Cohesion policy and energy challenge: boosting results in EU regions

Danuta Hübner, Commissioner for Regional Policy, today explained how Cohesion policy for 2007-2013 will contribute to developing renewable energy and improving energy efficiency in the EU's regions. Nearly €9 billion will be invested in these sectors. The Commission will also act as facilitator by supporting Member States in making timely energy investments, and by promoting the sharing of know-how among regions. The European Commission's proposals on climate action, launched on 23 January, gives a high priority to renewable energy and the need for better energy efficiency.

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EC negotiates European Works Councils

The European Commission today invited trade unions' and employers' representatives to help improve the role of European Works Councils in consulting and informing employees. European Works Councils (EWCs) currently operate in 820 major companies across the EU, covering some 14.5 million employees. Today's second stage consultation gives social partners the opportunity to start negotiations on updating and improving the way the bodies operate, with a view to revising the existing legislation.

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Ryanair to merger with Aer Lingus

The case concerned the proposed acquisition by the Irish-based airline Ryanair of its competitor Aer Lingus. Both companies offer scheduled air transport services. Their operations overlap in particular at Dublin airport. The proposed acquisition, whereby Ryanair acquires sole control over Aer Lingus. The Commission's investigation confirmed that there are substantial barriers to entry which would make difficult any new entry to the routes where the activities of the merging parties overlap.

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