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EU mulls US-style bank tax - EUbusiness Week 474


22-01-2010

EUbusiness Week 474 top stories: EU to examine US-style bank tax; EU puts off reply to US request for airport body scanners; EU, Iraq sign energy agreement; Financial supervision training for EU candidates; EU mobile phone rates drop, but still rich pickings; Istanbul readies for European cultural capital

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 474
22 January 2010
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. EU to examine US-style bank tax
2. EU puts off reply to US request for airport body scanners
3. Financial supervision training for EU candidates
4. EU, Iraq sign energy agreement
5. EU mobile phone rates drop, but still rich pickings
6. Istanbul readies for European cultural capital

Publisher's Note
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Sorry, no editorial this week. Normal service will resume
next week.

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Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU to examine US-style bank tax
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Europe will examine a Swedish proposal to introduce a
Europe-wide tax on banks similar to a new US scheme, in a
bid to fix broken public finances and build a buffer
against future financial crises.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.2cl
EU tiptoes into Luxembourg tax row
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/luxembourg-banking.2cn

2. EU puts off reply to US request for airport body scanners
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The EU will decide on a US request that Europe install body
scanners at its airports after studies into their effects
on health and privacy are completed, EU ministers meeting
in Spain said on Thursday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/attacks-aviation-us.2dh

3. Financial supervision training for EU candidates
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The European Central Bank is to set up a two-year programme
to train financial watchdogs in the western Balkans and
Turkey as they pursue EU membership.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/ecb-bank-regulate.2c3

4. EU, Iraq sign energy agreement
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The European Union and Iraq have signed an agreement to
strengthen their energy cooperation in areas such as
natural gas, energy security and renewables.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/iraq-energy.2bk

5. EU mobile phone rates drop, but still rich pickings
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An EU drive against high cross-border mobile telephone
charges has halved prices, but operators are still making
rich pickings and have raised charges in other regions, a
survey found on Thursday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/telecom-mobile.2df

6. Istanbul readies for European cultural capital
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Istanbul has launched a year of art events as it becomes one
of the three Cultural Capitals of Europe for 2010, giving
Turkey an occasion to reaffirm its European anchor.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/turkey-culture.2ad

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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Juncker: the newly-returned head of the eurozone vowed on
Monday to revamp its economic governance as market pressure
triggered by ballooning Greek debt spiralled.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-president.2c0
EU earmarks almost half a billion euros for Haiti
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/haiti-quake-aid.2bg
EU pushes for deeper carbon emissions cuts
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/spain-climate.2ao
EU to push for new Mideast peace talks
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/mideast-israel.2do
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Euro-Parliament Watch
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Commissioners: Euro-MPs voiced approval Thursday for 25 of
the 26 would-be members of Jose Manuel Barroso's new team,
with Bulgaria's replacement choice yet to be vetted.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/parliament.2d9
EP calls on China to release dissident Liu Xiaobo
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/parliament-china.2dg
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

Commission Watch
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Poverty: EC chief Jose Manuel Barroso on Thursday launched
a drive to fight poverty on the continent, which affects
close to a fifth of its 500 million people.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/economy-social.2dj
EU wants to strengthen its border control agency
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/immigration.2dr
Bulgaria names World Bank official as new EC candidate
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/parliament-bulgaria.2c8
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

EU diary
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22 Jan, Justice and Home Affairs informal
25-26 Jan, Gen'l Affairs and Foreign Affairs Council
27-29 Jan, Employment and Social Policy ministers informal

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Analysis
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Juncker, doyen of European leaders, back at Eurogroup helm
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-president.2bu

Haiti quake response exposes EU frailties
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/haiti-quake.2cw
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Policy Forum
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Indecisive Council and European Parliament Threaten
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http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/sme/esba.10-01-18
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Events
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19 Apr, London: Network Strategy Forum 2010
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Other news on EUbusiness this week
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Crisis meeting in Berlin on Airbus A400M 21-Jan
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/aerospace-defence.2dk
German body scanner firm sees business taking off 21-Jan
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/attacks-aviation-us.2da
EU approves Oracle's bid for Sun Microsystems 21-Jan
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/software-company.2d6
Bad weather slows eurozone output growth: survey 21-Jan
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-economy.2d3
EU set to launch electric car project: Zapatero 20-Jan
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/spain-environment.2cz
Microsoft to cut time holds internet search data 19-Jan
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-internet-privacy.2ca

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