Monthly Archives: May 2013

Finland offers the cheapest electricity in Europe

Industrial consumers in Finland have the lowest electricity price in the EU, while Finnish households enjoy the cheapest electricity in terms of purchasing power. Finland has the cheapest electricity prices in the European Union for industrial and household consumers, and … Continue reading

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Statement by Commissioner Michel Barnier welcoming the agreement reached on the revision of the Transparency Directive

I congratulate the European Parliament, in particular the rapporteurs Arlene McCarthy and Klaus-Heiner Lehne, and the Council, in particular the Irish, Cypriot and Danish Presidencies on reaching this important agreement. I welcome this significant new advance in our efforts to … Continue reading

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Speech: The politics of the completing the telecoms single market

Neelie Kroes Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda The politics of the completing the telecoms single market Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee, European Parliament /Brussels 30 May 2013 I am going to do something … Continue reading

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May 2013: Economic sentiment picks up in both the euro area and the EU

In May the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) picked up again. The indicator’s recovery starting in autumn last year had been interrupted by flat developments in March and deteriorations in April. May brought increases of 0.8 points in the euro area … Continue reading

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Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Romanian Power Exchange OPCOM

The European Commission has informed OPCOM S.A. and its parent company CNTEE Transelectrica S.A. of its objections regarding OPCOM’s business practice of requiring OPCOM’s electricity spot market participants to hold a Romanian VAT registration. The Commission takes the preliminary view … Continue reading

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Endomines shares listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki

Mining company expects listing to attract private and institutional investors in Finland. Swedish mining company Endomines has been accepted for parallel listing on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki stock exchange’s main list, with trading starting on 14 May. According to Endomines … Continue reading

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Competition: Annual report shows how competition policy helps unlock potential of EU Single Market

The European Commission’s 2012 report on competition policy shows that without an effective European competition policy, the internal market cannot deliver its full economic potential. Private barriers to trade and competition would risk replacing the public barriers to free movement … Continue reading

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Early estimates of CO2 emissions from energy use In 2012, CO2 emissions in the EU27 are expected to have decreased by 2.1% compared with 2011

Eurostat estimates that in 2012 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion decreased by 2.1% in the EU27, compared with the previous year1, after a fall of 4.1% in 2011. CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming … Continue reading

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Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Belgian potato processor Lutosa by rival McCain, subject to conditions

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Lutosa of Belgium by McCain of Canada. Lutosa’s activities overlap with those of the global market leader McCain in the production and sale of processed potato … Continue reading

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Haltia Nature Centre is showpiece of wood architecture in Finland

Up to 200,000 people are expected to visit the unique eco-friendly building in the Nuuksio National Park. Nature Centre Haltia in Espoo, southern Finland, is Finland’s first public building constructed from massive CLT wood elements. Located in the Nuuksio National … Continue reading

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