Daily Archives: 20, December 2012

Climate action: Commission awards EUR 1.2 billion to kick-start 23 innovative renewable energy projects

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission today awarded over €1.2 billion funding to 23 highly innovative renewable energy demonstration projects under the first call for proposals for the so-called NER300 funding programme. Projects will be co-financed with revenues obtained from … Read the full press release

The person inside the present: Narcissists buy to big themselves up

20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Christmas is around the corner and many of us will be thinking of what to buy our loved ones (or ourselves!) this festive holiday. But what is the psychology behind gift-giving? Early results from research led by … Read the full press release

Youth unemployment: EU cities and regions’ contribution debated at “Youth on the Move” conference

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Mr. Ramón Luis Valcárcel, President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR), emphasised that “local and regional authorities’ support and expertise are crucial for the successful implementation of measures to fight youth unemployment” during the “Youth on … Read the full press release


Free, fast WiFi with The Cloud arrives at 30 train stations for improved customer experience  20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — East Midlands Trains, part of the Stagecoach Group, has today (20 December 2012) announced it will be offering free WiFi for rail … Read the full press release

EU to join efforts with the World Bank to develop water and energy in Central Asia

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Today, EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will announce a grant to the World Bank Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) in support of water and energy in Central Asia. The signing of the contribution agreement will take … Read the full press release

EIB bolsters entrepreneurship in Turkey with EUR 100 million in tandem with ING

20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Investment Bank (EIB) entered today in a EUR 100 million agreement with the ING Bank Turkey A.S. in favour of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-sized companies (mid-caps) in Turkey. This is the … Read the full press release

EDPS: Status of DPOs is key to safeguarding data protection rights

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Yesterday, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published his Report on the Status of Data Protection Officers (DPOs) as part of his ongoing task to monitor the compliance of EU institutions and bodies with Article 24 of the European Data … Read the full press release

Swiss National Bank opens branch in Singapore

Zurich, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Against the background of the sharp expansion in foreign exchange reserves and the growing importance of Asian financial markets, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) has decided to open a branch in Singapore, to ensure a more efficient … Read the full press release

Copyright: Commission urges industry to deliver innovative solutions for greater access to online content

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has today adopted a Communication which sets out parallel tracks of action to be undertaken during this Commission’s term of office to ensure that the EU’s copyright framework stays fit for purpose in the … Read the full press release

Great Britain’s golden year of sport reflected in record attendances and viewing figures

Attendances at professional sports events in the UK reached 75m in 2012; Spectacular Olympic and Paralympic viewing figures underpin sporting dominance of 2012 television ratings. 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The UK’s amazing year of sport was reflected in attendances of over … Read the full press release

Environment Committee backs plan to reduce motor vehicle noise

Motor vehicle noise limits must be lowered drastically to protect the health of EU citizens, said Environment Committee MEPs who approved an update of the relevant legislation on Tuesday by 30 votes to 27, with two abstentions. They also recommended … Read the full press release

Britons have a ‘hospital only’ mentality

Two-thirds of citizens do not trust their local doctor, while 11 per cent said they had called an ambulance to go to hospital when a visit to the doctor would have sufficed 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Nearly two-thirds of Britons no … Read the full press release

Austria and Belgium given more time to justify quotas

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has decided today to extend its suspension of legal action against Austria and Belgium over their quota restrictions on the number of non-nationals permitted to enrol on degree courses for doctors, dentists, physiotherapists and … Read the full press release

EIB supports upgrade of Warsaw Metro with EUR 139 million

20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending PLN 555 million (some EUR 139 million) to finance the purchase of new rolling stock for Warsaw’s metro. The EIB loan will support the purchase of 35 metro trains and foster … Read the full press release

Passenger rights: Europeans better protected when travelling by water

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — By the end of the year new EU rules to better care for passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterway will be protected by a set of minimum rights anywhere within the European Union. As from … Read the full press release

Deloitte comments on release of FATCA guidance notes

20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — HMRC has issued draft guidance notes on the UK FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement together with its response to the FATCA Consultation Document. Chris Tragheim, tax partner at Deloitte, said: “Financial services companies have been awaiting this draft guidance so that they can … Read the full press release

Fast-track approval for Trans-European energy network projects

Corridors for Trans-European energy network projects and the criteria that they must meet to qualify for fast-track approval are set out in a draft regulation endorsed by the Energy Committee on Tuesday. The corridors and criteria deal was struck informally … Read the full press release

Environment: €40 million for innovations in water

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — An important step was taken today in developing solutions for the major challenges Europe faces in managing water. The Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP) adopted by the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water, chaired by Environment Commissioner Janez … Read the full press release

New Directorate for Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”

Sinologist Barbara Mittler and Historian Thomas Maissen join three-member board 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” of Heidelberg University is gaining a new directorate. Prof. Dr. Barbara Mittler joined Indologist Prof. Dr. … Read the full press release

EIB approves EUR 500 million for trade finance in Greece

20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The EIB Board approved a new financing instrument for the first time for Greece. This instrument will allow the Bank to provide trade finance support to Greece for an amount of up to EUR 500 million. President Hoyer … Read the full press release

Improving energy efficiency in your home – find out how to reduce your bills

20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Households are being encouraged to take part in a new project by the University of Southampton to help reduce their energy bills. Rising energy prices combined with falling winter temperatures provide a powerful incentive for us to … Read the full press release

EURid office hours during the festive season

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The EURid offices will be closed over Christmas (24 and 25 December) and the New Year (31 December – afternoon only – and 1 January). If you are a .eu registrar and need support on those … Read the full press release

Proposal for new enforcement framework for international trade rules

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — On 18 December 2012, the European Commission proposed a new framework to streamline the EU’s ability to enforce its rights in the international trading system. Why is enforcement important? The EU is committed to defend and enforce … Read the full press release

Deloitte Update on Comet (in Administration)

20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — In the absence of an acceptable offer for the whole of the business, the Joint Administrators of Comet can confirm that the remaining 35 stores will close today.  A small team will be retained to support the … Read the full press release

Alternative and Online Dispute Resolution soon to become a reality for European consumers

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, Tonio Borg, today welcomed the vote on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Online Dispute Resolution (ADR-ODR) in the Internal Market and Consumers Committee. This vote confirms the agreement reached between the European … Read the full press release


• New vehicles introduced only weeks after takeover from First Group • 31 new buses to go into operation in local communities • Unlimited weekly travel on Stagecoach buses in Wigan to cost just £9 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Stagecoach is taking delivery of … Read the full press release

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into payment of dividends by Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether a payment of dividends in September 2012 by Caixa Geral Finance Limited, an affiliate of Caixa Geral de Depósitos (CGD), is in line with EU State … Read the full press release

EU and Iceland: over two thirds of negotiation chapters now open

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — At the 8th Intergovernmental Conference on Accession of Iceland held in Brussels today, 6 more negotiation chapters were opened and the competition chapter was provisionally closed. The chapters opened cover the areas of free movement of goods, taxation, … Read the full press release

Switzerland’s international investment position in 2011

International investment position increases – Growth in foreign assets greater than that in foreign liabilities Zurich,  20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — In 2011, the international investment position was shaped by the financial account and falling share prices. In contrast to the previous … Read the full press release

Demand for UK big data specialists to increase by 92% over next five years

Those skilled in big data can earn 20% more pay than other IT staff 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — New research from e-skills UK and SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, has revealed demand for big data specialists in the UK … Read the full press release

Bernhard Eitel Re-Elected Rector of Universität Heidelberg

Senate members voted for the 53-year-old with large majority 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel is to serve as Rector of Heidelberg University for another six years. The 53-year-old scientist was re-elected by a large majority of the … Read the full press release

Rezidor appoints Olivier Harnisch as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The Rezidor Hotel Group today announced the appointment of Olivier Harnisch (45) as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. Harnisch will succeed Wolfgang M. Neumann who is taking over from Kurt Ritter as the company’s new … Read the full press release

Boards in fast growing technology companies must identify, protect and make money from their intellectual property

20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Carmen Aquerreta, who leads Deloitte’s Research & Development practice said: “Vince Cable’s announcement on the new approach and extra resources of the UK Intellectual Property Office will help companies maximise the value of the intellectual property (IP) … Read the full press release

Community is involved in correctional process: CEP visits ICPA in Mexico

20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — In October of this year, CEP attended the 14th International Corrections and Prison Association (ICPA) Annual Conference, hosted by the Ministry of Justice of the United States of Mexico. The delegation of CEP consisted of President Marc Cerón … Read the full press release

MEPs favour police access to asylum seekers’ fingerprints, subject to safeguards

20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — EU law enforcement authorities, such as the police or Europol, should be given access to asylum seekers’ fingerprints in the Eurodac data base, but only if their personal data are properly protected said the Civil Liberties Committee … Read the full press release

New African Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AFOG) launched at Rome Congress

20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — A new African Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AFOG) was launched at a historic meeting during the Rome Congress on 8 October 2012. Over 20 national societies and a host of interested observers attended the meeting, which … Read the full press release

Digital “to-do” list: new digital priorities for 2013-2014

Brussels, 20-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has today adopted seven new priorities for the digital economy and society. The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy, but this potential is currently held … Read the full press release