EC endorses €143 million aid to Ford for two large investment projects in Craiova, Romania

The European Commission has authorised, under EC Treaty state aid rules, €143 million of aid, which the Romanian authorities intend to grant to Ford for the production of vehicles and engines in Craiova, in the South West of Romania.

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Responsible nanosciences research: New Code of Conduct

On the 30th of April 2008, the European Commission published the outline of a new Code of Conduct for responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies research. This set of regulations provides Member States, employers, research funders, researchers and more generally all individuals and civil society organisations involved or interested in nanosciences and nanotechnologies (N&N) research (all stakeholders) with guidelines favouring a responsible and open approach to N&N research in the Community.

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Non-opposition to Basell and Raffinerie de Berre L'Étang concentration

As part of  information from European Union institutions and Bodies, the EC has published notification of complete non-opposition to the concentration between Basell and Raffinerie de Berre L'Étang. On 4 February 2008, the Commission decided not to oppose the above notified concentration and to declare it compatible with the common market.

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Consumer protection concerning the use of video games

A communication was published on the 22nd of April 2008, from the European Commission (EC), the European Parliment, the Council the European Economic and  SOcail Committee of the regions on on the protection of consumers, in particular minors, in respect of the use of video games.

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Meetings for Grants in the field of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) and Trans-European Energy Network (TEN-E)

To mark the launch of a new calls for proposalr under the annual work programme in the field of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) for 2008 and multi-annual work programme for grants in the field of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) for the period 2007-2013, the EC has set up a series of meetings on the 16th of May 2008 titled "Information Day". The meetings will be broadcasted live over the Internet.

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EC non opposition to a JV SABMILLER / MOLSON COORS

The Official Journal of the European Union has published a Commission decision indication that they do not  oppose to a Joint Venture notified concentration and to declare it compatible with the common market.

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EC investigation into acquisition of GBI by Associated British Foods

The European Commission has opened a detailed investigation under the EU Merger Regulation into the proposed acquisition of certain parts of GBI of The Netherlands by the UK-based company Associated British Foods (ABF). Both companies produce dry, compressed and liquid baker's yeast.

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Progress in creating the internal gas and electricity market

The European Commission (EC) have published a report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliment concering Progress in creating the internal gas and electricity market [SEC(2008) 460]. The report  which was approved on the 15th April 2008 was published on the 17th April 2008 in the OJ (Official Journal of the European Union).

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Aid to agricultural sector Italy

The EC has publsihed notices from various member states including Information communicated by Member States regarding State aid granted under Commission Regulation (EC) No 1857/2006 on the application of Articles 87 and 88 of the EC Treaty to State aid to small and medium-sized enterprises active in the production of agricultural products (2008/C 97/05). One of the aid schemes that  was focused on was the "Fondo per lo sviluppo della meccanizzazione in agricoltura" to come out of the Marche region of Italy.

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EC aid payments to Scottish ferry operators

The European Commission decided on the 16 April 2008, to open a formal investigation procedure to look into complaints about subsidies paid by the Scottish Executive to the Scottish ferry companies NorthLink and CalMac.

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Autogrill, Italy to acquire World Duty Free Limited, United Kingdom

On 7 April 2008, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 by which Autogrill SpA (‘Autogrill’, Italy) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Council Regulation control of the whole of World Duty Free Limited (‘WDF’, United Kingdom) by way of purchase of shares.

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Nuclear energy in transition towards low carbon economy

Commissioner Piebalgs underlines the role of nuclear energy in the transition towards a low carbon economy Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs reiterated today the importance of nuclear energy for the reduction of CO2 emissions in a speech at a European Nuclear Assembly conference in Brussels. The conference was dedicated to the development of Europe's low carbon economy and organised by Foratom.

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