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Latvia outlines EU priorities - EUbusiness Week newsletter 689


22-01-2015

EUbusiness Week top stories: ECB pulls QE trigger on deflation; Europe faces Greek headache whoever wins vote; EU charges Amazon tax deal with Luxembourg was illegal; EU bans sea bass trawling to save species; EU partners with pharmaceutical industry to fight Ebola; EU pulps Indian mango ban

Publisher's Note

Latvia has already outlined the broad priorities for its EU presidency: competitive, digital and engaged Europe. This week, its ministers came to Europe's Parliament and gave EP committees details about some items of legislation and new initiatives we can expect over the next few months.

MEPs heard hopes for agreement on biofuels, limiting polluting emissions from combustion plants, regulations on medical devices, data protection and more. While major decisions may be unlikely during this presidency, Latvia will be looking to make progress on many issues which will advance the EU's broader aims.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. ECB pulls QE trigger on deflation

The European Central Bank on Thursday unveiled plans for a massive programme of bond purchases to avert the threat of deflation in the euro area.
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2. Europe faces Greek headache whoever wins vote

Whoever wins Greece's general election on Sunday, Europe will have to take urgent action to tackle the country's mountain of debt before it buries the rest of the eurozone.
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3. EU charges Amazon tax deal with Luxembourg was illegal

EU regulators have charged Luxembourg with giving illegal tax breaks to Internet shopping giant Amazon, putting Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker back in the spotlight over deals made when he was the duchy's prime minister.
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4. EU bans sea bass trawling to save species

The EU said Monday it will ban open water trawling of sea bass during the spawning season through April in order to ensure the stock's survival.
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5. EU partners with pharmaceutical industry to fight Ebola

The EU will partner with the European pharmaceutical industry to finance EUR 215m in research projects to fight Ebola, mainly to develop vaccines and diagnostic tests.
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6. EU pulps Indian mango ban

The EU lifted an import ban on Indian mangoes Tuesday after nine months in which New Delhi had raged over its forbidden fruit.
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EUROPEAN LAW

Hamas: the EU will appeal a controversial court decision ordering the removal of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas from the bloc's terrorism blacklist, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday.
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Russia: foreign ministers agreed Monday there would be no change in the bloc's Russia policy, including sanctions, as the Union's diplomatic chief warned the Ukraine situation had got "much worse" in recent weeks.
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Give Iran diplomacy a chance, Europeans urge Congress
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Commission Watch

Attacks: the EU faces a "huge challenge" to reassure Jews about their future in Europe after the Islamist attacks in Paris, EC First Vice President Frans Timmermans said on Wednesday as it discussed fresh counter-terror measures.
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Dutch navy finds three stowaways on Ebola aid ship
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Parliament Watch

In committee this week food safety MEPs called for country of origin labelling of meat in processed foods; and trade committee MEPs debated new recommendations for the TTIP talks to ensure they serve all EU citizens, not just a few economic players.
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