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G20 focus on global recovery - EUbusiness Week 459


25-09-2009

EUbusiness Week 459 top stories: Europe plans new financial policing; EU court adviser backs Google in LVMH row; Germany defends contested aid to Opel; Estonia, Poland win back pollution permits in EU court; EU calls for greener windows, taps; Half of British pupils shun foreign languages: Eurostat

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 459
25 September 2009
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. Europe plans new financial policing
2. EU court adviser backs Google in LVMH row
3. Germany defends contested aid to Opel
4. Estonia, Poland win back pollution permits in EU court
5. EU calls for greener windows, taps
6. Half of British pupils shun foreign languages: Eurostat

Publisher's Note
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The EU has worked hard to prepare the ground for the G20
summit, now under way in Pittsburgh, USA. The G20 has some
tough issues on its plate, and the EU has made clear its
determination to focus on the current global economic
situation, the function of the banks and financial markets.

By the time leaders leave the United States on Friday
evening, we will also have a clearer idea of whether the
world's leaders are serious about controlling climate
change. While moves to unblock the Doha round of World
Trade Organisation talks would be a major boost to the
flagging global economy.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy-g20.m8
http://www.eubusiness.com/G20

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Europe plans new financial policing
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Europe on Wednesday laid out new proposals to police its
banks and financial markets, seeking to set an example on
the eve of the G20 summit of major economies.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.kx
Banks hoodwinking customers, EU warns
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/banking-consumer.kn
Stress tests needed at Euro banks: OECD
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy-oecd.k9

2. EU court adviser backs Google in LVMH row
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Europe's top court adviser has backed Google in its battle
against French luxury product maker Louis Vuitton which
argues its trademarks are violated by the US Internet giant.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-internet-company.ke
EU publishes e-mails to back case against Intel
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-chip-competition.k0

3. Germany defends contested aid to Opel
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The German government has defended controversial state aid
to car maker Opel against complaints by Britain, saying
Germany would bear the brunt of all European job losses.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-auto-cuts-gm.lw

4. Estonia, Poland win back pollution permits in EU court
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The European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg annulled
Wednesday an EU attempt to limit the amount of greenhouse
gases that Estonia and Poland can let heavy industry emit.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/climate-warming.l6

5. EU calls for greener windows, taps
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Member States have agreed that manufacturers should make an
array of building products, including windows and taps,
more energy-efficient, broadening out a law on green design.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/industry-environment.m1

6. Half of British pupils shun foreign languages: Eurostat
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One in two British pupils in their final years at secondary
school are not learning a foreign language, with one in
five in Ireland also shunning overseas tongues, according
to EU data released on Thursday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/education.m2

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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Milk prices: a strike in Europe by dairy farmers was halted
on Thursday pending emergency talks by farm ministers in
Brussels over aid for producers amid collapsed prices.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/farm-milk-price.m4
EU extends sanctions against Fiji
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/fiji-politics.m0
British Tories warn could still torpedo EU treaty
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-ireland.lj
Germany ratifies Lisbon reform treaty
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-treaty.lb
EU-Russia summit set for November 18-19 in Stockholm
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/russia-diplomacy.kh
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Commission Watch
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Budget 2008: Britain's direct contribution to the EU fell
by more than three billion euros over 2008 compared to the
previous year, according to EC's latest financial report.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/budget-britain.kj
'Beautiful' Tobin tax idea not viable: EU's Almunia
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-banking.li
Slovak government picks new Commissioner
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/slovakia-commission.ll
Austria's Ferrero-Waldner bows out of UNESCO race
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/un-unesco-culture.jw
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

Euro-Parliament Watch
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G20: around 100 European lawmakers urged G20 leaders
meeting in Pittsburgh to pursue a crackdown against tax
havens in an open letter released on Tuesday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy-g20.kt

No official meetings of Parliamentary bodies scheduled this
week, with MEPs working in their constituencies or making
working visits as part of EP delegations.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

EU diary
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24-25 Sep, Competitiveness Council
24-25 Sep, G20 meeting in Pittsburgh
28-29 Sep, Informal meeting of defence ministers
1 Oct Informal meeting of Ministers for the Interior
1-2 Oct, Informal Meeting of Finance Ministers
6 Oct, EU-Brazil Summit

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

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Climate Change: Europe needs to move more than three times
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Under Solvency II, all models are internal, however some
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EuroBio 2009 demonstrates French expertise in biotech
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Commission Report on bank fee charges
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European System of Financial Supervisors (ESFS)
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Other news on EUbusiness this week
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Poland can't issue more polluting permits: EU 24-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/climate-warming.m9
US to ignore WTO trade dispute in tanker deal 24-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-military-trade.ma
EU hits Chinese aluminium foil exporters 24-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/china-trade-dumping.m7
Serbian citizens closer to visa free Europe travel 24-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/enlarge-balkans.m6
EU orders filling stations to extract cancerous vapour 24-
Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/energy-oil-health.lv
Change advocated for the European food system 24-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/Food/european-food-system
EU cartel busters raid cement firms in Spain 23-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/spain-competition.l3
East Europeans quit ailing Ireland as tide turns 22-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/ireland-migration.ki

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