Monthly Archives: September 2011

Management consultancy, health services and personnel services enjoyed the fastest turnover growth

The total turnover of the business services sectors in Finland increased by 4.7% in 2010 from the year before, reaching a total of EUR 18.3 billion. According to Statistics Finland, management consultancy had the strongest turnover growth with an 18% … Continue reading

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Study: Austria moves up the IT location ranks

Austria has caught up as an IT business location and is now in 17th place in the global rankings, improving from its previous 22nd place ranking. This was the conclusion of a study carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit … Continue reading

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Research and Innovation: new modelling results link natural resources and armed conflicts

Brussels, 28 September 2011 – The EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed a statistical modelling tool which allows the risk of conflict occurrence in developing countries to be analysed. Combining online news reports with geographical satellite data, the tool … Continue reading

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Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of German automotive supplier GETRAG’s all-wheel-drive business by GKN

Brussels, 28 September 2011 – The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the all-wheel-drive (AWD) components business of the German automotive group GETRAG KG by GKN plc of the UK. The Commission found … Continue reading

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Former industry sites top sustainable tourism destinations today

Brussels 27 September 2011: Tonight, twenty-one destinations from across Europe received the 2011 EDEN Award for exemplary regeneration and promotion of their declining physical sites; at a gala Award ceremony, an exhibition of awarded destinations and an EDEN network meeting. … Continue reading

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Mergers: Commission approves merger of activities of North Sea and Argos Groeps in petroleum sector

Brussels, 28 September 2011 – The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of joint control over North Sea Group Beheer B.V. by Reggeborgh Invest B.V. and Argos Energy Group B.V., both of the Netherlands, … Continue reading

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Schenker expands in Carinthia

The German logistics specialist Schenker recently constructed another terminal in Carinthia at a cost of EUR 13 million. On balance, the company employs a workforce of 80 people at the new facility, offering transport and logistics solutions using all modes … Continue reading

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Enterprise Europe Network reinforced in Asia; extended to North Africa

Brussels, 26 September 2011. The European Commission is extending the outreach of the Enterprise Europe Network – the business and innovation support network for SMEs – by opening new contact points in Japan and doubling its presence in China. The … Continue reading

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Antitrust: Commission opens investigation in e-payment market

Brussels, 26 September 2011 – The European Commission has opened an antitrust investigation into the standardisation process for payments over the internet (‘e-payments’) undertaken by the European Payments Council (EPC). The EPC is the coordination and decision-making body of the … Continue reading

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Climate change: Commission launches consultation on further reducing industrial gas emissions

Brussels, 26 September 2011 – The European Commission today launched a public consultation on strengthening EU measures to reduce emissions of fluorinated gases, a group of industrial gases which are extremely powerful contributors to global warming. A Commission review,1 which … Continue reading

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