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EU plans procurement overhaul - EUbusinessWeek 516


28-01-2011

EUbusiness Week 516 top stories: Europe's elite ride to euro's defence; EU extends hacker-induced emissions trading halt; Airbus expects $45bn from US in WTO subsidies row; Eurozone periphery diverges ever more in growth indicator; EU delays report into rising food price speculation; EU ready to aid pork farmers after prices tumble

This Week's Top Stories

1. Europe's elite ride to euro's defence
2. EU extends hacker-induced emissions trading halt
3. Airbus expects $45bn from US in WTO subsidies row
4. Eurozone periphery diverges ever more in growth indicator
5. EU delays report into rising food price speculation
6. EU ready to aid pork farmers after prices tumble

Publisher's Note

The European Commission this week launched a public debate on reform of EU public procurement rules in the light of Europe's economic difficulties and tighter public budgets.

The aim is to make life easier for both public authorities and for companies bidding for contracts in Europe. Issues include access of smaller companies to procurement markets, reducing red tape and promoting European cross-border procurement.

Public procurement accounts for roughly 17 per cent of the EU's GDP, and EU rules for awarding contracts need to be more transparent and competitive. They also have a key role to play in encouraging job creation and economic growth.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Europe's elite ride to euro's defence

European leaders in Davos have rushed to defend the euro, with France's Nicolas Sarkozy declaring he would never let it fail and Europe's top central banker denying there was a crisis.
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2. EU extends hacker-induced emissions trading halt

The EU extended a freeze on trading in carbon credits ordered after hackers broke into national trading registries and stole and then sold millions of euros worth of polluting rights.
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3. Airbus expects $45bn from US in WTO subsidies row

Airbus expects the final WTO ruling on an EU complaint against Washington over subsidies paid to US rival Boeing to award Europe $45 billion in compensation.
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4. Eurozone periphery diverges ever more in growth indicator

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5. EU delays report into rising food price speculation

The Commission has postponed the release of a report into commodities speculation that was heavily criticised by France, citing an absence of evidence.
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6. EU ready to aid pork farmers after prices tumble

Agriculture Commissioner Bacian Ciolos says Brussels is ready to step in to aid pork farmers hit by a slump in prices sparked by a German contamination scare.
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