Monthly Archives: January 2013

Environment: Newly found health effects of air pollution call for stronger EU air policies

Long-term exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) can trigger atherosclerosis, adverse birth outcomes and childhood respiratory diseases, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) review released today. REVIHAAP – the “Review of evidence on health aspects of air pollution” – also … Continue reading

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2013 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award: finalists unveiled

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe have announced the five finalists who will compete for the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. In total, 335 works in the 37 … Continue reading

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Commission consults on gaps in the internal market for industrial products

The EU aims to allow free circulation of all products throughout the EU – the Single Market concept – but complaints from producers and distributors to the European Commission show that blockages in the trade of industrial products still exist. … Continue reading

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Commission adopts a European Retail Action Plan and consults on unfair trading practices

The European Commission has today adopted a European Retail Action Plan and a Green Paper on unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food and non-food supply chain. The retail and wholesale services sector is one of the most important in … Continue reading

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“The effectiveness of EU funding for municipal waste management infrastructures was limited due to the poor implementation of supporting measures” – say EU Auditors

In 2010, it was calculated that the average EU citizen generates approximately 500 kg of municipal waste annually, which if not collected, treated and disposed of properly, can cause negative environmental impacts. However, proper waste management can lead to an … Continue reading

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Finnish company Caima offers tax-free web store for Russian customers

Online shopping in Russia is growing at an estimated annual rate of 30% but few Finnish companies are tapping into the huge market. Finnish company Caima, based in Lappeenranta near the Russian border, has opened a web store selling tax-free … Continue reading

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Finnish company invents device for processing medicine waste

IPI Medicine Tech Oy’s innovative Liquid Collector safely empties syringes, ampules, bottles and other medicine containers. The Finnish company IPI Medicine Tech Oy has developed an innovative device for the safe processing and packing of medicine waste. The IPI 2S … Continue reading

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Commissioner Piebalgs participates in the UN panel on post-2015 development agenda

Today EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will take part in the second UN High Level Meeting on the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda beyond 2015, which takes place in Monrovia, Liberia. The meeting will be co-chaired by David Cameron, … Continue reading

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January 2013: Business Climate Indicator broadly unchanged

In January 2013, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area remained broadly unchanged at -1.09. While their assessment of current order books (overall and export) worsened, industry managers became less pessimistic in their production expectations and assessments of … Continue reading

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January 2013: Economic sentiment increases in both the EU and the euro area

In January the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) increased by 1.4 points in both the EU (to 90.6) and the euro area (to 89.2)1. In the EU, confidence improved in services, construction, retail trade and among consumers, while deteriorating slightly in … Continue reading

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