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Are Euro-MPs 'fit-for-purpose'? - EUbusiness Week no 447


29-05-2009

EUbusiness Week 447 top stories: Brussels unveils plans for tougher financial monitoring; EU adopts skilled worker 'blue card' scheme; European economic confidence grows; Bulgaria signs EU fund deals; Swiss transfer EUR 366m in withheld savings taxes to EU; Europe's top dailies in 10 languages online

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 447
29 May 2009
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. Brussels unveils plans for tougher financial monitoring
2. EU adopts skilled worker 'blue card' scheme
3. European economic confidence grows
4. Bulgaria signs EU fund deals
5. Swiss transfer EUR 366m in withheld savings taxes to EU
6. Europe's top dailies in 10 languages online

Publisher's Note
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Only two per cent of Euro-MPs have financial experience,
while just one per cent can boast a background in physics or
chemistry. With Europe moving into the last week of euro-
election campaigning, and the world facing major financial
and environmental challenges, these are the highlights of
a new EUbusiness study of MEPs' competencies, covering all
783 existing MEPs. Details:
http://eubusiness.com/Members/michaelterberg/MEPs

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1. Brussels unveils plans for tougher financial monitoring
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The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled plans for a
tough new monitoring system for banks and other financial
bodies to be in place next year, aiming to better protect
investors hit by the crisis.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243423924.35

2. EU adopts skilled worker 'blue card' scheme
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Member States have adopted a "blue card" scheme to attract
skilled workers from outside the Union, as well as measures
to sanction EU employers who use black-market labour.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243270022.26

3. European economic confidence grows
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Business and consumer confidence in the eurozone economy
rose in May for the second consecutive month following
almost two years of shakiness, an EU survey shows.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243504022.64

4. Bulgaria signs EU fund deals
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Bulgaria has signed two agreements with Europe worth more
than EUR 200 million which will also improve the way it
uses EU structural funds available to the country by 2013.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243435760.9

5. Swiss transfer EUR 366m in withheld savings taxes to EU
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Switzerland said on Thursday it had returned 553.8 million
Swiss francs to the European Union in taxes levied on the
savings of EU account holders last year.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243508522.27

6. Europe's top dailies in 10 languages online
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The Commission and a media consortium have launched an
Internet site allowing people to read articles about
Europe from the world's top newspapers in 10 languages.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243343822.05

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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Myanmar: Asian and EU foreign ministers urged Myanmar
Thursday to free all political prisoners, as the country's
ruling junta said the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi was
neither a political nor a rights issue.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243515722.21
EU not yet ready to renew ties with Zimbabwe
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243523821.93
Merkel sees Irish 'yes' vote on EU Lisbon Treaty
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243445521.75
EU, Sth Korea to hold more trade talks but deal elusive
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1242969422.06
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Euro-Parliament Watch
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Euro-elections: a poll on Tuesday suggested that a record
low turnout in the upcoming elections could be avoided
after a previous survey showed otherwise, with 43 per cent
saying they intend to vote next month.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243360022.08
Low EU turnout would help 'extremist' parties: Poettering
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243090922.36
Extreme right spreads anti-immigrant message for EU vote
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243154018.02
In Italy, EU vote is all about Berlusconi
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243411322.97
Beauty is not main criterion for politics: Italian church
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243440126.8
Musicians slam Czech anti-Roma party after copyright breach
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243282624.54

Guides to the Euro-elections:
European elections 2009
http://www.eubusiness.com/Institutions/euro-elections-09
Powers of the European Parliament
http://www.eubusiness.com/Institutions/ep-powers-guide
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

Commission Watch
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General Motors: the Commission has called for a meeting of
EU finance and industry ministers on the future of
struggling General Motors Europe, fearing the loss
of thousands of jobs.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243429328.11
Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner nominated for UNESCO post
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243533722.51
Commission building evacuated in new fire alert
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243419422.57
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

EU diary
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31 May-2 Jun, Agriculture and Fisheries informal
4-5 Jun, Justice and Home Affairs Council
8-9 Jun, Employment, Social, Health, Consumer Affairs
9 Jun. Economic and Financial Affairs Council
11 Jun, Transport Council
12 Jun, Telecommunications and Energy Council

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Comment of the Week
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Commenting on our piece "Estonia president slams Klaus over
Russia remarks", Milan Malinsky writes:

"Interesting how the journalists can twist the truth [...]
president Klaus said: "I don't see Russia as a threat but
as a big, strong and ambitious country which we should
beware of more than we need to beware of a small country
such as for example Estonia and Lithuania." The context
(loosely): Klaus criticised those who like to demonise
Russia and segregate it from the rest of the world. Then
he said this sentence to soften his "pro-Russian stance"
by acknowledging we should beware of it more than of
other friendly countries."
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243005422.58

Policy Forum
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EUR 1 trillion EU regulatory burden on business: study
http://www.eubusiness.com/SMEs/eurochambres.09-05-27

CEA welcomes EC Communication on supervisory architecture
http://www.eubusiness.com/Finance/cea-press.09-05-27
More press: http://www.eubusiness.com/press

Briefing
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Financial Supervision
http://www.eubusiness.com/Finance/financial_supervision.02
More briefings: http://www.eubusiness.com/guides

Links
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EC Communication on agricultural product quality policy
http://www.eubusiness.com/Agri/agricultural-quality.234

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Other news on EUbusiness this week
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Poland sells historic shipyards for EUR 82 million 28-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243536421.93
One in three EU citizens a bill away from trouble 28-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243523828.75
Iceland's gov't asks parl't to vote on EU membership 28-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243507629.28
Tender: support to GALILEO standardisation 27-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/Transport/tender-galileo.03
Emirates demands EU misleading charges apology 27-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243433821.41
Rose wine-makers oppose EU mixing plans 26-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243353723.21
Macedonia ripe for visa-free EU travel: report 25-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243270029.5
European milk protests: French farmers block dairies 25-May
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/1243250648.34

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