Lithuania to get gas discount from Gazprom

Lithuania to get gas discount from Gazprom

MOSCOW, May 15 (UPI) --A deputy director at the Russian energy company Gazprom said Thursday the company will reduce the price it charges Lithuania for natural gas by 20 percent.
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European Commission rejects latest Google bid to end antitrust case

BRUSSELS, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The European Commission says it is rejecting Google's latest proposals to settle a 3-year-old antitrust case, calling them "not acceptable."

EU extends probe of 'eco-levy' breaks given to German industry

BRUSSELS, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- The European Commission said this week it is moving ahead with a probe of financial breaks given to German industry under the country's green energy law.

EU, Gazprom to seek settlement in antitrust probe

BRUSSELS, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The European Union and Gazprom have agreed to seek a settlement of antitrust claims pending against the Russian energy supplier, the two sides said this week.

European Commission fines 8 firms for Libor collusion

BRUSSELS, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The European Commission said Wednesday it has fined eight financial firms $2.3 billion for interest rate manipulation it characterized as collusion.

Europe backs Lithuanian LNG terminal

BRUSSELS, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Financial aid to Lithuania for a liquefied natural gas terminal will help the country diversify its energy sector, a director in the European Commission said.

Austrian leaders hail EU decision on nuclear power subsidies

VIENNA, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Austrian leaders this week hailed an EU decision to exclude nuclear power from new guidelines for member states in establishing renewable energy subsides.

Europe examining Gazprom's business practices

VILNIUS, Lithuania, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The European Commission said Thursday is suspects Russian energy company Gazprom abused its position in the European natural gas sector.

Google concessions could end European antitrust investigation

BRUSSELS, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The European Commission says new concessions offered by Google could end its long-running antitrust investigation against the search giant.

EU OKs proposed US Airways-American Airlines merger

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Europe wants concessions from Google on anti-trust concerns

Europe wants concessions from Google on anti-trust concerns

BRUSSELS, July 17 (UPI) -- European Union officials say Google must offer more concessions if it is to avoid huge fines related to antitrust concerns regarding its online search business.

Banks accused of colluding to protect Euro credit derivatives revenue

BRUSSELS, July 1 (UPI) -- Antitrust regulators in Europe charged 13 large banks Monday with colluding to prevent new competitors from entering the credit derivatives market.

Drug companies in Europe fined for pay-to-delay scheme

BRUSSELS, June 19 (UPI) -- Antitrust regulators in Europe said they had fined several drug companies $195 million for conspiring to delay bringing a generic drug to market.

European Commission says Motorola Mobility may have had patent abuses

BRUSSELS, May 6 (UPI) -- The European Commission made a preliminary antitrust finding against Motorola Mobility, saying it may have bullied rivals by abusing the power of its patents.

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Joaquin Almunia
European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Joaquin Almunia, from Spain, gives a press conference during the OECD Ministerial Council at the French Foreign Ministry in Paris May 23, 2006. Almunia said that Lithuania's decision to target 2009 as a date to adopt the euro is "realistic." Lithuania, which joined the European Union in 2004, was denied membership of the euro club because its inflation was not in line with a limit imposed on candidate countries. (UPI Photo/William Alix)

Joaquín Almunia Amann (born 17 June 1948) is a Spanish politician and prominent member of the European Commission, currently responsible for Competition under the second mandate of President Barroso. He was previously responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs in Barroso's previous mandate. The president of the Commission, José Manuel Barroso, had announced on 27 November 2009 that Almunia would be a Vice-President and the responsible for Competition in the second college of the Barroso Commission.

Born in Bilbao, he is married and has two children. He graduated in Law and Economics at the University of Deusto, and completed follow-up studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris and the “Senior managers in Government” program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was an associate lecturer on Employment and Social Security Law at the University of Alcalá de Henares.

Almunia was chief economist of the Unión General de Trabajadores, the Spanish trade union affiliated to the Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), from 1976 to 1979. He was economist at the Council Bureau of the Spanish Chambers of Commerce in Brussels from 1972 to 1975.

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