OPP Meeting Summary: EP ENVI Committee – Vote on Import of feed and food originating in or consigned from Japan following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station (7 September 2017)

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Agenda: Working Party of Veterinary Experts (Potsdam Group) (19 September 2017)

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Press Release: Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Japan Renewable Energy by Colindale and Goldman Sachs

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of joint control over Japan Renewable Energy Corporation (JRE) of Japan by Colindale Investment Private Limited, indirectly controlled by GIC Private Limited both of Singapore, and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. of the US. JRE is a developer, owner and operator of renewable energy projects in Japan. Colindale is an investment vehicle of GIC which manages a diversified global portfolio of investments in private equity, venture capital and infrastructure funds, as well as direct investments in private companies. Goldman Sachs is a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm. The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns as JRE is active only in Japan. 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.8596(For more information: Ricardo Cardoso – Tel.: +32 229 80100; Maria Sarantopoulou – Tel.: +32 229 13740)

Source: European Commission

Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (6 September 2017)

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Agenda: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) (8 September 2017)

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Speech: Commissioner Vestager on “Making the most of Europe’s strengths”

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Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (7 September 2017)

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Study: Fisheries in Japan

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Working Document: EP PECH Committee on Fisheries in Japan

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Monitoring EU Agri-Food Trade: Development until June 2017

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Letter and Reply: AAPC, ACEA and Auto Alliance regarding Building on TTIP: Regulatory Convergence in the Automobile Sector

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Merger Case: M.7178 SUNTORY / BEAM

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Written Answer to a Question: Dairy exports, car imports and the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan

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Agenda: EP INTA Committee Meeting (30-31 August 2017)

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Written Answer to a Question: Amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/6

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Official Journal (C Series): Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.8422 — ChemChina/AKC/JVs)

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EU Fact Sheet: The European Union and its trade partners

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Press Release: Mergers: Commission clears creation of joint-venture between ChemChina and AKC

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control by China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) of China, and Asahi Kasei Corporation (AKC) of Japan, over two newly created companies constituting a joint venture. The joint venture will be active in the research, development, production, marketing, and sale of a number of chemical products in China. ChemChina is active worldwide in the production of a wide range of chemical products. AKC is active worldwide in the production of fibres, chemical products, electronics materials, pharmaceutical products, medical devices and housing. The Commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns because the joint venture has no actual or foreseen activities in the European Economic Area. The transaction 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.8422. (For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Maria Sarantopoulou – Tel.: +32 229 13740)

Source: European Commission

Written Answer to a Question: Transparency in connection with the Japan-EU free trade agreement Jefta

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Event: 14th Asia Europe Economic Forum (AEEF) (Seoul, 20-21 September 2017)

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Fourteenth Report – Overview of third country trade defence actions against the European Union for the year 2016

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Official Journal (C Series): Information Notice — Public Consultation — Geographical indications from Japan

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Press Release: New trade figures confirm solid performance of European agri-food exports

The Commission has published today its monthly agri-food trade report featuring a highlight on the agreement the EU and Japan reached in principle on an Economic Partnership Agreement. The report shows that the total value of EU agri-food exports increased by 9% in May 2017 compared to last year. Monthly exports particularly increased for the US, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Russia and Korea. Between June 2016 and May 2017, EU agri-food exports reached a value of € 131.8 billion, corresponding to a sustained increase by 2.6%. Despite a reduction in pig meats exports in the March-May 2017 period, the export performance increased significantly over the last twelve months by 17%. By sector, the highest export growth for May 2017 came in wine, infant food, fatty acids, and milk powders. Monthly values for EU agri-food imports also increased in May 2017 by 13% resulting in a total net trade balance of + € 675 million. In light of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, the report’s focus section zooms into the agri-trade relationship between the two partners. The agreement will be the most successful one ever achieved in agriculture, providing EU exporters with better opportunities. Already ranking as 4th biggest exporter to Japan, the EU is likely to become the most significant agri-trade partner for Japan with products such as pork meat, wine, cheese and spirits. The full report is online(For more information: Daniel Rosario – Tel.: + 32 229 56185; Kinga Malinowska- Tel.: +32 229 51383)

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Source: European Commission

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