Monthly Archives: December 2012

State aid: Commission approves resolution plan for the Dexia group and restructuring plan for Belfius subject to fulfilling certain commitments

The European Commission has authorised aid granted by Belgium, France and Luxemburg for the orderly resolution of the Dexia group, the sale of its subsidiary DMA (Dexia Municipal Agency) and the restructuring of Belfius (formerly Dexia Banque Belgique). The Commission … Continue reading

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Finnish biogas plant awarded EUR 5.7 million investment support

New production and processing plant by Kujalan Komposti Oy and Gasum will produce up to 50GWh of biogas annually. Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy has awarded a total of EUR 5.7 million in investment support for a biogas … Continue reading

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Rovaniemi – the number one Christmas destination

According to the American TV channel CNN, Rovaniemi is the number one Christmas destination. The news company listed the nine most Christmassy places on the planet in its article published on 12 December. The article presents Rovaniemi, located on the … Continue reading

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PandoDaily celebrates gaming startup Supercell

Supercell’s creative small teams and a focus on tablets and have created a major success story, according to PandoDaily’s reporter Hamish McKenzie. The Finnish startup gaming company Supercell is the subject of a glowing report in PandoDaily, an American web … Continue reading

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New Danish Wind Turbine Test Bench Reduces Development Costs Significantly

The Danish wind power research center, Lindøe Offshore Center, is about to upgrade with this super advanced two-dock test bench for offshore wind turbines. Regional project manager Peder Bo Sørensen explains that the new facilities will become a great advantage … Continue reading

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Wind power construction provides employment

Finland has undertaken to build more wind power plants by 2020, worth a total capacity of 2,500 MW, in addition to its other projects involving the production of renewable energy. This represents a considerable increase in the country’s production of … Continue reading

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EU support to Ukraine for energy reform and local development

The European Commission has announced additional EU funding for Ukraine for 2012 today. The support is part of the Eastern Partnership and will focus on energy reform and the involvement of citizens in local development. Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement … Continue reading

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EU research project offers prospect of healthier festive season

European researchers have made progress towards finding an alternative to adding sulphur dioxide to red wine and other foodstuffs, such as dried fruit, holding out the hope of making future festive seasons healthier for millions. Sulphur dioxide (SO2), labelled E220 … Continue reading

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Customs: Boosting EU competitiveness, protecting EU citizens in the 21st century

Today the European Commission adopted a Communication on the State of Customs Union. The Communication takes stock of the current state of the EU customs union, identifies the challenges that it currently faces, and sets out priority actions for ensuring … Continue reading

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Antitrust: Commission market tests commitments from Star alliance members Lufthansa, United and Air Canada concerning transatlantic cooperation

The European Commission has invited interested parties to comment on commitments proposed by Lufthansa, United and Air Canada to address competition concerns about their transatlantic cooperation. The Commission has concerns that this cooperation may harm premium passengers on the Frankfurt-New … Continue reading

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