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EU moves to help dairy farmers - EUbusiness Week no 453


10-07-2009

EUbusiness Week 453 top stories: EU probes pharma industry over generic medicine concerns; German, French energy giants hit with EU fine; EU to target market failings using consumer complaints; EU countries slap duties on US biodiesel; Bavaria bows to EU demands over farm subsidies; Economic crisis cuts number of illegal immigrants

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 453
10 July 2009
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. EU probes pharma industry over generic medicine concerns
2. German, French energy giants hit with EU fine
3. EU to target market failings using consumer complaints
4. EU countries slap duties on US biodiesel
5. Bavaria bows to EU demands over farm subsidies
6. Economic crisis cuts number of illegal immigrants

Publisher's Note
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With dairy product prices falling due to low demand brought
on by the economic crisis, European farmers have protested
for months that they need more help. On Thursday, the
Commission decided to extend for six months a scheme under
which producers who cannot sell their butter are given
subventions to put it into private storage.

Whether this will quell the protests is uncertain, however.
The Commission's aid has been very targeted, and it refuses
to go back on a decision to scrap milk quotas - which the
farmers say is threatening their livelihood.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1247150825.75

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU probes pharma industry over generic medicine concerns
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The European Union's competition regulator launched a probe
into the pharmaceutical sector Wednesday over concerns that
cheap generic medicines are not reaching patients in need.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1247057223.46

2. German, French energy giants hit with EU fine
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EU regulators have waded into the energy sector, fining
Germany's EON and France's GDF Suez over a billion euros
for agreeing to stay out of each other's markets.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1247044622.48

3. EU to target market failings using consumer complaints
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The Commission has unveiled plans to classify millions of
complaints lodged by consumers across the 27 EU Member
States each year to help identify where markets are
failing shoppers.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1246968124.67

4. EU countries slap duties on US biodiesel
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Member States have decided to impose anti-dumping duties on
US biodiesel imports, which are suspected to be heavily
subsidised.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1246969022.8

5. Bavaria bows to EU demands over farm subsidies
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Bavaria said on Thursday it will publish next month how
much its farmers receive in EU handouts, after the
Commission said it would take Germany to court.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1247150821.54

6. Economic crisis cuts number of illegal immigrants
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The number of illegal migrants stopped at EU borders has
dropped 16 per cent in one year because of the economic
crisis, says the European border security agency.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1247156221.99

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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Banks: finance ministers agreed Tuesday to make it easier
for banks to create strong financial cushions so they can
better deal with future crises, amid mounting concern
about rising credit losses.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1246977122.36
Ireland to vote again on Lisbon Treaty October 2
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1247050027.48
EU launches excessive debt action against five nations
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Britain slams EU partners over 'flawed' hedge fund rules
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Commission Watch
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EC president: Member States gave their official backing
Thursday for Jose Manuel Barroso to serve a second
five-year term as Commission president.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1247132822.44
Commission issues economic stimulus warning
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1246897023.13
Germany to violate EU deficit rules until 2013
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1247067124.01
EU criticises Jerusalem office after Israel complaint
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1247070721.76
EU allocates new aid to displaced in Georgia
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1246971721.93
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Euro-Parliament Watch
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New president: Poland's Jerzy Buzek is to be Parliament's
first president from the former-communist east after the
assembly's biggest political blocs reached agreement.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1246965422.01
Parliament eyes September vote on Barroso
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1246971727.71
British far-right MEP says EU should sink immigrant boats
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1247089621.74
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10 Jul, Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Budget)
13 Jul, Agriculture and Fisheries Council
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