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EC acts on illegal treasures - EUbusiness Week newsletter 620


30-05-2013

EUbusiness Week 620 top stories: EU demands tough economic reforms; EU warns on China influence; Council and Parliament thrash out EU fisheries reform; EU says likely to ask Google to boost anti-trust offer; EU hits Argentina, Indonesia with bio-diesel tariffs; EU to check US wheat for GM contamination

This Week's Top Stories

1. EU demands tough economic reforms
2. EU warns on China influence
3. Council and Parliament thrash out EU fisheries reform
4. EU says likely to ask Google to boost anti-trust offer
5. EU hits Argentina, Indonesia with bio-diesel tariffs
6. EU to check US wheat for GM contamination

Publisher's Note

The EC this week moved to strengthen the system for recovery of national treasures which have been unlawfully removed from Member States' territories, with a proposal that would improve possibilities for restitution, with improved sharing of information on illegal trafficking in cultural goods. Anybody trying to exact compensation for returning an object would need to prove it was not knowingly acquired illegally.

Good to see that the EU, often accused of trying to forge a single European identity, is helping to preserve the diversity of Member States' cultural heritage.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU demands tough economic reforms

The Commission laid down its economic targets Wednesday for EU nations desperately seeking growth and jobs in the fallout from the debt crisis but gave France and Spain extra time in return for deeper reforms.
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2. EU warns on China influence

The Commission has warned against undue Chinese influence as Germany led growing opposition among Member States to a planned punitive levy on imports of solar panels from China.
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3. Council and Parliament thrash out EU fisheries reform

Parliament and Council negotiators have agreed a fisheries reform package, winning a guarded welcome from green groups with a commitment to protect stocks and control the dumping of unwanted fish.
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4. EU says likely to ask Google to boost anti-trust offer

The Commission is likely ask Google to improve the way it intends to satisfy EU concerns over its dominant position in the online search and advertising market.
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5. EU hits Argentina, Indonesia with bio-diesel tariffs

The Commission moved on Tuesday to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on bio-diesel from Argentina and Indonesia which account for some 20 % of the EUR 12 bn EU market.
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6. EU to check US wheat for GM contamination

The Commission has asked Member States to check imports of wheat from the United States which may be tainted with a genetically modified strain made by Monsanto.
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Commission Watch

Roaming: Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes on Thursday proposed a radical shake-up of the mobile phone services market, including an end to roaming charges long denounced by consumer groups.
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In committee this week, MEPs backed a deal forcing oil and mineral firms to disclose payments to governments; rejected plans to introduce minimum standards for roadworthiness tests on motorcycles and trailers under 2,000 kg; and endorsed a proposal to make it easier for small firms and citizens to recover debts across borders.
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