Monthly Archives: December 2011

3129th Council meeting Economic and Financial Affairs Brussels, 30 November 2011

Main results of the Council The Council approved the EU’s general budget for 2012, as agreed with the European Parliament within the Conciliation Committee on 18 and 19 November. The Council opened the 2012 “European Semester” with the Commission’s annual … Continue reading

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EU reinstates trade preferences for the Western Balkans until 2015

Brussels, 30 December 2011 – The European Union today re-established the exceptional autonomous trade preferences, which it grants to all Western Balkan countries including Kosovo1, until the end of 2015. Western Balkan economies will therefore continue as of 1 January … Continue reading

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Seven innovative Finnish companies among Red Herring 100 finalists

Finland has the most finalists for the Red Herring 100 Europe Award from the Nordic countries. Seven Finnish companies have been selected among the finalists of the Red Herring 100 Europe Award from a pool of the most innovative companies … Continue reading

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Kesko Group’s sales increased by 7.4 % during November

Kesko’s car and machinery sales up by 32.3%. Sales of the Kesko Group, a major Finnish retailer, increased by 7.4% to a total of EUR 822.4 million during November, according to the company’s latest stock exchange release. Kesko operates in … Continue reading

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New businesses respond to growing demand for local food in Finland

Finnish consumers are increasingly interested in shorter and more transparent food supply chains. Finland has 121 food retail stores focusing on locally produced food from small and medium-sized farms and food companies, according to research by the Food Finland organisation. … Continue reading

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Statement by High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fuele

Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, and Stefan Fuele, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, made the following statement today: “We welcome the appointment of the … Continue reading

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Message from Mr José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission, to His Excellency Mr Zoran Milanović, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia

Following the confirmation of the new Croatian Government on 23 December 2011, European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso sent the following message to Prime Minister Zoran Milanović: Dear Prime Minister On behalf of the European Commission, I would like … Continue reading

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Academica opens highly eco-efficient data center in Helsinki

Waste heat from the data center can provide heating and hot tap water for almost 4500 households in the city. The Finnish company Academica has opened a highly eco-efficient data center in a former power plant building in the Suvilahti … Continue reading

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Expansion of Otto Bock facility in Vienna

Vienna is one of the most important research and development locations of the medical engineering company Otto Bock as well as its international mechatronics competence center. Now Otto Bock is investing more than EUR 25 million in the expansion of … Continue reading

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“So long as Haitians need us, we’ll be there”: The European Commission allocates further funds for Haiti

Brussels, 23 December – As the two-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 approaches, the European Commission has allocated a further €3 million to the 2011 humanitarian aid budget for the country, bringing the total … Continue reading

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