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“La lettre B” N° 2 – February 2020

EU PARLIAMENT

EP priorities for the post-2020 EU budget

In the meeting in Brussels, MEPs reiterated their call for an ambitious multiannual financial framework (MFF) that ensures the continuity of the EU’s main policies, like the cohesion and agricultural policies. They insisted on boosting priority areas like climate action, digitalisation, support for young people (Erasmus+, youth employment) and for SMEs as well as migration and security. The geopolitical role of the EU should also be strengthened. After the EP plenary debate on 12 February, the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027 will be on the agenda of a special meeting of the European Council (member states) starting on 20 February. The MEPs also discussed the state of play of talks between member states with Mr Michel, who prepares and chairs the Council meeting. The member states have to agree on a common position in order to start negotiating with Parliament and find an agreement in time for the MFF to start in January 2021. The EP has to give its consent to the next long-term EU budget: Read More→

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“Una nuova alba per l’Europa” – lettera aperta dei presidenti dell’UE

Stasera il sole tramonterà su oltre 45 anni di presenza del Regno Unito nell’Unione europea. Oggi sarà inevitabilmente una giornata di riflessione e di emozioni contrastanti per noi presidenti delle tre principali istituzioni dell’Unione europea, ma anche per tante altre persone. Il nostro pensiero va a tutti coloro che hanno contribuito a fare dell’Unione europea ciò che è. A coloro che sono preoccupati per il loro futuro o delusi di vedere andarsene il Regno Unito. Ai membri britannici delle nostre istituzioni che hanno contribuito a plasmare politiche che hanno migliorato la vita di milioni di europei. Il nostro pensiero va al Regno Unito e ai suoi cittadini, alla loro creatività, al loro ingegno, alla loro cultura e alle loro tradizioni, che sono stati parte integrante del tessuto europeo. Queste emozioni rispecchiano il nostro affetto per il Regno Unito, un sentire che va ben oltre l’appartenenza alla nostra Unione. La decisione del Regno Unito di andarsene ci rattrista profondamente, ma l’abbiamo sempre pienamente rispettata. Read More→

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ECONOMY

Industrial producer prices stable in both euro area and EU27

In December 2019, compared with November 2019, industrial producer prices remained stable in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU27, according to estimates from Eurostat. In November 2019, prices increased by 0.1% in the euro area and by 0.2% in the EU27. In December 2019, compared with December 2018, industrial producer prices decreased by 0.7% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU27. The average industrial producer prices for the year 2019, compared with 2018, increased by 0.7% in the euro area and by 0.9% in the EU27. Read More→

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COMPETITION

La Commission ouvre une enquête approfondie sur le projet GrandVision/EssilorLuxottica

La Commission européenne a ouvert une enquête approfondie en vue de l’appréciation du projet d’acquisition de GrandVision par EssilorLuxottica à la lumière du règlement de l’UE sur les concentrations. La Commission craint que la concentration ne réduise la concurrence sur le marché de la fourniture en gros de verres ophtalmiques et d’articles de lunetterie, ainsi que sur celui de la fourniture au détail d’articles optiques. Margrethe Vestager, vice-présidente exécutive chargée de la politique de concurrence, s’est exprimée en ces termes: «EssilorLuxottica est le premier fournisseur mondial d’articles de lunetterie et GrandVision, la plus grande chaîne européenne de vente au détail d’articles optiques. Nous devons examiner attentivement si la concentration envisagée conduirait, sur ce marché en pleine consolidation, à des prix plus élevés ou à un choix plus restreint pour les consommateurs se rendant chez leur opticien local.» Read More→

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