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EU tracks rights progress - EUbusiness Week newsletter 525


31-03-2011

EUbusiness Week 525 top stories: Europe's post-oil transport needs EUR 1.5tn overhaul; EU to protect home-buyers against risk; Bid to ban cloned foods in Europe collapses; Microsoft attacks Google with EU anti-trust complaint; Europe eyes stiffer controls on Japanese food imports; Sweden responds to EU criticism of wolf hunt

This Week's Top Stories

1. Europe's post-oil transport needs EUR 1.5tn overhaul
2. EU to protect home-buyers against risk
3. Bid to ban cloned foods in Europe collapses
4. Microsoft attacks Google with EU anti-trust complaint
5. Europe eyes stiffer controls on Japanese food imports
6. Sweden responds to EU criticism of wolf hunt

Publisher's Note

The Commission marked the first birthday of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights this week with publication of its first annual report on its application.

While public interest in the Charter runs high, its powers and remit are widely misunderstood. It is not a fundamental rights supercop, as Commissioner Reding put it. But it does cover a number of areas for which the EU is responsible, such as data protection, discrimination and border controls.

The Commission promises to use the report as a guide in its policy and law-making. It should also help people know their rights better and help them determine where they need to turn when they think their fundamental rights have been violated by an EU institution or a national authority.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Europe's post-oil transport needs EUR 1.5tn overhaul

Europe's transport network will need a 1.5-trillion-euro private sector overhaul to meet the needs of a post-oil world and slash carbon emissions, the Commission said on Monday.
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2. EU to protect home-buyers against risk

Europe on Thursday moved to protect home-buyers by setting new rules for mortgages aimed at avoiding a replay of the US sub-prime crisis which sparked the 2008 global financial collapse.
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3. Bid to ban cloned foods in Europe collapses

An effort to ban cloned foods from supermarket shelves in Europe has collapsed after EU Member States and the Parliament failed to agree a law to control the industry.
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4. Microsoft attacks Google with EU anti-trust complaint

Microsoft has filed a "formal" anti-trust complaint against Google with the European Union, amid accusations the Internet king has rigged the search market for consumers.
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5. Europe eyes stiffer controls on Japanese food imports

The EU said Wednesday it may strengthen controls on imports of Japanese food to include checks on the presence of plutonium.
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6. Sweden responds to EU criticism of wolf hunt

Sweden's environment minister said the country's wolf hunt was necessary to boost acceptance of the animal, in a response to a Commission reprimand for allowing the cull.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Economy: British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned the European Union that it could be "left behind" by emerging economies unless it reformed its business policies.
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EU slams Syria's brutal response to "legitimate" demands
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Commission Watch

Immigration: Italy began transferring thousands of African migrants from a Mediterranean island Thursday amid bitter government infighting and charges that Europe was failing to help Rome deal with a refugee crisis.
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Commission disagrees with S&P's Greece downgrade
EU tells Serbia to get serious about reforms
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Euro-Parliament Watch

Corruption: the head of the scandal-hit European Parliament on Thursday vowed "zero tolerance" on corruption as detectives probed bribery and fraud allegations against MEPs.
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Europe has 'moral duty' to aid Libyans: EP chief
Also this week, Parliament's political leadership agreed to set up an MEP working group to elaborate a new set of rules for lobbyists and a stronger code for MEPs.
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