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28-05-2010

EUbusiness Week 491 top stories: EU cools rhetoric on deeper unilateral emissions cuts; Europe moves to levy bank failure tax; EU announces car repairs market shake-up; Europe wants unified system for recharging electric cars; Europe tries to draw lessons from volcanic eruption; Most Europeans swindled by Madoff get money back

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 491
28 May 2010
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. EU cools rhetoric on deeper unilateral emissions cuts
2. Europe moves to levy bank failure tax
3. EU announces car repairs market shake-up
4. Europe wants unified system for recharging electric cars
5. Europe tries to draw lessons from volcanic eruption
6. Most Europeans swindled by Madoff get money back

Publisher's Note
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A big focus on business this week - European SME Week - with
the Commission highlighting the support available for small
and medium-sized businesses; and the Brussels Economic Forum
examining paths out of the economic crisis.

Many speakers, including Finance Commissioner Rehn, focused
on the importance of maintaining Europe at the forefront of
developing green technologies, where it is at risk of losing
its lead. Christine Lins, head of the European Renewable
Energy Council, put the point strongly: "If we think about
the founding basis of the EU in the 1950s, our common basis
was coal and steel. I really think that renewable energy can
become the basis for our union in the years ahead."
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/sme-week.2010

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU cools rhetoric on deeper unilateral emissions cuts
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The European Commission, under pressure from industry and
Member States, on Wednesday cooled its enthusiasm for the
EU to unilaterally commit to cutting greenhouse gas
emissions by 30 per cent.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/environment-climate.4wn

2. Europe moves to levy bank failure tax
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Banks will never again be allowed to call on taxpayers to
clean up their mess under plans for a new Europe-wide
crisis insurance levy unveiled on Wednesday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy-tax.4wh

3. EU announces car repairs market shake-up
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European regulators have announced plans to shake up the car
services sector, seeking to cut through agreements that tie
dealers, repairers and parts providers to manufacturers.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/sector-auto-parts.4x3

4. Europe wants unified system for recharging electric cars
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Member States have agreed the need to develop a standardised
system for recharging electric cars throughout Europe by
next year as part of efforts to convince consumers.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/industry-auto.4w3

5. Europe tries to draw lessons from volcanic eruption
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Europeans are trying to learn from transport chaos caused
last month by the eruption of an Icelandic volcano, but a
deeper understanding of the event and tighter coordination
will take time, and the threat has not disappeared.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-iceland.4xd

6. Most Europeans swindled by Madoff get money back
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A majority of the European victims of Ponzi scheme
mastermind Bernard Madoff got their money back, their
lawyers said on Tuesday in New York.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-fraud-finance.4wa

EUROPEAN CASE LAW
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Roma: a Romanian court has ordered a teacher to pay a record
EUR 10,000 in compensation to the family of a 12-year-old
Roma girl repeatedly barred from class.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/romania-minority.4w0
Commission 'failed to prove' road threat to Iberian lynx
http://www.eubusiness.com/eulaw/lynx-spain.1e2
Court annuls EC ruling against France Télécom
http://www.eubusiness.com/eulaw/france-telecom.03
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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Ecofin: crisis-hit European finance ministers have taken
their first steps towards punishing countries that don't
honour the rules on keeping national debts and deficits
down, including cash penalties.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.4v8
EU, ASEAN urge 'credible' elections in Myanmar
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/asean-diplomacy.4wy
Bosnia should get back on EU track: top envoy
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/bosnia-politics.4wt
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Commission Watch
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Smoking: the Health Commissioner says he is working on
proposals to tighten EU-wide advertising and marketing
constraints on tobacco products. 650,000 of the EU's 500m
population die prematurely because of tobacco use each year.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/health-tobacco.4x8
EU nears visa-free travel for Albania, Bosnia
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/enlarge-visa-bosnia.4x6
EU seeks high privacy standards in EU-US data protection
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-data-protection.265
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

Euro-Parliament Watch
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This week EP President Jerzy Buzek met Chinese Prime
Minister Wen Jiabao, and an EP delegation visited Israel
and the Palestinian Territories.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

EU diary
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31 May, Informal Meeting of EU Agriculture Ministers
31 May, Telecoms and Energy Council
3-4 Jun, Justice and Home Affairs Council
7-8 Jun, Employment and Social Affairs Council
7 Jun, Eurogroup meeting
10 Jun, Governing Council meeting of the ECB
14-17 Jun, European Parliament Plenary Session
17 Jun, European Council

The Week Ahead: http://www.eubusiness.com/events/EUcalendar
Long-term diary: http://www.eubusiness.com/events/eu-diary

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Analysis
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UK bills and bonfires: the new UK government has now
announced its legislative programme for the next 18 months
and there is to be another energy bill. This is a good bill
and should be supported - Stephen Tindale
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/climateanswers/010-05-27

Fears grow that banks could send euro crisis global
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/world-finance.4vq
http://www.eubusiness.com/features

Policy Forum
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Commission must press ahead with bold climate action
http://www.eubusiness.com/environ/foe.10-05-26
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Events
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1 Jul, Olten: Technologies and tools for e-government
http://www.eubusiness.com/internet/MeTTeG.10

1 Sep, Lille: IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference
http://www.eubusiness.com/transport/ieee.10-02-04
More events: http://www.eubusiness.com/events

Jobs
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Economist/Policy Analyst, OECD
http://www.eubusiness.com/finance/oecd.10-05-25

Officer Services, Capital, Persons and Programmes, EFTA
http://www.eubusiness.com/trade/efta.10-05-25
More jobs: http://www.eubusiness.com/jobs

Briefing
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Revised EU competition rules for the motor vehicle sector
http://www.eubusiness.com/competition/car-parts.04

EU-US data protection agreement negotiations
http://www.eubusiness.com/terrorism/data-protection-us.qua

Analysis of options to move beyond 20 pct greenhouse gas
emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage
http://www.eubusiness.com/environ/climate-options.10

Bank Resolution Funds
http://www.eubusiness.com/finance/bank-resolution.01
More briefings: http://www.eubusiness.com/guides

Publications
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Spring 2010 update: COM(2010) 255, 26.05.2010, Report on
recent developments on crisis aid to the financial sector
http://www.eubusiness.com/finance/state-aid-banks.10

Communication: options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas
emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage
http://www.eubusiness.com/environ/future-options.10
More publications: http://www.eubusiness.com/EUbooks

Other news on EUbusiness this week
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EU approves acquisition of Mobil Oil Austria by ENI 27-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/mergers-mobil-oil.275
EU okays compensation for power cuts in Italy 26-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/state-aid-italy.265
EU okays EUR 10m aid for Dutch energy-saving project 26-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/state-aid-nuon.265
Two-thirds of French back euro despite crisis: study 26-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/france-finance.4wu
Euro crisis weighs on German consumer sentiment 26-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-economy-gfk.4we
A new era for EU systems biology 26-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/health/erasysbio.01
EU mulls improvements to European contract law 22-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/contract-law.215
EU reduces chemicals fees for smaller businesses 22-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/chemicals-fees.215

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