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EUbusiness Week 768 top stories: EU formally extends sanctions against Russia; MEPs present dieselgate first findings; Fairer rules promised in EU benefits shake-up; 5G mobile internet a step closer with 700 MHz deal; Battery makers fined EUR 166m for cartel; Europe's Galileo satnav system goes live
Following the Brexit and U.S. votes, at least president Putin will start
2017 with a smile. The EU has been a thorn in his expansionist
ambition, supporting the Baltic states, refusing to recognise Crimea's
annexation, and committed to supporting Ukraine politically and
Russia would welcome Brexit's damage to EU solidarity on Russian sanctions, as well as US withdrawal from TTIP. But should we accept the consequences of a flawed democratic process? Or should 2017 see the start of a fight-back against the politics of hate, intimidation and dishonesty?
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1. EU formally extends sanctions against Russia
The EU prolonged economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the
Russian economy by a further six months on Monday, continuing its
response to the crisis in Ukraine.
EU reaffirms strong support for Ukraine
2. MEPs present dieselgate first findings
Evidence from the first draft report from the European Parliament's
committee into dieselgate shows shortcomings in Member State enforcement
of EU car emissions legislation.
3. Fairer rules promised in EU benefits shake-up
The Commission unveiled an overhaul of social security rules Wednesday,
acknowledging a Brexit campaign which highlighted 'benefits tourism' as a
major concern of voters.
4. 5G mobile internet a step closer with 700 MHz deal
EU Member States will make the 700 MHz band available for wireless
broadband by 2020, enabling a shift to 5G mobile internet, Parliament
and Council negotiators agreed informally on Wednesday evening.
5. Battery makers fined EUR 166m for cartel
Sony, Panasonic and Sanyo have received fines of EUR 166 million for
coordinating prices and exchanging sensitive information on supplies of
rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
6. Europe's Galileo satnav system goes live
Europe's satellite navigation system Galileo went live for public
authorities and businesses Thursday, promising accurate, fast and more
reliable positioning for end users.
Kit Kat: Nestle's application to register the three-dimensional shape of
'Kit Kat 4 fingers' as an EU trade mark is declared invalid at the
ECJ's General Court.
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
Inside the EU Institutions
EU-Ukraine Association Council - official controls along the agri-food
chain - Russia sanctions - Illicit Trafficking of Firearms and
Ammunition in the Western Balkans - venture capital rules - Mercury
pollution agreement - European Council conclusions
Statement on Berlin - Urban agenda - migration in the Horn of Africa -
end of roaming charges in 2017 - Niger - high-quality radio frequencies -
Partnership Framework on migration with third countries - new rules to
cut air pollution - Galileo Initial Services - revision of social
security coordination rules - multilateral investment court
Car emissions - ACP-EU - Sakharov Prize, railways, fundamental rights -
EU carbon market - compensation for Thalidomide victims - import checks
to protect citrus trees - Reimposing visas - Human rights: Buddhism in
Tibet, Rohingya in Myanmar, mass graves in Iraq - 5G internet by 2020 -
US-EU visa reciprocity - Rule of law and democracy in Poland - Brexit
talks - EU ports fees
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