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06-11-2009

EUbusiness Week 465 top stories: EU agrees on Internet, telecoms user rights; EU hikes growth forecasts, warns on jobs and deficits; Slovenia, Croatia sign border row deal; EU issues GM warning over state aid rules; Canada makes WTO complaint against EU seal product ban; Cocaine's charge through Europe undiminished

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 465
6 November 2009
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Your way through the EU information maze
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. EU agrees on Internet, telecoms user rights
2. EU hikes growth forecasts, warns on jobs and deficits
3. Slovenia, Croatia sign border row deal
4. EU issues GM warning over state aid rules
5. Canada makes WTO complaint against EU seal product ban
6. Cocaine's charge through Europe undiminished

Publisher's Note
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The European Parliament's environment committee has
approved a list of 164 industrial sectors to be granted
free carbon emissions permits for five years - if no global
deal on climate change is negotiated next month. The
concern is that the revised EU Emission Trading System
could prompt firms to relocate production to third
countries with less strict climate policies.

The vote can be seen as an indication of how urgently an
international climate change agreement is needed. Not
only to avoid the above 'carbon leakage', but also, as
Environment Commissioner Dimas told the committee, to
help develop a "green economy" in Europe, opening new
possibilities and creating new jobs.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/climate-warming.1b3

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU agrees on Internet, telecoms user rights
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The European Parliament and Member States have agreed new
rules to improve the rights for European mobile phone and
Internet users, and offer more protection against illegal
Internet material and copyright abuse.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/telecoms-internet.1bt

2. EU hikes growth forecasts, warns on jobs and deficits
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The Commission said on Tuesday it now expected the eurozone
economy to expand rather than contract in 2010 but warned
that rising unemployment and public deficits would remain
problems for several years.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-economy.197

3. Slovenia, Croatia sign border row deal
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Slovenia and Croatia have signed a deal allowing
international arbitration to resolve a thorny border
dispute that arose after the states declared
independence from ex-Yugoslavia in 1991.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/slovenia-croatia.1am

4. EU issues GM warning over state aid rules
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The Commission warned on Wednesday that state aid from EU
countries under new restructuring plans for General Motors
Europe would again have to meet stringent conditions.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-us-auto-gm.1at

5. Canada makes WTO complaint against EU seal product ban
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Canada has filed an official complaint at the World Trade
Organisation against a European Union ban on imported
seal products, saying it violates trade rules.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/wto-trade-dispute.18s

6. Cocaine's charge through Europe undiminished
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Cocaine's relentless march through Europe's social strata
showed no sign of abating in 2009, an annual report into
drug use and addiction showed on Thursday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/health-drugs.1be

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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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President: Belgian Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy's stock
is rising as a strong "consensus" runner for the plum new
job of EU president, diplomats said on Monday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/president-belgium.18l
Favourites for top EU jobs
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/treaty-candidates.1ar
EU treaty could unleash hydra-headed leadership: analysts
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/treaty-institutions.1aq
Czech PM to submit ratified treaty next week
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/treaty-czech.1br
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Commission Watch
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Serbia: Serbia intends to formally apply for EU membership
by the end of the year, Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk
Jeremic said on Thursday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/serbia-diplomacy.1bv
EU tells Putin to stop gas scaremongering
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/russia-ukraine-gas.181
Barroso doubts Copenhagen climate treaty
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/climate-warming-un.19k
Hungary picks candidate for Commission
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/hungary-commission.1bq
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

Euro-Parliament Watch
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British Tories: a French minister backtracked Thursday
after branding Britain's opposition Conservatives' EU
policies "pathetic".
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/czech-treaty-france.1bw
British ex-MEP admits fiddling his expenses
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-politics.1bk

At a public hearing, the Internal Market Committee
scrutinised an update to the Directive on late payments in
business transactions. At committee meetings this week, the
Employment and Social Affairs Committee backed a plan to
create a micro-credit facility to help people at risk of
losing their jobs start their own micro-enterprises, but
rejected funding arrangements proposed by the Commission;
and the Women's Rights Committee called for a targeted EU
policy plan to combat violence against women, and adopted
a resolution on EU measures to support gender equality in
balancing work and family rights and responsibilities.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

EU diary
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10 Nov, Economic and Financial Affairs Council
11-12 Nov, European Parliament Brussels
16-17 Nov, General Affairs and External Relations Council
18 Nov, EU-Russia Summit
19 Nov, Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Budget)
19-20 Nov, Agriculture and Fisheries 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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Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, relations
remain tense between Russia and the former Eastern bloc
countries, as Moscow blames the EU for blocking a
rapprochement.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/history-politics.186
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Events
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25 Nov, Brussels: Civil Protection Forum
http://www.eubusiness.com/Environ/civil-protection.09

16 Jan, London: Interconnection World Forum
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/iir/
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Policy Forum
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SEPA users give guarded welcome to EU-wide direct debit
http://www.eubusiness.com/Press/beuc-09-11-04

Commission urged to break stranglehold of financial sector
http://www.eubusiness.com/Press/alter-eu.09-11-05
More press: http://www.eubusiness.com/press

Briefing
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Agreement on EU Telecoms Reform
http://www.eubusiness.com/Internet/eu-telecoms-reform
More briefings: http://www.eubusiness.com/guides

Jobs
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Lawyer, Health and environment programme, ClientEarth
http://www.eubusiness.com/Jobs/clientearth.09-11-05

Policy advisor Economics and Finance, European insurance
and reinsurance federation
http://www.eubusiness.com/Jobs/cea.09-11-05
More jobs: http://www.eubusiness.com/jobs

Other news on EUbusiness this week
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Norway makes WTO complaint against EU seal ban 5-Nov
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/norway-animal-seals.1bu
Bulgaria asks EU for more anti-flu drugs 5-Nov
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/health-flu-bulgaria.1bl
China defends export restrictions on raw materials 5-Nov
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-china-trade-wto.1bf
Eurozone retail sales slide further 5-Nov
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-retail.1bi
US, EU 'making progress' on data-sharing deal 4-Nov
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-data-diplomacy.1au
EU opens probe into aid for German savings bank 4-Nov
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-banking.1al
Eurozone output grows at fastest rate since 2007 4-Nov
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-economy.1ai
2010 'crucial' for Nabucco pipeline: consultant 3-Nov
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-gas.19b

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