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EU lobbyists' register flawed - EUbusiness Week 464


30-10-2009

EUbusiness Week 464 top stories: EU leaders clear major hurdle to reform treaty; Brussels targets bailed-out banks; European economic confidence rises again; EU to rule on Magna's Opel buyout by November 27; EU sees drop in illegal migrants due to downturn; Noise pollution besieges Europe's cities

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 464
30 October 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 leaders clear major hurdle to reform treaty
2. Brussels targets bailed-out banks
3. European economic confidence rises again
4. EU to rule on Magna's Opel buyout by November 27
5. EU sees drop in illegal migrants due to downturn
6. Noise pollution besieges Europe's cities

Publisher's Note
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The Commission has released a one-year review of the
lobbyists' registry designed to tighten transparency in
Brussels. While around 2,000 organisations are now on the
list, law firms and think-tanks are still slow in coming
forward, says the report.

A number of loopholes are now being closed in the voluntary
register, but this leaves many still open. In fact,
according to the Corporate Europe Observatory, "we're stuck
with a register that captures only a fraction of all
Brussels-based lobbies and with information that is often
unreliable". Maybe it is time for Euro-MPs to look at
making the register mandatory for all lobbyists.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Institutions/lobby-register.09

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU leaders clear major hurdle to reform treaty
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European Union leaders on Thursday cleared a major obstacle
holding up the massive Lisbon reform treaty, paving the way
for a new-look EU with its first-ever president.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/summit.16y

2. Brussels targets bailed-out banks
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First it was Commerzbank, ING and now Northern Rock -- EU
competition regulators are imposing tough conditions on
banks that benefited from state bailouts, deepening
concerns for the likes of Lloyds, RBS and Dexia.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.15s

3. European economic confidence rises again
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European business and consumer confidence firmed in October
for a seventh month running, an EU survey showed on
Thursday, building on some encouraging news for
Europe's struggling economies.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-economy.169

4. EU to rule on Magna's Opel buyout by November 27
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The Commission has given itself until November 27 to rule
on whether Magna's purchase of General Motors' European
arm Opel poses competition concerns.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-us-auto-gm.13x

5. EU sees drop in illegal migrants due to downturn
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The Union has seen a sharp drop in the number of illegal
migrants caught entering the bloc this year due to the
economic downturn and better patrols, a senior official of
the EU's border security agency Frontex said on Wednesday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/immigration-finance.15p

6. Noise pollution besieges Europe's cities
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Half of urban Europe endures noise pollution from road,
rail and air traffic loud enough to disrupt sleep, impair
learning and trigger hypertension at night, says a report.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/health-noise.145

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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Summit: the Swedish presidency urged European leaders to
use Thursday's summit to agree on hard figures to help poor
nations tackle climate change, amid resistance especially
from eastern Europe.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/summit-climate.16n
Ex-Irish PM joins Blair in race for EU presidency job
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/summit-president.16m
Runners and riders for the top Brussels jobs
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/summit-president.16d
EU may charter flights to send illegals home
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/summit-immigration.16t
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Commission Watch
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French farm aid: Europe's competition watchdogs have given
French President Sarkozy a ticking-off for announcing a
flood of money for its farmers without informing Brussels.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/france-farm.15q
Austria picks Johannes Hahn as its new Commissioner
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/austria-politics.14l
Merkel choice for Commissioner widely mocked
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-politics.140
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

Euro-Parliament Watch
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Far-right: a handful of European nationalist political
parties have formed an alliance to represent them in
Brussels, Gabor Vona, head of Hungary's far-right party
Jobbik announced.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/politics-parties.13f

External parliamentary activities this week.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

EU diary
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29-30 Oct, European Council
3 Nov, EU-USA Summit
10 Nov, Economic and Financial Affairs Council
11-12 Nov, European Parliament Brussels
16-17 Nov, General Affairs and External Relations 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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Anything agreed at Copenhagen will be unenforceable.
Therefore, a business plan for the low carbon transition,
and substantial money for forest protection and for
adaptation to the now-inevitable impacts of climate change,
is urgently required - Stephen Tindale, Climate Answers
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Policy Forum
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EU companies in China: turning challenges into opportunities
http://www.eubusiness.com/China/metp.09-10-29

UBIFRANCE gives French innovation top rating at A+A
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/ubi/
More press: http://www.eubusiness.com/press

Briefing
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Proposed regulation to reduce CO2 emissions from light
commercial vehicles
http://www.eubusiness.com/Transport/co2-light-commercial

Animal welfare labelling: EC report
http://www.eubusiness.com/Consumer/animal-welfare-labelling

Progress report on Action Plan to strengthen the
Commission's supervisory role over shared management
of structural actions
http://www.eubusiness.com/Finance/structural-actions

EU Digital Dividend proposals
http://www.eubusiness.com/Media/eu-digital-dividend
More briefings: http://www.eubusiness.com/guides

Jobs
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Head of Plan EU Liaison Office, Plan
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Head of Technical Training Department, European Aviation
Safety Agency
http://www.eubusiness.com/Jobs/easa.09-10-29
More jobs: http://www.eubusiness.com/jobs

Other news on EUbusiness this week
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ECB urges banks to bolster balance sheets 28-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/banking-ecb.165
EU orders Spain to abolish corporate tax clause 28-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/spain-competition.15k
Bulgaria welcomes EU funding for nuclear shutdown 27-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/bulgaria-energy.14y
EU gives go-ahead for Pepsi bottler deal 27-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-competition.14k
Up to 30 pct in EU could catch swine flu: Commissioner
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/health-flu-germany.148
Estonia on course for 2011 euro adoption: IMF
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/estonia-eurozone.143
EC warns three airlines over tie-up plans: report 26-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-competition.13u
Canada hits out at EU over visa spat 24-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/canada-czech-visa.13c

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