12.05.2021

EU approves Thomson Reuters Blackstone acquisition

The EC said that “the proposed transaction does not raise concerns about reduced competition given the limited market share of companies.”

Thus, the EU authorities approved the acquisition of the financial services and risk assessment Thomson Reuters by Blackstone. A consortium led by Blackstone announced a partnership with Thomson Reuters in January 2018. As part of the deal, the consortium will receive 55% in the new company, 45% will be owned by Thomson Reuters.

Italy blocked the final statement of the EU summit

Italy blocked the adoption of a statement following the EU summit on all topics of the official agenda because of disagreements over the resolution of the migration crisis in Europe.

The official statement of the Council of Europe states: “Since one of the members objected to the final statements, no statements were made at this stage.”

A number of media reported that the final statement on economic, security, defense and a number of other areas was blocked by Italy. In particular, according
to an unnamed source from the Reuters agency in a delegation of one of the countries, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that he would not sign any conclusions of the summit until an agreement was reached on solving the problem of migrants.

Merkel: migrants should not choose their own country

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said migrants arriving in Europe should not choose their country of residence on their own.

“Refugees should not decide which country to stay in,” the chancellor said at a news conference on Friday following the EU summit in Brussels.

Among other decisions taken at the summit, she noted the strengthening of the work of the Fronteks Border Control Agency by EU countries. “We made it clear that we want to strengthen Frontex, namely until 2020,” the German Chancellor said.

Also during the meeting of EU leaders, it was decided to allocate the second tranche of Turkey.

In addition, it became known that the summit agreed on the establishment of centers for the departure of migrants outside the EU. “It was a long discussion, and there are still different approaches in the EU, but I am glad that there are many countries that agree that we should reduce our flows to Europe. This is not only the Visegrad group, but also the Netherlands, Denmark, Bulgaria. … We are pleased that for the first time we were able to provide unloading centers outside the EU. For a long time we demanded that such security zones or landing centers exist outside Europe, and this idea came true, ”Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz told reporters.

EU leaders agree on migration

The heads of state and government of 28 EU countries reached an agreement on the migration crisis. This was the result of almost 15-hour negotiations at the summit in Brussels, said Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel.

“The migration deal has been reached,” the Prime Minister of Luxembourg told reporters.

The information that the summit participants nevertheless agreed was confirmed by the Head of the European Council Donald Tusk. “The heads of 28 countries agreed on the conclusions of the summit, including migration,” he wrote on his Twitter.

The day before, serious disagreements arose during the negotiations. Italy blocked the final statement of the EU summit, disagreeing with decisions on migration policy.

In anticipation of the summit, French President Emmanuel Macron emphasized that the migration crisis in Europe has long been political.

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