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EU mulls collective redress - EUbusinessWeek 523


18-03-2011

EUbusiness Week 523 top stories: After Japan 'apocalypse', EU agrees nuclear 'stress tests'; 'Historic' EU budget pact draws flak; Europe refuses to limit subsidies to big farms; EU to end long-standing anti-dumping taxes against China; EU, Canada move to end long hormone beef row; Roma mayors raise hopes of minority in Slovakia

This Week's Top Stories

1. After Japan 'apocalypse', EU agrees nuclear 'stress tests'
2. 'Historic' EU budget pact draws flak
3. Europe refuses to limit subsidies to big farms
4. EU to end long-standing anti-dumping taxes against China
5. EU, Canada move to end long hormone beef row
6. Roma mayors raise hopes of minority in Slovakia

Publisher's Note

International Consumer's Day on Tuesday was an opportunity for the European Consumers' Association to highlight how important an EU collective redress system would be for consumers.

A Commission public consultation on the issue is nearing its end. Its purpose is to identify common legal principles that should underpin collective actions across the EU, and examine how common principles could fit into the EU legal system.

Concerns about the introduction of 'class actions' along the US model into the EU legal order, or creating incentives for abusive litigation, have been allayed by the Commission's firm opposition. Have your say, the consultation ends 30 April.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. After Japan 'apocalypse', EU agrees nuclear 'stress tests'

European Union Member States on Tuesday agreed to subject their scores of nuclear power plants to safety "stress tests" to ward off risk of the "apocalypse" unravelling in Japan.
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Japan's food under scrutiny

2. 'Historic' EU budget pact draws flak

Europe has thrashed out cross-border laws to punish states that flout budgetary limits in order to avoid a future debt crisis -- but top figures criticised watered-down measures.
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3. Europe refuses to limit subsidies to big farms

Agriculture ministers have rejected capping subsidies to Europe's biggest farms but compromised on a fairer share-out of funds between farmers in eastern and western Europe.
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Offspring of clones in food chain leaves EU in bind

4. EU to end long-standing anti-dumping taxes against China

The Commission on Wednesday signalled the end of anti-dumping taxes levied against Chinese and Vietnamese shoes, ending a corrosive trading row between China and Europe.
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5. EU, Canada move to end long hormone beef row

Europe and Canada on Thursday took a key step to ending a long row over Canadian hormone-treated beef, opening the way to normalising trade ties.
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6. Roma mayors raise hopes of minority in Slovakia

Slovak Roma are pinning their hopes on a record number of Roma mayors to change their status as members of the European Union's most neglected and impoverished minority.
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