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Norges Bank to exclude nine companies from the Government Pension Fund Global

OSLO, 17-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Norges Bank has decided to exclude nine companies from the Government Pension Fund Global. In addition, one company has been placed under observation. The companies Evergreen Marine Corp (Taiwan) Ltd, Korea Line Corp, Precious Shipping PCL … Read the full press release

The World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting: Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World

The 48th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting will take place on 23-26 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, under the theme, Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World Unprecedented participation expected from global leaders including 70 heads of state or government and 38 heads … Read the full press release

Sweden: Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training Anna Ekström visits Latvia and Lithuania

STOCKHOLM, 16-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Vocational education and training, ministerial meetings and panel discussions on women’s leadership – these are some of the programme points when Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training Anna Ekström visits Latvia … Read the full press release

Covestro expects EUR 85 million extraordinary income in FY 2017 due to U.S. tax reform

LEVERKUSEN, 16-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Positive one-time effect of ca. EUR 85 million on net income expected in 2017 / Additional positive impact on coming years Covestro expects a positive one-time effect from the recently enacted U.S. tax reform on … Read the full press release

Swiss Federal Council: agreement further strengthens the ties between Interpeace and Geneva

BERN, 16-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — On 15 January 2018, an agreement conferring privileges and immunities on Interpeace in Switzerland was signed on behalf of the Federal Council by Ambassador Roberto Balzaretti, head of the Directorate of International Law of the Federal … Read the full press release

Mediengespräch: Am 18. Januar 2018 zeigt eine Konferenz in Zürich neue Finanzierungsmechanismen wie die „Social Impact Bonds“ auf

BERN, 16-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Die UNO schätzt, dass bis 2030 jährlich 2,5 Billionen Dollar zusätzliche Gelder benötigt werden, um ihre nachhaltigen Entwicklungsziele zu erreichen. Am 18. Januar 2018 zeigt eine Konferenz in Zürich neue Finanzierungsmechanismen wie die „Social Impact Bonds“ … Read the full press release

Destatis: Urlaub in Europa: günstig im Süden und Osten, teuer im Norden und Westen

WIESBADEN, 12-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Nach der Weihnachtszeit und dem Start ins neue Jahr 2018 steht für viele Reiselustige bereits die Urlaubsplanung an. Kostengünstiger als in Deutschland ist Urlaub in Süd- und Osteuropa. Teurer sind hingegen Urlaubsreisen in den Westen und … Read the full press release

Destatis: German economy in 2017: GDP 2.2% higher in 2017 than in the previous year

WIESBADEN 12-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The economic situation in Germany was characterised by strong economic growth in 2017. According to first calculations of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the price-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) was 2.2% higher in 2017 than in … Read the full press release

Destatis: Im Jahr 2017 wurden in Deutschland 1,1 % mehr Zigaretten versteuert als im Jahr 2016

WIESBADEN, 12-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Im Jahr 2017 wurden in Deutschland 1,1 % mehr Zigaretten versteuert als im Jahr 2016. Wie das Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis) weiter mitteilt, stieg die Menge des versteuerten Pfeifentabaks deutlich an (+ 28,7 %). Dazu gehören neben traditionellem Pfeifentabak auch … Read the full press release

Commemorative 20 euro coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of TUM professor Ernst Otto Fischer

  Munich, Germany, 09-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Ernst Otto Fischer, former Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), established a new branch of chemistry with his research on metal-carbon compounds. His work fundamentally changed the prevailing understanding … Read the full press release

Rabobank subsidiary in California Rabobank National Association (RNA) takes Q4 2017 provision of EUR 310 million in anticipation of a settlement connected to previously disclosed investigations

Utrecht, Netherlands, 08-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Rabobank, National Association (“RNA”), a California-based subsidiary of Coöperatieve Rabobank, U.A. (“Rabobank”), has taken a Q4 2017 provision of approximately EUR 310 million in anticipation of a settlement connected to previously disclosed investigations. RNA … Read the full press release

Alstom has successfully concluded its three year period of self-reporting to the US Department of Justice

Saint-Ouen, France, 08-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Alstom announces that the three year period of self-reporting obligations that the Group agreed to as part of the Plea Agreement of 22 December 2014 has come to a successful completion. This achievement is the … Read the full press release

British Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson visits Kuwait; meeting with HH The Amir of Kuwait

London, 04-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — British Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson visits Kuwait today, Wednesday 3 January 2018, for the first time since his appointment in November 2017. During his visit he called on His Highness the Amir Sheikh … Read the full press release

UK Fisheries Minister George Eustice: next phase of the discard ban for demersal species comes into force on 2 January, 2018

LONDON, 04-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — From today (2 January), fishermen targeting certain fish in the North Sea must land everything they catch as the next phase of the discard ban for demersal species comes into force, Fisheries Minister George Eustice has announced. The … Read the full press release

UK Competition and Markets Authority: Refresco and Cott merger could lead to higher prices for some supermarkets

The CMA has found that the merger of soft drink manufacturers Refresco and Cott could lead to higher prices for some supermarkets and leading household brands. LONDON, 04-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The Competition and Markets Authority has been carrying out an initial … Read the full press release

Norges Bank will sell foreign exchange on behalf of the government in January 2018

Norges Bank will sell foreign exchange on behalf of the government equivalent to NOK 900 million per day in January 2018. OSLO, 03-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Norges Bank purchases foreign currency from the State’s Direct Financial Interest (SDFI) each month. If … Read the full press release

Sweden’s new Climate Act enters into force on 1st January 2018

STOCKHOLM, 02-Jan-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Sweden’s new Climate Act enters into force today. For the first time, Sweden will have an act stating that each government has an obligation to pursue a climate policy based on the climate goals adopted … Read the full press release

Simon Lewis of AFME on Bank of England’s announcement that EU27 banks can operate in post-Brexit UK

LONDON, 22-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Commenting on the Bank of England’s announcement today, Simon Lewis, Chief Executive of AFME, said: “We welcome the Prudential Regulatory Authority’s confirmation that EU27 banks will be able to continue to operate their wholesale business through their … Read the full press release

Destatis: Rund 25 500 verbeamtete Lehrerinnen und Lehrer wurden im Jahr 2016 in den Ruhestand versetzt

WIESBADEN, 18-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Rund 25 500 verbeamtete Lehrerinnen und Lehrer wurden im Jahr 2016 in den Ruhestand versetzt. Das waren 2 400 Pensionierungen weniger als 2015 (– 8,6 %). Wie das Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis) weiter mitteilt, war die Zahl der Pensionierungen von Lehrkräften … Read the full press release

UN Environment and BNP Paribas establish Sustainable Finance Facilities to drive sustainable economic growth in developing countries

UN Environment and BNP Paribas have today signed a milestone agreement at the One Planet Summit to establish Sustainable Finance Facilities, collaborative partnerships aimed at raising development capital to drive sustainable economic growth in emerging countries. UN Environment and BNP Paribas will … Read the full press release

200 healthcare decision-makers gather to address the looming challenges of cost, access and sustainability in the coming wave of high-value medicines

LONDON, 01-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — On December 5-6, 2017, 200 high-level experts from government, academia, biopharmaceutical developers and patient organisations convene in London (UK) to address the mounting challenge of accessibility and patient access to high-value, high-cost medical therapies. The … Read the full press release

Capgemini to develop a Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Center of Excellence (CoE) for UK Gov

PARIS/LONDON, 30-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Capgemini has announced a two-year agreement with the UK Cabinet Office to develop a Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Center of Excellence (CoE). The CoE, which is now up and running, will help to accelerate the take-up of … Read the full press release

CBI on UK Government’s new Industrial Strategy: Today’s announcement must be the beginning of a strategic race, not a tactical sprint

The CBI has given its initial response to the Government’s new modern Industrial Strategy. Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said: LONDON, 30-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — “Nine in ten firms see a modern Industrial Strategy as vital to improving living standards in the … Read the full press release

WEF: Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, Government of Colombia to launch a multistakeholder platform to protect over 60 million hectares of Amazon rainforest

Colombia is working with the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 to convene a multistakeholder platform of buyers, producers, international donors, NGOs and civil society organizations to protect the Amazon rainforest The platform will initially cover palm oil and is expected to … Read the full press release

GSK on UK Government’s Industrial Strategy: Meaningful targets, sustained efforts and coherent implementation will be critical to this strategy’s success

LONDON, 29-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Responding to the launch of the Industrial Strategy White Paper, published today by the UK Government, Phil Thomson, President, Global Affairs, at GSK said: “A new, long-term industrial strategy for the country is important and welcome. We … Read the full press release

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns marked the launch of UK Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy at the Airbus Campus in Newport

LONDON, 28-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Welsh Secretary launches Industrial Strategy at Airbus’ Newport Campus UK Government publishes its vision for a modern Industrial Strategy. Welsh Secretary marks launch during visit to Airbus’ Newport Campus Industrial Strategy to drive growth across the whole … Read the full press release

Karen Pierce appointed as the new UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations

LONDON, 28-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Karen Pierce, currently Director-General Political at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, has been appointed as the new UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations Karen is the first woman appointed to this role, and is uniquely suited … Read the full press release

UK to confirm new £70 million package of recovery and reconstruction support for hurricanes hit British islands

Prime Minister Theresa May will confirm a new £70 million package of recovery and reconstruction support for British islands hit by recent hurricanes. LONDON, 28-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Leaders from 11 British Overseas Territories will meet in Downing Street on Tuesday 28 … Read the full press release

Iberdrola Chairman Ignacio Galán reaffirms Iberdrola’s commitment to fighting climate change at a meeting in Madrid with Spain’s Minister Álvaro Nadal

BILBAO, 28-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — After meeting Spain’s Minister for Galán defends that the company’s application for the orderly closure of its two coal-fired power plants left worldwide is consistent with the group’s determination to tackle effects of climate change by … Read the full press release

INEOS faces widespread illegal action by hardcore anti-fracking activists

INEOS is facing widespread illegal action by hardcore anti-fracking activists, including dangerous direct action and death threats Shale activists challenged the injunctions, but the judge found overwhelmingly in our favour The injunctions prohibit unlawful actions including trespass, criminal damage and … Read the full press release