March 2016

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31/03/2016 NVA Autism Week Amsterdam expand

Sounding of the Gong for Autism Week of NVA

This year the NVA organizes the Autism Week for the 7th time, from 2 to 9 April, to create awareness about autism. Diederik Weve from Shell sounds the gong.

Diederik Weve is a safety engineer at Shell and with his project “Coming out for Autistics” he laid the very foundations for the Autism Embassy. The embassy is a fast growing network of employees with autism who are successful at making autism visible in their own organizations as a Diversity & Inclusion proposition.

This year the Autism Week focuses on physical activity and sports. More and more research shows that sport contributes to stay healthy - physically as well as mentally. Our brain actually works better when we sport regularly. Data from the Dutch Autism Registry (NAR) show that people with autism are particularly vulnerable to stress and negative feelings and social isolation is a problem among this group. Practicing sports can help to reduce these problems and increase self-confidence. Autism-friendly sports clubs and sports coaches help to overcome barriers to actually join a sports club.

Members of the Dutch Autism Association (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Autisme, NVA) are people with autism and their families. From their perspective the NVA tries to establish an autism-friendly society; a society in which people with autism are optimally integrated, accepted and self-reliant.

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30/03/2016 Savings Account for UNICEF Amsterdam expand

Sounding of the gong for a trip with ING for UNICEF

The Euronext listed ING (ticker symbol: INGA) is looking for a pair of energetic travelers to make a trip to Madagascar for UNICEF. They sound the gong to give extra attention to their search.

As ambassadors of the Savings Account for UNICEF the pair will experience first-hand what UNICEF has been able to do with the contributions made by ING customers and what this means for preschool children in Madagascar. ING customers who have a Savings Account for UNICEF automatically support  UNICEF’s work in Madagascar.

The whole trip will be filmed so that everyone interested in the Savings Account for UNICEF can see how UNICEF is using the donations to help as many Madagascan children as possible into preschool. UNICEF staff in Madagascar want to use the trip to provide as full a picture as possible of the effect that preschool education has on the children, their parents and the community they live in. Only 10 per cent of young children are able to go to preschool and thanks to the Savings Account for UNICEF 1,280 children are now able to attend the preschool that has been built in their village

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29/03/2016 Refresco Gerber Listing Anniversary Amsterdam expand

Refresco Gerber Celebrates One Year Listing Anniversary

Refresco Gerber (ticker symbol: RFRG) celebrates its first year of listing at Euronext Amsterdam. Hans Roelofs, CEO Refresco Gerber, marks this occasion by sounding the gong to open trading.

Hans Roelofs: "Being a listed company offers many new opportunities and it has raised our company profile which is helpful in executing our growth strategy. The share of Refresco Gerber, with an international shareholder base of both private and institutional investors, can look back on an exciting and successful first year."

Refresco Gerber is the European leader in bottling soft drinks and fruit juices for retailers and A-brand owners. At the end of 2015, Refresco Gerber has 25 production sites worldwide including the Benelux, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

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24/03/2016 The King’s Commissioner of Noord-Holland Amsterdam expand

The King’s Commissioner of Noord-Holland visits the Amsterdam exchange

Johan Remkes, the King’s Commissioner of Noord-Holland, sounds the gong to open trading at the Euronext exchange in Amsterdam. This ceremony also marks the launch of a new online discussion platform that allows participants to contribute ideas regarding the Province’s economic policy.

Noord-Holland is one of the Netherlands’ most healthy and dynamic provinces and one of the drivers of the country’s economy recovery, which is quickly picking up steam. The coalition formed by VVD, D66, PvdA and CDA in the States-Provincial, which in turn has appointed the Provincial Executive, is making a maximum effort to prime the pump for the steady growth of Noord-Holland’s regional economy and to create new scope for innovation, sustainability and enterprise. The Province will be investing another EUR 160 million for this purpose. The Province aims to realise its ambitions by clearing new paths for employment, accessibility, innovation, sustainable energy, a healthy rural economy and robust nature and recreation areas.

To this end, the Province has established both an innovation fund and a sustainability fund for the SME sector. In addition, the Province intends to promote a more effective alignment of the region’s education sector and employment market. The provincial administration will be investing in outstanding accessibility – both physical and digital – for economic activity in Noord-Holland through initiatives in the ‘Greenports’, the ports of Noord-Holland, the North Sea Canal and at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

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23/03/2016 Winner Prix Veuve Clicquot Amsterdam expand

Winner Prix Veuve Clicquot opens trading

Businesswoman of the Year is an election organized by Veuve Clicquot Champagne House, part of the LVMH Group, listed on Euronext (ticker symbol: MC). The winner of 2016 visits the Amsterdam exchange and sounds the gong.

Vivienne van Eijkelenborg accepted the prestigous award for succesfull businesswoman for her leading skills at Difrax. 

Prix Veuve Clicquot is an international award for successful businesswomen and was created as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, the woman who put Veuve Clicquot on the global Champagne map.

Since 1981, the Prix Veuve Clicquot is a renowned initiative in the Netherlands. In 2016 this prize is awarded for the 35th time to a special businesswoman. In the past 34 years this award has had a very special and prestigious position and substantially contributed to a positive appreciation of female entrepreneurship. Led by a skilled jury, which this year is chaired by Mrs. Annemarie Jorritsma, the 35th Dutch Businesswoman of the Year will be elected on March 21 2016.

The prize is awarded in 18 countries. In the Netherlands, under the auspices of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin champagne, in collaboration with Stan Huygens Journal of the newspaper De Telegraaf and in cooperation with EY.

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22/03/2016 Bell Ceremony to promote capital markets Lisbon expand

Bell Ceremony to promote capital markets

Euronext Lisbon and Portuguese Trade Chambers ring the closing bell to celebrate the Fifth Annual Meeting of Portuguese Trade Chambers around the world (25 were present in the meeting) to promote relations between the two institutions in order to exchange ideas on financing companies and the support that capital markets can provide in meeting this goal.

22/03/2016 European Securities and Markets Authority Amsterdam expand

ESMA Chair Steven Maijoor opens trading

Steven Maijoor, Chair of European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), opens trading at the Amsterdam exchange. With the sounding of the gong the multi-day meeting of the ESMA Board of Supervisors in Amsterdam will start.

ESMA, established in Paris since 2010, contributes to safeguarding the stability of the European Union's financial system by enhancing the protection of investors and promoting stable and orderly financial markets. ESMA is an independent EU Authority that strengthens the coordination between national regulators of financial markets and ensures the consistent application of EU financial legislation in EU countries.

Due to the Dutch presidency of the EU in the first half of 2016, the ESMA Board of Supervisors takes place in Amsterdam once.

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21/03/2016 Impact Summit Europe Amsterdam expand

Opening of trading for Impact Summit Europe

Opening of trading is done on the occasion of the kick-off for the Impac Summit Europe, which will take place at the The Hague Peace Palace on 22 and 23 March. Investors, fund managers, multinationals, and policy makers will join to put impact on the map of European capital markets.

Frank Bult of Phenix Capital says that the impact investing industry, with a current value of $60 billion, has been estimated to grow to $2 trillion in the next ten years, which is 1% of the assets invested worldwide. Despite this increased interest and recognition, there are still stumbling blocks to be overcome by impact investing as they are hampering the capital inflow to the industry, such as the lack of awareness, the difficulty of standing up against conventional methods and models, and an imbalance between the demand and supply of capital. Only when these barriers are broken, impact can become completely ‘mainstream’.

Phenix Capital sounds the gong together with fellow-pioneers PGGM, FMO, C-Change , PYMWIMIC, B Corp en Spring Associates and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) delivering the message that it is time for investors – large and small – to actively include both the negative and possibly positive impact on society in their decision-making process.

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18/03/2016 Global Money Week Lisbon expand

Under the Global Money Week (GMW), more than 50 students rang the closing bell. Euronext Lisbon, together with the capital markets regulator (CMVM) celebrated the closing of the Global Money Week with presentations of both institutions to two schools (Primary School no. 2 and 3 Santa Iria da Azóia and wellness center social Forums of Salvaterra) under the project of promoting the Financial Literacy among young people.

Global Money Week is an annual international event to create money awareness and takes place in the second week of March. Global Money Week engages children worldwide in learning how money works, including saving, creating livelihoods, gaining employment, and entrepreneurship.

18/03/2016 414th anniversary Amsterdam exchange Amsterdam expand

Gong marks the exchange anniversary and interest payment on 17th century bonds

This year, the Amsterdam exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world, celebrates its 414th anniversary. On this occasion, the interest will be paid on some ancient bonds that still pay interest ,   from the rich archive of the Amsterdam exchange, as managed by Stichting Capital Amsterdam.

In honor of this anniversary the gong will be sounded by Patrick Poelmann, chair (dijkgraaf) of Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden, the current successor of  the Utrecht dike board  Lekdijk Bovendams, that issued these bonds 400 years ago.

The Lekdijk Bovendams, a 33-kilometer dike from Amerongen to Vreeswijk(Nieuwegein), has been protecting Amsterdam and large parts of Holland and Utrecht from the water for centuries. After adike burst  in the early 17th century, the water board decided to issue interest letters to pay for the recovery.

These oldest known interest-bearing bonds of the world do not only symbolize the financial power of our country, but also touch on the "social" origin of the global stock market capitalism. Experts see an important explanation for the rise of capitalism in the Netherlands in the eternal struggle against water. Because of the constant flood threats that the country faced the Dutch were forced to keep money on hand for centuries and are joined in the fight against the water.

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18/03/2016 25 years BEL20 Brussels expand

Our national blue chip the BEL 20 was created 25 years ago on 18 March.It is based on the performance of the 20 most representative companies for the Belgian market. It first saw the light in 1991 and experienced many changes, both in composition and regulations. To make sure this anniversary did not go unnoticed, Euronext organized a breakfast with CEOs and board members of the 20 constituents of the BEL 20. Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo rang the opening bell.

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16/03/2016 Global Money Week 2016 Amsterdam expand

Child & Youth Finance International marks Global Money Week 2016

Global Money Week is an annual international event to create money awareness and takes place in the second week of March. Global Money Week engages children worldwide in learning how money works, including saving, creating livelihoods, gaining employment, and entrepreneurship.

Global Money Week is an initiative of Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI).  CYFI is an organization based in Amsterdam, but working globally. CYFI has taken on the challenge of reshaping financial systems – by making sure that everyone works together to help children and youth become empowered economic citizens (receive financial, social and livelihood education and be financially included). Through collaboration they ensure that national authorities, CEOs, heads of NGOs, academics, media personalities and young people work together today to make tomorrow more sustainable, equal and stable.

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15/03/2016 Carré brings Broadway's PIPPIN Amsterdam expand

Carré opens trading with ‘Broadway on the Amstel’ musical PIPPIN

The musical PIPPIN is the first performance in Carré’s new ‘Broadway on the Amstel’. Every year Carré will bring leading productions from Broadway to the Netherlands. Madeleine van der Zwaan, director Royal Theatre Carré, sounds the gong with sponsor ING (ticker symbol: INGA).

The Broadway show PIPPIN is a dazzling musical full of extraordinary acrobatics, breathtaking stunts, theatre, magic and music of Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz. PIPPIN is directed by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

The show tells the story of Pippin who is looking for himself, and the meaning of life. The performance with the original American casts sets foot in Europe for the first time, and is exclusively at Carré for five weeks since March 9.

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15/03/2016 Amsterdam expand celebrates opening new office with opening trade

On 17 March, the new building of the foundation officially opened in Amsterdam. With the sounding of the gong director Els Bosma opens the trading day.

Since January of this year is an independent foundation. went live in the summer of 2013 as a project of KWF, IKNL and Levenmetkanker. Now, three years later, tis independent and the foundation is a fact.

The independence of enables the foundation to cooperate with several partners in order to build an even stronger position. as a foundation has more options and opportunities to forge new relationships with others to broaden and deepen the platform so that they can support the patient even better with more digital services.

Since February 1 Els Bosma started as director of the foundation Before, she worked as a Program Director Open Access at Elsevier. Content and knowledge sharing were central to her previous job at Elsevier and this is also what is about.

Els leads an ambitious team of 15 employees and wants to go full speed ahead with this team in 2016.

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14/03/2016 Global Money Week Brussels expand

Kick-off of the Global Money Week at Euronext Brussels

The Global Money Week that starts on 14 March is organised by, De Tijd, L’Echo and Radio1 and many other partner a.o Euronext. This week aims at stimulating financial education and takes financial questions under the microscope. All lot of activities are organized in schools and info Markets in different cities, as well as for the general public. Minister of Budget, Sophie Wilmès opened the financial markets to celebrate this events in the presence of Minister of Finance, Johan Van Overtveldt and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Kris Peeters and the Governer of the National Bank of Belgium and Jean-Paul Servais, Chairman of the FSMA.

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14/03/2016 Opera Forward Festival Amsterdam expand

Dutch National Opera sounds gong for Opera Forward Festival

On 15 March the first edition of the Opera Forward Festival starts, a new festival in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Dutch National Opera. Initiator and director Pierre Audi opens trading by sounding the gong, the day before the opening.

Opera Forward Festival opens with the world premiere Only the Sound Remains of Finnish composer Kaija Sariaaho. In the ten days the festival lasts, there are four grand operas on three different locations. The National Opera & Ballet Theatre is the heart of everything, with lectures, student performances, exhibitions and after talks.

The festival is dedicated to the future of art and the art of opera. The gong ceremony is also attended by soloist Davone Tines and Els van der Plas, director National Opera & Ballet, representing the festival.

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11/03/2016 Masterclasses Financiële Journalistiek Amsterdam expand

Opening of trading with Masterclasses Financiële Journalistiek

The gong is sounded by ‘Masterclasses Financiële Journalistiek’ because of the Masterclass Financial Markets (Financiële Markten) held at Beursplein 5.

The Masterclass Financial Markets provides an overview of the financial markets and deals with questions like who are key players, what happens on unregulated markets and the relationship with the ‘real’ economy? The masterclass is held at Euronext Amsterdam. Speakers include economics professor Bas Jacobs, Lukas Daalder, CIO Robeco and Maurice van Tilburg, CEO Euronext Amsterdam.

The Masterclasses Financiële Journalistiek offers journalists the opportunity to gain more knowledge of current financial issues without the pressure of deadlines. At each masterclass experts from the financial and academic industry speak and are meant to broaden experience and knowledge. The masterclasses are organized by journalists for journalists.

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10/03/2016 Vanguard lists ETFs Amsterdam expand

Vanguard sounds gong for new ETFs listings in Amsterdam

Vanguard expands its low-cost Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) range in the Netherlands with the listing of four low-cost fixed income ETFs on Euronext Amsterdam. Cees Bezuijen, Senior Institutional Sales Executive Netherlands, sounds the gong.

Wim van Zwol, Head of Institutional Sales Northern Europe: “Our business in the Netherlands is gaining momentum as Dutch investors increasingly value the low costs, liquidity and transparency of ETFs. This launch complements our existing range of index mutual funds and ETFs, enabling investors to build a broadly diversified fixed income and equity portfolio at a low-cost.”

Vanguard Asset Management, Limited is authorized and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Vanguard Group Inc., a leading provider of high-value investment services, whose mission is to help clients achieve their goals by being one of the world’s highest value providers of investment products and services. Since establishing the first indexed mutual fund in the U.S. in 1976, The Vanguard Group Inc., has grown into one of the world’s largest and most respected investment management companies.

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09/03/2016 Wolters Kluwer annual report Amsterdam expand

Wolters Kluwer presents annual report and sustainability report

Wolters Kluwer (ticker symbol: WKL) visits the Amsterdam exchange for the announcement of the publication of the 2015 edition of their annual report and the sustainability report. Nancy McKinstry, CEO, opens trading by sounding the gong.

Wolters Kluwer, founded in 1836, is a global leader in professional information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.

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09/03/2016 Thyld bonds Brussels expand

Thyld bonds listed on Alternext in Brussels

Dirk Thys and Bart Verhavert, both member of the board of directors of Thyld, opened the Euronext stock markets with a Bell Ceremony in Brussels, celebrating the listing on Alternext of bonds issued by Thyld for an amount of € 4.875.000, with maturity of 5 years. The coupon amounts to 6% gross per year.

The bond has the ISIN CODE of BE0002243120, more information can be found on the following link:

Merit Capitalacted as general coordinator in this transaction.

08/03/2016 International Women’s Day 2016 Lisbon expand

Dia Internacional da Mulher

This year, in celebration of the International Women's Day, 33 stock exchanges around the world have joined the UN Global Compact, UN Women, WFE, WE, SSE and IFC's to Rang the bell in favor of Gender Equality. In Portugal, the United Nations Global Compact and Euronext Lisbon, joined this global initiative and promoted a conference to discuss this issue, whit the presence of the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Catarina Marcelino. At the round table promoted, several testimonies were shared about "The importance of companies in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment”.

08/03/2016 Ringing the Bell for Gender Equality Paris expand

Euronext joins 34 stock exchanges around the world that are ‘Ringing the Bell for Gender Equality’

The theme of this ceremony is Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Principles

Today, Euronext joins 34 stock exchanges around the world that are ‘Ringing the Bell for Gender Equality’ to commemorate International Women’s Day (8 March) and raise awareness on the importance of gender equality to capital markets.
The 35 exchanges are supported by a global partnership between the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, UN Global Compact, IFC, UN Women, Women in ETFs and the World Federation of Stock Exchanges.
Euronext, as a partner to the SSE initiative, joins this global collaboration to highlight the business case for women’s economic empowerment, as well as opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality and sustainable development.

08/03/2016 International Women’s Day Amsterdam expand

WOMEN Inc. sounds gong on International Women’s Day

WOMEN Inc. opens trading on International Women’s Day at the Amsterdam exchange on the occasion of the investment in gender-specific health care made by the Ministry of Health. Jannet Vaessen, director WOMEN Inc., sounds the gong.

Minister Edith Schippers invests 12 million Euros in research on women’s health over the next few years. This was announced by Director General of Public Health, Angelique Berg at a meeting of WOMEN Inc. on gender-specific health care.

The money will be invested in a multi-year National Knowledge Program on Gender and Health. Jannet Vaessen, Director WOMEN Inc.: ‘’We are very proud and excited about the good news of Minister Schippers about this investment in a National Knowledge Program on Gender and Health. We see it as a recognition of the longstanding commitment of the Gender & Health Alliance.’’

WOMEN Inc. is an agenda-network for women who want to strengthen themselves and one another. WOMEN Inc. calls for a tailored health care. This is necessary because health care is now based largely on the male body. Custom tailored health care contributes to the quality and thereby provides costs savings. WOMEN Inc. founded  the Gender & Health Alliance in 2011, a collaboration of medical specialists, general practitioners, psychologist, professors and policy makers to jointly recognize and acknowledge the importance of gender sensitivity in order to improve the quality of physical and mental health.

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08/03/2016 International Women’s Day Brussels expand

On 8 March 2016, Euronext Brussels celebrated International Women’s Day.

In Brussels Elke Sleurs, Secretary of State for Equal Opportunities, opened the trading day together with other female leaders and senior executives representing listed companies that have achieved the objectives regarding the gender quota imposed by l’Institut pour l’Egalité des Hommes et des Femmes. This initiative was organised by the international event “Ring the Bell for Gender Equality” organised by UN Global Compact, UN Women, Sustainable Stock Exchanges and Women in ETFs. The aim is to raise awareness for women’s economic empowerment. More than 25 stock exchanges worldwide were being part of this event, including the 4 Euronext locations : Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon and Paris.

Speech Elke Sleurs (secretary of state for equal opportunities)
Speech Isabelle Bourcier (co-head of marketing and board member for Women in ETFs for EMEA)

07/03/2016 Stichting DOEN and New Venture Amsterdam expand

Stichting DOEN and New Venture open trading

Stichting DOEN, in cooperation with New Venture, launched the DOEN Energie[s]topper, a national competition for entrepreneurs with innovative energy saving solutions. Stichting DOEN and New Venture open trading together with the finalists.

Five finalists were selected from more than 100 participants, the winner will be awarded 100.000 euro in order to further develop their product or service. 

SpeedComfort and Nerdalize have creative solutions involving radiators and computer servers to heat houses. Senergine creates comfortable indoor climates using a technical innovation that converts sound into heat. PowerWindow aims to make the glass surface of our built environment smarter by integrating energy generation and saving solutions into glass windows. To conclude, EnergyParty introduces a variation of the well-known Tupperware party to encourage homeowners to save energy in a playful manner.

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