InnovFin: European support for innovation in Finland

MIL OSI – Source: European Investment Bank – Press Release/Statement

Headline: InnovFin: European support for innovation in Finland

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced that it will support five innovative Finnish Midcap companies. Loans totalling EUR 60,5 million for innovation in different fields were signed today in Pori, in the margins of the high-level “Suomi Areena” event. The operations are supported by ‘InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators’, with the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2020 Financial Instruments.“Finland has long been one of the innovation leaders in the EU and the EIB is proud to continue its support for Finnish industries.” said Vice-President Jan Vapaavuori, responsible for EIB operations in the Nordic countries. “Thanks to InnovFin, the European institutions can really make a difference, by being able to back to ground-breaking and promising innovative developments in different sectors.”
Commissioner Jyrki Katainen, added: “I am very pleased that the EIB and InnovFin programme put a strong emphasis on SMEs and midcap companies with strong focus on research and innovation – R&D being one of the areas where we see that the Investment Plan makes a real difference. Finnish innovative midcap companies and SMEs can now make even better use of EIB financing to create growth and jobs.”
The InnovFin programme has several specific financing instruments, for example allowing the EIB to support Enevo, Frosmo and Canatu under the “MidCap Growth Finance” window of InnovFin. Enevo (EUR 15m) will invest in a revolutionary sensor technology and cloud based operations management platform for the waste and recycling industry. Frosmo (EUR 8,5m) will finance its three-year investment programme for the internationalisation and product development of its B2C online payment platform. Canatu (EUR 12m) will further develop its revolutionary materials for foldable displays.
AW Energy (EUR 10m) was the first ever company to benefit from the “Energy Demo Projects” instrument. The loan will support the commercialisation of “WaveRoller” technology, generating electricity out of the motion of ocean waves. Finally, Mobidiag (EUR 15m) was the third company to receive funding through the “Infectious Diseases Finance Facility”, it will scale-up their “Novodiag” diagnostics platform; an on-demand automated solution for small labs or decentralized units
Background information:
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investment in order to contribute towards EU policy goals. In 2015 alone, it made available over EUR 1.6 bln in loans for Finnish projects in various sectors, including healthcare, industry and telecom.
Information about InnovFin:
InnovFin MidCap Growth Finance offers long term senior, subordinated loans or mezzanine loans, in order to improve access to finance mainly for innovative larger midcaps (up to 3000 employees), but also SMEs and small midcaps. Loans from EUR 7.5m to EUR 25m will be delivered directly by the EIB.
InnovFin Energy Demonstration Projects provides loans, loan guarantees or equity-type investments between EUR 7.5m and EUR 75m to innovative first-of-a-kind commercial-scale demonstration projects in the fields of renewable energy, and hydrogen / fuel cells, helping them to bridge the gap from demonstration to commercialisation. 
Infectious Diseases Finance Facility provides a broad range of financial products ranging from standard debt to risk sharing instruments for amounts between EUR 7.5m and EUR 75m, to innovative players active in developing new innovative vaccines, drugs, medical and diagnostic devices or novel research infrastructures for combatting infectious diseases. Final recipients will be project developers that have successfully completed the pre-clinical stage, and preferably early stage clinical development, and would now require clinical validation or be ready for later stage clinical trials.
Details on the loan agreements:
AW-Energy is a pioneer in the green economy and is the global leader in wave energy technology. Its flagship product, WaveRoller, is a submerged wave energy converter based on a hinged panel that is attached to the sea bed in the near shore area. It generates electricity from the movement of the waves (surge phenomenon) and is connected to the electric grid onshore. The company is based in Finland, and operates in multiple continents.
The company was granted a EUR 10 million loan for the continued commercialisation of the “WaveRoller” wave energy converter, the first commercial scale 350kW device is currently under construction in Portugal. The investment will support and speed up the commercial roll-out of European wave energy technology and is the first project to be supported by the InnovFin Energy Demonstration Project (EDP) programme. Wave energy is the largest untapped form of renewable energy in the world with a global potential greater than the capacity of all the installed fossil fuel plants in Europe combined. 
Canatu is a leading manufacturer of transparent conductive films for flexible and formable touch sensing applications. Canatu helps its customers to differentiate and increase the performance of their products. With its products based on a new type of carbon nanomaterial (Carbon NanoBud®) Canatu serves OEMs and their partners in the rapidly-expanding markets such as mobile and wearable consumer devices, white goods and automotive.
The company was granted a EUR 12 million loan for the development and capacity increase of its Carbon NanoBud® based conductive film and touch sensor production in Finland. The investment will further speed up the continuing commercialization of the company’s products and allows Canatu to better serve customers in the consumer electronics and automotive markets. A part of the investment is used to attract more talent to the Canatu team and the company has already started to recruit more employees.
Founded in 2010, Enevo is a forward-thinking company with a vision to transform the financial, environmental and social impact of waste. By collecting and analysing data from refuse containers across the world, Enevo is able to create efficiencies and cut the cost of waste collection and recycling. Enevo simplifies, de-risks and optimises the waste management process, helping to make a sustainable waste-free environment a more achievable proposition.
The company received a EUR 15 million loan to finance volume manufacturing and further research and development efforts of its revolutionary sensor technology and cloud based operations management platform for the waste and recycling industry. By utilizing big data analytics, advanced routing algorithms and smart wireless sensors to capture fill level data from waste bins, cities around the world can manage and optimize their waste collection operations to gain significant cost savings while increasing recycling rates and protect the environment.
FROSMO is a forerunner in Single Tag based UI development methodology. With the FROSMO platform, online business owners achieve unprecedented freedom, speed and cost-efficiency in developing online user experiences that bring competitive advantage and increased ROI.
The company was granted a EUR 8,5 million loan for a three-year investment programme intended to strengthen and speed up the ongoing internationalisation and product development processes. In internationalisation, the focus will be in recruiting top talent for sales and marketing primarily to work in Europe and Asia. In product development, the focus will be on the development of new features to expand the achieved customer benefits of the ground-breaking FROSMO platform.
Established in 2000, Mobidiag develops innovative solutions to advance the diagnosis of infectious diseases and serves the European clinical diagnostics market since 2008. Mobidiag is headquartered in Espoo, Finland, with a subsidiary in Paris, France.
The Finnish molecular diagnostics company obtained a EUR 15 million loan from the EIB. As part of the InnovFin “Infectious Disease Finance Facility” the loan will allow Mobidiag to finalize and scale up their “Novodiag” products manufacturing, assay validation and commercialization over the next 3 years. The Novodiag platform will offer an on demand automated solution for small labs or decentralized units, bringing key benefits such as low hands-on time, ease of use and reliable results.

Attila GYÖRGY, full member of the Board of Directors

MIL OSI – Source: European Investment Bank – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Attila GYÖRGY, full member of the Board of Directors

 Date: 13 July 2016By letter dated 15 June 2016, Romania nominated, Mr Attila GYÖRGY (Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Finance) for appointment as a Full Member of the Board of Directors of the EIB to succeed Mr  Enache JIRU, who had tendered his resignation.
By letter dated 27 June 2016, the Board of Governors was invited to vote on the proposed appointment. 
The decision to appoint Mr Attila GYÖRGY was taken on 11 July 2016, the date on which the requisite majority of Governors’ votes was reached. 
The term of office of Mr Attila GYÖRGY will expire in 2018 at the end of the day either of the Annual Meeting or of the approval of the financial statements for the previous financial year, whichever is the later. 
The minutes of this decision are being drawn up and will be submitted for signature to the Chairman of the Board of Governors.  Print E-mail Short Link

Генпрокуратура России подвела итоги работы по мониторингу сообщений средств массовой информации, содержащих сведения о правонарушениях коррупционной направленности за первое полугодие 2016 года

MIL OSI – Source: Russia – Prosecutor Generals Office –

Headline: Генпрокуратура России подвела итоги работы по мониторингу сообщений средств массовой информации, содержащих сведения о правонарушениях коррупционной направленности за первое полугодие 2016 года

Генеральная прокуратура Российской Федерации в первом полугодии 2016 г. в результате работы по мониторингу средств массовой информации выявила 14 публикаций, содержащих сведения о возможных нарушениях законодательства о противодействии коррупции.

В основном статьи касались вопросов предполагаемых фактов коррупции со стороны лиц, занимающих должности в органах государственной власти субъектов Российской Федерации, местного самоуправления и правоохранительных органах, нарушения ими установленных законом запретов и ограничений, коррупционных проявлений при организации и проведении закупок товаров, работ, услуг для обеспечения государственных и муниципальных нужд и другие.

Указанные публикации направлялись для рассмотрения в прокуратуры субъектов Российской Федерации, Главную военную прокуратуру, подразделения центрального аппарата Генеральной прокуратуры Российской Федерации.

По результатам проведенных проверок изложенные в статьях доводы в подавляющем большинстве подтверждения не находили. Однако имеются и обоснованные публикации, в связи с чем органами прокуратуры принимались меры реагирования.

Например, на одном из интернет-сайтов выявлена статья «Петербургские депутаты не будут отчитываться о средствах на дорогие квартиры и машины». 

В ней сообщалось, что Комитетом по законодательству Законодательного Собрания Санкт-Петербурга одобрен законопроект, освобождающий депутатов от обязанности представлять сведения о доходах, расходах, об имуществе и обязательствах имущественного характера.

Указанная публикация направлена для проведения проверки в прокуратуру г. Санкт-Петербурга.

Установлено, что в Законодательное Собрание Санкт-Петербурга одним из депутатов внесен проект закона Санкт-Петербурга «О внесении изменений в отдельные законы Санкт-Петербурга в целях совершенствования мер по противодействию коррупции».

Законопроектом в частности, предполагалось исключить из перечня сведений, подлежащих размещению на официальных сайтах, информацию об источниках получения средств, за счет которых совершены сделки, подпадающие под требования Федерального закона «О контроле за соответствием расходов лиц, замещающих государственные должности, и иных лиц их доходам» в отношении лиц, замещающих государственные должности Санкт-Петербурга в Законодательном Собрании Санкт-Петербурга.

В связи с несоответствием этой нормы федеральному законодательству в марте 2016 г. прокурором города в Законодательное Собрание Санкт-Петербурга направлено отрицательное заключение на указанный законопроект.

Во исполнение требований прокурора Комитетом по законодательству Законодательного Собрания Санкт-Петербурга разработан новый проект закона Санкт-Петербурга «О внесении изменений в отдельные законы Санкт-Петербурга в целях совершенствования мер по противодействию коррупции», из которого спорные положения исключены.

Данный законопроект в июне 2016 г. принят Законодательным Собранием Санкт-Петербурга и подписан губернатором города.

Вопросы хода и результатов проводимых по таким публикациям прокурорских проверок находятся на постоянном контроле.

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Развитие села и малых городов напрямую связано с поддержкой культуры — И. Гехт

MIL OSI – Source: Russia – Council of the Federation – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Развитие села и малых городов напрямую связано с поддержкой культуры — И. Гехт

тема находится в центре постоянного внимания Комитета СФ по аграрно-продовольственной политике и природопользованию.

Обеспечение устойчивого развития сельских
территорий и малых городов в современных условиях предполагает не только расширение
источников занятости и увеличения доходов населения, но и создание нормальных условий
для организации и проведения культурного досуга, считает заместитель председателя
Комитета СФ по аграрно-продовольственной политике и природопользованию Ирина Гехт

ГехтИрина Альфредовнапредставитель от исполнительного органа государственной власти Челябинской области

. Такое мнение сенатор
высказала в преддверии запланированного на конец июля открытия заключительной
части второго Фестиваля культуры и традиций малых городов и сельских поселений
Руси «София». Цель мероприятия – поддержать
инициаторов и активистов культурной жизни малых городов, создать дополнительные
условия для развития творческих коллективов, их поддержки местными органами
власти и бизнес-сообществом. Как отметила Ирина Гехт, данная тема находится в центре постоянного внимания
руководства Совета Федерации и Комитета
СФ по аграрно-продовольственной политике и природопользованию. «Материальная поддержка развития
поселений и малых городов, организация культурного досуга в обязательном
порядке предполагает активное участие общественности в их реализации. Таким
образом, устойчивость развития этих территорий, в первую очередь, зависит от местных инициатив», — уверена сенатор. Одной из таких инициатив в этом году
стал Второй общероссийский фестиваль православной культуры и традиций «София»,
в подготовке и проведении которого участвует, в том числе, Комитет СФ по аграрно-продовольственной политике и природопользованию. Учредителем и организатором фестиваля стал Благотворительный фонд возрождения культуры и традиций малых городов Руси. Традиционно мероприятие включит в себя музыкальный
конкурс и концерт. Свое творчество представят более семидесяти творческих
коллективов и отдельных участников из малых городов и сельских поселений
России.Первый фестиваль состоялся в 2015 году в канун празднования Дня Крещения Руси. В конкурсной программе приняли участие
тридцать четыре народных творческих коллектива из более чем двадцати малых

В. Павленко: Архангельск станет центром празднования 75-летия начала героической эпопеи Северных конвоев

MIL OSI – Source: Russia – Council of the Federation – Press Release/Statement

Headline: В. Павленко: Архангельск станет центром празднования 75-летия начала героической эпопеи Северных конвоев

прихода первого союзного конвоя – не только особая дата для России, но и важное
событие международного масштаба, отметил сенатор.

Представитель в Совете Федерации от исполнительного органа государственной власти Архангельской области Виктор Павленко

ПавленкоВиктор Николаевичпредставитель от исполнительного органа государственной власти Архангельской области

сообщил, что Архангельск
станет центром празднования 75-летия начала героической эпопеи Северных конвоев. Подготовка к проведению торжественных
мероприятий, посвященных 75-летию прихода в Архангельск первого союзного конвоя
«Дервиш» обсуждалась на заседании межрегионального оргкомитета под руководством
полномочного представителя Президента Российской Федерации в Северо-Западном федеральном
округе Владимира Булавина. «Именно Архангельск являлся ключевым
опорным пунктом Арктического фронта, на котором в 1941–45 годах развернулось
грандиозное сражение, ставшее в один ряд с крупнейшими битвами Великой
Отечественной и Второй мировой войн», — отметил Виктор Павленко. По словам сенатора, 75-летие прихода в Архангельск первого союзного конвоя «Дервиш» является особой датой не только
для столицы Поморья и России, но и событием международного масштаба. «Операции
по доставке грузов по ленд-лизу были составной частью стратегической битвы за Арктику, значение которой для нашей общей Победы сопоставимо со сражениями за Москву, Сталинград, Курской битвой, открытием второго фронта. Именно в Архангельске был заложен краеугольный камень идеи Объединенных наций, совместно
победивших нацизм». Парламентарий напомнил, что губернатор
Архангельской области Игорь Орлов
предложил провести юбилейные мероприятий в Архангельске, Санкт-Петербурге и Мурманской области. Эта идея была поддержана заместителем Председателя
Правительства РФ Дмитрием Рогозиным,
разработан межрегиональный план. Владимир
Булавин обратил внимание на необходимость формирования единой программы
праздничных торжеств и их широкого информационного сопровождения. По словам Виктора Павленко, празднование юбилея стало в Архангельске
традицией. Узы искренней дружбы и боевого товарищества связывают ветеранов
столицы Поморья с их друзьями из стран антигитлеровской коалиции. Дружба
моряков с честью выдержала испытания временем и расстоянием. «Северные конвои — это героический
подвиг военных моряков и всех архангелогородцев. Первый конвой вселил надежду –
совместно мы сможем победить фашизм», — подчеркнул сенатор. Он отметил, что руководство Российской
Федерации высоко оценило подвиг жителей города и присвоило Архангельску почетное
звание «Город воинской славы». В Архангельске сооружен памятник «Участникам
Северных конвоев», именно там в конце августа этого года пройдут главные
торжества, сообщил парламентарий.

Russia's regulator acknowledges quality of MOEX USD/RUB FX Fixing

MIL OSI – Source: Moscow Stock Exchange – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Russia's regulator acknowledges quality of MOEX USD/RUB FX Fixing

The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has officially recognised Moscow Exchange’s USD/RUB FX Fixing and Moscow Exchange’s operational performance as fixing administrator as being of satisfactory quality. The CBR also the fixing”s compliance with the Bank”s requirements, which are based on the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) principles for financial benchmarks.

In March 2016, Moscow Exchange indices and FX fixings were recognized as IOSCO-compliant.

On a daily basis Moscow Exchange calculates a family of FX fixings of the Russian Ruble against the U.S. dollar, Euro and Yuan that are used to settle RUB denominated FX derivatives. It also provides fixings for USD/RUB FX swaps with maturities from one week to one year. The MOEX USD/RUB benchmark has traditionally been used to settle U.S. dollar FX futures traded at MOEX.

CME Group will begin using the MOEX benchmark for its rouble-denominated currency futures on 18 July 2016.

MOEX operates the world’s largest rouble FX trading marketplace. In June 2016 average daily trading volumes were $20.4 bn.

For further information, please contact the Public Relations Department at (495) 363-3232.

EESC against granting market access to China – Europe's industry needs protection against unfair competition practices

MIL OSI – Source: European Economic and Social Committee – Press Release/Statement

Headline: EESC against granting market access to China – Europe's industry needs protection against unfair competition practices

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) warns against granting China market economy status (MES) and  calls on the European institutions to promote fair international competition and actively defend European jobs and European values with efficient trade defence instruments (TDIs). In its opinion, adopted at its 514th plenary session on 14th July, the EESC points to the disastrous impact a possible granting of MES to China would have on Europe’s industry and consequently on Europe’s labour market. The EESC insists on China’s fulfilment of the five EU criteria for achieving the MES.
“Europe’s industry needs a level playing field and it is the EU’s responsibility to ensure it by providing the necessary trade defence instruments,” said Andrés Barceló, rapporteur of the EESC opinion “Market economy status for China”.  “Granting unconditional market economy status to China would seriously jeopardise Europe’s industry, kill off jobs and damage SME’s local production.”
Industries which would particularly be affected are aluminium, bicycles, ceramics, glass, motor vehicle parts, paper and steel. The EESC is also concerned about the impact on innovation and consequently Europe’s competitiveness. “The whole industrial value chain would be imperilled and Europe would risk losing countless jobs, including highly specialised jobs. Our competitiveness would be at stake, as only a strong industry is able to invest in research and development”, underlined Gerald Kreuzer, co-rapporteur and member of the CCMI, talking about the consequences for Europe’s economy.
The EESC opinion takes into account the effects on jobs and growth, regardless of the legal and political side of granting MES to China which is still being discussed by the Commission, with a decision expected after 20 July.  
“The EESC position in this question is unambiguous: “As long as China does not meet the EU five criteria it does not qualify as a market economy”, underlined both rapporteurs expressing the EESC’s position.  In the meantime, the EESC advises the Commission to use a non-standard methodology in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into Chinese imports under the China WTO Accession Protocol. It also calls for a simplified approach for those sectors where SME participation is relevant in order to allow them to participate in antidumping files.
Protecting people and environment
Apart from jeopardising the slow recovery of Europe’s industry and its impact on jobs, growth and innovation, granting MES to China would also be a serious setback for Europe’s ambitions for sustainable development and fight against climate change. Furthermore, only a strong European industry can maintain healthy R&D networks, which are the basis for Europe’s competitiveness and crucial for future growth and for finding ways to tackle the great societal challenges, including ageing, energy, climate, healthcare and mobility.
The EESC will set up a dedicated project to monitor the issue on market economy status for China on behalf of the organized civil society.
Between 2000 and 2014, European industries lost 6.7 million workers, which is 12% of the initial figure of 56.3 million. Over the same period the import volume index increased by 144%.
In China, the combination of overcapacity and weak domestic demand has been leading to an excess production, which now tries to find its way into international markets at dumping prices. An analysis of the period 2010 – 2014 shows that China’s exports increased by 49%, twice the figure of the rest of the world. Granting unconditional  economic market treatment for China would endanger Europe’s aluminium, bicycle, ceramic, glass, motor vehicle parts, paper, and steel industries, while mobile telephone industry or photovoltaic panel production already disappeared in Europe.
China is also the country most affected by anti-dumping measures. While the EU counts for 7% of the anti-dumping measures, China is the target of 47% of these measures worldwide.

Europe's steel industry needs a level playing field to survive

MIL OSI – Source: European Economic and Social Committee – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Europe's steel industry needs a level playing field to survive

Granting China MES would undermine the viability of EU steel industry
Europe’s steel industry is the basis for many industrial sectors and the lifeline for economic and social welfare in many regions in Europe. In addition to the economic crisis hitting the steel industry hard, the flood of unfairly traded steel imports has driven down steel prices and decimated the European steel industry. “Enough is enough. We have to save our steel.  We have to show our “true mettle” in Europe and fight to keep European domestic production and safeguard our European industrial base”, said Andrés Barceló, rapporteur of the EESC opinion on “Steel: Preserving sustainable jobs and growth in Europe”. “It is time to restore a level playing field for Europe’s steel industry.” The opinion was adopted at the EESC plenary session on 14th July.
The EESC calls for a swift re-establishment of the High-Level Group on Steel “Steel industry is the basis of Europe’s industry. It needs our full attention and should not be diluted in a body with other energy-intensive industries”, said Enrico Gibellieri, co-rapporteur of the opinion and delegate of the CCMI. 
The EESC also clearly repeated its position against granting MES to China as long as it does not comply with the five EU criteria “Granting EMS to China would outsource jobs, import pollution and finally kill off Europe’s steel industry”, stated the rapporteurs. 
The opinions main proposals include:
The EESC calls on the Commission to immediately address the unfair trade practices of exporting countries, in particular China, by enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of trade defence instruments, including

abolishing the  “lesser duty rule”;

registering imports prior to the adoption of provisional measures; and

retroactively applying definitive antidumping and/or countervailing duties three months before the adoption of provisional measures under the Basic Regulation.
The EESC reminds of the need to balance the commitment on climate change with the need to maintain the competitiveness of Europe’s industry and suggest giving free allowances to the most competitive facilities in order to encourage other facilities to improve their performance.
European industry should be compensated for any indirect costs resulting from ETS.
Investment and push for R&D
To ensure competitiveness of Europe’s steel industry it is essential to remain at the cutting edge of technology. “Boosting investment in European steel industry including modernising plants and equipment, research and development of new and better products and more efficient processes must be a guiding principle”, said the rapporteurs.
Circular economy and public procurement
The voluntary sustainability schemes developed by the industry should be taken into account and properly rewarded in public procurement regulations as the best way to promote the sustainability approach across the entire EU market.

Andrea Bocelli und Deutsche Telekom setzen auf ein vernetztes Europa

MIL OSI – Source: Deutsche Telekom – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Andrea Bocelli und Deutsche Telekom setzen auf ein vernetztes Europa

Neue Europa-Kampagne mit Startenor Andrea Bocelli unterstreicht die länderübergreifende Idee eines vernetzten EuropasTimotheus Höttges: “Ein grenzenloses Europa braucht grenzenlose Kommunikation””Fühl Dich verbunden in ganz Europa. Im besten Netz.” stützt Konzernstrategie “Leading European Telco”Die Deutsche Telekom steht für und zu Europa. Das bekräftigt die aktuelle Europa-Kampagne mit Andrea Bocelli. Darin verbindet den Star-Tenor und das Telekommunikationsunternehmen die länderübergreifende Idee eines vernetzten Europas. Gestützt durch den Kampagnenclaim “Fühl dich verbunden in ganz Europa. Im besten Netz.” unterstreicht die Deutsche Telekom damit erneut und konsequent die Konzernstrategie, ihren Weg zum führenden europäischen Telekommunikationsanbieter. Die reichweitenstarke Kommunikationskampagne startet ab Mitte Juli 2016 zeitversetzt in zwölf europäischen Telekom-Märkten, in Deutschland am Samstag, 16. Juli 2016.”Wir, die Telekom, erleben Europa als Gewinn. Wir operieren in 13 europäischen Märkten. Wir sind dadurch internationaler. Wir tauschen uns mit unseren Ländergesellschaften aus. Wir lernen voneinander und werden dadurch besser”, sagt Telekom-Chef Timotheus Höttges und unterstreicht damit die Bedeutung der europäische Idee in Bezug auf unternehmerisches Handeln. “Netztechnologie und Digitalisierung sind die Grundlagen grenzenloser Kommunikation. Das ist es, was ein grenzenloses Europa braucht – grenzenlose Kommunikation.”Claudia Nemat, Vorstand Europa und Technik der Deutschen Telekom, ergänzt: “Wir wollen unsere technologische Führung in Europa ausbauen und das beste Kundenerlebnis bieten. Dafür investieren wir in unser Pan-europäisches Netz und innovative Services.” Das Netz der Zukunft soll möglichst viele Menschen über Grenzen hinweg verbinden und ihnen hohe Bandbreiten, besten Service und innovative Produkte bieten.”Was uns verbindet, sieht man nicht – man fühlt es”Die Europa-Kampagne steht für die Verbundenheit zwischen Ländern und zwischen Menschen – über ein Netz, das nicht zu sehen, aber immer ein Gefühl der Verbundenheit gibt. Der TV-Spot transportiert dieses Gefühl über Andrea Bocelli, der im Alter von zwölf Jahren erblindete. Der Tenor nimmt die Zuschauer mit auf eine Kurzreise durch Europa. Begleitet von emotionalen Bildern und Musik erklärt er die Bedeutung der grenzüberschreitenden Kraft des Netzes. Mit weit ausgebreiteten Armen symbolisiert Andrea Bocelli die Verbundenheit in diesem Netz, in Europa.Für Andrea Bocelli ist moderne Netztechnologie eine der großen Errungenschaften der modernen Welt. “Das Netz macht Europa zu einer Gemeinschaft und lässt die Menschen näher zusammenrücken. Wie meine Musik. Sie ist wie eine eigene Sprache, die jeder Mensch versteht – und Menschen so miteinander verbindet“, sagt der Tenor. “Das Leben ist ein komplexes Geflecht aus Beziehungen zu Menschen. Das Netz und neue Technologien helfen mir, diese Beziehungen mit allen Menschen, die mir wichtig sind, aufrecht zu halten. Wie für die Musik gilt auch für das Netz: Was uns verbindet, sieht man nicht – man fühlt es.“Mit der Kampagne möchten Markenchef Hans-Christian Schwingen und Dr. Christian Hahn, Leiter Marketing-Kommunikation, Strategie und Media, ein Gefühl der Verbundenheit mit Menschen in ganz Europa vermitteln. “Die emotionale universelle Geste mit ausgebreiteten Armen steht für menschliche Verbundenheit über Europas Grenzen hinweg”, erläutert Hans-Christian Schwingen. “Diese ‘T-Pose’ von Menschen in unterschiedlichen Lebenssituationen übersetzt unsere Marke in eine offene und positive Geste, die nur die Telekom als Keyvisual beanspruchen kann. Und sie macht nicht zuletzt unser Netz symbolisch sichtbar.”Die Europa-Kampagne wird in Albanien, Kroatien, Deutschland, Mazedonien, Montenegro, Niederlanden, Österreich, Polen, Rumänien, Slowakei, Tschechien und Ungarn zu sehen sein. “Fühl dich verbunden in ganz Europa. Im besten Netz.” wird mit einem 45-sekündigen Spot auf reichweitenstarken TV-Sendern sowie mit Anzeigenmotiven in Print begleitet. Flankierende Maßnahmen finden Out-of-Home, online und über Social Media statt. Die Kampagnenseite bündelt mit weiterführenden Informationen zur Europastrategie der Deutschen Telekom die umfassenden Kommunikationsmaßnahmen.”Fühl dich verbunden in ganz Europa. Im besten Netz”Kreation: Serviceplan, HamburgMedia: MediaCom, DüsseldorfTV-Produktion: STINK, BerlinRegie: Aleksander BachMusik: Audioforce, Berlin Fotograf: Andreas Lind c/o Camerawork PR: Schröder + Schömbs PR, BerlinVoice Over Andrea Bocelli:”Es schenkt mir meine Freiheit.Verlässlich – wo ich auch bin.Überwindet Grenzen.Unverzichtbar – und unsichtbar.Ist die Tür zu Wissen und Information.Verbindet mich mit Menschen, die ich liebe.Ist wie Musik. Eine Sprache, die alle Menschen sprechen.Das Gemeinschaftsgefühl.Das Netz – ist Gegenwart und Zukunft.Man kann es nicht sehen. Aber man kann es fühlen.”Über die Deutsche TelekomDie Deutsche Telekom ist mit über 156 Millionen Mobilfunkkunden sowie 29 Millionen Festnetz- und rund 18 Millionen Breitbandanschlüssen eines der führenden integrierten Telekommunikationsunternehmen weltweit (Stand 31. Dezember 2015). Der Konzern bietet Produkte und Dienstleistungen aus den Bereichen Festnetz/Breitband, Mobilfunk, Internet und Internet-basiertes Fernsehen für Privatkunden sowie ICT-Lösungen für Groß- und Geschäftskunden. Die Deutsche Telekom ist in über 50 Ländern vertreten und beschäftigt weltweit rund 225.200 Mitarbeiter. Im Geschäftsjahr 2015 erzielte der Konzern einen Umsatz von 69,2 Milliarden Euro, davon wurde rund 64 Prozent außerhalb Deutschlands erwirtschaftet.

Andrea Bocelli and Deutsche Telekom believe in a connected Europe

MIL OSI – Source: Deutsche Telekom – English – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Andrea Bocelli and Deutsche Telekom believe in a connected Europe

A new “Europe” campaign, with star tenor Andrea Bocelli, highlights the overarching idea of a connected EuropeTimotheus Höttges: “A borderless Europe needs borderless communication””Feel connected all over Europe. With the best network.” supports the Group’s strategy for becoming the “Leading European Telco”Deutsche Telekom stands for and with Europe. A new “Europe” campaign with Andrea Bocelli is going to reaffirm this. In the campaign, the star tenor and the telecommunications company express their shared belief in the idea of a connected Europe. With its campaign claim, “Feel connected all over Europe. With the best network.” Deutsche Telekom will again highlight its Group strategy for becoming the leading European telecommunications provider. The wide-reaching campaign kicks off in mid-July 2016 and will appear successively to twelve European Deutsche Telekom markets. In Germany it will be launched on Saturday July 16, 2016.“We, Deutsche Telekom, see Europe as a gain. We operate in 13 European markets. This makes us more international. We exchange ideas and information amongst our national companies. We learn from each other, and that makes us better”, explains Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges, thereby affirming the importance of the European idea with respect to entrepreneurial decisions. “Network technology and digitization are the basis for borderless communication. A borderless Europe needs borderless communication.”Claudia Nemat, Member of the Deutsche Telekom AG Board of Management responsible for Europe and Technology, adds “We want to continue investing in our pan-European network and in innovative services, with a view to expanding our technological leadership in Europe, and offering the best customer experience.” The network of the future should connect as many people as possible, across boundaries, and offer maximized bandwidth, the best service and innovative products. “You can’t see what it is that connects Europe. But you can feel it.”The Europe campaign represents the connectedness of countries and people, through a network that is invisible but always provides this feeling of connectedness. The TV commercial conveys this idea through Andrea Bocelli, who lost his eyesight at the age of 12. The tenor takes the viewer on a whirlwind trip across Europe. Accompanied by emotionally appealing images and music, he explains the significance of the network’s power to overcome boundaries. With his arms flung wide open, Andrea Bocelli symbolizes connectedness throughout this network, throughout Europe. For Andrea Bocelli, today’s network technology is one of the great achievements of our modern world. “The network turns Europe into a community and brings people closer together. Like my music. Music is a special language that everybody understands – and thus connects people”, says the tenor. “Life is a complex web of relationships with people. With the help of this network and new technologies, I want to stay connected with all the people who are important to me. What is true for music is also true for the network: You can’t see what it is that connects Europe. But you can feel it.”With the campaign, Chief Brand Officer Hans-Christian Schwingen and Dr. Christian Hahn, Vice President Marketing Communication, Strategy and Media, are seeking to communicate a feeling of connectedness with people throughout Europe. “The emotional gesture of opening one’s arms is universally understood, and here it stands for human connectedness across Europe’s boundaries”, explains Hans-Christian Schwingen. “The ‘T pose’, struck by people in different situations, thus translates our brand into an open, positive gesture that only Deutsche Telekom can claim as an iconic key visual.” And last but not least makes our network visible as a symbol. The Europe campaign will be presented in Albania, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. “Feel connected all over Europe. With the best network.” will be accompanied by a 45-second commercial on leading TV channels and by a range of print advertising. It will also be supported by various measures presented out-of-home, online and via social media. In addition, the campaign website will support the campaign’s many communication measures by presenting a range of additional information about Deutsche Telekom’s Europe strategy.”Feel connected all over Europe. With the best network.”Created by: Serviceplan, HamburgMedia strategy: MediaCom, DüsseldorfTV production: STINK, BerlinDirected by: Aleksander BachMusic: Audioforce, Berlin Photographer: Andreas Lind c/o Camerawork PR: Schröder + Schömbs PR, BerlinVoice Over Andrea Bocelli: “It gives me freedom. Reliably – wherever I am. It transcends boundaries. It’s indispensible – and invisible. It’s the gateway to knowledge and information. It connects me to the people I love. It’s like music. Like a language everyone speaks. A sense of unity. The network – it’s the present and the future. You can’t see it. But you can feel it.”About Deutsche TelekomDeutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 156 million mobile customers, 29 million fixed-network lines and around 18 million broadband lines (as of December 31, 2015). The Group provides fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet and Internet-based TV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for businesses and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom has a presence in more than 50 countries and employs about 225,200 people worldwide. The Group generated revenues of 69.2 billion euros in the 2015 financial year – roughly 64 percent of it outside Germany.