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Statement by the European Commission, ECB and IMF on Greece

Brussels, 18-3-2013 — /europawire.eu/ — Statement by the European Commission, ECB and IMF on Greece Staff teams from the European Commission, the ECB and the IMF have conducted discussions with the Greek authorities during the last two weeks regarding the review of … Read the full press release

Antitrust: Commission accepts legally binding commitments from Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Hachette, Holtzbrinck and Apple for sale of e-books

Brussels, 14-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — What were the Commission’s concerns? In December 2011, the Commission opened proceedings against Apple and five international publishers: Simon & Schuster (CBS Corp.), Harper Collins (News Corp.) both headquartered in the US, Hachette Livre (Lagardère Publishing) … Read the full press release

Antitrust: Commission welcomes General Court judgments on appeals in calcium carbide cartel

Brussels, 14-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission welcomes today’s judgments by the EU General Court (GC) upholding the fines imposed in 2009 on Novácke chemické závody (NCHZ) (T-352/09), Ecka Granulate (T-400/09) and Almamet (T-410/09) for participating in a cartel in the sector of calcium carbide and … 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

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

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

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

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

Shattering myths and glass ceilings: launch of database of ‘Global Board Ready Women’

Strasbourg, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Today the European Business Schools Women on Boards Initiative is migrating their ‘Global Board Ready Women’ list of 8 000 women into an online database. The women on this list all fulfil stringent criteria for Corporate Governance … Read the full press release

Mergers: Commission welcomes General Court judgment in Electrabel case

Brussels, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission welcomes today’s judgment by the General Court (GC) which fully dismissed Electrabel’s appeal of a Commission decision of June 2009 fining Electrabel €20 million for acquiring control over Compagnie Nationale du Rhône without prior … Read the full press release

Giving honest businesses a second chance: Commission proposes modern insolvency rules

Strasbourg, 13-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Businesses hit by the economic crisis will be thrown a lifeline under a new proposal from the European Commission today to modernise Europe’s rules on cross-border business insolvency, helping to give otherwise viable businesses a ‘second chance’. … Read the full press release

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of Austrian mobile phone operator Orange by H3G, subject to conditions

Brussels, 12-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Orange’s mobile telephony business in Austria by Hutchison 3G (H3G). The approval is conditional upon the implementation of a commitments package that will … Read the full press release

Aviation: MEPs vote on “better airports” package

Brussels, 12-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Parliament voted today on proposed measures to help increase the capacity of Europe’s airports, reduce delays and improve the quality of services offered to passengers. In its vote on the “airports package” the Parliament gave … Read the full press release

EU Budget 2013 Adopted: Statement by Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget Janusz Lewandowski

Brussels, 12-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — This statement was made after the plenary session of the European Parliament adopted the proposal for the 2013 EU budget, one week after the Council approved it. “I am pleased that the European Union, its citizens, regions, … Read the full press release

Philippines: European Commission provides €3 million in rapid aid to victims of Typhoon Bopha

Brussels, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Following the five-day passage of Typhoon Bopha across the Philippines last week and an assessment that has identified large-scale humanitarian needs, the European Commission today released €3 million to provide emergency assistance to those worst affected, targeting … Read the full press release

Digital Agenda: Commission suspends Czech proposal to regulate wholesale termination rates

Brussels, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has expressed serious doubts about a new proposal from the Czech telecoms regulator (ČTÚ) regarding termination rates which would negatively affect consumers in the Czech Republic. The prices proposed by ČTÚ for certain termination … Read the full press release

“From war to peace: a European tale”

Address by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council & José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission Acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize Award to the European Union/Oslo Oslo, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — [President Van Rompuy takes the floor] … Read the full press release

Doha Climate Conference takes modest step towards a global climate deal in 2015

Doha, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Union welcomes today’s outcome of the Doha climate conference which lays the basis for more ambitious international action against climate change in the short term, paves the way for a new global climate agreement to … Read the full press release

Statement by President Barroso on the Nobel Peace Prize

José Manuel Durão Barroso – President of the European Commission Nobel Peace Prize Press Conference/Oslo Oslo, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — I am very happy to have arrived in Oslo today. Being here to jointly receive this award on behalf of the European Union … Read the full press release

President Barroso congratulates President Grybauskaitė of Lithuania on Charlemagne Prize award 2013

Brussels, 11-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — It is with great satisfaction that I received the news of President Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania being awarded the prestigious Charlemagne Prize in 2013. Dalia Grybauskaitė has eminently contributed to the integration of the Baltic countries in the European Union and … Read the full press release

Ministers adopt Commission’s reform to cut red tape in cross-border court cases

Brussels, 10-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Businesses and consumers will be able to resolve cross-border legal disputes more easily, thanks to a reform adopted by European justice ministers today. Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner, welcomed the adoption by the Council … Read the full press release

Commission starts preparing steel action plan

Brussels, 10-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Commissioner Antonio Tajani met today with representatives from the Steel Industry and the Social Partners in the second meeting of the High-level Roundtable on the future of the European Steel Industry. Stakeholders were invited to present and discuss specific policy recommendations … Read the full press release

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into creation of “NewCo”, combining Munksjö and part of Ahlstrom.

Brussels, 10-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation under the EU Merger Regulation into the planned combination into a new merged entity of Munksjö AB, a Swedish-based manufacturer of high value-added paper products, and the European label … Read the full press release

Putting patients in the driving seat: A digital future for healthcare

Brussels, 10-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has unveiled an Action Plan to address barriers to the full use of digital solutions in Europe’s healthcare systems. The goal is to improve healthcare for the benefit of patients, give patients more control … Read the full press release

Commission launches EU Skills Panorama to tackle skills mismatches

Brussels, 10-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission today officially launched the EU Skills Panorama, a website presenting quantitative and qualitative information on short- and medium-term skills needs, skills supply and skills mismatches. The Panorama, drawing on data and forecasts compiled at … Read the full press release

Human rights and civil society in South Neighbourhood key pillar of EU policy

Brussels, 8-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — “Our commitment to improve the human rights situation and to support the civil society remains strong and proves to be even more important in the light of the current developments in the Southern Neighbourhood,” Commissioner for Enlargement and … Read the full press release

R&D Scoreboard: Despite crisis, top EU firms continue to invest in innovation

Brussels, 8-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — In the face of the continuing economic and financial crisis, major EU-based firms continue to rely on R&D for their competitive edge. They increased R&D investment by 8.9% in 2011, up from 6.1% in 2010. The increase … Read the full press release

Science for disaster risk reduction and response: Role of the Commission’s in-house science service

Brussels, 8-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Disaster resilience, and in particular prevention and preparedness measures, are increasingly high priority on the global political agenda. Science and technology offer key solutions to improve preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters, including those related … Read the full press release

TAX EVASION AND AVOIDANCE: Questions and Answers

Annex: List of measures foreseen in the EU Action Plan

8-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — TAX EVASION AND AVOIDANCE: Questions and Answers. Tax Evasion Why has the Commission presented an Action Plan on Tax fraud and evasion? Every year, an estimated €1 trillion1 in public money is lost in the EU due to … Read the full press release

Nobel Peace Prize 2012 awarded to European Union – Press pack available

Brussels, 8-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The prize will be conferred in Oslo on 10 December. The European Union will be represented by the President of the European Commission, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Parliament. Please … Read the full press release

Speech – Bridging transport’s financing gap: fair charging for the road ahead

Siim Kallas — Vice-President and Commissioner for transport Conference on fair and efficient road pricing Brussels, 6-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here with you today to explain how I see the challenges facing Europe’s road sector … Read the full press release

Speech After WTO Accession: Reform and EU-Russia Trade Relations

Karel De Gucht — European Commissioner for Trade Seminar of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe / Brussels Brussels, 6-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Ladies and gentlemen, This year has been an important year for EU-Russia trade relations. For 19 years – … Read the full press release

Commission agrees way forward for modernising copyright in the digital economy

Brussels, 6-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — At the initiative of President Barroso, the European Commission has today held an orientation debate on content in the digital economy. The digital economy has been a major driver of growth in the past two decades, and … Read the full press release

Environment: new guidelines for aquaculture and nature protection

Brussels, 6-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The Commission is issuing new guidelines to improve understanding of how aquaculture can be carried out inside Natura 2000, the EU-wide network of protected natural areas. The guidelines explain how best to ensure that activities related to aquaculture … Read the full press release

Better functioning of food supply chain

Brussels, 6-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — What is the mandate of the Forum? In 2010, the Commission tasked the Forum to help with the implementation of the recommendations of the former High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the Agro-Food Industry and of … Read the full press release

State Aid: Commission proposes to reform state aid procedures and exempt certain categories of aid from prior notification

Brussels, 6-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — In the context of its State Aid Modernisation (SAM) initiative, the European Commission has adopted proposals to amend two Council Regulations governing EU state aid control. The reform of the Procedural Regulation of 1999 is aimed at focussing state … Read the full press release

Speech by President Barroso: “Time for extra growth”

José Manuel Durão Barroso — President of the European Commission VOKA conference/Brussels Brussels, 6-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Ladies and gentlemen, It is a great pleasure for me to be here today. The impressive turnout shows that Flemish entrepreneurs mean business when they talk … Read the full press release

State aid: Commission approves emergency rescue aid for Austrian bank Hypo Group Alpe Adria

Brussels, 6-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has temporarily approved, under EU state aid rules, an emergency recapitalisation totalling €1.5 billion that Austria intends to grant to Hypo Group Alpe Adria (HGAA). The bank needs the aid to comply with regulatory … Read the full press release

Youth employment: Commission proposes package of measures

Brussels, 6-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — Measures to help Member States tackle unacceptable levels of youth unemployment and social exclusion by giving young people offers of jobs, education and training have been proposed by the European Commission. “High youth unemployment has dramatic consequences … Read the full press release

Antitrust: Commission fines producers of TV and computer monitor tubes € 1.47 billion for two decade-long cartels

Brussels, 6-12-2012 — /europawire.eu/ — The European Commission has fined seven international groups of companies a total of € 1 470 515 000 for participating in either one or both of two distinct cartels in the sector of cathode ray tubes (“CRT”). For almost ten years, between 1996 … Read the full press release