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Joaquin Almunia

Spindelegger Met Almunia: „Bank Aids Were No Issue“

Today, Austrian Minister of Finance Michael Spindelegger has met Commissioner for competition Joaquin Almunia.

January 20, 2014

Slovenia: EU Commission Approves Bank Aid

On Wednesday the European Commission has approved state aid for five Slovenian banks.

December 19, 2013

Slovenia Pushes Forward with Privatizations

In spite of the capital shortfall of € 4.78bn of the banks in Slovenia, the bank stress test was passed by the financial institutes.

December 13, 2013

Poland Hopes for Cheap Gas by Gazprom

The Polish government is hoping to be able to bargain prices with Russian energy giant Gazprom, Polish Minister for Economy Janusz Piechocinski announced today.

October 8, 2013

Austria: Up to € 11.7bn for Downsizing Hypo Group

Years of discussion went by; now the EU Commission has approved the downsizing plan for nationalized Hypo Alpe Adria.

September 4, 2013

Hypo: Greens vs. Fekter

The debate about a Hypo Group has turned out a genuine match between deputy chief of the Austrian Green Party Werner Kogler and Finance Minister Fekter.

July 4, 2013

EU Commissioner Open for Extension of Deadline for Hypo Group

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia presented himself open to the extension of the winding-down of Hypo Group.

July 3, 2013

Hypo Group: CESEE Units to be Sold Until Mid-2015

The threatened compulsory sale of nationalized Hypo Alpe Adria Group by the EU Commission until the end of this year, was, according to information by the Finance Ministry, fended off. An additional burden of € 2bn might await the Austrian taxpayers.

July 1, 2013

Hypo Group: Government Hopes For Expansion of Deadline

The restructuring plan for Hypo Group has been handed in to Brussels. It is still unclear whether the deadline will be expanded.

July 1, 2013

Hypo Group: Commisson Against Extension of Deadline

Austria will in all probability not be granted an extension of the deadline for the winding down of Hypo Alpe Adria. This was announced by EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia

June 26, 2013

Hypo Group: Possible Deductions from Selling Price

The new British-Indian Owner of Hypo Group is to pay only € 32m for the time being.

June 5, 2013

Hypo: Contract Could Be Signed Today

Today the Austrian affiliate of Hypo Group could be transferred to the property of Indian Srei Group. The company is a fast-growing listed enterprise with around 30,000 clients.

May 31, 2013

Hypo Group to Sell Austrian Affiliate

On Friday the deal of nationalized Hypo Bank’s Austrian affiliate will finally be sealed. Indian Srei Group will become the new owner in all likelyhood. The company will pay € 60m to € 70m.

May 29, 2013

Austria: Faymann Proposes Extension of Bank Levy

Not only the federation and taxpayers should avow for the losses at Hypo Group. This week the restructuring plan has to be handed to the EU Commission.

May 27, 2013

Hypo to Require € 1bn This Year

The ailing banking institute Hypo Group in the province of Carinthia will need € 1bn. On Friday, the managing board of Hypo Group will present a restructuring plan to the Finance Minister.

May 17, 2013

Austria: OeNB Positive About Hypo’s Future

Issuing Bank Director Ittner is confident that it will not come to a liquidation of the ailing banking institute.

May 14, 2013

Austria: Hypo Group Dilemma Requires Highest Form of Diplomancy

Before the deadline of handing in the new restructuring paper, talks with the top of EU Commission are supposed to take place with Austrian politicians.

May 10, 2013

Austria: Task Force for Hypo Group

The Austrian government is going to establish a task force for the nationalized by force problem bank Hypo Alpe Adria Group.

May 8, 2013

Austria: Restructuring Plan for Hypo Group Threatened By Rejection

The restructuring plan of Austrian crisis-struck banking institute Hypo Group is threatened to be rejected by the EU Commission.

May 6, 2013

Austria: Commission Wants Roadmap to Hypo’s Future

The EU Commission wants the Austrian government to announce the next steps for Hypo Group until the end of this month.

May 2, 2013

Austria: Hypo Group to Come Under Fire

Pressure from Brussel grows for a fast selling of Hypo Group.

April 16, 2013

Decisions About Hypo Group’s Future Still Pending

Finance Minister Maria Fekter has presented herself rather reserved after the meeting with EU Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia.

April 5, 2013

CEZ: Czech Republic Calls Brussels for Help

After the Czech energy group CEZ has lost its license in Bulgaria, the Czech government wants Brussels to put pressure on Sofia.

February 25, 2013

Orange-Takeover: Commission to Announce Decision Next Week

EU Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said that the final decision will be published next week. The deal is likely to be approved.

December 8, 2012