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EU no to 5-mth maternity leave - EUbusiness Week 513


10-12-2010

EUbusiness Week 513: top stories: EU strips bank secrecy from cross-border tax defences; Europe rejects five-month paid maternity leave; EU steps up generic pharma anti-trust probe; EU wants to bring down mobile phone roaming charges; EU bends rules to help farmers stand up to milk retailers; More than half of European adults overweight: study

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EUbusiness Week - Newsletter 513
10 December 2010
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. EU strips bank secrecy from cross-border tax defences
2. Europe rejects five-month paid maternity leave
3. EU steps up generic pharma anti-trust probe
4. EU wants to bring down mobile phone roaming charges
5. EU bends rules to help farmers stand up to milk retailers
6. More than half of European adults overweight: study

Publisher's Note
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Sorry, no publisher's note today, the publisher is unwell.

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. EU strips bank secrecy from cross-border tax defences
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The EU claimed a long-delayed deal Tuesday removing bank secrecy as a reason for blocking information sharing, in a bid to clamp down on cross-border tax fraud and boost austerity-battered state coffers.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/banking-tax-fraud.7ho


2. Europe rejects five-month paid maternity leave
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EU governments have rejected a hotly contested plan to offer new mothers five months of fully paid maternity leave.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/parliament-women.7gq


3. EU steps up generic pharma anti-trust probe
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Europe has stepped up action against drug companies snarling up the entry of cheaper generic medicines onto markets, announcing spot inspections confirmed by AstraZeneca.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/health-pharma.7fm


4. EU wants to bring down mobile phone roaming charges
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Mobile phone roaming charges are still too high in the European Union and efforts should be made to make them almost disappear, the Commission said on Wednesday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/telecom-competition.7it


5. EU bends rules to help farmers stand up to milk retailers
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The Commission has proposed a relaxation of normal competition rules to help Europe's milk farmers get better deals from wholesalers and retailers.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/farm-milk.7jx


6. More than half of European adults overweight: study
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More than half of European adults are now overweight and too many children smoke or are obese, raising the risk of cancer or heart attacks, a European health report shows.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/oecd-obesity.7hq


EUROPEAN CASE LAW
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eBay: US online auction site eBay won preliminary backing from Europe's highest court Thursday in a copyright battle with French cosmetics giant L'Oreal.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/court-counterfeit.7ju
Arrest warrants to be executed, even with double jeopardy
http://www.eubusiness.com/eulaw/crossborder.arrest.01
Portugal's golden shares in EDP are unlawful - ECJ
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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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India summit: noisy protesters demanded European Union support for India's cheap drugs at a key EU-India summit Friday slated to help wrap up four years of stalled trade negotiations.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/india-summit-trade.7k5
Defence chiefs back pooling assets amid budget cuts
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/military.7jq
Eurogroup head attacks 'un-European' Germany
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/economy-finance.7ij
EU clears Irish rescue as rows rage on wider needs
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/economy-finance.7hb
EU opens WTO door to Russia in 'milestone' deal
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/russia-summit-wto.7hm
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Commission Watch
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Greece: the EU is planning a "systemic" response to the eurozone debt crisis, Commissioner Rehn said on Thursday, two days after the IMF head called on the EU to adopt a "comprehensive" approach.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-imf-greece.7jf
EU hammers wannabe Serbia over Nobel boycott
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/nobel-peace-china.7ji
Italy must cut debt, enact reforms: Commissioner
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/italy-finance.7k4
EU dismisses maiden million citizens' petition
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/farm-food-industry.7jm
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

Euro-Parliament Watch
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EU Budget 2011: the European Parliament bowed to pressure from EU states Thursday and said it would vote through a lower budget for next year than it had initially sought.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/economy-budget.7k1
European socialists push financial transaction tax
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/parties-politics.7g5

Constitutional Affairs Committee MEPs, Commission and Council agreed Monday the "citizens' initiative", a new tool introduced by the Lisbon Treaty whereby one million citizens can ask the Commission for a new EU law. Also this week, the EP's Science and Technology Options Assessment unit focused on options for an oil-free future in Europe; and the Agriculture Committee generally welcomed the Commission's proposed regulation on contractual relations in the dairy market.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

EU diary
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10 Dec, EU-India Summit
10 Dec, Competitiveness Council
13-14 Dec, Agriculture and Fisheries Council
16-17 Dec, European Council

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Other news on EUbusiness this week
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EU slaps huge fine on Sth Korea, Taiwan LCD cartel 9-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/competition-fine.7il
Europe to recycle and dig in drive for rare earths 9-Dec http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/commodities-trade.7jw
France joins Germany in quashing e-bonds 9-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-france.7jk
Romanians see slow progress on justice 9-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/romania-justice.7jh
Europe takes aim at commodities speculation 8-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.7j4
New EU bank stress tests set for February 8-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/economy-finance.7ib
Mixed progress in European gay rights: agency 30-Dec
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Three new energy research infrastructures green light 30-Dec
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