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10-09-2010

EUbusiness Week 500 top stories: New EU rules on animal testing ban use of apes; BASF under fire over 'human error' GM potato mix-up; EU presses China to step up fight against fakes; EIB reports record lending in 2009 amid credit squeeze; German wage hikes lowest in Europe; Balts and Poles top EU potato-lover table

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 500
10 September 2010
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. New EU rules on animal testing ban use of apes
2. BASF under fire over 'human error' GM potato mix-up
3. EU presses China to step up fight against fakes
4. EIB reports record lending in 2009 amid credit squeeze
5. German wage hikes lowest in Europe
6. Balts and Poles top EU potato-lover table

Publisher's Note
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Welcome back to the newswire, as European Commission chief
Jose Manuel Barroso hit the ground running after the EU's
summer break with ambitious goals to strengthen its economy.

In his first-ever State of the Union speech before Members
of the European Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Barroso called for
efforts to boost growth, deepen the single market and
generate three million "green jobs" by 2020.

His headline proposal was for the creation of a European
bond to finance major infrastructure projects. His main
message for the economy was: "we either swim
together, or sink separately".
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.605

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Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. New EU rules on animal testing ban use of apes
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Europe banned using great apes in animal testing Wednesday
as it drastically tightened rules to scale back the number
of animals used in scientific research.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/animal-research.615

2. BASF under fire over 'human error' GM potato mix-up
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Chemical giant BASF came under fire on Thursday after citing
"human error" to Brussels investigators after seeds from a
new strain of GM potato were found in a Swedish field.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-farm-basf.61x

3. EU presses China to step up fight against fakes
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The European Union is pressing China to back up its words
with action and do more to stem the flow of Chinese-made
counterfeit goods into Europe and around the world.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/china-crime-piracy.5z6

4. EIB reports record lending in 2009 amid credit squeeze
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The European Investment Bank dished out a record 79 billion
euros in credit last year as banks scaled back lending, its
president said on Saturday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy-eib.5zg

5. German wage hikes lowest in Europe
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Wages have risen less in Germany in the past 10 years than
anywhere else in the EU, says the national statistics
office, a trend that irritates some neighbouring countries.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-economy-pay.618

6. Balts and Poles top EU potato-lover table
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Residents of the three Baltic states and Poland are the
biggest potato-lovers in the European Union, Estonia's
statistics office said on Monday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/baltics-poland-food.5zv

EUROPEAN CASE LAW
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Gaming: European judges have ruled that German laws
protecting state monopolies for gambling are not
"justifiable", opening the door to a huge protected
market for a host of online betting firms.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/court-germany.60x
Court slams Austrian casino monopoly
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/court-austria.622
Bulgarians in Paris murder to appeal to Strasbourg
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/bulgaria-france.5yf

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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Bank taxes: much-vaunted EU plans to tax banks skidded into
trouble after moves to clamp down on big-spending
governments also hit buffers despite broad agreement
on Tuesday to regulate the financial sector.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.60m
Member States sign up for national budget peer review
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.608
Serbia accepts 'dialogue' with Kosovo after EU deal
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/serbia-kosovo-un.61p
Polish president demands EU budget quid pro quo
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/budget-economy.5yi
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Commission Watch
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UK rebate: Europe's budget chief sparked a fierce row with
Britain on Monday over the 'Thatcher rebate' which sees
billions returned to London in lieu of farm payments to
France and Germany.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-germany.5zm
EU upset over Israeli bid to scan NGO funds
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/israel-palestinian.61i
Trade Commissioner battles 'anti-Semitism' charge
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/israel-palestinians.5z8
Commission says seal product ban stands
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/canada-hunting.5vo
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Euro-Parliament Watch
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Roma: France came under fresh fire for expelling Roma
migrants on Thursday, as Parliament demanded it
"immediately suspend" removal of the Gypsies.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/politics-france.61z

Commission: tighten the code of conduct or your salaries
could be frozen, a top Euro-MP has warned the Commission
after senior ex-officials landed plum jobs at banks,
airlines and lobby firms.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/politics-business.61y

At their plenary session this week, MEPs called for more
transparency in negotiations for a global anti-counterfeiting
trade agreement; welcomed the financial supervision package
endorsed by Council but insisted this was a first step
towards a regulatory system and not the final product;
and called for an EU green jobs strategy by 2011.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

EU diary
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10-11 Sep, Informal Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers
13 Sep, Foreign Affairs Council
13 Sep, General Affairs Council
15-16 Sep, Informal Council Transport
16 Sep, European Council meeting

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Other news on EUbusiness this week
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Europe needs 'quantum leap' in budget checks: ECB 9-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/economy-budget.62e
Billion-euro handouts keep French press alive: report 9-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/france-media-press.62b
Demand in emerging markets powers European recovery 9-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/europe-eurozone.61d
Czech Pilsen picked as Europe culture capital for 2015 9-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/lifestyle-culture.61c
EU gives 'positive' welcome to Anglo Irish split plan 8-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/ireland-finance.61a
EU suspends WTO sanction bid against US 8-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/wto-trade-dispute.619
EU launches probe into Sara Lee disposal 8-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-competition.616
EU adds Ghanaian airlines to no-fly list 2-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/airline-security.5yw

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