Monthly Archives: March 2016

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed Hutchison/VimpelCom joint venture in Italy

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed joint venture between the telecommunications activities of Hutchison and VimpelCom in Italy is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission has concerns that the transaction … Continue reading

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Q&A: EU to provide milk to 350,000 children in Syria

Q&A: EU to provide milk to 350,000 children in Syria Which specific country is targeted? And what is the target population? The main target population consists of approximately 350 000 school children inside Syria benefiting from an ongoing school snacks … Continue reading

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Press remarks by Commissioner Avramopoulos at the UNCHR high-level meeting on global responsibility sharing for Syrian refugees

Today is a very important event to step up international efforts in managing the refugee crisis. This morning, we heard first how this affects the immediate neighbouring countries and the Herculean efforts they are making to provide assistance to the … Continue reading

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Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva attends the inauguration of Central African Republic’s President on March 30

Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva will attend the inauguration of Faustin-Archange Touadera, President-elect of the Central African Republic (CAR), on 30 March. Her participation is a sign of the commitment of the European Union towards the country, which is recovering from the … Continue reading

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The SME Initiative comes to Romania: new opportunities for economic growth and jobs

Today, the European Commission welcomes the adoption of the operational programme “SME Initiative” for Romania to implement the SME Initiative in Romania. This innovative instrument will unlock up to 400 million euro of lending for Romanian small businesses. Corina Creţu, … Continue reading

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Refugee crisis: Commission supports aid deliveries to Greece via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

Today, two trucks have arrived in Greece loaded with 150 electric heaters, 100 beds, 50 tents, 150 fire alarms, 32 fire extinguishers and 500 blankets provided by Sweden, as well as 100 field beds and 1000 pillows offered by Germany, … Continue reading

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Statement by Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc on the one-year anniversary of the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525

“Today marks the one year anniversary of the Germanwings disaster and the tragic loss of 150 lives. On this day, all my thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. On behalf of the entire European Commission, I … Continue reading

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Remarks by Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva at the Readout of the College Meeting on 23 March

Yesterday terrorists hit at the heart of Europe, our city, Brussels. Innocent people were killed and injured. Among those treated for their injuries are three of our colleagues from the Commission. Our thoughts are with the victims of these attacks … Continue reading

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Implementation of the European Agenda on Security: Questions & Answers

The European Commission adopted the European Agenda on Security on 28 April 2015, setting out the main actions envisaged to ensure an effective EU response to security threats over the period 2015-2020. Since its adoption, significant progress has been made … Continue reading

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Mergers: Commission approves Statoil Fuel and Retail’s takeover of Shell’s Dansk Fuels, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Shell’s Danish retail and wholesale fuels business, Dansk Fuels, by Alimentation Couche-Tard of Canada, which operates in Denmark under the Statoil brand via its subsidiary Statoil … Continue reading

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