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MEPs back new data rules - EUbusiness Week newsletter 606


21-02-2013

EUbusiness Week 606 top stories: EU on edge again with France latest debt fear; EU urges welfare spending to ease social tensions; Euro-MPs back plans to freeze pollution credits; Europe bids to tighten offshore drilling rules; Europe to move against Google over privacy rules; WTO meets to review EU seal products ban

This Week's Top Stories

1. EU on edge again with France latest debt fear
2. EU urges welfare spending to ease social tensions
3. Euro-MPs back plans to freeze pollution credits
4. Europe bids to tighten offshore drilling rules
5. Europe to move against Google over privacy rules
6. WTO meets to review EU seal products ban

Publisher's Note

MEPs on the European Parliament's industry committee have backed proposals to reform EU data protection rules dating back to 1995. The aim is to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe's digital economy with a single set of data protection rules valid across the EU. Businesses would need only to deal with the data protection authority in their country of establishment; and there would be exemptions for smaller businesses.

The debate has been framed as a battle between the EU and Silicon Valley giants. But 'one data protection law for one continent', as the Commission puts it, is a good thing - so long as the rules are simple, and that they do not burden SMEs with unnecessary costs and obligations.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU on edge again with France latest debt fear

Europe releases its latest economic forecasts Friday -- with a weak growth outlook likely to push France into overshooting EU budgetary targets and possibly triggering an intensification of the eurozone debt crisis.
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EU nears national budget oversight

2. EU urges welfare spending to ease social tensions

The costs of austerity in terms of social tensions are very serious and Member States must make more effective use of resources available to ease the impact, the Commission said on Wednesday.
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3. Euro-MPs back plans to freeze pollution credits

The European Parliament's environment committee has backed efforts to make investment in clean technology financially more attractive by freezing about 900 million tonnes of pollution credits available to companies in 2013-2015.
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4. Europe bids to tighten offshore drilling rules

Europe has moved towards agreement on new rules governing offshore oil and gas drilling in response to a major environmental disaster off the United States, but environmentalists criticised the omission of terms covering Arctic exploration.
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5. Europe to move against Google over privacy rules

European data protection agencies intend to take action against the US Internet giant Google after it failed to follow their orders to comply with EU privacy laws, a French agency said on Monday.
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6. WTO meets to review EU seal products ban

The World Trade Organisation has held its first hearing on the EU's contested ban against the sale of seal products, a decision opposed by both Norway and Canada.
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