Daily Archives: 13, December 2012

Telenor Norway introduces 4G for mobile

Telenor is the first telecoms operator in Norway to make it possible to use mobile phones on the 4G network. 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Telenor’s 4G network is no longer just for surfing on PCs and tablets. From today you can … Read the full press release

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and its role in the Third Reich

Study illuminates the Foundation’s past between 1925 and 1945 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — What part did the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation as it existed between 1925 and 1945 play in Germany’s foreign policy during the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich? … Read the full press release

Aviation: Kallas seeks pan-European cooperation on Single Sky

Brussels, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas called today on the 44 Director-Generals representatives of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) for full engagement on the implementation of the Single European Sky, and for a positive cooperation between … Read the full press release

Nanostart opens regional office for Deutscher Verband Nanotechnologie in Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main / Saarbrücken, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ —  Nanotechnology venture capital company Nanostart AG is opening a Frankfurt regional office for Deutscher Verband Nanotechnologie (DV Nano) at its headquarters in the German financial capital. The official documents have been signed by … Read the full press release

Investigation against Telenor Norge AS and Telenor ASA by the Competition Authorities

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) and the Norwegian Competition Authority have today initiated an investigation against Telenor Norge AS and Telenor ASA regarding possible abuse of dominant market position and/or possible anti-competitive practices. The investigation is carried … Read the full press release


The financial crisis has shown that national authorities are not fully equipped to deal with failures of banks that operate in today’s global markets. Between October 2008 and October 2011, governments injected EUR 4.5 trillion (37% of EU GDP) of … Read the full press release

Scientists pinpoint great-earthquake hot spots

Map showing subduction zones and oceanic fracture zones. The blue bands are subduction interfaces – the parts of the subduction zone where the subducting plates are physically 'grinding’ against the overriding plates. Coloured in red are the areas where oceanic fracture zones intersect these interfaces, which have higher probability of generating great earthquakes.

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The world’s largest earthquakes occur at subduction zones – locations where a tectonic plate slips under another. But where along these extended subduction areas are great earthquakes most likely to happen? Scientists have now found that regions … Read the full press release

Elections failed to bring Ukraine closer to the EU, say MEPs

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Though the association agenda with Ukraine is still on, the country must prove its commitment to genuine democracy before an agreement can be signed, say MEPs in the light of the unsatisfactory 2012 elections which were meant … Read the full press release

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: 500,000 EUR in additional funding for research in Africa

Sponsorship made possible by the Neville Alexander Memorial Fund 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — To strengthen collaboration between outstanding African and German academics, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has initiated the “Neville Alexander Memorial Fund” with funding from the Federal Ministry of … Read the full press release

ECB President Mario Draghi welcomes the agreement on the SSM

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), welcomes the agreement on the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) reached by the ECOFIN in unanimity. The agreement marks an important step towards a stable economic and monetary union, … Read the full press release

Danone prepares a plan to generate savings and regain its competitive edge in Europe

Paris, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — To address a lasting downturn in the European economy and consumer trends that have led to a significant decline in its sales in the region, Danone is preparing a cost reduction and adaptation plan to win back … Read the full press release

EU and Moldova sign Framework Agreement on participation in EU crisis management operations

Brussels,  13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vladimir Filat, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, signed today a Framework Agreement for the participation of Moldova in EU crisis … Read the full press release

Arianespace’s fourth Soyuz mission a success: Pléiades 1B in orbit

Kourou, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — On Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm local time, Arianespace successfully launched its fourth Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana, orbiting the Pléiades 1B observation satellite for French space agency, CNES. … Read the full press release

Putin’s Russia not yet ready for genuine EU partnership, say MEPs

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Russia can become a strategic partner to the EU only if it shares and upholds EU democratic principles and values, said MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. EU-Russia relations are still suffering from Russia’s failure to … Read the full press release


David Maisel to executive produce upcoming 3D CG-animated feature film, debuting summer 2016 Santa Monica, California, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — On the third anniversary of the release of Angry Birds, Rovio Entertainment announced that Despicable Me producer John Cohen has signed on as producer … Read the full press release

ECB extends the existing swap arrangements with other central banks

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve and the Swiss National Bank are today announcing an extension of the existing temporary US dollar liquidity swap arrangements until 1 February 2014. Previously, … Read the full press release

Sampo’s Christmas donation to support HelsinkiMissio

Sampo's Christmas donation to support HelsinkiMissio

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Sampo plc’s yearly Christmas donation will be used to help families through HelsinkiMissio’s ‘Save a Generation’ project. The donated sum is EUR 10,000. – As a result of our campaign, in just over a month we have … Read the full press release

Albania: yes to EU candidate status but under certain conditions

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Albania should be granted EU candidate status without delay, provided it delivers key reforms in the judiciary, public administration and the functioning of parliament, MEPs said in a vote on Thursday. “We must provide incentives for Albania … Read the full press release

New Wireless Temperature and Humidity Transmitter Features Fastest, Simplest Installation Ever

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Vaisala has launched a new wireless version of its Continuous Monitoring System (CMS)* which allows secure monitoring, alarming and reporting of temperature, relative humidity, CO2, differential pressure, contacts and other critical parameters in Life Science applications. Thanks … Read the full press release

Help EU steel industry, Parliament urges Commission

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The Commission should ensure that EU state aid rules take account of steel industry needs, keep an eye on threatened plants and deliver its promised action plan to help the sector as soon as possible, says Parliament … Read the full press release

ISS and Telenor sign Nordic IFS contract

Telenor, a leading international provider of tele, data and media communication services, and ISS, a leading global provider of facility services, have entered into a strategic partnership. 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Telenor, a leading international provider of tele, data and media … Read the full press release

Statement on commitments from Apple and four publishing groups for sale of e-books

Statement at Midday Briefing / Berlaymont press room / Brussels Brussels 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has just accepted the commitments offered by Apple and four top international publishing groups in relation to suspected infringements on the market for ebooks … Read the full press release

Ban exports of information technology to repressive regimes

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Parliament calls for bans on EU exports of information technology that can be used by repressive regimes to censor information, conduct mass surveillance and track people’s movements in two separate resolutions voted on Tuesday and Thursday. In … Read the full press release

Humboldt Fellows at LMU

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The year 2012 has seen a steady stream of Humboldt Fellows arrive at LMU Munich to work on research projects in collaboration with LMU faculty members. The Fellowship Program sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables … Read the full press release

Eurogroup Statement on Greece

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The Eurogroup formally approved the second disbursement under the second economic adjustment programme for Greece, following the finalisation of the relevant national procedures and after having reviewed the outcome of the debt buy back operation conducted by … Read the full press release

ZDF: Jugendkanal nur mit Auftrag und angemessener Finanzierung

Mainz, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Intendant Dr. Thomas Bellut hat vor dem Fernsehrat in Mainz die Position des ZDF zu einem öffentlich-rechtlichen Jugendkanal erläutert. Bellut: “Wenn ein spezielles Angebot für junge Menschen einen messbaren und nachhaltigen Effekt haben soll, dann muss dafür … Read the full press release

Joint statement on the situation in Ukraine

Strasbourg, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Joint statement on the situation in Ukraine Mr President, Honourable Members, There are many challenges on Ukraine’s road towards political association and economic integration with the European Union. We remain firmly engaged to developing relations with Ukraine, … Read the full press release

Bayer CropScience hosts inaugural Vegetable Future Forum in Monheim

Innovative products from Bayer CropScience help growers meet the highest quality standards and raise the quality of life.

Partnerships key to success of global vegetable food value chain Monheim, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Partnerships are key to the success of the global vegetable food value chain, and Bayer CropScience is committed to leveraging its position to help connect the … Read the full press release

Council agrees position on bank supervision

Brussels, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The Council today¹ set out its position on two proposals aimed at establishing a single supervisory mechanism (SSM) for the oversight of credit institutions. Agreement in the Council will enable the presidency to negotiate with the European Parliament with … Read the full press release

New INSEAD book offers breakthrough insights to win global innovation challenge

Managing Global Innovation provides a fresh model, based on real-world data to harness the power of dispersed knowledge for optimal competitive advantage Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau (France) and Singapore, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — INSEAD, the leading international business school, today announced the … Read the full press release

EU takes key step to provide legal certainty for investors outside Europe

Brussels, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission today welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament and Council of new legislation on bilateral investment agreements. This is a key step in respect of foreign direct investment, which has become an exclusive EU … Read the full press release

Journée Investisseurs consacrée à Elis et Foncia

Eurazeo organise aujourd’hui une journée dédiée à Elis, leader européen de la location entretien de linge et d’habillement professionnel, et à Foncia, leader européen des services à l’habitat, sociétés qu’elle détient respectivement à hauteur de 82,6 % et 33,8 %. … Read the full press release

Airports: groundhandling rules need further debate, say MEPs

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — New rules governing decisions on how best to protect local residents against aircraft noise and allocate take-off and landing fairly and flexibly were approved by MEPs on Wednesday. A proposal to further increase competition among groundhandling service … Read the full press release

More babies survive before 27 weeks, but severe disability rates unchanged

London, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The number of babies born before 27 weeks’ gestation who survive and leave hospital increased between 1995 and 2006, but the proportion who experience serious health problems into childhood remained largely unchanged, according to new research published … Read the full press release

EU scales up humanitarian aid for Sudan and South Sudan by €30 million

Brussels, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Due to the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Sudan and South Sudan, the European Commission is boosting its humanitarian assistance by €30 million for both countries. The main concern is the ever increasing number of refugees and … Read the full press release

University of Liverpool to honour Olympics writer

Frank Cottrell Boyce has achieved widespread success in film, literature and television

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — University to honour Olympics writer. Frank Cottrell Boyce has achieved widespread success in film, literature and television Frank Cottrell Boyce, the acclaimed writer behind the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, will be honoured by the University … Read the full press release

Europcar reshapes its brand

– A new brand positioning “Moving your way” – A new design for the europcar.com website Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Customers the world-over will now be able to enjoy and benefit from a whole new approach to car rental, as … Read the full press release

EP leaders slam “useless” EU summitry ahead of European Council

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — MEPs on Wednesday criticised the “summitry” with which EU leaders are attempting to build economic and monetary union, saying that it was leading nowhere and was far removed from the spirit and ambition which won the EU … Read the full press release

ARTE baut crossmediales Angebot aus ZDF-Intendant Bellut: Kultursender mit Avantgarde im Internet überaus erfolgreich

Mainz, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Der deutsch-französische Kultursender ARTE wird 2013 sein crossmediales Angebot weiter ausbauen. Das kündigte ZDF-Intendant Dr. Thomas Bellut in Mainz an: “ARTE-Produktionen sind Avantgarde, von hoher Qualität und hohem Anspruch. Es gehört zum Programmauftrag des Senders, dieses Angebot … Read the full press release

Electrabel, Group GDF SUEZ, submit conclusions for restart Doel 3 and Tihange 2

13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Over the last few months Electrabel has carried out an in-depth investigation in response to the indications found in the reactor vessels of Doel 3 and Tihange 2. On Wednesday, Electrabel submitted its conclusions and action plan … Read the full press release