BRUSSELS, Nov 26 (Reuters) – European campaigners against an
EU-U.S. accord have held up progress towards the world’s biggest
free trade deal by deluging an online public consultation that
EU officials had hoped would help them unblock a key issue.
Of almost 150,000 submissions to the public forum on how to
protect businesses from unfair government interference, over 95
percent were from supporters of a small group of organisations
hostile to a deal with Washington and who submitted identical or
very similar responses, two EU officials have told Reuters.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgian biotech company Ablynx believes its sales estimate for its drug for the rare blood disease TTP is conservative, after tests showed it had potential to treat more than just acute cases.
Ablynx recently raised its estimate for peak annual sales for the TTP candidate drug caplacizumab to 300-400 million euros ($373-497 million), from up to 250 million euros previously.
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain suffered an embarrassing defeat in its attempt to block the European Union’s new limits on bank bonuses on Thursday, withdrawing its legal challenge after an adviser to the bloc’s top court made clear it was unlikely to succeed.
The EU law aims to curb the kind of risk-taking that led to the 2007 to 2009 financial crisis by limiting bonuses awarded from next year to a sum no more than a banker’s fixed pay, or twice that level with shareholder approval.
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s relations with the European Union took another knock on Thursday when its legal challenge to a limit on bankers’ bonuses was rejected by an adviser to the bloc’s top court.
The EU law aims to curb the kind of risk-taking that led to the financial crisis by limiting bonuses awarded from 2015 to a sum no more than a banker’s fixed pay, or twice that level with shareholder approval.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A Belgian judge has charged the Swiss private banking arm of HSBC Holdings Plc with tax fraud and money laundering, accusing the British-based bank of offering diamond dealers and other wealthy clients ways of hiding cash and evading tax.
Prosecutors said on Monday the charges related to business carried out by a Swiss unit of HSBC for wealth management clients, many of them from the large diamond trade in the northern Belgian city of Antwerp.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – ArcelorMittal SA, the world’s largest steelmaker, reported a higher than expected profit in the third quarter and said improvements in its U.S. and European steel businesses are more than offsetting weak mining operations.
The company, which makes about 6 percent of the world’s steel and is one of the world’s largest iron ore producers, cut its estimate for global steel consumption because of a slowdown in China and heavy declines in Brazil and former Soviet states.
BRUSSELS, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Anheuser-Busch InBev,
the world’s largest beer maker, increased earnings by less than
expected in the third quarter as U.S. consumers drank less,
Brazil fell into recession and Mexican cost savings dropped
The maker of Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona has coped
with past sales falls by raising prices and selling more premium
beers, but the strategy had limited impact in the United States
and Brazil in the three months to Sept. 30, depressing earnings
in its two largest markets. Overall volumes dropped 2.7 percent.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine, Russia and the European Union signed a deal on Thursday that will see Moscow resume vital supplies of gas to its ex-Soviet neighbor over the winter in return for payments funded in part by Kiev’s Western creditors.
After several failed rounds of talks in recent weeks as conflict rumbles on despite a ceasefire with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, the accord also eases concerns that a new “gas war” could disrupt winter supplies if energy to EU states, notably through pipelines shut down across Ukraine since June.
LONDON/BRUSSELS, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Commodity trading giant
Trafigura could raise its stake in Belgium’s Nyrstar,
strengthening its grip on the world’s largest zinc producer as
tighter supplies and mine closures are forecast to boost prices
for the metal.
Industry sources say Trafigura, the world’s second-largest
metals trader, could as much as double its stake of just over 10
percent — a $120 million holding amassed this year which
already makes it the company’s top investor.
BRUSSELS, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Belgium’s central bank said on
Sunday that neither of the country’s two banks that failed the
Europe-wide health check would need to take extra measures
to boost their capital.
The European Central Bank found that Franco-Belgian lender
Dexia had a capital shortfall of 339.4 million euros
($430 million) at the end of 2013 and that AXA Bank Europe
was 200.2 million euros short.