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Commission approves €8 billion Austrian scheme to compensate companies for damage caused by #Coronavirus outbreak

Commission approves €8 billion Austrian scheme to compensate companies for damage caused by #Coronavirus outbreak

| May 25, 2020

The European Commission has found an €8 billion Austrian scheme to compensate companies for damages related to the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU state aid rules. Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This €8bn scheme enables Austria to compensate businesses of all sectors at least in part for the […]

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#Coronavirus – EU mobilizes help for Italy, Croatia and neighbouring countries

#Coronavirus – EU mobilizes help for Italy, Croatia and neighbouring countries

| April 22, 2020

Following requests for assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the EU is co-ordinating and co-financing the delivery of aid shipments in the EU and in neighbouring countries. Slovakia is sending masks and disinfectant to Italy, while Austria is sending gloves and disinfectant to Croatia. Crisis Management Commissioner […]

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Commission approves Austrian guarantee schemes to support SMEs affected by #Coronavirus outbreak

Commission approves Austrian guarantee schemes to support SMEs affected by #Coronavirus outbreak

| April 20, 2020

The European Commission has approved Austrian guarantee schemes to support Austrian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020. The schemes will provide guarantees on working capital loans that will enable […]

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Four more member states join initiative to explore #QuantumCommunication for Europe

Four more member states join initiative to explore #QuantumCommunication for Europe

| March 2, 2020

On 27 February in Brussels, four EU member states, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark and Romania, signed the quantum communication infrastructure (QCI) declaration of cooperation, which was originally launched at the Digital Assembly in June 2019. This development, along with Czechia’s signature last month, brings the number of countries that have already joined the initiative up to 24. Supported […]

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Commissioner Gabriel in Austria to discuss key issues in research, innovation, education and culture

Commissioner Gabriel in Austria to discuss key issues in research, innovation, education and culture

| February 13, 2020

Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (pictured) will visit Austria today (13 February). She will meet government representatives and Austrian stakeholders in research and innovation. Ahead of the visit, Commissioner Gabriel said: “I count on the Austrian government to strengthen the role of education, science, research, and innovation as drivers of European growth […]

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Concerns raised in Austria over #MMVF

Concerns raised in Austria over #MMVF

| February 12, 2020

Austrian state television ORF has recently published an article describing manmade vitreous fibres (MMVF), also known as mineral wool, as being “as carcinogenic as asbestos’, unrecyclable and not even suitable for incineration, but instead piling up on landfill sites, writes Martin Banks. The ORF article claims that, like asbestos, it is carcinogenic. The piece adds […]

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#Austria election: Sebastian Kurz’s #PeoplesParty ‘tops poll’

#Austria election: Sebastian Kurz’s #PeoplesParty ‘tops poll’

| September 29, 2019

Austria’s conservative People’s Party, led by former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (pictured), appears to be heading for a clear victory in the general election, writes the BBC. First projected results suggest Kurz’s party won about 37% of the vote, up from 31% last time round. His former coalition partners, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ), received less […]

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