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Rethinking education - EUbusiness Week newsletter 595


23-11-2012

EUbusiness Week 595 top stories: Tough EU budget talks push into second day; China M&A activity in Europe increasing: study; EU finally ends shark finning; Europe Space Agency sets EUR 10 bn space budget; First big dengue fever outbreak in Europe since 1920s; Ancient Czech cheese thrives as stinky EU delicacy

This Week's Top Stories

1. Tough EU budget talks push into second day
2. China M&A activity in Europe increasing: study
3. EU finally ends shark finning
4. Europe Space Agency sets EUR 10 bn space budget
5. First big dengue fever outbreak in Europe since 1920s
6. Ancient Czech cheese thrives as stinky EU delicacy

Publisher's Note

The Commission is urging a radical rethink of how education and training systems deliver the skills needed by the labour market in Europe. With youth unemployment close to 23 per cent across the EU, a new report calls for better focus on learning outcomes and competences acquired, specifically entrepreneurial skills and a sense of initiative.

The message is that education systems need to be more flexible in how they respond to the needs of society. While the Commission insists this is not just about money, a key element of EU education policy is the EUR 19bn Erasmus programme, under threat from budget cuts at today's summit.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Tough EU budget talks push into second day

Gruelling European Union talks to agree a trillion-euro budget for the next seven years pushed into a second day Friday even as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned a deal looked far off.
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Facts and figures on EU budget
Latest from the summit

2. China M&A activity in Europe increasing: study

Chinese merger and acquisition activity in Europe in the first quarter of 2012 surpassed that of European firms in China for the first time, a study has shown, highlighting China's growing global impact.
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US overtakes EU as China's top export market

3. EU finally ends shark finning

The European Parliament has called a definitive halt to shark finning, the long contested practice of fishermen slicing off fins and throwing the live body overboard to drown.
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4. Europe Space Agency sets EUR 10 bn space budget

Members of the European Space Agency on Wednesday approved a multi-year budget of 10 billion euros, ESA director general Jean-Jacques Dordain said, hailing this as a "big success".
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5. First big dengue fever outbreak in Europe since 1920s

Europe is experiencing its first sustained transmission of dengue fever since the 1920s after an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in Madeira, Portugal that has infected more than 1,300 people, says an EU agency.
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6. Ancient Czech cheese thrives as stinky EU delicacy

Tvaruzky, a stinky low-fat Czech curd cheese has won a coveted EU protected geographical indication, similar to Italy's venerable Parmesan or France's Roquefort cheese.
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EUROPEAN LAW

Retrial: Kosovo's Supreme Court has ordered a retrial against a top ethnic Albanian guerilla commander-turned-politician, cleared of committing war crimes against Serb and Albanian civilians and war prisoners in the 1998-1999 conflict.
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Britain could maintain prisoners' voting ban
European police roll up sham marriage gang
Latest Court of Justice judgements
EU Law Firms
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Greece: finance ministers failed at an emergency meeting to strike a deal to unblock bailout funds needed to keep Greece from bankruptcy and said they would try again next week.
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EU views Syria opposition 'legitimate' representative
EU agrees Mali support mission 'in principle'
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Commission Watch

New Commissioner: former Maltese foreign minister Tonio Borg was appointed the new Health Commissioner after a vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday.
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Impoverished Romania fails to use EU funds
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Parliament Watch

In plenary this week, MEPs said European political parties should propose candidates for Commission President at the next European elections, which should be moved forward to May 2014; and endorsed legal measures to protect Baltic salmon stocks.
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EU diary

22-23 Nov, European Council
22-23 Nov, Equality summit 2012
26-27 Nov, Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council
28-29 Nov, Agriculture and Fisheries Council
29 Nov, Foreign affairs council (trade)
3 Dec, Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council
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