Monthly Archives: April 2015

2 April 2015 – 3rd International Conference on the Protection of the Euro against Counterfeiting

The European Central Bank, Europol and the European Commission jointly organised the 3rd International Conference on the Protection of the Euro against Counterfeiting. The conference was held at the ECB’s new headquarters in Frankfurt am Main from 24 to 27 … Continue reading

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Labour costs in the EU – Hourly labour costs ranged from €3.8 to €40.3 across the EU Member States in 2014 – Lowest in Bulgaria, highest in Denmark

In 2014, average hourly labour costs in the whole economy (excluding agriculture and public administration) were estimated to be €24.6 in the European Union (EU) and €29.2 in the euro area (EA18). However, this average masks significant gaps between EU … Continue reading

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Intervention of Commissioner Thyssen at the Integration Segment of the Economic and Social Council

Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility United Nations Economic and Social Council 2015 Integration Segment, New York Commenting on the Jobs, Growth and Investment package contributions to job creation, Marianne Thyssen said: The number … Continue reading

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Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of orthopaedic implants producer Biomet by Zimmer, subject to conditions

The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Biomet Inc by Zimmer Holdings Inc., both of the United States. Both companies produce orthopaedic implants and related surgical products. The approval is conditional upon a … Continue reading

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Financial Services: Commission opens infringement procedures against Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia on investor restrictions for agricultural land

The European Commission has today decided formally to request Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia to submit their observations on their laws regulating the acquisition of agricultural land. These laws contain several provisions which, under EU law, may be considered to … Continue reading

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Reports: Trade as a powerful engine for growth and jobs in Europe

In the European Union 31 million jobs – over 14% of total employment – depend on exports to third countries and each additional €1bn of exports supports 14,000 additional jobs across the EU. The importance of trade agreements in supporting … Continue reading

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More than €1 billion pledged in support for fresh start of Guinea-Bissau

Pledges amounting to over €1 billion were announced at the International Conference in support of Guinea-Bissau in Brussels, which the European Union hosted on Wednesday together with the Government of Guinea-Bissau and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The pledges, finalised … Continue reading

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Tuesday 31 March: EU goes to Kuwait International Pledging Conference with new aid pledge for Syria

On 31 March the European Commission will announce a significant increase in its pledge to respond to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Syria, at the Third International Pledging Conference in Kuwait. At Kuwait II last year, the EU’s combined pledge … Continue reading

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International trade in goods in 2014 EU’s top trading partners in 2014: the United States for exports, China for imports Trade between Member States largely prevails though

In 2014, the United States (€515.6 bn, or 15% of total EU trade in goods) and China (€467.3 bn, or 14%) continued to be the two main goods trading partners of the European Union (EU), well ahead of Russia (€285.1 … Continue reading

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State aid: Commission approves German exemptions from mandatory rebates for pharmaceutical companies

Following an in-depth investigation, the European Commission has concluded that a German scheme exempting pharmaceutical companies from mandatory rebates was in line with EU State aid rules. In particular, the Commission found that the scheme allows the costs of the … Continue reading

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