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Resource-efficient growth - EUbusiness Week newsletter 543


23-09-2011

EUbusiness Week 543 top stories: Strikes sweep Greece over further cuts for debt funds; Europe leaves Bulgaria, Romania out in Schengen cold; US sees global discord on climate action; EU lifts more Libya sanctions; EU clears lower taxes for Danish online gambling firms; EU backs deal giving passenger data to Australia

This Week's Top Stories

1. World pressure mounts on Europe over crisis
2. Europe leaves Bulgaria, Romania out in Schengen cold
3. US sees global discord on climate action
4. EU lifts more Libya sanctions
5. EU clears lower taxes for Danish online gambling firms
6. EU backs deal giving passenger data to Australia

Publisher's Note

Europe consumes an unfair proportion of the world's resources, and the European Commission this week set out a 'roadmap' to transform Europe's economy into a sustainable one by 2050.

The 'Roadmap to a resource-efficient Europe' identifies where most resources are consumed, and puts forward measures such as promoting green innovation, a greater role for eco-design and eco-labelling, and greener spending by public bodies.

Green growth may well be the only sustainable future. Reducing consumption of scarce resources could also protect our economy from the effects of increasingly expensive commodities. But governments desperate to kickstart economic growth may not see this as the most politically attractive option.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

VULCANUS IN EUROPE

Strengthen your working team & open your doors to Japan, through hosting a Japanese trainee -- The EU-Japan Centre is recruiting European companies willing to host Japanese engineering students for an 8-month placement.
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1. World pressure mounts on Europe over crisis

World leaders screwed up the pressure on Europe Thursday to take decisive action to contain its debt crisis as markets spun out of control over fears of a breakdown of the eurozone.
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Strikes sweep Greece over further cuts for debt funds

2. Europe leaves Bulgaria, Romania out in Schengen cold

Europe left Bulgaria and Romania out in the cold on Thursday, when Finland and the Netherlands blocked their entry into the passport-free Schengen travel area.
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3. US sees global discord on climate action

The top US climate negotiator says major economies are divided on how to move ahead on emission cuts, with only the EU supporting an extension of the landmark Kyoto Protocol.
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4. EU lifts more Libya sanctions

The EU on Thursday lifted sanctions on Libya in line with a UN decision, partially removing an arms embargo, unlocking frozen central bank and oil funds and letting Libyan aircraft use European runways.
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5. EU clears lower taxes for Danish online gambling firms

The Commission has given Denmark permission to charge online gambling firms lower taxes than real-life casinos as part of a law breaking a state monopoly of the industry.
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6. EU backs deal giving passenger data to Australia

The EU has endorsed a deal allowing Australian authorities to keep the personal information of passengers flying between Europe and Australia for five and a half years.
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EUROPEAN CASE LAW

Soviet coat of arms: the Soviet coat of arms of the planet Earth, ringed by the iconic hammer-and-sickle and red star of the former USSR, was ruled not politically correct for use as a trademark across the EU on Tuesday.
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EU states protest 'right to an attorney' bill
House arrest for Kosovo lawmaker awaiting warcrimes trial
Latest Court of Justice judgements
Official Journal latest issues
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Food aid: a programme delivering food aid to 18 million poverty-hit Europeans was left in limbo on Tuesday due to opposition from six austerity-driven Memmber States.
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Will Palestinian statehood bid shatter EU unity?
New Romania minister vows to splash EU cash
Turkey threatens ties freeze if Cyprus takes EU helm
Major countries launch new anti-terror group
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Commission Watch

Banks: the Commission warns that more banks may need a capital boost to cope with the eurozone debt crisis, reversing course after rebuffing the IMF on the health of lenders.
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Slowdown 'no excuse' to not cut deficits: Rehn
Sweden to repay EUR 94m in subsidies
EU warns Bosnia it risks losing millions in funds
EU pleads for greater market access in China
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Euro-Parliament Watch

In committee meetings this week, the Budgets Committee backed unemployment aid to Germany, Denmark and Portugal; and the Budgets Committee approved more money to manage migration and refugee flows started by events in the southern Mediterranean.
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EU diary

22-23 Sep, Justice and Home Affairs Council
26-29 Sep, European Parliament plenary session
29-30 Sep, Competitiveness Council
17-18 Sep, European Council
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RESOURCES

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