Midday Express of 2013-04-05
European Commission - MEX/13/0405 05/04/2013
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EXME 13 / 05.04
Midday Express of 2013-04-05
News from the European Commission's Midday Briefing
Nouvelles du rendez-vous de midi de la Commission européenne
Although the proportion of female researchers in Europe is increasing, the under-representation of women in scientific disciplines and careers still persists. This is the message of the latest edition of the "She Figures", published today by the European Commission. Women represent only 33% of European researchers, 20% of full professors and 15.5 % of heads of institutions in the Higher Education sector.
In February 2013 compared with January 2013, the volume of retail trade fell by 0.3% in the euro area (EA17) and remained stable in the EU27. In January retail trade rose by 0.9% and 0.8% respectively. In February 2013 compared with February 2012, the retail sales index dropped by 1.4% in the euro area and by 0.2% in the EU27
Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of diesel engine manufacturer Ispol by General Motors
The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the proposed acquisition of the Dutch company Ispol Holding B.V. by General Motors Europe Holdings S.L. Ispolis, a manufacturer of automotive diesel engines and engine components for passenger cars, which was previously jointly controlled by General Motors and Isuzu Motors Limited. General Motors Europe Holdings S.L. is a Spanish subsidiary of General Motors Company, which produces and sells passenger cars, delivery vans, trucks and car parts. The operation was examined under the simplified merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website in the public case register under the case number M.6869 .
Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of joint control of The Aibel Group by Ratos and Ferd Aibel Holding
The European Commission has granted clearance under the EU Merger Regulation to the proposed acquisition of joint control of the Swedish Aibel Group by Ratos AB of Sweden and Ferd Aibel Holding AS, ultimately controlled by Ferd SA, both of Norway. Aibel provides engineering, procurement, construction and installation services to offshore and onshore oil and gas production facilities, mainly on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Ratos is a private equity conglomerate listed in Sweden. Ferd is a family owned Norwegian industrial and financial group that owns several companies in a broad range of sectors. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, in particular because the parties' activities do not overlap and the vertical relationship between Aibel and a Ratos subsidiary active in hydraulic piping solutions is minor. . The case was examined under the normal merger review procedure. More information is available on the Commission's competition website, in the public case register under the case number M.6819 .
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