Monthly Archives: December 2016

New York’s Health Agency (NYSDOH) Cited in Iraq War’s Blowback

NEW YORK, 31-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — As the Iraq War’s official end on December 18, 2011 marks its fifth anniversary, many questions remain on its fallouts. New York’s French-American community is one of them, as it remembers its blacklisting when … Read the full press release

Eni signs two new concession agreements for the North El Hammad and North Ras El Esh in Egyptian Mediterranean Sea

San Donato Milanese (Milan), 30-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — San Donato Milanese (Milan), 27 December 2016 – Eni signed today two new concession agreements for the North El Hammad and North Ras El Esh, located in the shallow waters in Egyptian Mediterranean … Read the full press release

Belgium National Bank to keep the countercyclical buffer percentage for credit risk exposures to counterparties on Belgian territory at 0 % for 1Q2017

BRUSSELS, 30-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — As of 1 January 2016, the countercyclical capital buffer (CCyB) came into effect. In principle, the percentage rate of this buffer must lie somewhere between zero and 2.5 % of the credit institutions’ risk-weighted assets, but can be … Read the full press release

TÜV Rheinland on New Year’s Eve fireworks: Only tested fireworks are allowed in the EU

COLOGNE, 29-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — On no other day in the year are the fire service and emergency services in demand as much as they are on New Year’s Eve. Careless use of fireworks is frequently the cause of fires and … Read the full press release

Visionary electric concept vehicle Rinspeed Oasis to feature a number of technologies from ZF at the 2017 CES

“Intelligent Rolling Chassis” (IRC) from ZF offers highly flexible platform for urban electric vehicles IRC installed for the first time in the “Oasis” HMI functions can help expand steering wheel and occupant safety system operation during automated driving FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, 29-Dec-2016 … Read the full press release

Deutsche Telekom: 5G differentiators have become more tangible over the course of 2016

Deutsche Telekom further shapes and influences 5G development in 2016 Network Slicing can enable ultra low latency or very high speed connections over the same infrastructure Commercialization of NB-IoT is expected to be the biggest trend in 2017 BONN, 29-Dec-2016 … Read the full press release

Over 50 quality, innovation, design, connectivity and sustainability awards for BMW in 2016

MUNICH, 29-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — As 2016 comes to a close, BMW is able to look back on a highly successful year with well over 50 national and international awards and distinctions. As in the past, vehicles of the brand were … Read the full press release

Volkswagen Group expands its know-how in artificial intelligence, big data, virtual reality, smart production and connectivity

Volkswagen Group expands IT know-how in future-oriented areas HR Board Member Blessing: “We are adding top people to team for digitalization.” CIO Hofmann: “Nowhere is IT more exciting than at Volkswagen!” WOLFSBURG, 29-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — The Volkswagen Group is reinforcing … Read the full press release

5.2m vehicles and 75m m³ of production material for Europe and exports handled and dispatched by Volkswagen Group Logistics in 2016

2016: More than 5 million vehicles and about 75 million m³ of production material shipped for Europe and exports Future fields of action defined WOLFSBURG, 29-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — In 2016, Volkswagen Group Logistics played a key role in achieving the … Read the full press release

Gamesa will build 20-MW wind farm for Villar Mir Energía, the Villar Mir Group’s energy division

The company will supply 10 of its G114-2.0 MW turbines at the Valiente wind farm located in the province of Huesca. Zamudio, Spain, 29-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Gamesa is exhibiting its strategic commitment to the Spanish market, having secured its first … Read the full press release

SMEs in Germany optimistic about 2017 – KfW-ifo SME Barometer

Confidence rises among SMEs and large enterprises Domestic demand remains sound as companies hope for a recovery of export markets Upswing will enter fourth year under difficult conditions FRANKFURT AM MAIN, 29-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Small and medium-sized enterprises in … Read the full press release

Nemetschek to acquire 100% of the shares of dRofus AS of Oslo, Norway

dRofus is a leading software provider for BIM-based program, equipment and data management for the building industry High-level strategic fit to address the needs of building owners more strongly Considerable growth opportunities as a result of owner’s increasing focus on … Read the full press release

Piraeus Bank sold stake in its subsidiary Piraeus Bank Cyprus Ltd. to Holding M. Sehnaoui SAL

ATHENS, 29-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Piraeus Bank (“Piraeus Bank” or the “Group”), after having received all required approvals from the regulatory authorities and the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund, announces the completion of the sale of a stake held in its subsidiary … Read the full press release

UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions and SIA close the €500 million sale of the card processing activities in Italy, Germany and Austria

MILAN, 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Following the press release issued on August 3rd 2016, UniCredit Business Integrated Solutions (Ubis) and SIA have  closed the sale of the card processing activities in Italy, Germany and Austria for a consideration of €500 million in … Read the full press release

Social Mobility Commission: Achievements at school not being translated into labour market success is broken social mobility promise

Poor white boys do worse in schools but black and Asian Muslim young people, girls especially, do worse for jobs. LONDON, 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — In response to new research launched today, the Rt Hon Alan Milburn, chair of the Social … Read the full press release

Public Health England analysis: modern life taking its toll on health

PHE’s One You campaign is helping middle age people live more healthily by asking ‘How are you?’ and providing free support and tools. LONDON, 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Eight out of 10 of the middle aged either weigh too much, drink … Read the full press release

New Channel 4 television programme ‘Arrivals’ filmed exclusively at Heathrow

Airs: 7pm on Wednesday 28 December on Channel 4 LONDON, 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — The warmth of a welcome home has been captured in a new Channel 4 television programme ‘Arrivals’, filmed exclusively at Heathrow. The one-hour programme, narrated by … Read the full press release

Kaspersky Lab uncovered a remarkable evolution in Android OS malware: the Switcher Trojan

Newly-discovered Trojan uses unsuspecting Android device users as tools to redirect traffic from WiFi-connected devices to websites controlled by the attackers MOSCOW, 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Kaspersky Lab experts have uncovered a remarkable evolution in Android OS malware: the Switcher Trojan. … Read the full press release

ERG Services S.p.A. merged into ERG S.p.A.

GENOA, 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Notice is hereby given that the deed of merger by incorporation of ERG Services S.p.A. into ERG S.p.A., signed on 21 December 2016, has been filed today with the Companies’ Register at the Genoa Chamber of … Read the full press release

Neste to acquire former biodiesel plant in Sluiskil in the Netherlands from Electrawinds ReFuel B.V.

Neste to acquire pre-treatment and storage capacity for renewable raw materials in the Netherlands as part of the company’s growth program HELSINKI, 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Neste has signed an agreement with Electrawinds ReFuel B.V. on the acquisition of a former … Read the full press release

SGS: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issue rules for functional foods and health supplements

NEWARK, NJ, U.S.A., 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — On November 24, 2016 Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued its rules on health supplements, nutraceuticals, foods for special dietary use, food for special medical purpose, functional food and novel food … Read the full press release

Sovcomflot’s Arctic shuttle tanker Shturman Albanov first to receive a Polar Ship Certificate by Russian Maritime Register of Shipping

SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, 28-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Shturman Albanov, Sovcomflot’s unique Arctic shuttle tanker, was the first to receive a Polar Ship Certificate. This Certificate confirms the vessel’s compliance with the requirements of the Polar Code, to take effect on January … Read the full press release

Leonardo-Finmeccanica acquires full control of Sistemi Dinamici S.p.A from IDS S.p.A

•    Mauro Moretti: “The acquisition is a testament to the quality of our investments in the field of unmanned systems, a sector with high added value in which Leonardo is a leader in Europe” •    With this action Leonardo acquires … Read the full press release

Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) starts disclosing its purchases of green bonds

HELSINKI, 27-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — NIB starts disclosing its purchases of green bonds. First eight transactions have been published on the Bank’s website. Information on purchases made so far is available on this page. This page has been established in the … Read the full press release

NIB to co-finance advanced metering system and upgrades to the electricity networks in Nord-Trøndelag County, Norway

NIB has signed a 15-year loan agreement with NTE (Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk Holding AS) to co-finance the roll-out of an advanced metering system (AMS) and upgrades to the electricity networks in Nord-Trøndelag County, Norway. HELSINKI, 27-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — NTE will install … Read the full press release

NIB and Sparbanken Skåne launch EUR 52M loan programme for on-lending to SMEs

NIB and Sweden’s Sparbanken Skåne have agreed on a loan programme totalling SEK 500 million (EUR 52 million) for on-lending to SMEs, small mid-caps, and environmental projects. HELSINKI, 27-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — The seven-year facility will finance SME and small mid-cap investments in a broad … Read the full press release

CapMan Plc to issue 56,967,318 new CapMan shares to Norvestia Oyj’s shareholders

This stock exchange release may not be published or distributed, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in or into or to any person located or a resident of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, … Read the full press release

Eurowings selects Inmarsat advanced new GX for Aviation in-flight broadband solution

Initial installations already completed for latest airline customer from Lufthansa Group LONDON, 27-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Inmarsat (ISAT.L) announced today that Eurowings is the latest airline from the Lufthansa Group to select its advanced new GX for Aviation in-flight broadband … Read the full press release

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress the winner of 2016 Homeland Security Awards for “Best Satellite-Based Broad Band Communications” solution category

Winner of the “Best Satellite-Based Broad Band Communications” solution category LONDON, 27-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) today announced that Government Security News (GSN) has selected Global Xpress as the winner of the 2016 Homeland Security Awards for “Best Satellite-Based Broad … Read the full press release

EBRD extends €24 million stand-by credit line to the Deposit Insurance Fund of Kosovo (DIFK)

€24 million to further strengthen financial sector and investment climate LONDON, 27-Dec-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending a €24 million stand-by credit line to the Deposit Insurance Fund of Kosovo (DIFK), an independent … Read the full press release