2016.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva meets with Mr Alain Hutchinson, Commissioner for Europe and International Organisations of the Brussels-Capital Region; Mr Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region; Mr Guy Vanhengel, Minister of External Relations of the Brussels-Capital Region, and Mr Pascal Smet, Minister for Mobility and Public Works of the Brussels-Capital Region, in Brussels.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva opens the spring session of Public Administration Erasmus, an exchange programme for people from the public administrations across the Member States, in Brussels.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva receives Mr Anders Åslund, Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva participates in the event “My dream is Bulgaria” upon the invitation of Ms Eva Paunova, Member of the European Parliament, in Brussels.

Mr Andrus Ansip delivers a speech at the Creators Conference 2016 organised by the European Composer and Songwriters Alliance (ECSA), in Brussels.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Peter Plavčan, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Marek Maďarič, Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič receives Mr Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice-President and Head of International Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Martin Zielke, CEO of Commerzbank.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives CEOs of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO).

Mr Günther Oettinger receives CEOs of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA).

Mr Günther Oettinger delivers a speech at the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn receives Mr Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross, Mr Werner Kerschbaum, Secretary General of the Austrian Red Cross and Mr Denis Haveaux, Red Cross EU Office Director.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Stockholm, Sweden: participates in a Seminar on TTIP with representatives of Swedish unions and firms, together with Mr Michael Froman, US Trade Representative and Ms Ann Linde, Minister for EU Affairs and Trade of Sweden; bilateral meeting with Mr Michael Froman, US Trade Representative.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Wilhelm Molterer, Managing Director European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Slaven Dobrović, Minister of Environment and Nature Protection of Croatia.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Malta: participates in the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) 2016 General Assembly on “Sustainable Food & Bio Waste Management”.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis participates in the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) high-level joint conference on “Plain-packaging to protect our youth: “Progress made, challenges ahead”, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis participates in the on-line debate “Investing in our countryside – how to ensure our food is sustainable”, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis delivers a speech at the “World No Tobacco Day” event, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos in Lisbon, Portugal: meets with Mr Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Portuguese Republic and with Ms Constança Urbano de Sousa, Minister of Internal Administration. He also delivers a speech at the launch of the 2016 European Drug Report.

Ms Marianne Thyssen takes part in the Exhibition “Imagine Europe” and gives a keynote speech at the conference “Vision Europe”, in Brussels.

Mr Pierre Moscovici in Rotterdam, the Netherlands: visits the port of Rotterdam; meets with Members of the Municipal Council of Rotterdam and with Mr Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam.

Mr Christos Stylianides on official visit to Lebanon (until 02/06).

Mr Jonathan Hill meets with Mr Markus Beyrer, Director General of BUSINESSEUROPE, in Brussels.

Mr Jonathan Hill meets Mr Martin Zielke, CEO of Commerzbank AG, in Brussels.

Mr Jonathan Hill meets with Mr Steven Maijoor, Chair of the European Securities & Markets Authority (ESMA), in Brussels.

Ms Violeta Bulc in Lugano, Switzerland: participates in the Meeting of the transport ministers of the Alpine countries.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska in Paris, France: meets with Mr Pascal Lamy, the Honorary President of the Paris-based think tank Notre Europe.

Ms Vĕra Jourová speaks at the Meeting with IT companies, Member States and civil society on illegal hate speech online.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives Mr Etienne Davignon, Minister of State of Belgium and President of The European Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Paris, France: delivers a speech at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Council Meeting.

Mr Tibor Navracsics participates in the Sport Council, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics participates in a Structured Dialogue with the sport movement, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics meets with Mr Chris Agius, Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport of Malta, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers a speech at the EU Literature Prize Ceremony and hands out prizes to the winners, in Brussels.

Ms Corina Creţu receives a group of Mayors of Romania; participates in a meeting with eight Presidents of Regions of Italy: Mr Luciano D’Alfonso (Abruzzo); Mr Mario Oliverio (Calabria); Mr Vincenzo De Luca (Campania); Mr Marcello Pittella (Basilicata); Mr Michele Emiliano (Puglia); Mr Paolo di Laura Frattura (Molise); Ms Catiuscia Marini (Umbria); Mr Rosario Crocetta (Sicilia).

Ms Margrethe Vestager participates in the Digital Working Group Event “Sharing Reinvented’ Boosting the sharing economy through technology & innovation” hosted by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, in Brussels.

Ms Margrethe Vestager meets with a delegation from the Confederation of Danish Industry, in Brussels.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Jacob Wallenberg, Member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT).

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Steven Tas, Executive Board Chairman of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO).

Mr Carlos Moedas in San Francisco, United States of America (until 2/06): participates in the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial and Inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial.

 

Mercredi 1 juin

College meeting

President Jean-Claude Juncker and the College receive Mr Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia and the Slovak government ahead of the Slovak Presidency of the Council, followed by a press point.

Mr Frans Timmermans receives Mr Frank Heemskerk, Executive Director at the Board of the World Bank Group.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Bratislava, Slovakia: on official bilateral visit.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: takes part in an exchange with the European Government Chief Information Officers on the occasion of their informal meeting on “Digital and Open Government conference: Next step to maturity”.

Mr Jyrki Katainen participates in the European Business Summit.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives CEOs of the American Chamber of Commerce, in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger delivers a speech at the Board Meeting of EuroCommerce on geoblocking, in Brussels.

Mr Johannes Hahn on official visit to Jordan.

Ms Cecilia Malmström participates in a panel presentation at the European Business Summit, in Brussels.

Ms Cecilia Malmström in Paris, France (until 02/06): participates in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Meeting. In the margins, she participates in a number of side meetings regarding ongoing multilateral and plurilateral trade negotiations, as well as in bilateral meetings.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr László Sólymos, Minister of Environment of the Slovak Republic.

Mr Karmenu Vella participates in the Green Week 2016 high-level discussion on “Investments that make it happen; How to green the financial system?”, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Ms Gabriela Matečná, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic.

Mr Phil Hogan in Beijing, China: meets with Mr Bi Jingquan, Minister of China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA).

Ms Violeta Bulc in Switzerland: attends the inauguration of the Gotthard Base Tunnel.

Ms Vĕra Jourová receives the Executive Council of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union.

Mr Tibor Navracsics receives Peter Plavčan, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers a speech at the Smart Regions Conference “Driving Smart Specialisation Investments in Priority Areas for European Growth”, in Brussels.

Ms Corina Creţu receives Mr Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister for Investments of the Slovak Republic; delivers a keynote speech at the European Business Summit.

Ms Margrethe Vestager receives Mr Martin Merrild, President of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council.

 

Jeudi 2 juin

Président Jean-Claude Juncker reçoit Madame Ségolène Royal, Ministre de l’Environnement, de l’Énergie et de la Mer, chargée des Relations internationales sur le climat de la République française.

President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers the closing speech at the European Business Summit, in Brussels.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Stockholm, Sweden: meets with Mr Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden; Mr Morgan Johansson, Minister for Justice and Migration of Sweden; and takes part in a Citizen’s dialogue on “Migration and Inclusion: What solutions does the EU offer?”.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Warsaw, Poland: on official bilateral visit.

Mr Andrus Ansip in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: participates in the plenary opening session and delivers a speech at the conference “Digital and Open Government: Next Step to Maturity”.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in San Francisco, United States of America: participates in the Mission Innovation Ministerial; gives a speech at Stanford University; visits innovative companies and labs.

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis in European Semester visit to Ireland: meets with Mr Enda Kenny, Taoiseach; Mr Michael Noonan, Minister of Finance and with Mr Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform; participates in a round table event on the theme of “The Future of Economic and Monetary Union”.

Mr Günther Oettinger receives Mr Guo Ping, CEO of Huawei – on the next generation of communication networks (5G), in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger delivers a speech at the European Business Summit, in Brussels.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Berlin, Germany: delivers a speech at the “Tag der Deutschen Bauindustrie”.

Mr Neven Mimica in the Pacific region, including New Zealand and Australia (until 05/06): holds a series of bilateral meetings as part of his official visit.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Ms Christine Goubet Milhaud, President of the Union Française de l’Electricité (UFE).

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Ms Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs of France, responsible for International Climate Relations.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete participates in the Panel on “Energy Union” at the European Business Summit, in Brussels.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Rainer Seele, CEO of OMV Aktiengesellschaft.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete receives Mr Jos Dings, Executive Director of Transport and Environment.

Mr Karmenu Vella participates in the European Business Summit panel on “Natural Capital & Eco-friendly Business Models”, in Brussels.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Vienna, Austria (until 03/06): participates in a Citizens’ Dialogue on Circular Economy; participates in the Green Events Austria Gala 2016 award ceremony of the grand finale of the “nachhaltig gewinnen!” competition, together with Mr Andrä Rupprechter, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis participates in the European Business Summit panel on “Food & Drinks – Connecting with the mindful consumer”, in Brussels.

Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos and Ms Vĕra Jourová in the Netherlands: attend the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting.

Ms Marianne Thyssen gives a keynote speech at the Opening of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) Conference, in Brussels.

Ms Marianne Thyssen receives the leaders of the Staffing Industry: meets with Mr Jonas Prising, Chief Executive Officer of the Manpower Group; Mr Jacques van den Broek, Chief Executive Officer of the Randstad Holding; Mr Alain Dehaze, Chief Executive Officer of the Adecco Group.

Ms Marianne Thyssen attends the Long-Term Unemployment (LTU) Stakeholders’ Network Conference on “Integration of the long-term unemployed”, in Brussels.

Mr Phil Hogan in Xi’an, China (until 03/06): participates in the 2016 G20 Agricultural Entrepreneurs Forum; holds a series of bilateral meetings including with Mr Blairo Maggi, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil; Mr Ricardo Buryaile, Minister of Agroindustry of Argentina; Mr José Calzada, Secretary of Agriculture of Mexico; Mr Hiroshi Moriyama, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan; Mr Han Changfu, Minister of Agriculture of the People’s Republic of China; and with Mr Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany.

Ms Violeta Bulc receives Mr Fabrizio Palenzona, President of the European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures (ASECAP).

Ms Violeta Bulc receives the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Civil Aviation.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska delivers a speech at the “SMART REGIONS: Driving Smart Specialisation Investments in Priority Areas for European Growth” conference on Implementation of RIS3, in Brussels.

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska delivers a speech at the European Business Summit on New Business Models and the Single Market, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics delivers a speech at the Academy of European Law (ERA) Conference on European Media Law, in Brussels.

Ms Corina Creţu delivers a keynote speech at the “Smart regions conference”; visits the regional stands with Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska, in Brussels.

Ms Margrethe Vestager meets with representatives of Ringkøbing Skjern City Council, in Brussels.

Vendredi 3 juin

President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Algirdas Butkevičius, Prime Minister of Lithuania.

Mr Frans Timmermans in Stockholm, Sweden: meets with leading companies and NGOs to discuss sustainability and the circular economy.

Ms Federica Mogherini in Paris, France: participates in the International Conference on the Middle East.

Ms Kristalina Georgieva in Sofia, Bulgaria: delivers a keynote speech at the conference “Yes to the Bulgarian Economy”; meets with Mr Stratsi Kulinski, President of the American University in Bulgaria.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in San Francisco, United States of America: meets with Mr Ernest Moniz, US Energy Secretary; visits innovative companies and labs.

Mr Günther Oettinger in Berlin, Germany: meets with Mr Ulrich Schröder, Chairman of the Executive Board of KfW Bankengruppe.

Mr Karmenu Vella in Vienna, Austria: meets with Members of the Austrian Green NGO community; Mr Andrä Rupprechter, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria; participates in the conference: “Sustainable Development Goals for a Green Future: Investing For Future Generations”; visits the headquarters of Borealis AG, a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis meets with a group of Lithuanian stakeholders, in Brussels.

Mr Vytenis Andriukaitis receives Mr Richard Bergström, Director General of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).

Ms Marianne Thyssen and Ms Corina Creţu visit an EU funded-project “Belle-Vue brewery building becomes hotel and tourism training centre”, in Molenbeek, Belgium.

M. Pierre Moscovici à Paris, France: rencontre M. Thierry Mandon, Secrétaire d’Etat chargé de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche.

Mr Phil Hogan in Xi’an, China: participates in the 2016 G20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting.

Mr Jonathan Hill meets Mr Joel Leonoff, President and CEO of Paysafe Group plc, in Brussels.

Mr Tibor Navracsics in Debrecen, Hungary: holds a Citizens’ Dialogue with Mr Szabolcs Takács, Minister of State for EU Affairs.

Ms Margrethe Vestager gives a keynote speech at The Jevons Institute for Competition Law and Economics at UCL 10th Anniversary Colloquium on Global Antitrust Enforcement 10 years and Beyond, in Brussels.

Ms Margrethe Vestager participates in the State Aid High Level Forum.  

 

Samedi 4 juin

Ms Kristalina Georgieva in Elena, Bulgaria: meets with young people from the area in the framework of the “Back to School” initiative.

Mr Maroš Šefčovič in Chicago, United States of America: visits the Argonne National Laboratory.

 

Dimanche 5 juin

Ms Margrethe Vestager in Denmark: gives speeches on Denmark’s Constitution Day in Vejle and Viborg.

 

Prévisions du mois de mai:

30-31/05 Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council, in Brussels.

Prévisions du mois de juin:

06-07/06 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, in Luxembourg.

06-09/06 European Parliament plenary session, in Strasbourg.

09-10/06 Justice and Home Affairs Council, in Luxembourg.

13/06 Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, in Luxembourg.

16/06 Eurogroup, in Luxembourg.

22-23/06 European Parliament plenary session, in Brussels.

28-29/06 European Council, in Brussels.

Permanence DG COMM le WE du 28 au 29 mai:

Mr Ricardo CARDOSO, +32 (0) 460 764 266

Permanence RAPID – GSM: +32 (0) 498 982 748

Service Audiovisuel, planning studio – tél. : +32 (0)229 52123

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State aid: Commission clears €2.13 billion aid to alleviate social and economic impact of closing 26 uncompetitive coal mines in Spain

MIL OSI – Source: European Union –

Headline: State aid: Commission clears €2.13 billion aid to alleviate social and economic impact of closing 26 uncompetitive coal mines in Spain

In April 2016 Spain notified plans to grant public support to the operators of 26 coal mines that are due to be shut down until 2018. The aid aims to ease the closure process by covering production losses of the mines until closure. It will also provide financial support to those workers, who have lost or will lose their jobs due to the closures, by funding severance payments and social security benefits. Furthermore, it will finance the safety and remediation works necessary after the mine closures.

The Commission concluded that the plans are in line with EU state aid rules, in particular Council Decision 2010/787/EU. This allows Member States to cover production losses and certain exceptional costs arising from the closure of uncompetitive coal mines, in order to alleviate the social and environmental impact. This requires in particular that mines receiving such aid must be wound down by the end of 2018 at the latest.

The Spanish authorities have given a commitment to recover any aid from mines that have not been closed by that date.

Background

In December 2010, the Council of the European Union adopted Council Decision 2010/787/EU on state aid to facilitate the closure of uncompetitive coal mines. Under the Decision state support to the coal industry is only allowed to facilitate the closure of a mine by covering production losses and exceptional costs resulting from the closure. The Decision was adopted against the backdrop of the EU policy of encouraging renewable energy sources and a sustainable and safe low-carbon economy and the diminishing role of indigenous coal in the overall energy mix of EU Member States.

Closure aid can cover operational losses subject to certain limits and must be based on an agreed closure plan. The Council Decision requires that a mine receiving closure aid must be wound down by the end of 2018 at the latest.

Aid to cover exceptional costs resulting from closure activities can be paid out even after the closure until 2027 and must also be based on an agreed closure plan.

The non-confidential version of the decision will be made available under the case number SA.34332 in the State Aid Register on the DG Competition website once any confidentiality issues have been resolved. New publications of state aid decisions on the internet and in the Official Journal are listed in the State Aid Weekly e-News.

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