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Boost for SME exports - EUbusiness Week newsletter 550


11-11-2011

EUbusiness Week 550 top stories: Germany aims to save eurozone in current form; Recession threatens in 2012, EU warns; Europe, US and Japan create joint patent document; EU, US pen new passenger data deal to ease privacy fears; EU probes ball bearings industry; Binge drinking more common in northern Europe

This Week's Top Stories

1. Germany aims to save eurozone in current form
2. Recession threatens in 2012, EU warns
3. Europe, US and Japan create joint patent document
4. EU, US pen new passenger data deal to ease privacy fears
5. EU probes ball bearings industry
6. Binge drinking more common in northern Europe

Publisher's Note

As Europe's economy grapples with its debt turmoil, the Commission this week targeted markets with strong growth rates such as China, India and Russia as a means to boost boost competitiveness and growth.

The 'Small Business, Big World' initiative will coordinate efforts to support smaller businesses' access to these markets, using public-private partnerships with stakeholders such as chambers of commerce.

The initiative to exploit the potential of SMEs in the global arena will be welcomed at this time. More exports are urgently needed if the eurozone is to have a chance of avoiding recession next year.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Germany aims to save eurozone in current form

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that Germany aims to preserve the eurozone as it is, dismissing reports that Berlin was laying the groundwork for a currency union shed of its troublemakers.
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Euro "guarantees monetary stability" for Greece: Papademos
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2. Recession threatens in 2012, EU warns

Europe faces a new recession next year, Economy Commissioner Olli Rehn said on Thursday due to a "vicious circle" of government debt, vulnerable banks and weak spending.
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Belgium and four other nations face EU fines on deficits

3. Europe, US and Japan create joint patent document

The patent offices of Europe, Japan and United States have created a joint patent information document they say should speed the work of companies and cut costs.
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4. EU, US pen new passenger data deal to ease privacy fears

The Commission and the United States have penned a new deal allowing US authorities to keep airline passengers' personal data for 15 years, after a privacy outcry from Euro-MPs.
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5. EU probes ball bearings industry

European anti-trust authorities launched surprise inspections Tuesday in companies that produce ball bearings for the automotive industry in several Member States.
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6. Binge drinking more common in northern Europe

The relationship between drinking and damage to one's health is stronger in the Baltic countries and Sweden than in Italy, new research from Europe shows.
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Traficking: an EU-appointed prosecutor probing alleged organ trafficking from Kosovo in the late 1990s has launched an investigation in Albania.
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Transactions tax: finance ministers ran into British opposition Tuesday at the EU's first formal debate on imposing a tax on financial transactions.
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Germany mulls 'a la carte' European treaty changes
EU readies EIB credit freeze against Syria
EU prepares new Iran sanctions over nuclear activities
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Commission Watch

Euro: all EU countries should adopt the euro, says EC president Jose Manuel Barroso, amid predictions that the debt crisis could spell the end of the common currency.
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EU, Turkey try to break impasse in membership bid
EU welcomes WTO Russia deal
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Euro-Parliament Watch

Israel: the EP's president called on Israel on Wednesday to release an Irish MEP among more than 20 people detained for trying to break a naval blockade by sailing to Gaza.
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This week the budget conciliation procedure got into full swing to try and find compromises on the EU's 2012 budget; and the Culture and Education Committee said the EU should initiate strict, even penal, measures against doping, match-fixing and violence in sports stadia, as well as set up a European database listing people banned from stadia.
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