EU presidentelect praises Croatia as blocs role model

ZAGREB, Croatia — European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has praised Croatia as European Union’s “tremendous success story,” saying the bloc’s newest member state serves as a “role model” for many other countries.Von der Leyen on Tuesday met with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic. The former German defence minister who takes up her post in Brussels on Nov. 1 also has visited Berlin, Paris and Warsaw and travels next to Spain and Italy. Croatia had backed her candidacy to replace Jean-Claude Juncker.Von der Leyen has hailed Croatia’s efforts to join the eurozone and the border-free Schengen area after becoming an EU member in 2013. The bid needs unanimous backing within the EU and von der Leyen says “I am at your side to proceed in that.”The Associated Press read more

Positive start for 2013 new car market with January registrations up 115

UK new car registrations rose 11.5% to 143,643 units in January 2013.Growth was boosted by 15.9% rise in private registrations during the month.All fuel types showed growth in January. Alternatively-fuelled cars posted a 7.9% rise in volumes.Growth in private and small car demand helped petrol cars see their market share rise.SMMT revises full year forecast to show modest growth in 2013, after an encouraging 2012 performance.“The new car market has started the year confidently with registrations climbing 11.5% in January,” said Mike Baunton, Interim Chief Executive, SMMT. “Lifted by a solid rise in private demand, the new car market posted its 11th successive month of growth with motorists attracted to forecourts by the latest models and competitive deals on offer. Building on a strong performance in 2012, SMMT has increased its market forecast – we anticipate a modest rise over the year, followed by further growth in 2014.” Growth momentum in new car market continues in JanuaryUK new car registrations continued to grow in January, with an 11.5% rise to 143,643 units.This was the third month of double digit growth in the past four months and the 11th successive monthly rise.Growth was again concentrated in the private market, although all sales types increased registrations in January.The growth is set against a challenging economic backdrop, suggesting market-specific factors are helping to drive demand, such as delayed purchases being tempted by deals and offers.Cost-conscious and environmentally-minded motorists were attracted to the advances in fuel efficiency across all ranges and new alternative propulsion systems that became available during the last 12 months. These include diesel-electric hybrids, plug-in hybrids and extended-range electric vehicles.Registrations of all fuel types rose in January. Petrol cars saw their market share rise, in line with increased volumes by private buyers and of smaller cars, both of which tend towards petrol cars.Most segments recorded growth in January, with the Mini, Dual Purpose, Lower Medium and MPV segments posting double digit gains, largely on the back of new model activity over the past 12 months.The Ford Fiesta was the best selling model in January.SMMT revised upwards its full year forecast for 2013 and 2014, after the better than expected growth in 2012. The market is expected to rise by 0.6% to 2.057 million units in 2013 and by 2.6% to 2.11 million units in 2014.Click through to download the full January 2013 news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Veszprem and Kielce staying in Europe – Medvedi out

5. Chekhovskie Medvedi10343291:276(15)10 2. MKB Veszprém KC10604266:266(0)12 1. BM Atletico Madrid10721318:285(33)16 Final Day in the Group C was decisive for the TOP 16 qualification. Vive Targi Kielce played very tought match with Chekhovskie Medvedi 26:26 and celebrate on the end, while MKB Veszprem (Atletico Madrid 28:27)  and Fuchse Berlin (BSV Silkeborg 28:27). ← Previous Story Men’s EHF CL (Round 10): “Matches of the Year” in Veszprem and Kielce! Next Story → Medvedi lost TOP 16 place in Kielce, Maximov: Referees stopped us” 4. Füchse Berlin10514296:292(4)11 6. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg100010253:315(-62)0 3. KS Vive Targi Kielce10514295:285(10)11 read more