<![CDATA[European Commission - Enterprise and Industry]]> http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/news/index_en.htm All topics European communities Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:29:19 GMT Newsroom_2.0 20 <![CDATA[European satellite navigation: Galileo launches two more satellites]]>

Published : Wed, 20 Aug 2014

On 21 August 2014, Galileo, the EU's satellite navigation programme, will send two more satellites into space, reaching a total number of 6 satellites in orbit. The lift-off will take place at the European spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana, at 14.31 CET and can be viewed via live [...]

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[GALILEO LAUNCH: All on the right track ! (chronology in pictures)]]>

Published : Tue, 19 Aug 2014

It has been packed days for the Galileo Team preparing for the launch of satellites 5 and 6 from Kourou, on Thursday August 21st.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[GALILEO LAUNCH : Doresa and Milena take place on the launchers upper stage ]]>

Published : Mon, 18 Aug 2014

The two Galileo Full-Operational Capability (FOC) satellites planned to take-off on Thursday, August 21st, at 14:31 (Brussels time) from the European Space Port of Kourou are getting a step closer to space with their integration on Soyuz's Fregat upper stage.

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Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The Continuous Reinvention of the Province of Limburg ]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

The manufacturing industry in the Province of Limburg is facing a situation in which its products are becoming indistinguishable from others and consumers are buying on price alone. Other problems include increasing competition and short time-to-market. Thus, there is an urgent need to create new forms of added value and [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[The Canary Islands - Evolving from ‘Sun, Sea and Sand’ to tailor-made Tourist Experiences]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

 The Canary Islands have a lot to offer as a tourist destination and with a constant flow of tourists, the region claims to be an ideal test bed for services and service innovations. However, for a long time the region has relied on the ‘sun, sea and sand’ approach and [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Refining the Large-scale Demonstrator (LSD) Strategies for the six Model Regions]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

The work of the European Service Innovation Centre (ESIC) is being undertaken in the six model demonstrator regions of the Canary Islands, Emilia-Romagna, Limburg, Luxembourg, Northern Ireland and Upper Austria. This model demonstrator approach or Large-scale Demonstrator (LSD) approach represents a move from small-scale prototypes to large-scale, near-market service innovation [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[GALILEO LAUNCH: Doresa and Milena now share the same seat !]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

On August 21st, 2014, 14:31 CET, the two first satellites of the Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) will be launched from the European Space Port of Kourou, French Guyana. The two satellites are now placed on the dispenser.

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Using the Transformative Power of Service Innovation in Upper Austrian Industrial Renewal ]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

The economy of Upper Austria is characterised by the dominance of its competitive manufacturing sector including notably the automotive, mechanical engineering, metal processing, chemicals, plastics, paper, wood and automation industries. These driving industries have made Upper Austria the most export-oriented region in the country. Since the performance of the region’s [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Northern Ireland - Making a Transformation through Service Innovation]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

Northern Ireland’s economy is evolving and regional stakeholders recognise the challenges they face in ensuring that the region’s strengths and resources are channelled into the exploitation of future opportunities. A key challenge to be addressed is a lack of effective collaboration. The region must continue to develop strategic partnerships and [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Luxembourg – Transforming the Healthcare Sector and becoming one of the Healthiest Nations on Earth ]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

Luxembourg’s progress in becoming one of the wealthiest regions in Europe was initially based on its strong steel industry, followed more recently by a boom in financial services. Nevertheless, Luxembourg needs to diversify its economy and the healthcare sector. Life sciences especially represent an interesting opportunity for the region but [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Fostering ICT and Logistics Service Innovation in Emilia-Romagna ]]>

Published : Thu, 14 Aug 2014

The region of Emilia-Romagna is well known for its automotive and motorcycle industries, food production and the ceramic industry, all of which have developed in the form of large and successful industrial districts spread over the entire region. Demand for services is strong but the market for services is fragmented [...]

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[NEW EU CLUSTER PORTAL]]> Published : Tue, 12 Aug 2014

NEW EU CLUSTER PORTAL

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Galileo getting ready to initiate its Full Operational Capability deployment on August 21st, 2014 !]]>

Published : Mon, 11 Aug 2014

On August 21st, 2014, Galileo will initiate the deployment of its Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites with the launch of Satellites "Doresa" and "Milena" from the European Space Port of Kourou, French Guyana.

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Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Green Action Plan for SMEs: turning environmental challenges into business opportunities]]>

Published : Thu, 31 Jul 2014

The European Commission adopted on 2 July a Communication Green Action Plan (GAP) for SMEs: Enabling SMEs to turn environmental challenges into business opportunities. The Action Plan presents a series of SME-oriented actions proposed at European level to help exploit the business opportunities that the transition to a green economy [...]

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Call for proposals: Cluster Excellence Programme]]> Published : Wed, 30 Jul 2014

The overall objective of this Call for proposals is to pursue the EU efforts aimed to strengthen cluster management excellence in the EU as a way to provide more professional business services to European SMEs through clusters and therefore contribute to the development of more world-class clusters in the [...]

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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[155 small firms to receive funding in first wave of grants under EU SME Instrument]]> Published : Thu, 24 Jul 2014

The European Commission today announces the first results of its new €3 billion SME Instrument, launched under Horizon 2020 to help innovative small firms get ideas from the lab to the market.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[First Galileo Commercial Service demonstration with encrypted signals]]>

Published : Thu, 24 Jul 2014

Between July 15th and July 25th, Galileo signals (E6-B and E6-C) have been under test, as reported in a recent NAGU (Notice Advisory to Galileo Users). The main purpose of the tests was to verify the Galileo Commercial Service signal encryption functionalities.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2014: Shortlisted projects announced]]>

Published : Wed, 23 Jul 2014

Hundreds of projects competed in the 2014 national competitions for a chance to represent their country in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards; 22 projects have now been shortlisted. A record number of 31 countries entered the Awards this year including 28 EU member states as well as Iceland, Serbia and [...]

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[COSME: Agreement signed which will boost funding opportunities for SMEs ]]>

Published : Tue, 22 Jul 2014

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe will soon have access to up to € 25 bn of additional finance, as a result of an agreement signed today between the European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF).

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Commission announces €100 million Fast Track to Innovation and five innovation prizes ]]> Published : Tue, 22 Jul 2014

On 22 July 2014 the European Commission presented details of a new €100 million "Fast Track to Innovation" (FTI) pilot action and five innovation prizes under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme.

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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT