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08-01-2010

EUbusiness Week 472 top stories: Euro economic recovery labours in low gear; Galileo satnav system to begin operations in 2014; EU calls for common stance on airport scanners; EU takes Icesave into account on Iceland's membership; EU welcomes end to Russia, Ukraine oil transit row; Lithuanian nuclear plant shuts down under EU deal

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 472
8 January 2010
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Your way through the EU information maze
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. Euro economic recovery labours in low gear
2. Galileo satnav system to begin operations in 2014
3. EU calls for common stance on airport scanners
4. EU takes Icesave into account on Iceland's membership
5. EU welcomes end to Russia, Ukraine oil transit row
6. Lithuanian nuclear plant shuts down under EU deal

Publisher's Note
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Welcome back after the winter break, with the new Spanish
presidency in place, as well as a new leadership structure
for the European Union.

Spain has set as its priorities improving "coordination of
economic policies" and creating jobs, a "rapid application"
of the Lisbon Treaty, and a new agreement on EU-Cuba ties.

The goal of the Union's new leadership structure is to give
Europe a greater voice on the world stage. However, with a
system seen by some as no less complex and multi-layered
than the previous one, making it work will be no easy task.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/diplomacy-spain.24b

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Euro economic recovery labours in low gear
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Europe's economic recovery is struggling in first gear as a
fall in retail sales sparks concerns over the outlook and
the Bank of England leaves its key interest rate at a
record low.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-economy.261

2. Galileo satnav system to begin operations in 2014
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The EU's much-delayed Galileo satnav network will begin
operation in 2014, the Commission said as it awarded key
contracts to Germany's OHB System and France's Arianespace.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/space-satellite-it.25r

3. EU calls for common stance on airport scanners
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The Spanish presidency has called for a common European
stance on the use of body scanners at airports as Member
States bicker after a failed plot to blow up a US plane.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/attacks-aviation.262

4. EU takes Icesave into account on Iceland's membership
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Iceland's handling of the Icesave bank failure will be taken
into account in its quest for EU membership, the Commission
warned as Britain threatened to withdraw its backing.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/iceland-britain.25e

5. EU welcomes end to Russia, Ukraine oil transit row
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The EU has welcomed an agreement between Russia and Ukraine
to end an oil transit price dispute and Moscow's assurances
that supplies to Europe would not be hit.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/energy-oil-russia.241

6. Lithuanian nuclear plant shuts down under EU deal
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Lithuania has shut down its Soviet-era nuclear plant under
an EU deal in a move set to drive up energy prices amid an
economic crisis and leave it counting on Moscow for power.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/lithuania-energy.248

EU LAW
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Latvian pensions: Latvia's constitutional court has struck
down pension cuts that form a key plank of an austerity
drive, casting doubt on a crucial IMF and EU-led bailout
for the recession-hit Baltic state.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/latvia-economy-imf.21m
German prisoner wins preventive detention rights case
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/germany-rights.20m
Conditions set for direct admission to legal traineeship in
a Member State
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/eulaw/legal-traineeship.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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Greece: the Spanish presidency warns Greece it cannot expect
a bailout by the rest of the EU as officials scrutinise the
country's plans to reduce a mountain of debt.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/spain-greece-budget.260
Leaders to hold extra economy summit February 11
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/politics-economy.24m
Germany urges Turkey to stay on EU reform track
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/turkey-germany.25m
Serbia wants to mediate in Greece-Macedonia name row
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/enlarge-serbia.24z
Mr Bean 'invades' Spain's EU website
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/spain-internet.24s
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Euro-Parliament Watch
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Iran: European MPs accused Tehran Monday of blocking their
planned visit to Iran this week, and complained that
opposition to the trip by members of the US Congress
had contributed to the move.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/iran-us-diplomacy.24n

Parliamentary business resumes properly on 11 January with
a week devoted to hearings of Commissioners-designate and
meetings of political groups ahead of the 18-22 January
plenary session.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

Commission Watch
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Staff pay: the Commission has decided to take the 27 Member
States to court over their refusal to endorse an inflation-
busting pay rise for tens of thousands of EU civil servants.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/employee-pay.25b
EC backs Commissioner under fire from DR Congo
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/drcongo-unrest.25xC
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

EU diary
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11 Jan, Council of Agriculture and Fishing
13-14 Jan, Meeting of Ministers for Europe
15-17 Jan, Energy and Environment Ministers informal

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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New EU president Spain and Germany lead the EU on wind and
solar power, so there are good grounds to hope that the new
leadership will result in a major speeding up of the low
carbon transition - Stephen Tindale, Climate Answers
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/climateanswers/10-01-07
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Events
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25 Jan, London: Interconnection World Forum
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Briefing
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Tyre labelling: achieving sustainable mobility
http://www.eubusiness.com/transport/tyre-labelling

Time up for Member States to tune TV rules to digital age
http://www.eubusiness.com/topics/media/modernising-tv
More briefings: http://www.eubusiness.com/guides

Other news on EUbusiness this week
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EU regulators clear hostile Kraft's Cadbury plans 7-Jan
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-us-food.25l
Britain supports Iceland's EU bid: Reykjavik 7-Jan
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/iceland-britain.263
Ukraine pays off December gas bill: Gazprom 7-Jan
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/ukraine-russia-oil.25q
Polish roads lobby accuses Chinese of dumping 5-Jan
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/poland-china-road.24x
Sri Lanka dismisses EU trade move 1-Jan
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/srilanka-trade.24d

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