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EC tightens code of conduct - EUbusiness Week newsletter 528


21-04-2011

EUbusiness Week 528 top stories: EU budget bid angers cash-strapped states; EU warns telecom firms against blocking Skype; Europeans slams China gov't procurement practices; EU warns German, Spanish airlines over safety; EU promises EUR 110m for new Chernobyl sarcophagus; One in five European kids dodge Facebook age limit

This Week's Top Stories

1. EU budget bid angers cash-strapped states
2. EU warns telecoms firms against blocking Skype
3. Europeans slams China gov't procurement practices
4. EU warns German, Spanish airlines over safety
5. EU promises EUR 110m for new Chernobyl sarcophagus
6. One in five European kids dodge Facebook age limit

Publisher's Note

This week, the Commission tightened its own code of conduct, barring former Commissioners from hiring their spouses, partners or direct family members in their cabinets, and clarifying rules for accepting gifts and invitations. The revamph follows a number of conflict-of-interest scandals, but it doesn't go far enough, say anti-corruption groups. Bearing in mind the generous prolonged payments Commissioners receive after they leave their job, maybe they have a case.
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A shorter and early version of the newswire this Easter week, to ensure you don't miss any of the week's key developments in Brussels. Wishing you all the best over the Easter break.
Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU budget bid angers cash-strapped states

The Commission defied calls from cash-strapped states to freeze spending as it requested Wednesday a 4.9% increase in the 2012 EU budget, setting the stage for heated negotiations.
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Euro-MPs tighten new EU laws to fine over-spending states

The Commission has launched a probe into charges that telecom firms block next-to-free Internet phone services to undermine competitors or degrade the quality of online videos.
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3. Europeans slams China gov't procurement practices

The European Union Chamber of Commerce has accused China of trade protectionism for refusing to grant EU companies a level playing field in the lucrative government procurement market.
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4. EU warns German, Spanish airlines over safety

The EU warns three German and Spanish carriers that they faced being grounded unless they address safety issues as it updated its blacklist of airlines banned from skies over Europe.
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5. EU promises EUR 110m for new Chernobyl sarcophagus

The Commission said Monday it will provide Ukraine with 110 million euros to help with construction of a new sarcophagus isolating the Chernobyl nuclear plant.
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6. One in five European kids dodge Facebook age limit

Three-quarters of Europe's children have a profile on a social networking website, while one in five under 13 manage to dodge Facebook's age restriction, a survey shows.
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