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14-10-2010

EUbusiness Week 505 top stories: EU wants to open up audit market; Europe split on hedge fund curbs, vote delayed; Europe's heavy lorries face new "green" tax; European bid to freeze deepwater drilling collapses; EU to surpass Kyoto emissions target: agency; Czech support for euro adoption hits record low: poll

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EUbusiness Week - Newsletter 505
15 October 2010
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. EU wants to open up audit market
2. Europe split on hedge fund curbs, vote delayed
3. Europe's heavy lorries face new "green" tax
4. European bid to freeze deepwater drilling collapses
5. EU to surpass Kyoto emissions target: agency
6. Czech support for euro adoption hits record low: poll

Publisher's Note
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Most standards for mainstream products and services fail to
make them accessible for older and disabled consumers, says
ANEC, the European consumer voice in standardisation. The
warning came on World Standards Day, whose theme this year
was "Accessibility for All".

Europe has 50 million disabled European citizens, while the
proportion of people aged 65 years and over is set to reach 30
per cent in 2060. ANEC is urging standards organisations, the
Commission and industry to take the initiative and provide
standards-makers with the specialist knowledge needed to meet
the requirements of older and disabled people. Innovation is
a key driver in EU economic recovery, and the incorporation of
Design for All principles in the elaboration of standards can
only help in developing innovative products and services.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/anec/standardisation.10

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU wants to open up audit market
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After banks, rating agencies and hedge funds, the EU set its
sights Wednesday on opening up the company audit market, the
accounting business tightly controlled by a handful of giants.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.6ig

2. Europe split on hedge fund curbs, vote delayed
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An EU bid to slap strict new curbs on the trillion-dollar
hedge fund industry remains stalled, with a Parliamentary
vote originally due next week now postponed until next month.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.6j2

3. Europe's heavy lorries face new "green" tax
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Europe looked set to agree Friday to slap a new pollution and
noise tax on heavy goods vehicles, despite vocal opposition
from road haulage groups.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/transport.6iz

4. European bid to freeze deepwater drilling collapses
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A bid to freeze deepwater drilling in Europe in the wake of
the Gulf of Mexico disaster has collapsed under pressure
from the multi-billion North Sea oil industry.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/energy-oil-scotland.6ik

5. EU to surpass Kyoto emissions target: agency
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A fall in greenhouse gas emissions in 2008 and 2009 is set to
help the EU meet and even surpass the emissions cut targets
set under the Kyoto Protocol.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/un-climate-warming.6ij

6. Czech support for euro adoption hits record low: poll
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Only one in ten Czechs would like the country to swap its
koruna currency for the euro, while 38 per cent would oppose
the move, a poll by the STEM agency showed on Monday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/czech-economy-euro.6ht

EUROPEAN CASE LAW
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Minority report: minorities and immigrants are stopped more
frequently by police in European states, and the potentially
discriminatory profiling has damaging social effects, warns
the EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/rights-minorities.6hj

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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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GM crops: European states accused of "flouting" WTO rules by
banning genetically-modified crops on Thursday rejected EU
moves to speed new authorisations.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/farm-food-industry.6j1
'The ball is in your court' on EU bid, France tells Turkey
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/enlargement-turkey.6hx
Poland says it backs Bulgaria's Schengen bid
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/bulgaria-poland.6iy
EU says Zimbabwe ambassador row is 'serious matter'
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/zimbabwe-politics.6ih
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Commission Watch
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Climate: Europe pushed China, the United States and a host of
emerging powers on Thursday to extend a soon-to-expire deal
to combat global warming at crunch talks in Mexico.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/un-climate-warming.6j9
EU awaits Hungary clean-up before reviewing toxic waste laws
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/hungary-environment.6j4
Commission 'to rewrite conflict of interest rules'
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/politics-business.6im
EU asks members to step up Roma efforts
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/roma-minority.6i9
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

Euro-Parliament Watch
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Maternity leave: Britain warned Tuesday that new laws to be
voted on by the Parliament next week will more than double
the cost of maternity leave for hard-pressed taxpayers.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-budget.6i7
Too many dying on Europe's roads, says European Parliament
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/ukraine-poland.6i5
EU dreams of united Cyprus for 2012 presidency: Buzek
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/presidency-cyprus.6hl

Parliament's political groups devoted most of the week to
preparations for next week's Strasbourg plenary session. The
agenda includes the main vote on the 2011 EU Budget,
legislation on the staffing and budget of the External Action
Service, maternity leave and late payment of invoices.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

EU diary
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14 Oct, Environment Council
15 Oct, Transport, Telecoms and Energy Council
18 Oct, Eurogroup meeting
18-21 Oct, European Parliament Plenary Session
19 Oct, Economic and Financial Affairs Council
21 Oct, Informal meeting of Development Ministers
28-29 Oct, European Council

The Week Ahead: http://www.eubusiness.com/events/EUcalendar
Long-term diary: http://www.eubusiness.com/events/eu-diary

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Expert comment
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How to deliver energy efficiency in the EU: the Commission is
due to publish a new Energy Efficiency Action Plan before the
end of 2010. This should focus on regulations and funds to
deliver improved energy efficiency - Stephen Tindale
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/climateanswers/10-10-14
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Press
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Greenpeace calls for deep-sea drilling ban
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/greenpeace/drilling-10

Big retailers caught breaching EU chemicals law
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/EEB/chemicals.10

Tax proposals should differentiate between insurers and banks
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/CEA/taxation.10
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Events
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26 Oct, Greece: DATA Visualization and Integration in
Enterprises and on the Web
http://www.eubusiness.com/culture/dc-net.10

8 Dec, Paris: GeoPower Europe
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Guides
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Review of the Eurovignette Directive
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Commission Green Paper on Audit Policy
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More guides: http://www.eubusiness.com/guides

Publications
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Understanding and preventing discriminatory ethnic profiling
http://www.eubusiness.com/living-in-eu/ethnic-profiling-10

Results of the first EU-wide survey on police stops and
minorities and the FRA Guide on preventing discriminatory
ethnic profiling
http://www.eubusiness.com/living-in-eu/police-minorities-10
More publications: http://www.eubusiness.com/EUbooks

Other news on EUbusiness this week
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Bosnia joins Balkan states rail service 13-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/balkans-turkey-rail.6iq
France to modify laws on Roma 13-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/france-roma-rights.6ie
Dexia chairman queries EU competition restrictions 12-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/belgium-finance.6hv
EU pledges EUR 449m in Egypt economic aid 11-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/egypt-aid.6hp
Minorities in Europe stopped more often by police 11-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/rights-minorities.6hj
EU investigation into Irish banking state aid 11-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/ireland-finance.6he
China eyes new Silk Road to Europe amid political rift 10-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/china-transport.6ha

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