Daily Archives: 24, December 2012

State aid: Commission adopts new Broadband Guidelines

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has adopted revised guidelines for the application of EU state aid rules to the broadband sector. These guidelines will help Member States achieve the objectives of the EU Digital Agenda. Taking into account the extensive … Read the full press release

EUR 300 million in new EIB finance for climate action and smart growth in Turkey

24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Investment Bank (EIB) is renewing its support for Turkey with a EUR 300 million total finance package for climate action, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-sized companies (mid-caps). EIB Vice-President Pim van Ballekom commented on … Read the full press release

Environment: Funding to boost INTERPOL fight against wildlife crime

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission is to contribute nearly two million euros to INTERPOL in support of its efforts to combat wildlife crime and protect the world’s natural resources from the illegal international trade in wild flora and fauna. … Read the full press release

State aid: Commission approves € 100 million aid for infrastructure at Port of Augusta, Sicily

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules aid totalling €100 million granted by Italy for an infrastructure investment project of €145,33 million at the Port of Augusta, in Sicily. The investment project will allow … Read the full press release

Kathrin Amacker leaving Swisscom

Berne, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Kathrin Amacker-Amann, Head of Corporate Communications since autumn 2010 and Member of the Group Executive Board at Swisscom, will be leaving the company in 2013 at her own request. The exact date of when she will leave … Read the full press release

Aviation: Commission proposes new rules to prevent aircraft accidents

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission proposed today new rules for the better protection of air passengers, aiming to achieve a decreased number of aircraft accidents and fatalities through better use of data on occurrences. An occurrence is any type … Read the full press release

Tobacco products: towards bigger health warnings and ban of strong flavourings

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Today, after years in the making, the European Commission has adopted its proposal to revise the Tobacco Products Directive. The proposed legislation consists of new and strengthened rules on how tobacco products can be manufactured, presented, and … Read the full press release

University of Leeds leads pain management study for patients with dementia

24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The University of Leeds is to take the lead on improving the care that patients with dementia receive when they are admitted to hospital. The new study, which will examine how best to detect and manage pain … Read the full press release

Search starts for next President of European Research Council

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has today appointed seven experts to conduct the search for the next president of the European Research Council (ERC), the European Union’s frontier science funding agency. The committee will be led by Lord Sainsbury … Read the full press release

Digital Agenda: European innovation lighting the way

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — On 19th December, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, and Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič inaugurate “Shapes of Light”, a 12-month long lighting installation that relies on advanced LED technology, which will be displayed in the entrance … Read the full press release

Fibre-optic expansion in Lucerne on target

Berne, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The expansion of the fibre-optic network in Lucerne is making good progress. With more than 25,000 households and commercial properties currently connected, ewl energie wasser luzern (ewl) and Swisscom will have already reached 60 per cent of … Read the full press release

European Globalisation Fund pays €25.3 million to help redundant workers in France, Ireland, The Netherlands, Spain and Sweden

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has just made payments to France, Ireland, The Netherlands, Spain and Sweden from the European Globalisation adjustment Fund (EGF). The total amount of €25.3 million will help 4722 workers in those countries back into … Read the full press release

EU approves New Zealand’s data protection standards in step to boost trade

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has today formally recognised the adequacy of personal data protection in New Zealand, opening the way for increased trade with the European Union. The decision by the Commission recognises that New Zealand’s data protection … Read the full press release

Volvo Truck deliveries in November 2012

24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Total deliveries from the Volvo Group’s truck operations in November 2012 amounted to 19,104 vehicles. This was a decrease of 15% compared with the year-earlier month. Volvo Group Total deliveries by market for all brands (Volvo, Mack, … Read the full press release

EU announces major support to pioneering renewable energy and water plant in Djibouti

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Union will support a project to build a desalination plant which will use renewable energy to provide water to 200,000 inhabitants, one-fourth of the country’s population, in some of Djibouti’s poorest areas. The announcement was … Read the full press release

El Grupo Liberbank apuesta por los jóvenes y lanza al mercado su programa “Max Joven”

• La iniciativa aglutina las mejores prácticas y experiencias de entidades líderes en sus territorios naturales, en cuanto a productos, servicios y medios de pago adaptados especialmente al segmento de jóvenes • Sus usuarios podrán acceder a planes de ahorro, … Read the full press release

Commonly prescribed antibiotics ineffective for treating uncomplicated chest infections

24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The antibiotic amoxicillin, that doctors typically prescribe for common lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) such as bronchitis, is no more effective at relieving symptoms than the use of no medication, even in older patients. The findings are … Read the full press release

State aid: Commission approves restructuring plans of Spanish banks Liberbank, Caja3, Banco Mare Nostrum and Banco CEISS

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has concluded that the restructuring plans of four Spanish banks, Liberbank, Caja3, Banco Mare Nostrum (BMN) and Banco CEISS, are in line with EU state aid rules. The in-depth restructuring undergone by the four banks will … Read the full press release

Antitrust: Commission renders legally binding commitments from Thomson Reuters

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has adopted a decision that renders legally binding the commitments offered by Thomson Reuters to create a new licence (“ERL”) allowing customers, for a monthly fee, to use Reuters Instrument Codes (RICs) for data … Read the full press release

GA Weissenstein and Swisscom embark on joint venture to connect Solothurn to the fibre-optic network

Berne/Solothurn, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — GA Weissenstein GmbH and Swisscom have reached an agreement for the joint expansion of the fibre-optic network to the homes and businesses of their customers. In a declaration of intent, the two partners resolved to connect the … Read the full press release

State aid: Commission’s contribution to Spanish financial assistance programme focusing on banking sector

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — As a consequence of the deterioration of the financial conditions for the Spanish banking sector during the first half of 2012, the Eurogroup agreed to a financial assistance programme. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Financial Sector Policy … Read the full press release

Europe for patients: Common rules on medical prescriptions when travelling to another EU country

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Today the Commission adopted pan-EU rules on a minimum list of elements to be included in a medical prescription taken by a patient travelling from one EU country to another. The provisions for a common way to … Read the full press release

AB Volvo partners centre for research into traffic safety in China

AB Volvo is one of five partners behind a new centre for research into traffic safety in China that was inaugurated today, December 18, in Beijing. The China Sweden Research Centre for Traffic Safety signals closer cooperation between Sweden and … Read the full press release

Commission report finds one million hours of European film locked away in cans & cupboards

Brussels, 24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — A new European Commission report has found most European film heritage institutions have not yet adapted to the digital revolution and are not yet able to preserve film digitally. Some of our current films are being lost … Read the full press release

Occasional family meals boost kids’ fruit and veg intake

24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Eating meals together as a family, even if only twice a week, boosts children’s daily fruit and vegetable intake to near the recommended 5 A Day, according to researchers at the University of Leeds. The study of … Read the full press release

Senior Appointment at Louis Vuitton

24-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — LVMH announces the appointment of Michael Burke as Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton. He joins the Executive Committee of the LVMH group. Michael Burke, a dual French-U.S. citizen, joined the Group in 1986. He was CEO … Read the full press release