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04-12-2009

EUbusiness Week 469 top stories: EU in bank supervision deal, despite British 'veto'; China's Hu lauds EU ties after summit; Europe's growth out of recession confirmed; EU seals key accord on US access to data; EU presses Turkey on trade pact linked to Cyprus; Three out of ten Christmas lights unsafe, says EU

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 469
4 December 2009
http://www.eubusiness.com
Your way through the EU information maze
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. EU in bank supervision deal, despite British 'veto'
2. China's Hu lauds EU ties after summit
3. Europe's growth out of recession confirmed
4. EU seals key accord on US access to data
5. No major problems with swine flu jab so far: EU
6. Three out of ten Christmas lights unsafe, says EU

Publisher's Note
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A not so happy birthday for the Small Business Act, a
package of measures to boost small business and SME-
friendly principles to guide EU policy-making, say Europe's
SME organisations. Adopted a year ago, Member States have
yet to fully implement measures on State aid reform and
reduced VAT rates, while the delayed late payments directive
will provide limited help to SMEs in its current form.

The biggest shortcoming, however, has been lack of respect
for the 'Think Small First' principle, whereby all new EU
measures should be easily understood and applied by all
SMEs and contribute to a simpler regulatory environment.
Today, says employers' organisation UEAPME, "these
words remain largely on paper".
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/sme/ueapme.09-12-03

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU in bank supervision deal, despite British 'veto'
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Europe has taken a first major step toward insulating the
continent from future financial crises despite British
reservations that nonetheless secured an emergency "veto".
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.1rs
British bankers slam Sarkozy amid EU market row
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-france.1rl

2. China's Hu lauds EU ties after summit
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Chinese President Hu Jintao met EU leaders on Tuesday with
both sides hailing the state of bilateral ties a day after
a sometimes testy summit.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/china-summit-hu.1q8
EU figures show resilient China trade, lower deficit
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/china-trade.1o1

3. Europe's growth out of recession confirmed
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Europe crawled out of recession in the third quarter with
the eurozone posting 0.4 per cent growth, official data
confirmed on Thursday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-economy.1ry

4. EU seals key accord on US access to data
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EU Member States have clinched a deal allowing the United
States to use data about European citizens under strict
conditions for anti-terror investigations.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-attacks-finance.1pi

5. No major problems with swine flu jab so far: EU
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The vaccination of millions of Europeans against swine flu
has yet to raise any major safety concerns, says the
European Union's medicines watchdog.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/health-flu-vaccine.1s7

6. Three out of ten Christmas lights unsafe, says EU
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Almost a third of Christmas lights on sale across Europe
are a fire hazard, the Commission warned on Wednesday.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/consumer-christmas.1ra

EU LAW
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Emissions: the Commission is to appeal against court
decisions which blocked EU attempts to limit greenhouse
gas emissions from Poland and Estonia.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/climate-warming.1s4
Court overturns asset freeze against terror suspects
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/libya-tunisia-un.1sd
Cannabis trademark ruled out of order
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/eulaw/Trade-mark.01
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/eulaw
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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Deficits: finance ministers on Wednesday adopted new
recommendations for 14 countries given firm deadlines to
bring bloated public deficits back under tight control.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/economy-budget.1rq
New era for EU as Van Rompuy, Ashton take up jobs
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/politics-treaty.1oj
Juncker to stand for new term as head of eurozone
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-finance.1qz
EU report says Israel illegally annexing east Jerusalem
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/mideast-diplomacy.1s9
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Euro-Parliament Watch
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Foreign policy: new foreign policy supremo Catherine Ashton
endured a grilling from the European Parliament on
Wednesday, declaring herself the right person for the job.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/treaty-diplomacy.1r8
McCartney calls for meat-free day to cut CO2
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/parliament-climate.1p9

This week the Joint Parliamentary Assembly of African,
Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) MPs and MEPs called for the
principle of "differentiated responsibility" for reducing
greenhouse gas emissions to be ratified by the Copenhagen
Climate Change Conference. In committee, the Economic and
Monetary Affairs Committee debated the pros and cons of a
financial transaction tax; the Budgets Committee approved
the EU's 2010 budget; and MEPs and experts debate reform
plans for a future fisheries policy.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

Commission Watch
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Barnier: Britain's Chancellor Alistair Darling has invited
new French Commissioner for financial services Michel
Barnier to come to London, vowing to work closely with him.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/finance-economy.1rn
Austrian Greens call for probe of new Commissioner
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/austria-corruption.1rj
Europe's new 27-strong Commission
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/economy-politics.1ny
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

EU diary
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3-4 Dec, Competitiveness Council
7-18 Dec, United Nations Climate Change Conference
7 Dec, Energy Council
7-8 Dec, General Affairs and External Relations Council
11 Dec, European Council

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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Fuel poverty: the transition from a fossil fuel economy to a
renewable one, and the use of low-carbon bridge technologies
like nuclear power and carbon capture and storage, will cost
billions - Stephen Tindale, Climate Answers
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/climateanswers/09-12-01
http://www.eubusiness.com/features

Events
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13 Jan, Berlin: Challenges of education and innovation
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/research/mace.09

16 Jan, London: Interconnection World Forum
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/iir/
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Jobs
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Expert in Awareness Raising, European Network and
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Democracy Agencies
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More jobs: http://www.eubusiness.com/jobs

Policy Forum
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Business prospects for 2010 lowest in a decade
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/sme/eurochambres-09-12-01
More press: http://www.eubusiness.com/press

Briefing
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Christmas Lights in the EU - safety report
http://www.eubusiness.com/consumer/christmas-lights.09

The Treaty of Lisbon explained
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/eulaw/lisbon-treaty-guide
More briefings: http://www.eubusiness.com/guides

Other news on EUbusiness this week
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Croatia to launch new bid to privatise shipyards 3-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/croatia-enlarge.1sa
Eurozone retail sales stable, consumers cautious 3-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-retail.1rw
EU approves NEC, Renesas merger 2-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/competition-japan.1rk
Banana deal 'before end of the week' 2-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/wto-trade-meet-farm.1rf
Eurozone jobless at highest since December 1998 1-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-economy.1qd
Malta selected to host European asylum office 1-Dec
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/malta-asylum.1pu
Cancer death toll in Europe drops 30-Nov
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/research/cancer.09

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