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Seed patents victory - EUbusiness Week newsletter 573


10-05-2012

EUbusiness Week 573 top stories: EU bids to surf Hollande growth wave; EU marks 62nd birthday in Florence with 'turning point'; EU caps smartphone roaming prices to fight 'rip-offs'; Fewer toxic toys and textiles in EU stores; Ukraine scores own goal as Euro debacle looms; Czech PM expects eurozone entry in 8-10 years

This Week's Top Stories

1. EU bids to surf Hollande growth wave
2. EU marks 62nd birthday in Florence with 'turning point'
3. EU caps smartphone roaming prices to fight 'rip-offs'
4. Fewer toxic toys and textiles in EU stores
5. Ukraine scores own goal as Euro debacle looms
6. Czech PM expects eurozone entry in 8-10 years

Publisher's Note

Responding to growing concern about patents on plants, seeds and farm animals and their impact on farmers, breeders and biodiversity, MEPs this week called for conventionally-bred plants or animals to be exempt from patents.

Patents are "an important tool for the transfer of technology", they said. But products such as anti-carcinogenic broccoli or high-yield dairy cows, produced by conventional breeding techniques, should not be patented.

The vote, while non-binding, will be welcomed by many who are concerned about the monopolisation of food resources. Excessive patent protection can stifle innovation and progress. The European Patent Office should take note.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU bids to surf Hollande growth wave

Surfing a wave favouring growth policies after Francois Hollande's presidential victory, the Commission refreshed its pitch on Tuesday for a big increase in the EU budget.
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Hollande pursues crusade for growth

2. EU marks 62nd birthday in Florence with 'turning point'

The EU marked its 62nd birthday at a conference of key EU officials hosted by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti amid a renewed eurozone crises over Greek debt on Wednesday.
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British bookies suspend betting on Greek euro exit

3. EU caps smartphone roaming prices to fight 'rip-offs'

Europeans will pay less roaming charges when using their smartphones or tablets across EU borders from July 1 under new price caps adopted Thursday to end exorbitant bills for consumers.
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4. Fewer toxic toys and textiles in EU stores

Europe last year saw its first drop in the number of toxic toys and skin-irritating textiles stacked on its supermarket shelves, more than half of them made in China.
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5. Ukraine scores own goal as Euro debacle looms

Ukraine has failed to anticipate the angry Western reaction to its treatment of jailed ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the dispute risks ruining its hosting of the Euro 2012 football.
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6. Czech PM expects eurozone entry in 8-10 years

The Czech Republic is likely to join the eurozone in eight or ten years said its PM as lawmakers approved an EU treaty change allowing the eurozone to set up a key rescue fund.
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EUROPEAN LAW

France: the European Court of Justice has ruled against France over discriminatory tax treatment of foreign investment funds that could cost Paris 4.5 billion euros.
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London bankers win EUR 50m court battle
EU rights charter equal to constitution: Austrian court
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Hollande: the head of the Eurogroup of finance ministers, Jean-Claude Juncker, on Thursday briefed France's president-elect Francois Hollande on the Greek financial crisis.
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Ukraine scraps Europe summit after boycott
Germany approves expansion of EU anti-piracy mission
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Commission Watch

Rio summit: the Commission is flying six top officials plus an unspecified number of aides to June's Rio Summit on sustainable development but plans to tighten spending.
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No re-negotiation of budgetary pact: Barroso
Trade chief warns of imminent action against Argentina
Ashton sees 'progress' in Zimbabwe
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Euro-Parliament Watch

Myanmar: Myanmar lawmakers paid the country's first ever visit to the Parliament on Thursday in a new sign of growing warmth between the EU and the Southeast Asian nation.
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In plenary this week, MEPs safeguarded strict conditions for the EU's toxic chemical exports; called for trade to build democracy in Arab Spring countries; and approved accounts for the lion's share of EU spending in 2010.
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