Monthly Archives: December 2013

Latvia becomes the 18th Member State to adopt the euro

After Latvia adopts the euro at midnight tonight – on the 15th anniversary of the launch of the euro in 1999 – 18 Member States and 333 million Europeans will share the same currency. This is a major achievement for … Continue reading

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Rīga and Umeå: European Capitals of Culture in 2014

Rīga (Latvia) and Umeå (Sweden) are the European Capitals of Culture in 2014. The cultural programme will officially begin on 17 January in the Latvian capital and on 31 January in Umeå. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism … Continue reading

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YIT to build two wind parks in Finland

New wind parks in central and western Finland will produce 50 MW of electricity. Finnish construction company YIT is planning to build wind parks in the municipalities of Kyyjärvi and Pyhäjärvi in central Finland. Both locations will have 7-9 wind … Continue reading

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SEW-Industrial Gears aims to double its production in Finland

German company SEW-EURODRIVE’s Finnish subsidiary acquires new manufacturing and office premises. The Finnish subsidiary of the German manufacturing company SEW- EURODRIVE is increasing its production of industrial gears in Finland through the acquisition of new manufacturing and office premises from … Continue reading

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Energy Europe – Trade Fair in Copenhagen

Interest in the usage of renewable energy has grown immensely especially in the north and east of Europe. Many European countries have made vast funds available, for the conversion to these new resources. The trade fair Energy Europe meets the … Continue reading

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European Union to lead international counter piracy efforts in 2014

From the 1st of January 2014 the European Union will assume for one year the chairmanship of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) with Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service … Continue reading

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EU to grant EUR 41.9 million to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brussels, 23 December 2013 – Today the European Commission adopted the 2013 national programme for Bosnia and Herzegovina under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). The funds available amount to EUR 41.9 million. This is EUR 45 million less than … Continue reading

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EU to grant 178.7 million EUR to support key reforms in Serbia

Today the European Commission adopted the 2013 national programme for Serbia under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). The €178.7 million programme will help Serbia implement reforms in key areas such as rule of law, public administration, social inclusion, private … Continue reading

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Autumn 2013 Eurobarometer: Growing Belief in Economic Recovery

According to the latest Eurobarometer survey results published today, Europeans are becoming slightly more optimistic about the economic situation in Europe. Over half of Europeans (51%) say that they are optimistic about the EU’s future (up from 49% in the … Continue reading

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State aid: Commission’s competition service consults on draft rules on state aid for research, development and innovation.

The European Commission’s competition directorate-general has published today for public consultation a draft framework setting out revised conditions under which Member States can grant state aid for research, development and innovation activities (R&D&I). After having analysed the comments by stakeholders, … Continue reading

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