Daily Archives: 11, December 2012

Parliament approves EU unitary patent rules

11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — EU inventors will soon be able to get a unitary patent at last. After over 30 years of talks, a new regime will cut the cost of an EU patent by up to 80%, making it more … Read the full press release


Lunes, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — La Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) advierte sobre las compañías ASCOT MANAGEMENT SERVICES LTD. (WWW.ASCOTMANAGEMENTSERVICES.COM) y ASCOT ENERGY SERVICES LTD. (WWW.ASCOTENERGYSERVICES.COM). La CNMV pone de manifiesto que dichas sociedades no figuran inscritas en el correspondiente … Read the full press release

Parliament calls for immediate action to tackle antimicrobial resistance

11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Bacteria that are resistant to antimicrobial drugs cause 25,000 deaths a year in the EU, Iceland and Norway. Urgent action must be taken to fight them, by developing new drugs, using existing ones more carefully and improving … Read the full press release

Life expectancy gap between rich and poor set to increase over next ten years

Decreasing unemployment and increasing household income were both found to significantly increase male and female life expectancy 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Research by the University of Liverpool found that local authorities in England that saw the greatest rise in prosperity between 1998-2007 experienced … Read the full press release

Philippines: European Commission provides €3 million in rapid aid to victims of Typhoon Bopha

Brussels, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Following the five-day passage of Typhoon Bopha across the Philippines last week and an assessment that has identified large-scale humanitarian needs, the European Commission today released €3 million to provide emergency assistance to those worst affected, targeting … Read the full press release

LGT Capital Partners backs private equity team spinning off from KBC

11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — KBC Private Equity NV (‘KBC PE’) has reached agreement with KeBeK I, a newly established private equity investment fund managed by KeBeK Management NV, regarding the sale of the major part of KBC PE’s remaining private equity portfolio. Today’s announcement … Read the full press release

EEAS and Spain sign Memorandum of Understanding to establish Spanish Embassy on premises of EU Delegation to Yemen

Brussels, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — On 10 December 2012, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the European External Action Service and Spain. This agreement will establish the Spanish Embassy within the premises of the EU Delegation to Yemen. All the Staff … Read the full press release

Light pulses to control electrical signals: 10,000 times faster than electronic transistors

A nanometer-scale dielectric switching circuit driven by visible light – Illustration: Dr. Christian Hackenberger, LMU Muenchen

11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Up to 100 billion switching operations per second is the maximum speed of today’s silicon transistors. In two basic experiments Munich scientists have shown that non-conductive materials may be used for similar switching – with the help … Read the full press release

Council adopts EU-wide rules on the marketing and use of explosives precursors

Brussels, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The Council adopted today a regulation (PE-CONS 48/12) on the marketing and use of explosives precursors. The new rules address the problem of the misuse of certain chemicals that are explosives precursors for the illicit manufacture of … Read the full press release

Digital Agenda: Commission suspends Czech proposal to regulate wholesale termination rates

Brussels, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has expressed serious doubts about a new proposal from the Czech telecoms regulator (ČTÚ) regarding termination rates which would negatively affect consumers in the Czech Republic. The prices proposed by ČTÚ for certain termination … Read the full press release

KBC maakt het volgende bekend


Alternative to fullerenes in organic solar cells – just as exciting

Professor Alessandro Troisi

11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — An insight into the properties of fullerene is set to open the door to a new class of electronic acceptors which can be used to build better and cheaper organic solar cells. Organic solar cells have advanced … Read the full press release

“From war to peace: a European tale”

Address by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council & José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize Award to the European Union/Oslo Oslo, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — [President Van Rompuy takes the floor] … Read the full press release

KeBeK I verwerft een belangrijk deel van de resterende portefeuille van KBC Private Equity

KeBeK I wordt opgericht door de nieuwe beheersvennootschap KeBeK Management met de steun van LGT Capital Partners 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — KBC  Private Equity NV  (KBC  PE) heeft een akkoord  bereikt over de verkoop van het merendeel  van  zijn  resterende portefeuille aan  het pas … Read the full press release

Budgets committee confirms deal on 2012/2013 budget package

11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Six billion Euros to pay bills in 2012, priority for growth and jobs in next year’s budget and a strategy for dealing with payment shortfalls in 2013. These are the main parts of the budget package formally … Read the full press release

New model for in vivo studies of mitochondria transport in nerve cells

Zebrafish head with labeled axon membranes (yellow) and mitochondria (cyan) - Image: L. Godinho and T. Misgeld, TUM

See-through “MitoFish” opens a new window on brain diseases 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Scientists have demonstrated a new way to investigate mechanisms at work in Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, which also could prove useful in the search for effective drugs. … Read the full press release

Doha Climate Conference takes modest step towards a global climate deal in 2015

Doha, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Union welcomes today’s outcome of the Doha climate conference which lays the basis for more ambitious international action against climate change in the short term, paves the way for a new global climate agreement to … Read the full press release

More funds do not mean more growth for the EU, according to leading economist

Economist Professor Sascha Becker

11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Economist Professor Sascha Becker presented a Chatham House paper today (Thurs) on the future of EU Structural Funds. Professor Becker is Deputy Director at Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, based in the Department of … Read the full press release

Statement by President Barroso on the Nobel Peace Prize

José Manuel Durão Barroso – President of the European Commission Nobel Peace Prize Press Conference/Oslo Oslo, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — I am very happy to have arrived in Oslo today. Being here to jointly receive this award on behalf of the European Union … Read the full press release

Poolse financiële toezichthouder KNF keurt fusie van Kredyt Bank en Bank Zachodni WBK goed

Warschau, Brussel – 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Vandaag heeft de Poolse financiële toezichthouder (Komisja Nadzoru Finansowego) de fusie goedgekeurd van Kredyt Bank en Bank Zachodni WBK, de Poolse bankdochters van respectievelijk KBC en Banco Santander. Beide banken zijn genoteerd aan de beurs … Read the full press release

Etika recherche des projets durables au Luxembourg

Etika recherche des projets durables au Luxembourg

Appel à candidature pour projets alternatifs 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — L’association de promotion de la finance sociale va récompenser début 2013 pour la troisième année consécutive des initiatives innovantes présentes au Luxembourg par deux prix de 2.000 euros chacun. Deux catégories … Read the full press release

Sakharov representatives to debate Iran with MEPs

11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The foreign affairs and development committees and the human rights subcommittee will meet the representatives of the 2012 Sakharov prize laureates at 18.30, on Monday, in room LOW N1.4, to discuss the human rights situation in Iran. … Read the full press release

Iron supplements reduce ADHD in low birth weight infants

In a study published today in Pediatrics, scientists at Umeå University conclude that giving iron supplements to low birth weight infants reduces the risk of behavior problems like ADHD later in life. 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The study, Effects of Iron Supplementation … Read the full press release

Agfa HealthCare wins Uzbekistan Ministry of Health tender financed by the World Bank

CR 30-X

First project in Uzbekistan for Agfa HealthCare includes 115 CR 30-X digitizers with DRYSTAR 5300 imagers • Tender is part of project to modernize diagnostic equipment in Uzbekistan. • Agfa HealthCare’s bid best met the tender’s requirements. Mortsel, Belgium, 11-12-2012 — … Read the full press release

President Barroso congratulates President Grybauskaitė of Lithuania on Charlemagne Prize award 2013

Brussels, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — It is with great satisfaction that I received the news of President Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania being awarded the prestigious Charlemagne Prize in 2013. Dalia Grybauskaitė has eminently contributed to the integration of the Baltic countries in the European Union and … Read the full press release

European Research Council recognizes TUM researchers

Multi-million euro funding for research 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Dedication to top-level research pays off. The European Research Council (ERC) has again awarded generous grants to scientists at Technische Universität München (TUM). Six researchers have been singled out for their cutting-edge … Read the full press release

Eurosystem and Latin American central banks hold sixth high-level seminar

11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Governors and high-level representatives of the Eurosystem and Latin American central banks and other regional financial organisations met in Santiago de Chile for the sixth high-level seminar to discuss macroeconomic policies, global liquidity and sovereign risk. The … Read the full press release

Digital Agenda – European Commission raises serious doubts over contradictory Polish proposal on broadband market

Brussels, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has expressed serious doubts over plans by the Polish telecoms regulator UKE to deregulate part of the Polish wholesale broadband access market. UKE’s proposal is based on an out-dated market assessment from March 2011. … Read the full press release

Umeå University inaugurates Sweden’s first Arctic Research Centre

On 12 December, Umeå University will inaugurate the Arctic Research Centre “Arcum”. Now all Arctic countries have such a research centre. World-famous scientists such as Robert W. Corell, who was a climate adviser to Al Gore, are involved in the … Read the full press release

University of Helsinki – Equal before the law

Equal before the law

University of Helsinki students of law are involved in a project to establish legal aid offices in Central Asia for women, the young, and people with disabilities. 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and implemented by the Eurasia … Read the full press release

Succesvolle prijszetting van KBC’s eerste benchmarkuitgifte van obligaties, gedekt door Belgische hypotheekleningen

Vandaag lanceerde KBC met veel succes een benchmarkuitgifte van door hypotheekleningen gedekte obligaties, voor KBC de eerste emissie van zulke gedekte obligaties. 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — De emissie van gedekte obligaties voor een bedrag van 1,25 miljard euro komt op 11 … Read the full press release

EIB and Banco BPI: EUR 300m for SMEs and midcaps in Portugal

11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Building upon a long-standing and fruitful cooperation between the two institutions, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 300 million loan to Banco BPI to finance small and medium-sized projects throughout Portugal mainly undertaken by … Read the full press release