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Doing more with less - EUbusiness Week newsletter 534


10-06-2011

EUbusiness Week 534 top stories: Russia, EU seek to heal trade rift at summit; Criticism of Danish border control move swells; Asia, Europe march ever closer; Deal for EU governments to tax truckers for pollution, noise; EU regulators on Facebook's case over tagging rollout; Southern Europeans work more, longer than Germans

This Week's Top Stories

1. Russia, EU seek to heal trade rift at summit
2. Criticism of Danish border control move swells
3. Asia, Europe march ever closer
4. Deal for EU gov'ts to tax truckers for pollution, noise
5. EU regulators on Facebook's case over tagging rollout
6. Southern Europeans work more, longer than Germans

Publisher's Note

'Doing more with less' is the challenge for EU environmental policy, according to a new EC publication. The latest issue of Science for Environment Policy explores how Europe can move towards a more sustainable society, reduce pressure on key assets such as water, minerals, fuel and land, and at the same time increase our resource productivity.

Prof Dr Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-Chair, Int'l Resource Panel, UNEP, says the EU needs to think big. He calls for "an economic transformation to increase resource efficiency", as well as "a fivefold increase in resource productivity". The EU's response to this challenge, a roadmap towards a resource efficient Europe, is due shortly.
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1. Russia, EU seek to heal trade rift at summit

EU and Russian leaders arrived for a tense summit on Thursday seeking to overcome a row over Moscow's ban on EU vegetable imports that has opened a new rift between the two sides.
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Germany vows to repair image of Spanish produce

2. Criticism of Danish border control move swells

Denmark's plan to reinstall permanent controls at its borders triggered mounting criticism at home and abroad, a day before lawmakers were set to approve the move.
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Bulgaria, Romania bids for swift Schengen entry scotched

3. Asia, Europe march ever closer

From nuclear safety to climate change and growth, 46 nations from Asia and Europe wound up two days of talks pledging to tighten the bonds between 60 per cent of the planet's people.
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4. Deal for EU gov'ts to tax truckers for pollution, noise

European governments will be able to hit hauliers for air and noise pollution costs after a deal struck in the European Parliament on Tuesday.
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5. EU regulators on Facebook's case over tagging rollout

Privacy regulators are pushing European counterparts to block aspects of a controversial Facebook feature that suggests names for people in newly-uploaded photographs.
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6. Southern Europeans work more, longer than Germans

Southern Europeans work more and longer than Germans, a study says, debunking comments made by Chancellor Angela Merkel that workers in debt-mired Greece, Spain and Portual are lazy.
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EUROPEAN CASE LAW

Hamsters: France has failed to protect the Great Hamster of Alsace, a cute fur-ball facing extinction with fewer than 200 remaining, Europe's top court said on Thursday.
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Germany's top court to probe Greece aid
Court annuls assets freeze on wife of Ivory Coast's Gbagbo
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Greece: Eurozone finance ministers launched formal talks on Wednesday over the financial "modalities" of a new Greek rescue package which an EU diplomat said will top EUR 90bn.
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Portuguese leader races to form government before EU summit
Ankara hopes Poland's EU helm will speed-up entry talks
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Commission Watch

Country recommendations: the EU has demanded that Britain ensures "no slippage" on planned deep budget cuts and urges a radical overhaul of its still-overheated housing market.
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Commission ups farmers compensation offer to EUR 210m
Barnier calls on US to quicken Wall Street reform
Internet Commissioner regrets lack of Netflix-type sites
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Euro-Parliament Watch

Budget: the European Parliament has voted against a real-terms freeze on the European Union budget for the rest of the decade, as sought by big Member States led by Britain.
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Angry Euro-MPs to protest to Brazil over Battisti release
In plenary this week, Euro-MPs advocated making credit rating agencies liable in civil law for their ratings, and the creation of a European credit rating foundation. They also favoured more ambitious trade, visa and cooperation agreements with Russia, if it does more to protect basic human rights.
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EU diary

9-10 Jun, EU-Russia Summit
9-10 Jun, Justice and Home Affairs Council
16 Jun, Transport Council
17 Jun, Employment, Social, Health, Consumer Affairs Council
23-24 Jun, European Council
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