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Dublin unveils EU priorities - EUbusiness Week newsletter 600


10-01-2013

EUbusiness Week 600 top stories: Allies urge Britain to stay in EU; EU moves to end state rail monopolies; 2013 sees cleaner trucks and buses across EU; Eurozone contracts sharply end 2012, rebound mid-2013; Poland bans cultivation of GM maize, potatoes; EU launches public consultation on sweetener aspartame

This Week's Top Stories

1. Allies urge Britain to stay in EU
2. EU moves to end state rail monopolies
3. 2013 sees cleaner trucks and buses across EU
4. Eurozone contracts sharply end 2012, rebound mid-2013
5. Poland bans cultivation of GM maize, potatoes
6. EU launches public consultation on sweetener aspartame

Publisher's Note

Welcome back to EUbusiness Week after the Christmas break, as Irish prime minister Enda Kenny unveils his country's priorities for its stint as president of the European Union over the next six months.

Ireland's European agenda focuses on jobs, stability and growth, as well as a way to deal with Europe's place in the wider world. Mr Kenny was clear about his main priority, however: dealing with the scale of the Irish banking debt. Dublin is lobbying the ECB to restructure EUR 31 bn in promissory notes used to rescue the former Anglo Irish Bank.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Allies urge Britain to stay in EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron faced warnings Thursday from the United States, Germany and his own coalition partners about London's plans to renegotiate its relationship with the EU.
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British business leaders warn Cameron over risks of EU exit

2. EU moves to end state rail monopolies

In proposals likely to infuriate Germany, the Commission will this month urge an end to Europe's last rail monopolies and so open the lucrative passenger market to competition from 2019.
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3. 2013 sees cleaner trucks and buses across EU

Under new Union rules to combat pollution, trucks and buses rolling off assembly lines this year will produce significantly less harmful exhaust fumes.
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4. Eurozone contracts sharply end 2012, rebound mid-2013

The eurozone's recession likely sharpened at the end of last year but the single currency zone will begin to rebound in the second quarter of this year, say forecasters at German, French and Italian agencies.
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5. Poland bans cultivation of GM maize, potatoes

Poland has imposed new bans on the cultivation of certain genetically modified strains of maize and potatoes, a day after an EU required green light for GM crops took effect.
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6. EU launches public consultation on sweetener aspartame

The EU's food safety agency on Tuesday launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion regarding the safety of the artificial sweetener aspartame.
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Britain: European leaders have stressed the importance of keeping Britain in the EU, but say they oppose treaty changes demanded by Prime Minister David Cameron.
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Euro: investors no longer think there is a risk that the eurozone could break up, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in Lisbon on Thursday, while acknowledging that the situation in Europe remained "difficult".
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EU welcomes French economic reform efforts
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Bank debt: Eurozone head Jean-Claude Juncker offered MEPs some hope Thursday that the eurozone's new rescue fund could help ease the burden on countries that had to bail-out banks before it became operational.
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MEPs returned this week to committee and political group meetings, to prepare for next week's plenary session, when the House votes on a range of economic and monetary issues.
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