Monthly Archives: March 2012

European Citizens’ Initiative: CoR and EESC to stimulate pan-European civic participation

On the eve of the official launch of the European Citizens’ Initiative, the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee co-organised today a conference to discuss the impact of this new participatory instrument on civil society … Continue reading

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Increased state support for renewable energy in Finland

Biofuel demonstration plant receives EUR 110 million. The Finnish government is providing EUR 157 million energy support funding to increase the production and use of renewable energy in the country. The goal is also to improve energy efficiency and energy … Continue reading

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The EU should take consumer rights more seriously, says the EESC

During its March plenary session, the EESC sent a strong message to EU decision-makers: consumer rights must not be financially marginalised, despite the economic crisis. Consumer organisations must ensure the provision of enough resources to implement appropriate information campaigns and … Continue reading

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New wood construction business opportunities in Finland

Wood Construction Roadshow is attracting great interest around the country. Business is booming in the Finnish wood construction sector and a national Wood Construction Roadshow is attracting hundreds of people to its seminars around the country. According to Markku Karjalainen, … Continue reading

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Austria boasts the most IT graduates in the EU

Austria’s boasts the largest share of graduates of computer sciences among all 27 member states of the EU, a figure significantly higher the EU average. According to a recently published study by Eurostat, 5.6 percent of university graduates in Austria … Continue reading

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Road safety: Progress in cutting EU road deaths falls to 2% in 2011

Brussels, 29 March 2012 – Progress in cutting road fatalities significantly slowed last year (to -2%) compared with a very promising EU-wide reduction throughout the last decade (on average -6%), according to new figures published today by the European Commission. … Continue reading

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Commission approves funding for Pompeii to restore important European heritage site

Brussels, 29 March 2012 – Today, the European Commission has approved funding from the European Regional Development Fund for a major project to restore the area of the UNESCO site of Pompeii, in Campania, Italy. The project ‘preservation, maintenance and … Continue reading

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EU-ASEAN meeting in Phnom Penh set to strengthen trade and investment relations with South-East Asia

Brussels, 29 March 2012 – EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht heads to Phnom Penh today to meet with ASEAN economic ministers and attend the second ASEAN-EU Business Summit on April 1st. “The meeting with South-East Asia economic ministers and … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy in Germany Facing Cuts?

Berlin/Daegu – A decision is expected at the end of the week on changes to Germany’s cornerstone law – the Renewable Energy Sources Act. Drastic reductions to solar subsidies are still on the table, but even this scenario cannot curb … Continue reading

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Microsoft and Nokia to invest millions in Aalto University in Finland

New AppCampus offers an unprecedented opportunity for entrepreneurs to put their ideas into practice and create world-class mobile products. IT giant Microsoft and Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia are planning to invest up to EUR 18 million in a new … Continue reading

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