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25-06-2010

EUbusiness Week 495 top stories: EU-US expand airline 'open skies' deal; Russia-Belarus gas dispute draws to a close; ACP and EU nations sign revised trade deal; Whaling could blow a hole in Iceland's EU talks; Europe's wealth gap laid bare; Injecting drug use declining in Europe

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 495
25 June 2010
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. EU-US expand airline 'open skies' deal
2. Russia-Belarus gas dispute draws to a close
3. ACP and EU nations sign revised trade deal
4. Whaling could blow a hole in Iceland's EU talks
5. Europe's wealth gap laid bare
6. Injecting drug use declining in Europe

Publisher's Note
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The Commission's lobby register reached its second birthday
this week. But the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and
Ethics Regulation in the EU (ALTER-EU) was not celebrating.

Less than half the 2,600 or so Brussels-based lobby
organisations have signed up; and key sectors such as
lobbying consultancies and corporate EU affairs offices
are greatly under-represented, suggests ALTER-EU.

The conclusion must be that the voluntary approach has
failed. Which means the only answer is to move urgently
towards a mandatory, joint register for the Commission and
European Parliament, with improved transparency standards.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/altereu/lobby-register.02

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU-US expand airline 'open skies' deal
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Europe and the United States on Thursday signed an expanded
airline "open skies" agreement, but the key new goal of
removing restrictions on cross-ownership of carriers
still faces major hurdles.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-spain-airline.5bl

2. Russia-Belarus gas dispute draws to a close
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A four-day energy spat between Russia and Belarus appears to
be drawing to a close as Russia resumed gas flows to Belarus
and Minsk confirmed Moscow had paid it for transit fees.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/russia-belarus-gas.5bn

3. ACP and EU nations sign revised trade deal
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African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) member countries signed
in Burkina Faso Tuesday a revised trade and development
agreement with the European Union.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/acp-rights-trade.5ad

4. Whaling could blow a hole in Iceland's EU talks
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Iceland's whale hunting tradition, despite a ban which it
wants lifted, looms as a major hurdle in upcoming membership
talks with the EU where all cetaceans are legally protected.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/environment-whaling.58u

5. Europe's wealth gap laid bare
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Europe's wealth gap was laid bare on Monday in new data
showing that Luxemburgers have on average seven times
greater purchasing power than fellow EU members Bulgaria.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/economy-wealth-pay.598

6. Injecting drug use declining in Europe
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The use of intravenous drugs has decreased in most European
countries although Bulgaria and Slovakia bucked the trend,
according to a European Drugs Monitoring Centre report.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/crime-drugs.5bo

EUROPEAN CASE LAW
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Hungary - Slovakia: EU officials have dismissed a complaint
by Hungary that fellow member Slovakia broke EU law by
refusing entry to its president last year.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/hungary-slovakia.5bp
Latest Court of Justice Judgements
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Latest Commission competition cases
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EU law infringement decisions June 2010
http://www.eubusiness.com/eulaw/infringements.10-06
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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Diplomatic corps: EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton
secured a hard-fought agreement with the European Parliament
Monday, paving the way for the EU's first diplomatic corps
to finally get up and running.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/diplomacy.59n
Spanish EU presidency marred by economic crisis
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/spain-finance.5bb
Britain scraps euro preparation plans
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-economy.59x
Europe gets tough in G20 austerity, growth fight
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/economy-finance-g8.59t
Balkan leaders discuss ties, EU prospects at Istanbul summit
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/turkey-balkans.5ay
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Commission Watch
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Banks tax: Europe should tax its banks in order to build up
an emergency bail-out fund whatever other major economies
decide at this weekend's G20 summit, Finance Commissioner
Michel Barnier said on Tuesday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/g20-banking-tax.5a2
Strong euro cannot die: Barroso
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.58p
EU 'must not be taken hostage' in Russia-Belarus gas row
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/russia-belarus-gas.5an
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

Euro-Parliament Watch
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G20: Parliament's Socialist MEPs want micro-bloggers to
unleash a "Twitterstorm" on the G20 summit host to
demand a global tax on financial transactions.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/g20-finance-tax.5a4
Euro-MPs call for more EU powers in the financial sector
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/financial-sector.226
Euro-MPs urge fair fish competition
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/fish-imports.236
New EU trust label to make e-trading more reliable
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/e-trading.246
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

EU diary
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25-26 June, G8 Muskoka Summit
26-27 June, G20 Toronto Summit
28-29 June, Agriculture and Fisheries Council
5-8 July, European Parliament Plenary Session

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Long-term diary: http://www.eubusiness.com/events/eu-diary

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Policy Forum
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G20 Chambers: effective coordination and resisting
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Analysis
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Russian gas: Russia's use of its energy clout against unruly
neighbour Belarus will have little impact in Europe but
could further damage Moscow's reputation in the West.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/russia-belarus-gas.5az

Taxes better than targets
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/climateanswers/10-06-22
http://www.eubusiness.com/features

Events
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7 Sep, European industrial technologies conference
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12 Sep, Tel-Aviv: Med. Conference on Information Systems
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/research/mcis2010
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Guides
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Revised Cotonou Partnership Agreement
http://www.eubusiness.com/development/cotonou-revised.02

Second Stage EU - US "Open Skies" agreement
http://www.eubusiness.com/airlines/open-skies-II

IPR - counterfeiting and piracy - Real FAKE competition
http://www.eubusiness.com/trade/real-fake-ipr

Erasmus programme in 2008/09 - background
http://www.eubusiness.com/Education/erasmus-guide.01
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Monitoring the social impact of the crisis: public
perceptions in the EU - Flash Eurobarometer No 289
http://www.eubusiness.com/social/social-impact.02

"Science and Technology" - Special Eurobarometer 340
http://www.eubusiness.com/research/eurobarometer-sport.340

The European Cycling Lexicon
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Other news on EUbusiness this week
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EU wants to extend coal subsidies for 12 more years 24-Jun
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/energy-coal.5bt
EC tells UK to comply with EU data protection rules 24-Jun
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/data-protection-uk.246
Danish opposition to euro hits new high 24-Jun
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/denmark-finance.5bq
Tender for a study for new euro banknote technologies 24-Jun
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/euro/euro-banknotes.02
Sri Lanka rejects 'insulting' EU trade conditions 24-Jun
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/srilanka-rights.5bg
EU approves EUR 390m aid for Polish gas project 23-Jun
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/state-aid-poland.236
EU fines 17 bathroom fittings makers for cartel 23-Jun
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/competition-fine.5av
Eurozone growth slows again: survey 23-Jun
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-economy.5ao
One in six Europeans struggle to pay bills: survey 23-Jun
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/economy-social.5a9

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