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14 June 2011

Helping EU industries to speed up carbon efficiency
Energy-intensive manufacturing industries are facing significant additional costs for their green house gas (GHG) emissions with the entry into force of the revised EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) as of 1 January 2013.

Energy-intensive manufacturing industries are facing significant additional costs for their green house gas (GHG) emissions with the entry into force of the revised EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) as of 1 January 2013. To help GHG intensive installations to cut ETS costs by reducing emissions the European Commission has launched a call for proposals in the context of the new Sustainable Industry Low Carbon initiative. It consists of a set of sector-specific industrial projects aiming to find innovation measures to reduce the carbon-intensity industries. Each project will be carried out by a consortium of industrial stakeholders. The EU will provide co-financing up to 75% in form of grant agreements.

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Vice-President

Antonio Tajani

Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship

"We need to tackle the problem of Climate Change, but we cannot renounce on industrial production in Europe. Therefore, our initiative intends to help industry to adapt and modernise becoming more energy efficient and competitive on the global markets and to keep employment in the EU.
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Vice-President A. Tajani website

Vice-President Antonio Tajani - Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry
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European SME Week 2011

 
The yearly European SME Week is a pan-European campaign designed to promote and support entrepreneurship. It showcases the support available to business at European, national, regional and local level.

The yearly European SME Week is a pan-European campaign designed to promote and support entrepreneurship. It showcases the support available to business at European, national, regional and local level. At events SMEs and micro-firms share experiences and develop their businesses. There is also a special focus on promoting entrepreneurship as a career option, especially for younger people. The registration of events for the European SME Week 2011 has started and will be open until 30 November 2011.

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Commission for better standards to boost European competitiveness and promote consumers' interest

 
The European Commission proposes a series of legislative and non-legislative measures to develop more and faster standards.

Standards are a decisive tool in international competition. A mass diffusion of electric cars will not happen without common standards for their recharge. Mobile phone or software companies are publicly showcasing their battle for the leadership of their respective standards. No doubt, a good standard can ease consumers' life, promote sustainability, enhance European competitiveness and technological leadership in global markets. Therefore the European Commission is proposing a series of measures to develop more and faster standards.

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50,000 tourists to promote low season travel in the EU and South America

 
How can we promote tourism during low season and make use of spare places in airplanes and tourist infrastructures when they are not being used to full capacity?

To increase low season travel, the European Commission promotes an innovative collaborative project between South America and Europe aimed at having 50,000 additional tourists. New promotional campaigns will encourage 25,000 South Americans to travel to Europe, notably between October 2012 and March 2013, and 25,000 Europeans travelling to South America, notably between May and October 2013.

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Europe needs to accelerate investment in research and innovation

 
Commission report highlights Europe's innovation emergency and analyses Member States' progress

The EU is slowly advancing towards its target of investing 3% of GDP in research and development (2.01% in 2009) but the gap with leading competitors is widening notably due to weaker business R&D investment. In 2008, 24% of the total world R&D expenditure was performed in the EU (29% in 1995). Relative to GDP, business invests twice as much in Japan or in South Korea as in Europe.

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