Italy off to green start - EUbusiness Week newsletter 668
EUbusiness Week 668 top stories: European Parliament meets after anti-EU surge; Putin says Europe 'natural partner', slams US; EU rubbishes waste in drive for green growth; Eurozone growth stalls, deflation threatens; Bulgaria scrambles to stop bank run after EU OKs aid; Google hit by 70,000 'right to be forgotten' requests
Italy took over at the EU's helm on 1 July, trumpeting growth as the
main objective of its presidency. Much of it will be green, and the
Commission this week kicked off with a new policy package that pushes
for higher recycling targets and a virtual total elimination of
The next six months will also see moves towards more green jobs, better air quality, a new climate and energy framework and reform of the carbon market. The green economy will play a key role in increasing Europe's global competitiveness. The goal is not just a reshaping of the labour market, it is a reshaping of Europe's economy.
1. European Parliament meets after anti-EU surge
The European Parliament on Tuesday held its first session since the
elections marked by a dismal turnout and the unprecedented rise of
anti-EU parties determined to dismantle the bloc from within.
2. Putin says Europe 'natural partner', slams US
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday described the conflict in Ukraine as
the culmination of Western efforts to contain Russia and sought to play
Moscow's "natural partner" Europe against the United States.
3. EU rubbishes waste in drive for green growth
The EU wants to ban the dumping of all recyclable rubbish in landfill
sites as part of a social and economic revolution to re-use, repair and
4. Eurozone growth stalls, deflation threatens
Europe's fragile recovery is stalling, a batch of economic data showed
this week, with analysts warning that France, with the eurozone's
second-biggest economy, could be slipping into another downturn.
5. Bulgaria scrambles to stop bank run after EU OKs aid
Bulgaria on Monday sought to reassure savers its beleaguered banking
system was "functioning normally" after Brussels stepped in to stop a
run on two lenders turning into a full-blown crisis.
6. Google hit by 70,000 'right to be forgotten' requests
More than 70,000 people have already asked Google to delete links about
them under Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling, with some of the
world biggest news sites the first to be hit.
Tobacco: tobacco giant Philip Morris International says it will contest
new rules on tobacco sales at the Court of Justice of the European
EU court annuls asset freeze on ex Syria minister
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Presidency: Italy's popular new premier, Matteo Renzi, has likened the
European Union to a "tired" and "bored selfie" whose greatest challenge
was to "find its soul".
Greece says EU presidency proves it is 'normal'
EU preparing new Russia sanctions, but no decision yet
Britain and Cameron in EU danger zone, say experts
Juncker: Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that Britain must work
with new Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker, as he faced MPs to
explain his failure to stop the EU insider winning the post.
Commissioner criticises Italy for lax refugee processing
President: German Social-Democrat Martin Schulz has been re-elected to
head the European Parliament following the elections that saw scores of
anti-EU MEPs enter the 751-seat assembly.
Parliament vote on Juncker set for July 15
In their first plenary after the elections, MEPs debated the new Italian presidency's priorities and the previous Greek presidency's achievements - such as progress on monetary union, jobs and growth, border and migration management and EU maritime policies. In a debate on the EU summit, most group leaders said that EU policy-making must heed the call for change made in the elections.
7 Jul: Commission Directive on working time of inland waterway workers
8 Jul: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
9 Jul: Commission Recommendation on online gambling
9 Jul: Horizon 2020: Public-private innovation partnerships launch calls
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