VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria gave its final approval to a controversial Russian gas pipeline project on Tuesday, defying EU officials and welcoming Russian President Vladimir Putin to the neutral country that has been a long-standing energy customer for Moscow.
The chief executives of Russia’s Gazprom and Austria’s OMV sealed the deal to build a branch of the South Stream gas pipeline to Austria, a staunch defender of the project in the face of opposition from the European Commission.
VIENNA, June 24 (Reuters) – Russia’s Gazprom is in
constructive talks with the European Commission about its
disputed South Stream gas pipeline, its chief executive said
after signing a deal on Tuesday with OMV to extend a
branch to Austria.
Alexei Miller said he was in weekly if not daily contact
with European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger. “We solve
problems as they come up, and now the problem of construction of
the pipeline is to be solved,” Miller told a news conference.
VIENNA, May 30 (Reuters) – Austrian Airlines called off pay
talks with cabin crew and pilots on Friday, after its works
council rejected a wage offer and reminded the airline it could
strike at any time.
The airline, a unit of Germany’s Lufthansa, said
there was no basis for further talks and withdrew its offer,
which it had hoped would break a years-long stalemate and create
the certainty needed to allow investments in its fleet.
VIENNA (Reuters) – America Movil (AMXL.MX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) aims to hold only a slim majority of shares in Telekom Austria (TELA.VI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) following a $2 billion takeover offer, its finance chief said on Wednesday.
America Movil, which owns 27 percent of Telekom Austria, has offered to buy the shares not already owned by it or the Austrian state, which has 28 percent, to take control of the Austrian operator it wants to turn into an eastern European hub. Carlos Garcia Moreno said America Movil would buy all shares tendered in its 7.15 euros-per-share offer that runs until July 10, but would sell back as many as necessary over the next two years to ensure at least 24 percent of the company remains in the market.
VIENNA/BRUSSELS, (Reuters) – Netflix will launch in both France and Germany this year, the U.S. video streaming company said on Wednesday, in the biggest test so far of its global expansion strategy.
The move will set Netflix back in its goal of breaking even in its international business, which it would have achieved later this year, as it bets the time is right to break into Europe’s two biggest markets and four other European countries.
VIENNA/BRUSSELS, May 21 (Reuters) – Netflix will
launch in both France and Germany this year, the U.S. video
streaming company said on Wednesday, in the biggest test so far
of its global expansion strategy.
The move will set Netflix back in its goal of breaking even
in its international business, which it would have achieved
later this year, as it bets the time is right to break into
Europe’s two biggest markets and four other European countries.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Hutchison Whampoa telecoms unit Drei Austria expects only one or two new carriers to launch services on the back of its network this year, its chief executive told Reuters.
Drei was forced to offer wholesale access to its network to up to 16 carriers as a remedy to stimulate competition and keep consumer prices low when it bought competitor Orange Austria for 1.3 billion euros (1.06 billion pounds) at the beginning of 2013.
VIENNA, May 15 (Reuters) – Austrian viscose-fibres maker
Lenzing’s profits fell by less than expected in the
first quarter as it accelerated a cost-cutting plan, lifting its
shares more than 5 percent.
Lenzing said on Thursday core profit fell by 30 percent as a
rise in output was outweighed by weak prices for viscose that it
saw lasting for months ahead – although there had been a slight
increase since a year-to-date low in April.
VIENNA, May 12 (Reuters) – An interest rate cut alone will
not be enough to deal with persistently low inflation in the
euro zone, ECB policymaker Ewald Nowotny said on Monday as the
central bank gets ready to add more stimulus as soon as June.
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said last week
the ECB is prepared to take action next month to boost the euro
zone economy if its updated staff inflation forecasts merit it.
VIENNA, May 7 (Reuters) – Rebel investor Alexander
Proschofsky narrowly failed in a bid to join the administrative
board of Austrian property firm Conwert on Wednesday,
thwarting his ambitions to bring about a change in corporate
Proschofsky had promised to mitigate the influence of major
shareholder Hans Peter Haselsteiner, a powerful Austrian
industrialist, and bring more transparency to the company, which
has been through upheavals in its portfolio and personnel.