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05 / 01 / 2017

 

 

The European Social Fund has helped almost 10 million Europeans to find a job between 2007 and 2014

Today, the European Commission has published an evaluation report of investments under the European Social Fund (ESF) during the 2007-2013 period, with specific reports for each Member State. The report shows that by the end of 2014, at least 9.4 million European residents found a job with support from the Fundand 8.7 million gained a qualification or certificate. Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, said: "Today's report shows that the European Social Fund has, within 7 years, helped millions of Europeans find jobs, acquire extra skills and qualifications. The European Social Fund had an essential role in the functioning of labour markets in all Member States, it helped modernise employment services, supported education systems and general public administration, and supported the most disadvantaged in society. We should now build on this experience to invest in Europe's human capital - workers, young people and all those looking for a job." Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, added: "Today’s evaluation proves that the European Social Fund makes a real difference in the lives of Europeans. It is our main instrument to invest in human capital. Thanks to European support, millions of people have found a job, improved their skills or found their way out of poverty and social exclusion. It is solidarity at its best." TheESF is the EU's oldest fund, created by the Treaty of Rome in 1957, and Europe’s main tool for investing in human capital, by promoting employment and social inclusion. A full press release, a memo as well as country-specific factsheets are available online. (For more information: Christian Wigand – Tel.: +32 229 62253; Joseph Waldstein – Tel.: +32 229 56184)

 

La Commission adopte un nouveau plan pour faciliter la circulation transfrontalière des trains en Europe

Aujourd'hui la Commission Européenne a adopté un nouveau plan de déploiement du système européen de gestion du trafic ferroviaire (de son acronyme anglais ERTMS, pour European Rail Traffic Management System). L'ERTMS permet aux trains de traverser facilement les frontières en replaçant 25 systèmes nationaux de signalisation ferroviaire par un standard commun européen. L'objectif de ce nouveau plan est d'offrir d'avantage de garanties aux entreprises ferroviaires et de faciliter l'investissement afin qu'environ 50% du réseau ferroviaire stratégique européen soit équipé en 2023. La Commissaire aux Transports Violeta Bulc a déclaré à ce sujet: "Le système européen de gestion du trafic ferroviaire, ou ERTMS, contribue directement à la compétitivité et à la sécurité de nos chemins de fer. Le plan de déploiement adopté aujourd'hui prévoit son installation progressive le long du réseau ferré européen. Cela nous rapprochera un peu plus d'un espace ferroviaire unique où les trains peuvent plus facilement traverser les frontières." Plus de détails sur le plan de déploiement sont disponibles ici. Ces deux dernières années, l'Union Européenne a en outre alloué plus de 700 millions d'EUR au déploiement de l'ERTMS dans le cadre du programme d'investissement en infrastructure ("Mécanisme pour l'Interconnexion en Europe"). Plus de détails sur les projets financés sont disponibles ici. (Pour plus d'information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen - Tel.: +32 229 56186; Alexis Perier - Tel.: +32 229 69143)

 

State aid: Commission publishes the non-confidential version of the decision to open an in-depth investigation into Luxembourg's tax treatment of GDF Suez (now Engie)

Today, the Commission has published the non-confidential version of the decision adopted on 19 September 2016 to open an in-depth investigation into Luxembourg's tax treatment of the GDF Suez group (now Engie). The Commission has concerns that several tax rulings issued by Luxembourg may have given GDF Suez an unfair advantage, which are not available to other companies subject to the same national taxation rules in Luxembourg, in breach of EU state aid rules. The decision is available under the case number SA.44888 on the competition website. (For more information: Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

Mergers: Commission clears joint venture by Rheinmetall and Yinlun in automotive sector

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the creation of a joint venture by Rheinmetall AG of Germany and Zhejan Yinlun Machinery Co., Ltd. of China. Rheinmetall is active in the manufacturing and supply of defence equipment and automotive components such as exhaust gas recirculation ("EGR") valves and modules. Yinlun is active, primarily in China, in the manufacturing and supply of automotive components such as EGR coolers. The joint venture will be active in the design, production and sale of EGR modules mainly in China. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns given that the joint venture will not be active within the European Economic Area.The transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8227. (For more information: Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Calsonic Kansei by KKR

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of sole control over Calsonic Kansei Corporation of Japan by KKR of the US. Calsonic Kansei is a global supplier of automotive components such as cockpit modules, climate control systems, engine cooling products, automotive compressors and exhaust systems. KKR owns and manages private equity funds investing in companies active in a variety of sectors. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns because the companies are not active on the same or on related markets. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8317. (For more information: Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194; Yizhou Ren – Tel.: +32 229 94889)

 

EUROSTAT: Les prix à la production industrielle en hausse de 0,3% dans la zone euro et dans l'UE28

En novembre 2016 par rapport à octobre 2016, les prix à la production industrielle ont augmenté de 0,3% tant dans la zone euro (ZE19) que dans l'UE28, selon les estimations d’Eurostat, l’office statistique de l'Union européenne. En octobre 2016, les prix avaient progressé de 0,8% dans la zone euro et de 1,0% dans l'UE28. En novembre 2016 par rapport à novembre 2015, les prix à la production industrielle ont augmenté de 0,1% dans la zone euro et de 0,7% dans l’UE28. Un communiqué presse est disponible ici. (Pour plus d'information: Lucia Caudet – Tel.: +32 229 56182; Mirna Talko – Tel.: +32 229 87278)

 

 

 

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