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EU card sparks jobs fears - EUbusinessWeek 519


18-02-2011

EUbusiness Week 519 top stories: Euro watchdog to exercise 'true power' over banks; Europe ratifies free trade deal with South Korea; EU issues urgent call to 21 states on satellite network; Russia to export 2.5 tonnes of caviar to EU: watchdog; Hungarian media law changes insufficient: press; High earners exempt from British immigration cap

This Week's Top Stories

1. Euro watchdog to exercise 'true power' over banks
2. Europe ratifies free trade deal with South Korea
3. EU issues urgent call to 21 states on satellite network
4. Russia to export 2.5 tonnes of caviar to EU: watchdog
5. Hungarian media law changes insufficient: press
6. EU tells Spain: give foreign retirees free medicine

Publisher's Note

French ski instructors, who show little 'entente cordiale' to British counterparts who want to work in their resorts, are worried that looming EU legislation may take away their jobs.

The European Professional Card, part of an EC consultation on updating the EU's Professional Qualifications Directive, would make it easier for workers abroad to prove their credentials, and 'enhance confidence between the authorities concerned'.

All part of making the single market work better, says the Commission. The French, whose Eurotest appears to discriminate against other EC nationals, are not so sure. Legislative proposals for modernising the Directive are expected in 2012.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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2. Europe ratifies free trade deal with South Korea

Europe has given its final approval to a major free trade deal with South Korea, eliminating most tariffs in a pact hailed as a model for future agreements with other Asian nations.
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3. EU issues urgent call to 21 states on satellite network

The Commission on Thursday ordered 21 EU states to get their act together and meet a deadline to install a pan-European mobile satellite network under its broadband-for-all drive.
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4. Russia to export 2.5 tonnes of caviar to EU: watchdog

Russia expects to export at least 2.5 tonnes of sturgeon caviar to the EU this year after lifting a nine-year ban on such sales, the fisheries watchdog said on Wednesday.
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5. Hungarian media law changes insufficient: press

Amendments agreed by Hungary to its controversial media law following pressure from the European Union do not go far enough, says the country's leading newspaper Nepszabadsag.
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6. EU tells Spain: give foreign retirees free medicine

The European Commission took Spain to court on Wednesday for refusing to grant pensioners from other EU countries who live temporarily in the country access to free medication.
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