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Europe stands with London - EUbusiness Week newsletter 779


24-03-2017

EUbusiness Week 779 top stories: New push to open up EU financial services market; EU to boost power of national competition authorities; Clearer, tougher EU energy labels on the way; EU, Japan look to speed up talks on trade deal; MEPs seek to deny entry to unregistered lobbyists; MEPs back plans to adapt more books for blind people

Publisher's Note

"The United Kingdom will always remain a partner and a friend and one we will continue to work hand in hand with in the fight against terror," said EC president Juncker, as the European community showed its support for the people of London following Wednesday's horrific attack.

Europe's response to attacks in Belgium, France, Germany and now the UK has been the same: firm resolve to stand side-by-side in solidarity against all forms of terrorism. But also, as Mr Juncker put it, "a determination to defend our values and our freedoms no matter what."
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. New push to open up EU financial services market

The Commission announced an action plan Thursday to open up Europe's market in financial products such as insurance, pensions, loans, and current or savings accounts to the benefit of consumers.
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2. EU to boost power of national competition authorities

The EU executive set out new rules Wednesday to deepen partnership with national competition authorities by enabling them to be more effective enforcers of the EU's antitrust rules.
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3. Clearer, tougher EU energy labels on the way

A new, tougher, A to G scale showing the energy efficiency of household appliances is set to replace current energy labels, following agreement by European Parliament and Council negotiators.
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4. EU, Japan look to speed up talks on trade deal

The EU made a renewed push for agreement later this year on a bilateral trade deal with Japan, as the country's prime minister Shinzo Abe met EU leaders in Brussels on Tuesday.
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5. MEPs seek to deny entry to unregistered lobbyists

EU lobbyists looking to influence legislation should be required to sign the EU's transparency register before being allowed to enter the EU Parliament, MEPs in committee said.
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6. MEPs back plans to adapt more books for blind people

The Euro-Parliament's legal affairs committee has given its backing to new draft rules to make more books available in formats designed for blind and visually impaired people.
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EUROPEAN LAW

Air cargo cartel: the Commission has re-imposed a fine of EUR 776m on 11 air cargo carriers for operating a price-fixing cartel, re-adopting a decision annulled by the EU's top Court on procedural grounds.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Clearer energy labelling - EU-Japan Leaders' meeting - European Water Day - Improved transparency on international energy contracts - EU digitalises passenger registration to make travelling by sea safer - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - Eurogroup Statement on the structural reform agenda - Use of chemical weapons in Syria
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Commission Watch

Consumer Financial Services - guidance for digital public services - President Juncker statement on London attacks - Michel Barnier Brexit speech - Rights of Union citizens after Brexit - Europe's digital future - European Social Fund 60th anniversary - national competition authorities - European Research Council 10th anniversary - Acquisition of LM Wind Power Holding by General Electric Company cleared - Eurostat: job vacancy rate; Annual growth in labour costs
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Parliament Watch

Treaty of Rome 60th anniversary - Textile workers: the human cost of cheap clothes - Adapting more books for blind people - Security debate with Commissioner King - EU Solidarity Corps - EU-Turkey relationship - A to G energy scale for home appliances - future of the EU - Conflict minerals and your smartphone - unregistered lobbyists - rules to protect consumers and stop rogue traders
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EU diary

25 Mar: 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome
27 Mar: Justice and Home Affairs Council
29 Mar: implementing measures for prospectus regulation
29-30 Mar: Mediterranean fisheries in Malta
29 Mar: Sharing & Reuse Conference 2017
30 Mar: Identification of emerging risks in food
30 Mar: Financing energy efficiency
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22 May, Prague: REACH Conference
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