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Europe's new start - EUbusiness Week newsletter 671


05-09-2014

EUbusiness Week 671 top stories: ECB cuts 2014, 2015 economic growth forecasts; EU weighs up Russia World Cup boycott; Germany announces steps against EU benefit cheats; EU urged to convert TV frequencies to mobile broadband; Italy wants EU-US trade talks made public; Huge discrepancies on heart disease in Europe

Publisher's Note

Welcome back after the summer break. Welcome also to a new Italian EU presidency, a new European Commission and president and a host of new Euro-MPs, all no doubt raring to get to grips with some very big challenges.

As EC president-elect Juncker puts together the final touches to a team that will direct European policy for the next five years, an unhappy electorate will look not only for solutions, but also for a clarity and strength of purpose not always manifest in the past.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. ECB cuts 2014, 2015 economic growth forecasts

The European Central Bank cut its forecasts for growth in the eurozone this year and next, and also lowered its outlook for area-wide inflation, at Thursday's policy meeting.
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Eurozone economy holds onto timid recovery

2. EU weighs up Russia World Cup boycott

Member States have discussed hitting Russia with sporting sanctions including a boycott of Vladimir Putin's showpiece 2018 football World Cup as a penalty for stoking the crisis in Ukraine, according to reports.
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EU announces aid to growers hit by Russian embargo

3. Germany announces steps against EU benefit cheats

Germany on Wednesday announced new measures to stop EU citizens from abusing its social welfare system, reacting to what some politicians have labelled "poverty migration".
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4. EU urged to convert TV frequencies to mobile broadband

The EU should convert a whole spectrum of television and radio frequencies for use by mobile broadband by around 2020 as smartphone use soars, a report said on Monday.
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5. Italy wants EU-US trade talks made public

Italy has written to its EU partners calling for the details of talks on the vast trade deal with the United States to be made public.
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6. Huge discrepancies on heart disease in Europe

Russians and Ukrainians aged 55 to 59 die from coronary heart disease at a higher rate than Frenchmen who are 20 years older, a study of Europe's cardiovascular health shows.
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EUROPEAN LAW

Nitrates pollution: the EU's top court ruled on Thursday that France had failed to adequately prevent water pollution by nitrates and ordered the government to implement regulation or face penalties.
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European court condemns UK again over prisoner vote ban
25,000 join Europe class action lawsuit against Facebook
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Russia: Member States were to decide on new sanctions against Moscow by Friday, with Russian aggression towards Ukraine requiring the strongest possible response, incoming EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said.
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Merkel calls anti-euro party success a 'protest vote'
British Conservative MPs may push for EU exit
Tusk: Poland's unflappable leader
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Commission Watch

France: France has "no time to lose" in enacting reforms with the nomination of a new government following a row over economic policy, says the Commission.
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Juncker meets women target for new team
Mogherini: Italy's young rising star
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Parliament Watch

Russian sanctions: Parliament ratcheted up the pressure on the Union Thursday to increase support for farmers hit by a Russian ban on food exports over the Ukraine crisis.
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This week Italian ministers outlined the priorities of the Presidency to parliamentary committees, while the EU's budget for 2015 took shape as committees adopted their opinions and the Council approved its formal position.
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EU diary

8 Sep: Sixth Cohesion Forum
8-11 Sep: European Parliament Committee Meetings
10-12 Sep: Eurofi Financial Forum 2014
11-12 Sep: European Tourism Forum 2014
11-12 Sep: 11th ASEM Finance Ministers' Meeting
12 Sep: Eurogroup
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RESOURCES

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Other news on EUbusiness this week

EU considers travel ban on Russian defence minister 4-Sep
EU fines smartcard chip cartel 4-Sep
Ukraine taps into EU gas via Slovakia 2-Sep
Eurozone manufacturing slows further in August 1-Sep
Germany signals will continue EU austerity drive 25-Aug
Vietnam, EU hail progress on free trade agreement 27-Aug

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Events

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24 Sep, Rome: Advances in Business-Related Scientific Research Conference
3 Nov, London: International Trade and Academic Research Conference
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