Daily Archives: 16, January 2013


New offer makes Lloyds TSB Platinum credit card one of the best value balance transfer deals on the market 0% interest for 21 months on balance transfers and three months on purchases 50% refund of the 3% balance transfer fee … Read the full press release

Air passenger rights: common EU standards needed for hand luggage

MEPs will argue that the “one bag” rule imposed by some airlines infringes passengers’ rights, in a debate with the Commission on Thursday at 08.30. They will also discuss whether airlines should be allowed to specify “essential” or “non-essential” items … Read the full press release


Fastest rise in output for six months Growth driven by increase in new business wins Slight drop in output prices 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Scotland’s private sector economy ended 2012 on a sound footing, according to Bank of Scotland’s PMI report … Read the full press release

Le Commerce pour la Croissance

Karel De Gucht – Commissaire Européen du Commerce Audition Commission des Affaires Etrangères, Assemblée Nationale de la France Paris, 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Madame la Présidente, Mesdames et Messieurs les Membres de la Commission des Affaires étrangères, L’Europe, nous en sommes tous conscients, traverse … Read the full press release

Speech by Minister of State for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton on behalf of HRVP Catherine Ashton on the situation in Syria

Catherine Ashton – High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission European Parliament/Strasbourg, 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Distinguished members of the European Parliament, permit me to update you, on behalf of the HRVP … Read the full press release


L’impianto di Agreda ha una capacità di 18 MW e sarà in grado di produrre a regime circa 48 milioni di KWh all’anno La controllata spagnola di EGP ha inoltre completato il rifacimento degli impianti eolici di Juan Adalid, Carretera de … Read the full press release

Careful pooling of sovereign debt is good for the Euro, say MEPs

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — A resolution to keep up pressure on the Commission and member states to explore all avenues for pooling sovereign debt was adopted on Wednesday. The text affirms that fears of free-riding can be overcome by carefully-crafted … Read the full press release

GDF SUEZ cède sa participation de 24,5 % dans la société gazière slovaque SPP

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — GDF SUEZ et E.ON ont signé un accord avec Energetický a Průmyslový Holding (EPH), acteur majeur sur le marché tchèque de l’électricité, pour la vente de leur participation indirecte de 49 % dans le capital de l’opérateur gazier slovaque … Read the full press release

Tougher credit rating rules confirmed by Parliament’s vote

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — New rules on when and how credit rating agencies may rate state debts and private firms’ financial health were approved by Parliament on Wednesday. They will allow agencies to issue unsolicited sovereign debt ratings only on set … Read the full press release

Accordo tra Generali e PPF Group per la conclusione della partnership in Europa Centro-orientale

Generali acquisirà da PPF Group il 49% di GPH per € 2,5 mld per assumere il pieno controllo della joint venture L’acquisizione avverrà in due tranche: entro il 28 marzo 2013 sarà acquistato il 25% di GPH; a fine 2014 … Read the full press release

European Parliament approves its revised calendar for 2013

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — MEPs voted Wednesday on a new European Parliament calendar, with 12 plenary part-sessions of equal duration in Strasbourg in 2013, as ruled by the European Court of Justice. In its ruling of 13 December 2012, the Court … Read the full press release

Neue E-Klasse ab April bei den Händlern: Effizient, intelligent, emotional

Stuttgart, 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Mit neuen effizienten Motoren, neuen Assistenzsystemen der künftigen S-Klasse und einer neuen Formensprache hat Mercedes-Benz die E-Klasse umfassend modernisiert. Einen deutlichen Schritt vorwärts macht die neue E-Klasse auch in puncto Effizienz und Ökologie. Dafür sorgen unter anderem … Read the full press release

Bi-Annual Information on euro banknote counterfeiting in Malta

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — In the second half of 2012, the number of counterfeit euro banknotes reported to the Central Bank of Malta amounted to 713, or 25% lower than the 951 counterfeits found in the first half of the same … Read the full press release

Fewer restrictions on cod fishing in the Baltic

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Certain restrictions on how and where fishermen may fish in EU waters were removed by a vote on Wednesday. Small-scale fishermen will be able to catch Baltic cod in coastal areas during closed-season summer months thanks to … Read the full press release

The Allianz fleet is going electric

Allianz is replacing two more large-engine vehicles for the Board of Management with electric cars / Ten percent of Allianz’s Board of Management fleet is now powered by electricity / Allianz wants to promote greater acceptance of e-mobility and reduce … Read the full press release

MEPs urge EU ministers to bring in youth guarantee schemes

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — “Youth guarantee” schemes to ensure that no young person in the EU goes without a job, education or training for more than four months won strong support in Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs voted a resolution calling on … Read the full press release

Central Bank of Malta: Contribution to euro area monetary aggregates and counterparts

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — The contribution of resident Monetary Financial Institutions (MFIs) to the euro area broad money stock (M3) expanded by EUR81.7 million, or 0.8%, in September to EUR10.3 billion (see Table 1). Nonetheless, the annual growth rate declined slightly, … Read the full press release

Porsche übertrifft Auslieferungsrekord des Vorjahres

Stuttgart/Detroit, 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Die Porsche AG verkaufte im Jahr 2012 so viele Sportwagen wie nie zuvor: 141.075 Auslieferungen bedeuten ein Plus von 18,7 Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahresrekord von 118.868 Fahrzeugen. „Wir blicken auf das erfolgreichste Jahr unserer Geschichte zurück“, sagte … Read the full press release

Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier following the vote in the European Parliament on new European rules to regulate credit rating agencies

Brussels, 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier following the vote in the European Parliament on new European rules to regulate credit rating agencies I congratulate the European Parliament on today’s agreement on additional rules for credit rating agencies (CRAs) … Read the full press release

Deutsche Bank recognised as world’s No 1 fixed income bank

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Deutsche Bank has retained its top position as the global market share leader in fixed income for the third consecutive year, according to the industry benchmark study by Greenwich Associates. The bank captured a 10.7% share of … Read the full press release

New rules on credit rating agencies (CRAs) – frequently asked questions

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — New rules on credit rating agencies (CRAs) – frequently asked questions I. GENERAL CONTEXT AND APPLICABLE LAW 1. What is a credit rating? A credit rating is an opinion issued by a specialised firm on the creditworthiness … Read the full press release

El 69% del capital de Repsol elige cobrar el dividendo en acciones

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — El 69,01% del capital de Repsol ha optado por recibir en acciones la retribución a cuenta correspondiente a los resultados del ejercicio 2012. A través de este sistema de retribución, los accionistas pueden elegir entre recibir acciones … Read the full press release

Hurricane Sandy leaves Allianz operating profit outlook unchanged

Allianz impact from Hurricane Sandy amounts to 590 million US-dollars / Operating profit 2012 still expected to exceed 9 billion euros Munich, Jan 15, 2013 Hurricane Sandy, which hit the north eastern coast of the United States in late October … Read the full press release

Statement by Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria

Brussels, 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — “I am appalled by the deteriorating situation in Syria and its effect on the suffering people of that country. Over the past weeks, fighting has increased and the conflict is spreading even further. Prices of basic commodities … Read the full press release

Mercedes-Benz auf der NAIAS – Weltpremiere der neuen E-Klasse: Startschuss für Produktoffensive 2013 in Detroit

Detroit, 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Mit der Weltpremiere der neuen E-Klasse startet Mercedes-Benz seine breit angelegte Produktoffensive im Oberklassesegment. Auf der North American International Auto Show 2013 debütiert die umfassend modernisierte E-Klasse Modellfamilie mit Limousine, T-Modell, Coupé und Cabriolet gemeinsam mit dem … Read the full press release


16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — La Banque centrale du Luxembourg (BCL) fait savoir que le montant de l’exigence de réserve, pour la période de maintenance du 16 janvier au 12 février 2013, s’élève à 3 841 millions d’euros. Les réserves à déposer … Read the full press release

FLSmidth secures EIB funding for R&D investments

FLSmidth has signed an EUR 125m loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB).  16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — The 5-year-bullet loan will finance FLSmidth’s global research and development programme within the cement industry during the period 2013-2016. The R&D programme will … Read the full press release

Aid for Trade: Staying in for the Long Haul

Karel De Gucht – European Commissioner for Trade OECD Policy Dialogue on Aid for Trade Paris, 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Ladies and gentlemen, The Aid for Trade initiative, launched just over seven years ago at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Hong … Read the full press release

Eni launches an offer of bonds exchangeable into ordinary shares of Snam S.p.A.

San Donato Milanese (Milan), 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Eni S.p.A. (“Eni”) announces an offering of approximately EUR 1,250 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured bonds (the “Bonds”) exchangeable into ordinary shares of Snam S.p.A. (the “Exchangeable Bond Offering”). The Exchangeable … Read the full press release

Informal Justice Council: 18 January 2013

Brussels, 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — European Union Justice ministers will meet in Dublin on 18 January 2013. The Commission will be represented by Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner. Main agenda items: Reform of EU data protection rules Cross-border insolvency … Read the full press release

ŠKODA erzielt 2012 neuen Verkaufsrekord

› Auslieferungen steigen 2012 um 6,8 Prozent auf 939.200 Fahrzeuge › ŠKODA Marktanteil in Westeuropa wächst auf über drei Prozent › China: stärkster ŠKODA Einzelmarkt mit fast 235.700 Auslieferungen (+7,1 Prozent) › Russland: ŠKODA Marktanteil von drei auf über 3,6 … Read the full press release

Syria: MEPs question international community strategy

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — The international community strategy in Syria is not paying, warned political group representatives on Wednesday. In a debate with Ireland’s European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton, representing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, they urged the EU to … Read the full press release

Hans-Dieter Holtzmann is the new head of Deutsche Bank’s EU representation in Brussels

Frankfurt am Main / Brussels, 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Dr. Hans-Dieter Holtzmann (43) is to take over as Head of Deutsche Bank’s EU representation in Brussels on 1 February 2013. On behalf of the Management Board he will be responsible for coordinating … Read the full press release

Benoît Cœuré: Ensuring the smooth functioning of money markets

Speech by Benoît Cœuré, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, 17th Global Securities Financing Summit Luxembourg, 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Ladies and Gentlemen, [1] It is a pleasure to speak to you today at this annual Global Securities Financing Summit organised by … Read the full press release

Το Ευρωσύστημα παρουσιάζει το τραπεζογραμμάτιο των 5 ευρώ της σειράς «Ευρώπη»

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Ο Πρόεδρος της Ευρωπαϊκής Κεντρικής Τράπεζας (ΕΚΤ), κ. Mario Draghi, παρουσίασε σήμερα επισήμως το τραπεζογραμμάτιο των 5 ευρώ της σειράς «Ευρώπη». Η παρουσίαση έγινε με την ευκαιρία των εγκαινίων της έκθεσης «Το νέο πρόσωπο του ευρώ», η … Read the full press release

UEFA.com Team of the Year 2012 announced

Record 5.3 million votes cast online 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — A record 5.3 million votes were cast in selecting the UEFA.com users’ Team of the Year 2012, a 20% increase on 12 months ago, and the end product is another … Read the full press release

FLSmidth divests non-core Ludowici activities

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — In order to maintain a strong focus on our six focus industries and business areas FLSmidth has today divested non-core activities, gained through the recent acquisition of the Australian company Ludowici (see Company Announcement No. 29-2012). The … Read the full press release

EFSA identifies risks to bees from neonicotinoids

16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — EFSA scientists have identified a number of risks posed to bees by three neonicotinoid insecticides[1]. The Authority was asked by the European Commission to assess the risks associated with the use of clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam as … Read the full press release

Repsol inicia la producción en uno de los mayores campos de petróleo de Brasil

Sapinhoá alberga 2.100 millones de barriles equivalentes de petróleo El pozo Guará-1, con un potencial de producción superior a 25.000 barriles/día, de gran calidad, ha sido el primer pozo del campo de  Sapinhoá  en ser conectado a la plataforma Cidade … Read the full press release

Speech by President Barroso at the EP plenary debate on the Irish Presidency of the Council

José Manuel Durão Barroso – President of the European Commission European Parliament plenary session/Strasbourg Strasbourg, 16-1-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Dear President, Dear Taoiseach, Honourable Members, Every Presidency is a landmark, but this time it is particularly true. This is the 7th time … Read the full press release