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Closing the gender pay gap - EUbusiness Week newsletter 607


28-02-2013

EUbusiness Week 607 top stories: EU to cap banker bonuses, tighten regulation; EU launches solar glass probe against China; Horse meat scandal shows need for stiffer sanctions; Ministers reach deal on fish discard ban; EU releases EUR 144m for rare disease research; Cutting smoking saves more in health bills than lost tax

This Week's Top Stories

1. EU to cap banker bonuses, tighten regulation
2. EU launches solar glass probe against China
3. Horse meat scandal shows need for stiffer sanctions
4. Ministers reach deal on fish discard ban
5. EU releases EUR 144m for rare disease research
6. Cutting smoking saves more in health bills than lost tax

Publisher's Note

The gender pay gap persists. On average, the difference between women and men's hourly earnings across Europe is 16.2 per cent, according to latest Commission figures, released this week on European Equal Pay Day.

Causes include lower educational and career expectations for girls, undervaluing of women's skills, slower career progression, and more frequent career breaks where family responsibilities are not equally shared.

Tackling this discrimination is important: closing the gender pay gap not only helps to create a more equal and cohesive society, but, says the Commission, makes good business sense.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU to cap banker bonuses, tighten regulation

The European Union has agreed new rules that will cap bankers' bonuses, blamed by critics for helping to drive the global financial crisis but also defended as crucial for the smooth working of the banking system.
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2. EU launches solar glass probe against China

The Commission has launched an anti-dumping probe targeting Chinese exports of solar glass following a complaint filed earlier this month by European manufacturers.
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3. Horse meat scandal shows need for stiffer sanctions

Brussels plans stiffer sanctions against food fraud following the discovery of mislabelled ready-made meals across Europe containing horse meat instead of beef, the Health Commissioner said on Thursday.
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EU has open mind on origin labelling on prepared foods

4. Ministers reach deal on fish discard ban

Fisheries ministers agreed Wednesday to implement a ban on discards -- the wasteful practice of dumping unwanted fish overboard -- by easing quota restrictions, much to the anger of environmental groups.
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5. EU releases EUR 144m for rare disease research

The European Union has pledged 144 million euros of fresh funding for research on rare diseases that currently affect some 30 million Europeans, the majority of them children.
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6. Cutting smoking saves more in health bills than lost tax

The cost and health benefits of getting people not to smoke and, better still, not to start, more than outweigh the taxes the tobacco industry pays to governments, the Commission said on Monday.
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EUROPEAN LAW

Greek shipyard: the Greek government must take back some EUR 310m in aid given to a naval shipyard because the payment breaches EU law, the European Court of Justice has ruled.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Ukraine: Europe on Monday issued Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych a May deadline to convince his EU partners that "selective justice" of the sort meted out to ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko is a thing of the past.
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EU opens door to train Syria rebels
Poland pushes decision on joining euro to after 2015
Van Rompuy warns Britain over referendum plans
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Commission Watch

Farm spending: the Commission said Tuesday it is asking Member States to pay back some 400 million euros in farm funds for non-compliance with EU rules.
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Italy vote is 'blunt message' to Brussels against austerity
Britain should reform EU, not retreat: Rehn
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Parliament Watch

Airline carbon tax: Euro-MPs on Tuesday backed plans to exempt some airline carbon emissions from a controversial tax pending an international accord on an issue which has pitted Europe against the United States and China.
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Italy vote is "message" of protest: EP chief
Euro-MPs, Commission pledge support for new Cyprus leader
Also this week, Latvian officials pressed the case for eurozone membership with MEPs; and MEPs debated proposals to make smoking tobacco less attractive.
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EU diary

5 Mar, Economic and Financial Affairs Council
7-8 Mar, Justice and Home Affairs Council
11-14 Mar, European Parliament plenary session
11 Mar, Foreign Affairs Council
11 Mar, Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council
14-15 Mar, European Council
21 Mar, Environment Council
27-28 Mar, European Parliament plenary session
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