Monthly Archives: January 2012

President Barroso’s presentation on growth at the Informal European Council of 30/01/2012

Once again we are meeting in an atmosphere of crisis and pressure. We know that our current problems are a consequence of long standing imbalances and divergences in competitiveness inside and outside the Euro area. I have illustrated the scale … Continue reading

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Erasmus: changing lives, opening minds for 25 years

Brussels, 30 January 2012 – Erasmus, the world’s most successful student exchange programme, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Nearly three million students have benefited from a study period or work placement abroad since the creation of the Erasmus programme … Continue reading

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EDPS general survey shows that EU institutions and bodies have different levels of data protection compliance

Today, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published the results of his latest general survey of compliance with the Data Protection Regulation. EU institutions and bodies process personal data both in their daily work and in their core business activities. … Continue reading

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Stihl expands in Austria

The German chainsaw manufacturer Stihl is building a new Austrian headquarters in Vösendorf at a cost of EUR 14 million. The sales, logistics and training center covering an area of 5,500 m² is scheduled for completion at the end of … Continue reading

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Consultation on ERA finds opportunities and challenges for EU research landscape

Brussels, 30 January 2012. Making Europe more attractive for top scientists and globally-mobile private R&D investment; increasing transnationally-coordinated research; achieving higher scientific excellence; moving, working and co-operating freely across borders or tackling global challenges. These are some of the key … Continue reading

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January 2012: Business climate indicator improves in the euro area

Brussels, 30 January 2012 – Brussels, 30 January 2012 – In January 2012, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area rose for the second month in a row. The improvement in the BCI was mainly driven by a … Continue reading

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January 2012: Economic sentiment increases in both the EU and the euro area

Brussels, 30 January 2012 – In January, the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) rose by 1.2 points in the EU and by 0.6 points in the euro area, to 92.8 and 93.4, respectively – the first pick-up in sentiment since March … Continue reading

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WTO rules in favour of EU against China’s export restraints on raw materials

Brussels, 30 January 2012 – The Appellate Body of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) today confirmed the findings made by a Panel in July 2011 that China’s export restrictions on several industrial raw materials are in breach of WTO rules. … Continue reading

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Tartu-Based Company Makes Advances in Lung Cancer Treatment

Estonian researchers have developed a new technology that allows for faster and cheaper production of amrubicin, a key ingredient of lung cancer medications. The Tartu-based company TBD-Biodiscovery has 25 employees and was founded in 2006. Three years and 800,000 euros … Continue reading

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Molycorp Silmet Expands, Becoming Largest Producer of Niobium

The US-incorporated producer of rare earth metals Molycorp Silmet, based in northeastern Estonia, may soon become the world’s largest producer of niobium, a rare earth metal used in electronics, aviation and energy production. “When we finish our niobium project [in … Continue reading

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