Better regulation on the agenda - EUbusiness Week newsletter 705
EUbusiness Week 705 top stories: Merkel sets tough line at EU summit with eastern partners; Greece in final stretch of troubled loan talks; ECB sees no need to start tapering QE, minutes show; Parliament in surprise vote for 'conflict minerals' ban; EU urged to do 'much more' to protect wildlife; Britain must stay in reformed EU: business head
The Commission this week addressed a key complaint from voters in the
European, and UK, elections - too much red tape in EU legislation and
not enough transparency in the EU decision-making process. The Better
Regulation Agenda aims to cut burdens for SMEs, boost openness and
transparency in EU decision-making, and improve the quality of new laws.
Some are worried about the threat to health, safety and environmental standards. The Commission's challenge is to get right the balance between better and less regulation.
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1. Merkel sets tough line at summit with eastern partners
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the EU's eastern partners Thursday
not to expect too much of the bloc and warned Russia to mend its ways
over Ukraine if it wanted to rejoin the G7 club of top nations.
Armenia, Belarus baulk at Riga summit declaration: sources
2. Greece in final stretch of troubled loan talks
Greece on Monday entered the final stretch of tortuous talks with its
international creditors on a bankruptcy-saving loan deal, with the
government calling for a breakthrough by the end of the month.
Merkel, Hollande to meet Greek PM in Riga
3. ECB sees no need to start tapering QE, minutes show
The European Central Bank revealed Thursday that its governing council
believes its contested bond purchase programme is working and there is
no talk of scaling it back just yet.
ECB, under fire, changes rules over publishing speeches
4. Parliament in surprise vote for 'conflict minerals' ban
Europe's legislators on Wednesday unexpectedly voted in favour of a law
requiring firms to ensure they do not use so-called conflict minerals
from Africa and other areas that end up funding warlords.
China rare earths export quota scrapped after WTO ruling
5. EU urged to do 'much more' to protect wildlife
Member States must step up efforts to protect vulnerable wildlife and
habitats from the effects of human activity, with little improvement in
conservation since 2007, a report said on Wednesday.
Europe's bathing waters cleaner, says Brussels
6. Britain must stay in reformed EU: business head
The head of Britain's biggest business lobby made his case in favour of
EU membership in a speech on Wednesday amid heated debate about the
in-or-out referendum to be held by 2017.
Airbus flies into Britain's 'Brexit' debate
German truckers: the Commission has launched legal action against
Germany, accusing the government of illegally applying the national
minimum wage to a number of trucking and haulage companies from Austria,
Poland and Hungary.
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UK referendum: Prime Minister David Cameron was to start face-to-face
discussions at a summit Friday with European partners on renegotiating
Britain's position in the EU ahead of his in-out referendum by 2017.
EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis
Luxembourg PM first gay EU leader to marry
Migrants: Brussels may have to water down controversial plans for quotas
to spread Mediterranean refugees around Europe amid growing opposition,
unexpectedly led by France, officials said on Tuesday.
Mogherini on Middle East trip as bus row flares
Cyprus wants bigger EU role in peace talks: negotiator
Migrants: Euro-MPs on Wednesday accused some Member States of passing
the buck by rejecting a Brussels plan for binding quotas for refugees
making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.
Hungary's Orban angers MEPs over death penalty, migrants
Parliament targets Thailand in boat people resolution
Parliament leader ribs 'big loser' Farage
Also this week, MEPs approved new rules on insolvency to give struggling companies a second chance to improve their financial situation; demanded action to halt the spread of killer bacteria on oilve trees; and pressed the Commission not to withdraw a draft EU directive on maternity leave.
26 May: Foreign Affairs Council
27-29 May: Urbanisation in Europe and the world
27 May: European Parliament plenary session
27 May: Commission proposes 2016 EU Budget
28-29 May: Competitiveness Council
28 May: Commission adopts monthly infringements package
28-29 May: European Maritime Day Conference
The Week Ahead
Other news on EUbusiness this week
Eurozone growth falters despite improved employment 21-May
Varoufakis says 'respects' secrecy after taping claim 21-May
Cyprus lenders back latest bailout stage 20-May
ECB to ramp up bond purchases in May, June 19-May
EU approves Spain's Sabadell takeover of UK's TSB 18-May
British manufacturing giant breaks ranks on 'Brexit' 18-May
Greece will not cut salaries, pensions in loan talks 15-May
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