Monthly Archives: January 2014

Tax free sales boom in the Finnish cities of Kouvola and Imatra

Russian tourists are estimated to spend about EUR 200,000 million in Finland during the first two weeks of 2014. The cities of Kouvola and Imatra in eastern Finland enjoyed the fastest growth in tax free sales in 2013, according to … Continue reading

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Allianz Real Estate invests in Finnish Shopping Center Kamppi

Kamppi is one of the top five shopping centers in Finland. Allianz Real Estate, one of the world’s leading property investment and asset managers, has acquired a 50% stake in the Kamppi shopping center in Helsinki. The seller is Nordic … Continue reading

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Launch of Horizon 2020 in Cyprus

Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Launch of Horizon 2020 in Cyprus Launch of Horizon 2020 Nicosia, 16 January 2014 Minister Georgiadis, Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be in Nicosia today for the official launch … Continue reading

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A successful euro changeover in Latvia

Latvia’s changeover from the lats to the euro has been smooth and successful. Since yesterday, it has no longer been possible to make payments in Latvian lats, the two-week dual circulation period having ended on 14 January. No major problems … Continue reading

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Urgent reform of EU data protection framework is essential for a connected continent

The German government has been urged to take the lead in pushing forward the reform of the EU rules on data protection by Peter Hustinx, in the last speech of his mandate as European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), in Bonn, … Continue reading

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November 2013 compared with October 2013 Industrial production up by 1.8% in euro area Up by 1.5% in EU28

In November 2013 compared with October 2013, seasonally adjusted industrial production1 grew by 1.8% in the euro area2 (EA17) and by 1.5% in the EU282, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October3 industrial … Continue reading

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Launch event for Horizon 2020 in Switzerland

Launch of Horizon 2020 / Bern 14 January 2014 Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be in Bern today for the official launch of Horizon 2020 in Switzerland. I’d first of all like to thank our hosts and organisers … Continue reading

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Taking the next step: EU awards €575 million to mid-career researchers

The European Research Council (ERC) has today selected 312 top scientists in its first Consolidator Grant competition. This new funding will enable the researchers to consolidate their own teams and to further develop their best ideas. Projects selected include: using … Continue reading

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EU assistance to Central Asia is well planned, but implementation slow and variable – say EU Auditors

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has published today a Special Report (13/2013) on “European Union development Assistance to Central Asia”. The ECA examined how the Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) planned and managed development assistance to … Continue reading

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Launch of Horizon 2020 in Greece

Máire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Launch of Horizon 2020 in Greece Launch of Horizon 2020 Athens, 10 January 2014 Minister Arvanitopoulos, Commissioner Damanaki, Dr Vasilakos, Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be in Athens today … Continue reading

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