Monthly Archives: November 2012

Environment: European Green Capital 2013 – Nantes, France

At a ceremony in Brussels today, Nantes, France’s sixth largest city, takes over the title of European Green Capital from Vitoria-Gasteiz in Spain. Nantes was awarded the title of European Green Capital 2013 following an intensive Europe-wide competition in 2010. … Continue reading

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Commission launches consultation on integrated parcel delivery market to boost e-commerce in the EU

For many e-commerce businesses, the weeks leading up to Christmas represent one of the peak periods of the year for sales. However, a number of them are missing out on potential business because of concerns about delivery. Studies show that … Continue reading

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

In November the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) increased by 2.0 points in the EU, to 88.1, and by 1.4 points in the euro area, to 85.7. The upswing follows a deceleration in the ESI’s downturn since September. The industrial investment … Continue reading

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EESC president argues for urgent EU action to eradicate energy poverty

The EU must step up its efforts to combat fuel poverty which affects a growing number of EU citizens, according to Staffan Nilsson, president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). He also attributed energy price rises to incomplete … Continue reading

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Gamesa obtains EUR 260 million loan for RDI

The European Investment Bank (EIB) today granted a EUR 260 million loan to Gamesa to support its research, development and innovation (RDI) activities in the field of wind turbine generators. This is the EIB’s third loan to Gamesa for RDI … Continue reading

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FinlandCare promotes health tourism in Finland

Number of Russian patients buying health services in Finland is expected to increase substantially in the coming years. Finpro has launched a new program called FinlandCare which promotes health tourism from Russia to Finland and supports the establishment of Finnish … Continue reading

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The EU increases its support to higher education in the European Neighbourhood region

The European Commission adopted today a new support package for higher education in the European Neighbourhood region. “Investing in people is a key objective of the neighbourhood policy. This is the reason why we have significantly increased the funding for … Continue reading

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European Investment Bank provides EUR 155m to support renewable energy investment in Ireland

Renewable energy generation from onshore wind farms across Ireland will be significantly increased using a EUR 155 million loan to Bord Gáis from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The EIB support will contribute to the construction and operation of six … Continue reading

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EUR 50 million for water sector investments in Cantabria

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 50 million loan to the Cantabria Region to help finance its investment in water and sanitation facilities. The project is designed to increase the reliability and efficiency of the water supply … Continue reading

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Research and development: EIB lends €60 million to Piaggio Group for projects carried out in Italy

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Piaggio today signed a €60 million finance contract to support Piaggio Group’s research and development projects. The loan will be for a term of seven years and will be used for research and development … Continue reading

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