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Commission approves tax exemptions for Finnish Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) 12 May 2010, 22:42 CET
The European Commission has authorised under EU state aid rules the introduction of "Real Estate Investment Trusts" (REITs) in Finland that will be exempted from corporate income tax in order to encourage investment in affordable rental housing.

EU clears Swedish restructuring aid for Carnegie Investment Bank 12 May 2010, 22:43 CET
The European Commission has granted final clearance under the EU state aid rules to the Swedish aid for the restructuring of Carnegie Investment Bank.

State aid: Commission to investigate EUR 20 million capital injections into Elan of Slovenia 12 May 2010, 22:47 CET
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation under EU State aid rules into capital injections destined to two subsidiaries of state owned company Elan Skupina in Slovenia.

EU restricts imports of plants from China 11 May 2010, 17:39 CET
The European Union has decided to impose stricter measures for the import from China of plants hosting the harmful citrus long horn beetle, an insect that is not native to Europe and can attack a wide range of plants.

EU ministers adopt rules to prevent injuries to healthcare workers 11 May 2010, 17:39 CET
At a meeting of the EU Council of Education, Youth and Culture today, Ministers adopted a directive aimed at achieving the safest possible working environment for healthcare workers through prevention from injuries.

EU steers its way towards intelligent transport systems 10 May 2010, 21:44 CET
A coherent EU-wide framework for interoperable transport systems is the aim of a proposal adopted by EU transport ministers today. Following negotiations with the European Parliament, the European Council today approved a proposal for a directive on the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in the field of road transport.

EU approves acquisition of 50Hertz by Elia and Industry Funds Management 10 May 2010, 21:22 CET
The European Commission has authorised under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of joint control over the German transmission system operator 50Hertz Transmission GmbH by Elia System Operator SA/NV of Belgium and Industry Funds Management Pty Ltd (IFM) of Australia.

EU greenlights Otto's acquisition of various Quelle assets 10 May 2010, 21:22 CET
The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition by the German Otto Group of certain assets of the Swiss home-shopping companies Quelle Versand AG i.L. (in liquidation) and Spengler Versand AG.

Commission to cut research funding red tape 07 May 2010, 23:36 CET
The European Commission has set out its plans to simplify the procedures for taking part in EU-funded research projects. The Commission hopes that cutting red tape in this way will entice the very best researchers to get involved in the framework programmes.

Commission puts ITER funding in spotlight 07 May 2010, 23:28 CET
The European Commission on 5 May adopted a communication justifying the creation of a sustainable financial framework for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). EU Member States should provide financial support to the facility, whose expenditure is EUR 4.5 billion more than the initial EUR 2.7 billion planned, the European Commission said.

EU to revise competition rules for motor vehicle distribution and repair 07 May 2010, 21:37 CET
On May 26, the European Commission is due to adopt new competition rules for agreements between vehicle manufacturers and their authorised dealers, repairers and spare parts distributors.

Harmonised EU rules to foster high-speed wireless Internet 07 May 2010, 14:02 CET
The European Commission has adopted a Decision establishing harmonised technical rules for Member States on the allocation of radio frequencies in the 800 MHz band that contribute to the deployment of high-speed wireless internet services by avoiding harmful interference.

Euro-MPs urge standard chargers for electric cars 07 May 2010, 14:03 CET
Standard chargers for electric cars would be a major step towards a single European electric vehicle market, says a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on Thursday.

Commission to ease bottlenecks to financing of smaller businesses 07 May 2010, 08:47 CET
To address the difficult financing situation of SMEs, EU Commissioners proposed today to upgrade the SME Finance Forum into a high-level dialogue between financial institutions and SMEs. The SME Finance Forum 2010, being held in Brussels today, focuses on new strategies for improving access to finance for SMEs.

"Bulk data" transfers to the US against EU law, warn MEPs 05 May 2010, 22:46 CET
Euro-MPs warned today that any new agreement on providing bank data to the United States must avoid "bulk data" transfers until they can be processed within the EU.

Euro-MPs urge tightening of animal welfare rules 05 May 2010, 22:49 CET
More frequent inspections and tougher penalties will be needed to enforce the next EU Animal Welfare Action Plan, says a resolution adopted by the European Parliament today.

Sweden told to comply with EU cosmetics rules 05 May 2010, 22:52 CET
The European Commission has taken further steps against Sweden for infringing EU law on cosmetic products by introducing excessive requirements in the notification of such products.

Commission action makes setting up business in Ireland easier 05 May 2010, 22:50 CET
Following changes to Irish legislation that remove obstacles to setting up a business in Ireland, the European Commission has closed its infringement case.

Incoming British government 'must tackle rising debt' 05 May 2010, 17:56 CET
EU forecasts on the eve of the British general election put Britain under the highest public deficit levels in Europe, with Brussels warning the next government must focus first on the shortfall.

E.ON's commitments open up German gas market to competitors 04 May 2010, 23:10 CET
The European Commission has adopted a decision that renders legally binding commitments offered by E.ON to effectively open up access to the German gas market.

First steps towards reform of EU's Common Fisheries Policy 04 May 2010, 23:13 CET
The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy begins today, stated the Spanish Minister for the Environment, as the Informal Meeting of Fisheries Ministers in Vigo, Spain, got under way on Tuesday.

Euro-MPs urge more time for combustion plants to comply with emission limits 04 May 2010, 23:15 CET
Certain combustion plants, including some fossil-fuel power stations, should be allowed extra time to meet stricter rules on industrial emissions, Euro-MPs said today. The proposal will be voted in July.

EU proposes rules for fishery imports from Greenland 03 May 2010, 23:28 CET
The European Commission proposes rules for imports of fishery products from Greenland into the EU. These rules will affect fish, fishery products as well as by-products derived from these sources.

Incentive driven pharmaceutical prescription is lawful, EU Court rules 06 May 2010, 12:44 CET
The European Court of Justice has ruled that public authorities may offer financial incentives to induce doctors to prescribe cheaper medicinal products. However, those authorities are required, first, to ensure that the incentive scheme is based on non-discriminatory objective criteria and, second, to make public, inter alia, the therapeutic evaluations relating to the scheme

EU Court imposes fines of EUR 23.44 million on thread cartel 06 May 2010, 12:42 CET
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has upheld a EUR 23.44 million fine originaly imposed by the Commission in 2005 on 5 undertakings for their participation in cartels on the industrial threads markets.