World Humanitarian Day: EU a world leader in humanitarian assistance

World Humanitarian Day marks the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, when 22 humanitarian workers lost their lives. HR/VP Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Christos Stylianides, made the following statement: “The tragic images of children from Aleppo in Syria sadly show all too clearly the real human suffering of millions of people around the world caught up in humanitarian crises. As the European Union, just yesterday we reiterated the urgent need for all parties to the conflict to restore the cessation of hostilities, ensure the lifting of all sieges and allow sustained, countrywide humanitarian access to those in need in Syria (). And today, on World Humanitarian Day, we pay special tribute to and honour all humanitarian workers around the globe who are working to help people in need. (). The European Union is proud to be a world leader in humanitarian assistance and to have helped more than 134 million victims of natural and man-made disasters across more than 80 countries in 2015.” Read the full statement, the MEMO on EU humanitarian action and watch the video statement by Commissioner Stylianides. (For more information: Alexandre Polack – Tel.: +32 229 90677; Daniel Puglisi -Tel.: +32 229 69140)

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of JF Hillebrand by Cobepa

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of JF Hillebrand Group of Germany by Cobepa of Belgium. JF Hillebrand is a freight-forwarder active on the market for beverage logistics and is composed of three companies: JF Hillebrand, Satellite Logistics Group and TransOcean. Cobepa is an investment company focusing on growth capital investments and buy-out transactions mainly in Europe and North America. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, in particular because the companies are not active in the same markets. 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.8114. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100)

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Dolce & Gabbana’s beauty products licence business by Shiseido

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of the Dolce & Gabbana fragrances, colour cosmetics, and skincare products licence business (‘D&G beauty products licence business’) of Italy by Beaute Prestige International of France, controlled by Shiseido Company of Japan. The D&G beauty products licence business consists of an exclusive worldwide licence to create, develop, manufacture and sell fragrances, colour cosmetics and skincare products under the D&G brand as well as associated assets. Beaute Prestige International creates, produces and distributes perfumes and luxury cosmetics for fashion brands. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns as the combined market share of the two companies on the markets for fragrances, colour cosmetics and skincare products will be limited. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information will be available on the Commission’s competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.8138. (For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100)

Improvement in EU agri-food trade balance

According to the latest monthly report on agricultural trade, the value of EU agri-food exports for the 12-month period from July 2015 to June 2016 amounted to just over Euros 129 billion, a 2.1% increase compared to 2014-2015, with notable improvement in sales to the USA (+ Euros 2.2 billion), China (+ Euros 1.8 billion) and Saudi Arabia (+ Euros 0.6 billion). The sectors which have shown the greatest gains over the 12-month period are pigmeat (+ Euros 986 million), wine (+ Euros 511 million) and live animals (+ Euros 502 million), whereas there was a notable decrease from the value of 2014-2015 exports for raw hides and skins (- Euros 1.1 billion), wheat (- Euros 1.0 billion) and milk powders (- Euros 695 million). Annual agri-food imports rose by 3.5% to Euros 113 billion in 2015-2016, despite a 9.6% drop in the value of imports from Brazil. Tropical fruit, nuts and spices was the sector that showed by far the greatest rise in imports into the EU (+ Euros 1.3 billion), continuing the steady increase seen in recent years, but there were also significant improvement in 2015-2016 for cocoa beans (+ Euros 682 million) and oilseeds other than soya beans (+ Euros 624 million). Figures for the month of June give an export value of Euros 10.9 billion – the highest June value on record – with the monthly net trade surplus rising to Euros 1.39 billion, relative to Euros 870 million in June 2015. (For more information: Enrico Brivio – Tel.: +32 229 56172; Sophie Dupin de Saint-Cyr – Tel.: +32 229 56169)

EUROSTAT: Excedent de 13,1 milliards d’euros des echanges courants de l’UE28

Le compte des operations courantes de la balance des paiements de l’UE28, corrige des variations saisonniAres, a enregistre un excedent de 13,1 milliards d’euros en juin 2016, contre des excedents de 12,4 mrds en mai 2016 et de 9,9 mrds en juin 2015, selon les estimations d’Eurostat, l’office statistique de l’Union europeenne. En juin 2016 par rapport A� mai 2016, base sur des donnees corrigees des variations saisonniAres, l’excedent du compte des services s’est accru (+12,7 mrds d’euros, contre +12,1 mrds), tandis que le deficit du compte des revenus primaires (-3,4 mrds, contre -4,4 mrds) tout comme celui du compte des revenus secondaires (-6,7 mrds d’euros, contre -6,8 mrds) se sont creuses. L’excedent du compte des biens s’est quant A� lui reduit (+10,4 mrds d’euros, contre +11,5 mrds). Sur une periode de 12 mois cumules se finissant en juin 2016, le compte des operations courantes a affiche un excedent de 147,7 mrds d’euros, contre +139,0 mrds pour la periode de 12 mois jusqu’A� juin 2015. L’excedent du compte des biens s’est accru durant cette mA�me periode (+132,8 mrds d’euros, contre +72,5 mrds). L’excedent du compte des services s’est creuse (+140,4 mrds d’euros, contre +148,3 mrds), tandis que le deficit du compte des revenus primaires (-45,1 mrds, contre -9,0 mrds) tout comme celui du compte des revenus secondaires (-80,3 mrds d’euros, contre -72,7 mrds) se sont accrus. Un communique de presse EUROSTAT est disponible en ligne. (Pour plus d’information: Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151)

Source: European Commission

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World Humanitarian Day: EU a world leader in humanitarian assistanceWorld Humanitarian Day marks the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, when 22 humanitarian workers lost their lives. HR/VP Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Christos Stylianides, made the following statement: 'The tragic images of children...