The Commission will propose further €1 billion for Africa clinical trials partnership

The Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan Quinn announced that the European Commission is proposing a fivefold increase in its funding for the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) of up to €1 billion.

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120 MHz more to the European radio spectrum portfolio for 4G technologies

The European Commission published a decision that makes mandatory for Member States to open the radio spectrum by 30 June 2014 at the latest, and lays down harmonised technical conditions to allow coexistence between different technologies. On this basis the EU will enjoy up to twice the amount of spectrum for high speed wireless broadband as in the United States, namely around 1000 MHz.

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The Marie Curie Prize winners for outstanding achievement in research were announced by the Commission

The winners of the first Marie Curie Prize were announced by the European Commission at a ceremony held in Nicosia, Cyprus. The three winners are Dr Gkikas Magiorkinis from Greece, in the 'Promising Research Talent' category, Dr Claire Belcher from the United Kingdom, for 'Communicating Science', and Dr Sarit Sivan from Israel, for 'Innovation and Entrepreneurship'.

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€150 million loan to Vietnam from the EIB for climate change mitigation

The European Investment Bank (EIB) provided a €150 million loan to the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam with the purpose of part-financing projects that will contribute to the mitigation of climate change.

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The SMEs access to bank loans continued to deteriorate in the euro area

The European Central Bank published the results of a survey which show that between April and September 2012, the SMEs access to bank loans continued to deteriorate. Moreover, the survey results point to somewhat higher rejection rates when applying for a loan. In addition, the EBRD showed how structural reforms have improved the environment for SMEs in Eastern partner countries.

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