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EU tackles illegal logging - EUbusiness Week 498


16-07-2010

EUbusiness Week 498 top stories: EU clears major tie-ups in ailing airline sector; Europe must up CO2 cuts to 30 per cent: EU's big three; EU seeks to combat seasonal worker black market; EU effort to end GM crop deadlock meets resistance; Eurozone emergency fund set to launch operations; EU, tobacco firm team up against cigarette smuggling

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 498
16 July 2010
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. EU clears major tie-ups in ailing airline sector
2. Europe must up CO2 cuts to 30 per cent: EU's big three
3. EU seeks to combat seasonal worker black market
4. EU effort to end GM crop deadlock meets resistance
5. Eurozone emergency fund set to launch operations
6. EU, tobacco firm team up against cigarette smuggling

Publisher's Note
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A Chatham House study of progress made in combating illegal
logging and improving forest governance in developing
countries has brought the EU's own efforts in this area
under the microscope this week.

The EU Action Plan for Forest Law Enforcement Governance and
Trade Action Plan has led to agreements with Congo and
Ghana, where operators provide clear evidence that all wood
products placed on the EU market have a legal origin. Talks
continue on similar agreements with Malaysia, Indonesia,
Liberia and Central African Republic.

The Commission is now encouraging all wood-producing
countries to sign the voluntary agreements. Only then will
consumers in the countries who import, process and consume
wood products have certainty these are of a legal origin.
http://www.eubusiness.com/development/illegal-logging.01

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU clears major tie-ups in ailing airline sector
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The EU has cleared the way for major tie-ups in the ailing
airline industry, giving green lights to a British Airways
and Iberia merger, and a transatlantic alliance.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/competition-airline.5jz
EU 'to appeal' WTO Airbus-Boeing ruling
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-aerospace-wto.5j8

2. Europe must up CO2 cuts to 30 per cent: EU's big three
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Germany, France and Britain on Thursday jointly called for
the European Union to deepen its planned reductions in
greenhouse-gas emissions from 20 to 30 per cent by 2020.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/climate-warming.5kk

3. EU seeks to combat seasonal worker black market
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The European Commission has proposed measures to combat the
black market exploitation of foreign seasonal workers
employed in farming and the tourism industry.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/farm-tourism.5ju

4. EU effort to end GM crop deadlock meets resistance
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The Commission sought Tuesday to end a deadlock blocking the
growth of genetically modified crops in Europe, proposing to
give countries the freedom to ban the controversial foods.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/farm-biotech.5j9

5. Eurozone emergency fund set to launch operations
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A fund providing the eurozone with a debt safety net of 440
billion euros should be in place by the end of July and get
a top credit rating, its chief executive said on Wednesday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-finance.5jv

6. EU, tobacco firm team up against cigarette smuggling
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The Commission and the British American Tobacco company have
signed a cooperation agreement to combat the smuggling of
cigarettes, which often come from China and Russia.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/crime-counterfeit.5kx

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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Deficits: the EU placed Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland
under its excessive deficit watch on Tuesday, leaving only
three states off the list of those breaking EU fiscal rules.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.5ja
EU vows transparency in bank stress tests
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Canada, EU 'on track' for free trade deal in 2011
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EU wants broader UN rights, Britain tries to ease concerns
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Commission Watch
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Georgia: the EU boosted Georgia's hopes of building closer
ties with the West Thursday by launching talks on an
association pact.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/georgia-diplomacy.5kt
Europe-US relations failing to meet potential: Barroso
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NGOs denounce ex-EU officials joining private sector
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EU officials assure Turkey over accession
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/enlarge-turkey.5jr
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

Euro-Parliament Watch
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Finance oversight: Euro-MPs and Member States remained
divided on Wednesday over the creation of pan-European
financial supervisors as the two sides locked horns
over how much power to give to the new agencies.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.5k9
EU to protect householders from gas supply crises
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/gas-crises.137
Euro-MPs want to reduce animal testing
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/animal-testing.127

Summer recess: the European Parliament is in recess from 19
July. Business resumes on 30 August with a week of meetings
of parliamentary committees and political groups in
preparation for the 6-9 September plenary session.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

EU diary
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15-16 Jul, European Research and Industry Ministers informal
26 Jul, General Affairs Council
26 Jul, Foreign Affairs Council

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EU clears Bank of Ireland restructuring plan 15-Jul
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/competition-ireland.5kq
Slovakia approves euro safety net, with reservations 15-Jul
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New car sales fall for third month in Europe 15-Jul
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Germany to hit EU deficit target a year early 15-Jul
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.5kg
Poland must comply with rules on flood prevention: EC 14-Jul
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/poland-floods.147
Firm eurozone industrial output seen as good signal 14-Jul
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-industry.5k5
EU investigating Electrabel over dominant position 10-Jul
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/belgium-competition.5in

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