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16-04-2010

EUbusiness Week 485 top stories: Europe agrees 30-billion-euro Greek rescue; China again heads EU's dangerous consumer products list; Western firms welcome China's revised purchase policy; EU warns Portugal to make new cuts amid market fear; European Roma summit ends with timid commitments; Danone drops yoghurt health claims

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 485
16 April 2010
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. Europe agrees 30-billion-euro Greek rescue
2. China again heads EU's dangerous consumer products list
3. Western firms welcome China's revised purchase policy
4. EU warns Portugal to make new cuts amid market fear
5. European Roma summit ends with timid commitments
6. Danone drops yoghurt health claims

Publisher's Note
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Madrid was the venue for a 'European Tourism Stakeholders
Conference' this week, organised to explore ways of
boosting Europe's tourism sector. This exploits a Lisbon
Treaty clause which outlines, for the first time, a specific
EU competence in tourism, allowing decisions to be taken by
qualified majority.

Tourism - which generates over 5% of the EU's GDP and around
9.7m jobs - has been one of Europe's most resilient sectors
through the economic crisis. It also has significant
potential to generate future growth and employment. The hope
is that the conference will smooth the path for a co-
ordinated European approach on tourism policy initiatives.
http://www.eubusiness.com/tourism

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Europe agrees 30-billion-euro Greek rescue
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EU Member States have revealed an aid package worth EUR 30bn
this year alone for debt-ridden Greece, unfurling a massive
safety net designed to restore confidence in the euro.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.433
Greece a step closer to EU-IMF aid
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/greece-imf-finance.458

2. China again heads EU's dangerous consumer products list
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EU countries issued more safety alerts on consumer products
than ever last year, with Chinese products again accounting
for most of the potentially dangerous items.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/china-consumer.454

3. Western firms welcome China's revised purchase policy
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Foreign firms in China on Tuesday welcomed a move by Beijing
that could ease restrictions surrounding the multi-billion
dollar government procurement market.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/china-us-policy.442

4. EU warns Portugal to make new cuts amid market fear
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Europe has issued a stark warning that Portugal needs to cut
its deficit this year, as finance chiefs steel themselves
for investors switching target from Greece.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.44o

5. European Roma summit ends with timid commitments
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A European summit on the Roma community ended in Spain with
timid commitments to improve access by this discriminated
group to European Union funds to boost integration.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/spain-france-rights.42i

6. Danone drops yoghurt health claims
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French food giant Danone has stopped making health claims
for its Activia and Actimel yoghurts and dropped an attempt
to get their alleged benefits recognised by EU scientists.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/france-food-health.44v

EUROPEAN CASE LAW
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Shipyards: the EU is taking Greece to court over its failure
to recover EUR 230 million in illegal subsidies given to
the Hellenic Shipyards between 1996 and 2002.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/greece-industry-aid.44m
Belgium's curb on foreign students criticised by EU Court
http://www.eubusiness.com/eulaw/crossbordereducation.01
Stronger language rights for EU citizens in criminal trials
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/language-rights-trials
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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Carbon tax: France and Italy are urging Brussels to consider
an EU carbon tax on imports, pressurising the EU after Paris
was forced to abandon the initiative at national level.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/france-italy-tax.459
Med water conference ends in failure due to Israel-Arab row
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/mideast-environment.448
NATO, EU pay homage to Polish crash victims
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/russia-poland-air.441
EU to finance IAEA lab to track nuclear material
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-nuclear-summit.449
EU welcomes Turkey's constitution reform plans
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/turkey-politics.446
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Commission Watch
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Farm subsidies: Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos
argued Monday that the economic crisis justified the need
to keep a strong aid policy for Europe's farmers, which
developing countries slam as unfair.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/farm-cap.43w
EU hopes state bank aid will be phased out: Almunia
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/italy-economy-banks.42h
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

Euro-Parliament Watch
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CAP reform: EU plans to reform the much-maligned Common
Agricultural Policy must be shaped with the help and
backing of EU citizens, say MEPs, to ensure that the
post-2013 CAP benefits society as a whole.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/russia-attacks.3xa
British anti-EU party campaigns to 'sod the lot'
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-vote.443
MEPs propose amendements to regulation on biocidal products
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/biocidal-products.02
MEPs to vote on amendments to the rules of invoicing
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/vat-rules-invoicing

This week, Parliament held a special commemorative ceremony
for victims of the Smolensk disaster; and the Economic and
Monetary Affairs Committee heard views of leading figures
on the Greek fiscal crisis.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

EU diary
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16-18 Apr: Informal finance ministers' meeting
18-20 Apr: Informal telecoms ministers' meeting
19-20 Apr: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
20 Apr: Informal Meeting of Sports Ministers
21 Apr: EU-Pakistan Summit

The Week Ahead: http://www.eubusiness.com/events/EUcalendar

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Analysis
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Greek bailout: Europe's bailout will only stick a patch on
Greek finances and do nothing for the euro's long-term
health, with the slippery slope to an Argentina-style
default a real concern.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.44s
http://www.eubusiness.com/features

Policy Forum
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Power of EU Financial Lobby Must Be Curtailed Following
Greek Debacle
http://www.eubusiness.com/finance/ceo.10-04-14

Broken EU aid promises push Millennium Development Goals out
of reach, says CONCORD as OECD announces aid figures
http://www.eubusiness.com/development/concord.10-04-14
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Events
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20 May, Brussels: Innovation in healthcare: from research
to market - SMEs in focus
http://www.eubusiness.com/sme/innovation-healthcare.10

21 Jun, London: Society for Risk Analysis - Europe Annual
Meeting
http://www.eubusiness.com/sme/sraeurope.10
More events: http://www.eubusiness.com/events

Jobs
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Project Officer, European Parliamentarians for Africa
http://www.eubusiness.com/regions/africa/awepa.10-04-08

European Policy Adviser, HelpAge International
http://www.eubusiness.com/social/helpage.10-04-13
More jobs: http://www.eubusiness.com/jobs

Briefing
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Community rapid information system for dangerous products
http://www.eubusiness.com/consumer/rapex.2009

Toy Joint Action
http://www.eubusiness.com/consumer/toy-joint-action

Joint customs operation Matthew II
http://www.eubusiness.com/finance/matthew-2-guide
More briefings: http://www.eubusiness.com/guides

Other news on EUbusiness this week
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Air passengers' rights apply during ash disruption 15-Apr
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/iceland-volcano.45c
EU ready to open free trade talks with Malaysia 15-Apr
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/malaysia-trade.45b
Council agrees labelling of energy products 15-Apr
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/labelling-energy-products
EC approves EUR19m German support to Salzgitter AG 15-Apr
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/state-aid-salzgitter
Eurozone industrial output beats forecasts in Feb 15-Apr
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-economy.44l
Europe strikes against smuggling of counterfeit goods 14-Apr
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/jco-mathew-II

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