<![CDATA[European Commission - Enterprise and Industry]]> http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/news/index_en.htm All topics European communities Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:55:53 GMT Newsroom_2.0 20 <![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
<![CDATA[Study on Food taxes and their impact on competitiveness of the agri-food sector]]>

Published : Wed, 16 Jul 2014

Non-harmonised taxes on high sugar, salt and fat products such as soft drinks, sweet and salty foodstuffs do induce a reduction of the consumption of the taxed products, but the exact impact on the competitiveness of the European agri-food sector needs to be further assessed.

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[European Commission to tackle unfair practices in the food supply chain]]> Published : Tue, 15 Jul 2014

The European Commission has adopted a communication encouraging Member States to look for ways to improve protection of small food producers and retailers against the unfair practices of their sometimes much stronger trading partners.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[May 2014 compared with April 2014: Industrial production down by 1.1% in euro area and EU28]]> Published : Mon, 14 Jul 2014

In May 2014 compared with April 2014, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 1.1% in both the euro area (EA18) and the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Free movement of goods: Commission refers Czech Republic to Court over jewellery hallmarking rules]]> Published : Thu, 10 Jul 2014

The European Commission has decided to refer the Czech Republic to the EU's Court of Justice due to its rules on the hallmarking of jewellery. The Czech Assay office requires that certain articles of jewellery imported from another EU country be stamped with an additional national hallmark, despite the fact [...]

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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Free movement of goods: Commission requests Romania to remove barriers to exports of natural gas]]> Published : Thu, 10 Jul 2014

By obliging the producers in Romania to give priority to sales on the domestic market and by submitting gas transactions to prior control and approval, the Commission considers that the current Romanian legal framework creates unjustified barriers to exports of gas from Romania and has requested that the barriers be [...]

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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[EU-industry partnerships seek innovation boost with first €1 billion for projects]]> Published : Wed, 09 Jul 2014

Research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and Member States presented their first calls for projects and partners under Horizon 2020, the EU's €80 billion research and innovation programme.

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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Ventilation units more energy efficient and less noisy ]]> Published : Wed, 09 Jul 2014

Ventilation units will become more energy-efficient and less noisy. As of 1 January 2016 a new Ecodesign Regulation will ensure that newly produced residential ventilation units will have to fulfil minimum energy efficiency requirements as well as maximum noise emission requirements.

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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[State aid: Commission adopts four decisions on regional investment aid for car manufacturers Porsche, BMW, AUDI and Ford]]> Published : Wed, 09 Jul 2014

The European Commission has adopted decisions on the compatibility with EU state aid rules of four distinct projects by Germany, Hungary and Spain to grant regional aid in favour of the car manufacturers Volkswagen, BMW and Ford, in order to attract major investment projects.

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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Passenger rights: smartphone app upgraded for summer holidays]]> Published : Tue, 08 Jul 2014

The Commission's free smartphone application for passenger rights has been upgraded just before the summer holidays.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[A €2 billion boost for low-carbon energy projects in Europe]]> Published : Tue, 08 Jul 2014

The European Commission is awarding a total of 1 billion EUR to 19 innovative low-carbon energy projects selected under the second call of the NER300 funding programme.

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Modern Insolvency Rules: European Commission kicks off EU-wide interconnection of insolvency registers]]> Published : Mon, 07 Jul 2014

The European Commission is launching an EU-wide interconnection of national insolvency registers by linking up databases from seven Member States.

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Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Operation ERMIS: 70 000 counterfeit goods seized in EU joint customs operation]]> Published : Mon, 07 Jul 2014

Over 70 000 counterfeit goods were seized during a major Joint Customs Operation (JCO) code-named “ERMIS”.

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Sun, 06 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Launch of the consultation of sectoral experts in the context of the identification of ICT Technical Specification UBL 2.1]]> Published : Fri, 04 Jul 2014

After consultation of the European Multi-stakeholders Platform on ICT Standardisation (MSP) of last May 22 about the identification, the Commission is launching today a second consultation of sectoral experts about the identification of the OASIS Universal Business Language version 2.1 (UBL 2.1) ICT technical specification in accordance with Article 13 [...]

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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[Higher recycling targets to drive transition to a Circular Economy; Green Employment Initiative]]>

Published : Wed, 02 Jul 2014

The Commission adopted proposals to turn Europe into a more circular economy and boost recycling in the Member States

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Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT
<![CDATA[President Barroso announces caretaker replacements following the resignation of 4 Commissioners]]> Published : Wed, 02 Jul 2014

President Barroso announces caretaker replacements following the resignation of 4 Commissioners.

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Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:00:00 GMT