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Rewriting EU privacy law - EUbusiness Week 476


05-02-2010

EUbusiness Week 476 top stories: EU places Greece under tough budget scrutiny; Parliament committee rejects EU-US bank data deal; EU defends shoe levy after China launches WTO complaint; Brussels mulls anti-trust moves by BA, American, Iberia; France wants tuna trade ban 'in 18 months'; EU-Serbia free trade deal implemented

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 476
5 February 2010
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. EU places Greece under tough budget scrutiny
2. Parliament committee rejects EU-US bank data deal
3. EU defends shoe levy after China launches WTO complaint
4. Brussels mulls anti-trust moves by BA, American, Iberia
5. France wants tuna trade ban 'in 18 months'
6. EU-Serbia free trade deal implemented

Publisher's Note
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Europeans' privacy is the big challenge for the next decade,
said Commissioner Viviane Reding, announcing a drive to
rewrite European data protection law.

The issue is a sensitive one, and on Thursday the EP's Civil
Liberties Committee rejected a data-sharing deal with the
U.S. to give it access to Europeans' bank data as part of
anti-terror probes.

But with 41.7 million Europeans now using social networking
sites, the EC is determined to update the 1995 Data Protection
Directive - to keep abreast of technological change and
ensure the right to privacy, legal certainty for industry,
as well as the take-up of new technologies.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-internet-privacy.2h7

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU places Greece under tough budget scrutiny
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The European Union on Wednesday approved Greek efforts to
tame its debt crisis but placed Athens under unprecedented
economic scrutiny as its prime minister unveiled a series
of austerity measures.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/greece-finance.2ir
Greece appeals for EU support
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/greece-finance.2j5

2. Parliament committee rejects EU-US bank data deal
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A key European Parliamentary committee on Thursday
pronounced against a controversial agreement giving the
United States access to Europeans' bank data as part of
anti-terror probes, putting the deal in jeopardy.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-attacks-banks.2jk

3. EU defends shoe levy after China launches WTO complaint
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The Commission has defended its penalty taxes on Chinese
shoe imports as "the right thing to do" after Beijing
launched a complaint with the World Trade Organisation.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/wto-trade-dispute.2jl

4. Brussels mulls anti-trust moves by BA, American, Iberia
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The EU is considering concessions made by British Airways,
American Airlines and Iberia to alleviate competition
concerns over their transatlantic tie-up.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/competition-airline.2hb

5. France wants tuna trade ban 'in 18 months'
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France wants a ban on international trade in bluefin tuna to
come into force in 18 months in order to protect the over-
fished species, says Ecology Minister Jean-Louis Borloo.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/france-politics.2io

6. EU-Serbia free trade deal implemented
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A free-trade agreement between Serbia and the EU came into
force on Monday, as the Balkan nation hopes for an influx
of foreign investment.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/serbia-diplomacy.2hj

EU LAW
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Extradition: the United States and EU have put into effect
agreements on extradition and legal cooperation negotiated
after the September 11 attacks.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-justice-security.2ho
Germany's restriction on Polish labour ruled discriminatory
http://www.eubusiness.com/eulaw/EUFreedoms.01
ECJ sets guidelines for cross-border insolvency proceedings
http://www.eubusiness.com/eulaw/EUxborder.isolvency.01
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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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United States: Europe needs to show Washington it "exists"
and not fear being marginalised on the world stage, the EU's
Spanish presidency said on Thursday after Barack Obama
pulled out of a planned summit.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-diplomacy.2jd
Obama snubs Europe, courts Asia: analysts
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-diplomacy.2i1
Ashton backs Blair over Iraq war
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-iraq.2ii
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Euro-Parliament Watch
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Commission hearings: Bulgaria's Commissioner designate, a
second choice after the first withdrew, sailed through a
Parliamentary hearing on Wednesday, paving the way for
the whole team to assume their roles next week.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/parliament-bulgaria.2j4
EP slams 'heavy-handed' Russian activist arrests
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/russia-politics.2hk
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

Commission Watch
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Iceland: Iceland's prime minister urged EU members on
Thursday not to link the disputed payout deal for lost
Icesave bank savings and the IMF aid promised to the
country after its economy collapsed.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/iceland-imf-finance.2jn
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

EU diary
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7-8 Feb, Competitiveness Ministers' Informal
11 Feb, Extraordinary European Council meeting
12-13 Feb, Transport Ministers' Informal
15 Feb, Council of Education, Youth and Culture
16 Feb, Council of Economy and Finances (ECOFIN)
17 Feb, Meeting of Development Ministers

The Week Ahead: http://www.eubusiness.com/events/EUcalendar
Long-term diary: http://www.eubusiness.com/events/eu-diary

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Analysis
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Russia: it's the near future. Russia is a thriving multi-
party democracy with a media free of state control. It has
become a member of NATO and is thinking of joining the
European Union. A crazed fantasy? This was the vision put
forward Wednesday by a think-tank set up by President Dmitry
Medvedev of the path Russia needs to take in the next years.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/russia-politics.2it

Renewing and decentralising Iraq's electricity
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/climateanswers/10-01-22
http://www.eubusiness.com/features

Policy Forum
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Services Directive properly implemented in only one third
of Member States: EUROCHAMBRES survey
http://www.eubusiness.com/sme/eurochambres.10-02-02

EFBS: No force on the SEPA-implementation - Deadline for
direct debit transfers totally inapplicable
http://www.eubusiness.com/finance/efbs.10-02-02
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Events
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19 Apr, London: Network Strategy Forum 2010
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/iir/network-strategy.10

1 Sep, Lille: IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference
http://www.eubusiness.com/transport/ieee.10-02-04
More events: http://www.eubusiness.com/events

Jobs
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Lawyers, DG Competition
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Research and Communications Executive, eBIO
http://www.eubusiness.com/Jobs/ebio.10-02-04
More jobs: http://www.eubusiness.com/jobs

Briefing
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External Borders Fund (2007-2013)
http://www.eubusiness.com/trade/external-borders-fund

Compensation to crime victims
http://www.eubusiness.com/crime/compensation-crime-victims

Publications
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New Skills for New Jobs: Action Now - expert report
http://www.eubusiness.com/employment/skills-jobs.10
More publications: http://www.eubusiness.com/EUbooks

Other news on EUbusiness this week
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Crude oil prices tumble on euro debt, US jobs jitters 4-Feb
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/commodities-energy.2jt
Greece seeks to clean up dodgy statistics 4-Feb
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/greece-finance.2jr
Cyber fraudsters attack EU's carbon trading system 4-Feb
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/fraud-climate.2jo
'Substantial progress' on A400M project 4-Feb
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/aerospace-defence.2jj
ECB sees 'uneven' eurozone recovery 4-Feb
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/ecb-economy-growth.2jh
EU raids electrical equipment producers 4-Feb
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/competition-energy.2iv
Bulgaria ratifies Nabucco pipeline deal 4-Feb
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/bulgaria-energy-gas.2ij

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