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24-09-2010

EUbusiness Week 502 top stories: Europe finally adopts landmark finance curbs; EU eyes ban on gulag style imports from China; New EU law forces gas suppliers to guarantee supplies; Europe wants to limit passenger data sharing with US; EU eyes law to prevent home-made bomb-making; Europe's couch potatoes dished up local content TV diet

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 502
24 September 2010
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. Europe finally adopts landmark finance curbs
2. EU eyes ban on gulag style imports from China
3. New EU law forces gas suppliers to guarantee supplies
4. Europe wants to limit passenger data sharing with US
5. EU eyes law to prevent home-made bomb-making
6. Europe's couch potatoes dished up local content TV diet

Publisher's Note
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The Commission has announced a package of measures to give
every European access to fast broadband by 2020. These
include a Recommendation to boost competition among telecom
operators; a proposal to ensure radio spectrum availability
for wireless broadband; and a Communication to spur
investment in high-speed networks.

Why is this important? Fast and ultra-fast broadband access
could revolutionise people's lives: making it easier to work
from home and on the move; allowing for new interactive
online services in education and health; and ushering in a
new era of digital, user-controlled and high definition
video services. For small businesses, they will also help
them to lower costs and become more competitive, in
particular through access to "cloud" services.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/internet-telecom.67u

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Europe finally adopts landmark finance curbs
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Europe finally voted through landmark curbs Wednesday to
clamp down on its finance industry - just as fears returned
that Ireland, like Greece, was staring down bankruptcy.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.68o

2. EU eyes ban on gulag style imports from China
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The Commission says it is ready to look at ways of slapping
an import ban on Chinese goods allegedly made in forced
labour camps, a move under way in the United States.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/china-rights-trade.69d

3. New EU law forces gas suppliers to guarantee supplies
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Members of the European Parliament forced energy companies
Tuesday to guarantee household gas supplies during political
disputes with exporters or extreme temperatures.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/energy-gas-consumer.68e

4. Europe wants to limit passenger data sharing with US
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Europe has laid out strict conditions for the exchange of
airline passenger data with the United States, Canada and
Australia, insisting it should be restricted to terror
and criminal probes.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/security-airline-us.68b

5. EU eyes law to prevent home-made bomb-making
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Europe has moved to restrict access to chemicals found in
everyday products from shampoo to fertiliser but which
can be made into explosives.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/security-attacks.67t

6. Europe's couch potatoes dished up local content TV diet
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Most European TV channels dished up a majority of programmes
produced on the continent in 2008, in line with a rule of
50 per cent EU content, the Commission said on Thursday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/entertainment-media.699

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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Farm subsidies: the EU gears up to rethink its controversial
farm policy in a few weeks with agriculture ministers
bitterly divided on Tuesday over the handout of subsidies.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/farm-reform-budget.68d
France sends Europe fresh data ahead of Roma ruling
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/france-immigration.68u
Important elements of Serbia-Kosovo talks agreed: Tadic
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/serbia-kosovo-un.69m
Berlusconi will ask Europe to pressure Israel on settlements
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/israel-palestinians.69a
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Commission Watch
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Millenium goals: the EU on Monday offered one billion euros
to reinforce efforts to reach the Millennium Development
Goals at a UN summit in New York.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/un-summit-health.67v
EU defends generous double pay for ex-Commissioners
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/politics-business.69b
Commissioner proposes deficit deposit: report
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.69l
European 'day of languages' celebrated ... in English
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/language-offbeat.69n
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

Euro-Parliament Watch
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Online piracy: Parliament pressed Wednesday for a crackdown
on film and music piracy on the Internet, raising fears
among online rights groups that a new law will soon follow.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/parliament-internet.68w
EP votes in law to send back illegal Afghans, Pakistanis
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/parliament-pakistan.681
Italian MEP in Parliament with baby
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/parliament-women.691

In plenary, MEPs backed proposals to encourage cross-border
e-trading and build consumer confidence; voted to restrict
"biocides" to control pests and germs; and agreed updates
of EU laws to upgrade medicine safety monitoring.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

EU diary
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23-24 Sep, Informal Meeting of Defence Ministers
27 Sep, Agriculture and Fisheries Council
28 Sep, EU-South Africa Summit
29-30 Sep, Informal Internal Market Council
30 Sep-1 Oct, Economic and Financial Affairs Council
4-5 Oct,Asia-Europe meeting

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Press
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New EU Strategy for gender equality has potential to deliver
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Radio frequencies for new and faster wireless services
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Other news on EUbusiness this week
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Diabetes drug Avandia banned in Europe 23-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-health-diabetes.69i
Key euro economy indicator sets alarm bells ringing 23-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-economy.692
New EU atlas maps threats to soil biodiversity 23-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/environment.69f
EFSF head calls for longer term European rescue fund 23-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/economy-finance.698
'Monster lorry' makers flaunt their green credentials 23-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-transport.696
No more sugar in fruit juice, says EU 22-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/farm-consumer-food.68v
EU waives appeal against WTO high-tech product ruling 21-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/wto-trade-dispute.688
Top credit score for EU backstop fund 20-Sep
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.67n

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