EIB-CaixaBank: EUR 300 million financing agreement for SMEs and midcaps PRESS RELEASE Luxembourg, 28 July 2014 The European Investment Bank (EIB) and CaixaBank have today signed a EUR 300 million loan contract to finance investment and working capital projects promoted by SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and midcaps.
State aid: Commission concludes that Belgian crystal producer Val Saint-Lambert received incompatible State aid; authorises the sale of some of its assets European Commission Press release Brussels, 31 July 2014 The European Commission has concluded that certain aid measures that the Walloon Region granted to Val Saint-Lambert SA (VSL) have conferred on the company an undue economic advantage over its competitors, in breach of EU State aid rules.
Commission adopts French programme to use €499 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived European Press release Brussels, 31 July 2014 Commission The European Commission has approved today the French Operational Programme to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). France, the first Member State to have its FEAD programme adopted, will receive 499 million euros in current prices...
EU develops new driverless car parking system – so you never waste another minute looking for a space European Commission Press release Brussels, 31 July 2014 Watch the video There are only a few minutes before your flight check-in closes, or before your train departs, but you now have to spend precious time hunting for a free space at the airport or station car park.
Business Climate Indicator decreases marginally in July European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 July 2014 In July 2014 the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased marginally by 0.04 points to +0.17. Managers' more optimistic views on expected production and, to a lesser extent, the current level of overall order books were offset by an...
July 2014: Economic Sentiment stable in the euro area, decreasing slightly in the EU European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 July 2014 July 2014July 2014 In July the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) remained broadly stable in the euro area (+0.1 points at 102.2),1 while it decreased slightly in the EU (by 0.6 points to 105.8).
EU scales up funding in response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 July 2014 The European Commission is allocating an additional €2 million to respond to the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded. This brings the Commission's aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to €3.9 million.
Protecting Intellectual Property Rights: Customs authorities detain nearly 36 million fake goods at EU borders in 2013 European Commission Press release Brussels, 31 July 2014 Customs authorities in the EU detained almost 36 million items suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2013, according to the Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR.
Digital privacy: EU-wide logo and “data protection impact assessments” aim to boost the use of RFID systems European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 July 2014 New EU-wide technical standards have been agreed that will help users of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) smart chips and systems comply with EU Data Protection rules and the Commission’s 2009 recommendation on RFID (see IP/09/740).
Transport: EU supports key TEN-T infrastructure projects with over €320 million European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 July 2014 In the last Calls of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) Programme the European Commission selected a total of 106 projects that will benefit from over €320 million in EU support for improving transport infrastructure across Europe.