New deal for energy consumers - EUbusiness Week newsletter 713
EUbusiness Week 713 top stories: ECB, Eurogroup give Greece breathing space after vote; British PM wants EU employment law exemption: reports; Euro-MPs agree air passenger data collection; Mauritania and EU sign fishing accord; ECB says bank sector on the mend; EU opens anti-trust probe into Qualcomm
The Commission unveiled a new deal for energy consumers this week with
proposals that included a redesign of the European electricity market,
updating energy efficiency labelling, and revising the EU Emissions
The package reflects an urgency to move to a low-carbon economy, and marks an important step towards enshrining the EU's target of at least 40% emissions cut by 2030 into law.
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1. ECB, Eurogroup give Greece breathing space after vote
Eurozone ministers approved the launch of Greece bailout talks and the
ECB boosted its cash lifeline to the crisis-hit country Thursday after
lawmakers in Athens grudgingly passed the tough reform package demanded
Early Greek vote inevitable after Syriza mutiny: analysts
2. British PM wants EU employment law exemption: reports
Prime Minister David Cameron is seeking a British exemption from EU
employment laws as part of his push to gain more autonomy from Brussels,
3. Euro-MPs agree air passenger data collection
The European Parliament has approved plans to collect EU passenger data,
a measure sought by the United States after years of controversy over
how to protect personal information while fighting terrorism and serious
4. Mauritania and EU sign fishing accord
Mauritania and the European Union have announced they have signed a
"win-win" fishing accord after 16 months of heated debate on the EU's
5. ECB says bank sector on the mend
Europe's battered financial sector is showing further signs of mending
and banks are increasingly competing for custom by lowering credit
standards, a key European Central Bank survey showed on Tuesday.
6. EU opens anti-trust probe into Qualcomm
The EU has launched an anti-competition probe into US computer chip
giant Qualcomm, the latest of a series of investigations into top
Bosnia: legislators in Bosnia's semi-autonomous Serb entity have backed
the holding of a referendum on whether to continue to recognise the
state court system, says Fena news agency.
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Iran: the EU on Wednesday extended a freeze on sanctions targeting Iran
for six months after major powers clinched a historic nuclear deal.
Dutch finance minister Dijsselbloem re-elected Eurogoup head
Britain to resist contributing to Greek bailout
Merkel explains 'tough' asylum policies to crying girl
Cyprus: Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker praised Cyprus Thursday
for its budding economic recovery after harsh bailout terms saved the
eurozone member from meltdown.
EU wins deal to end Macedonia political crisis
EU pledges EUR 450m for Ebola recovery in west Africa
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In committee this week, MEPs objected to a draft law allowing national bans on GMO imports; called for a binding scheme to distribute asylum seekers in the EU; and called for more ambitious national caps on emissions of six main pollutants, such as sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides, in order to cut emissions by 70% across the EU and save EUR 40bn in air pollution costs by 2030.
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Finnish parliament backs bridge financing for Greece 16-Jul
European car registrations jump 14.6 pct in June 16-Jul
55 per cent of Germans back Merkel on Greece: poll 14-Jul
Dijsselbloem: From virtual unknown to 'Mr Euro' 13-Jul
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