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The future of food - EUbusiness Week newsletter 627


18-07-2013

EUbusiness Week 627 top stories: Monsanto gives up on new GM crops in EU; EU moves to cap credit card fees; States back EU-wide sales block in Mercedes aircon row; Germany faces EU probe into renewable energy push; EU pulls plug on EUR 3.2 m online media tender; EU bans yet another pesticide harmful to bees

This Week's Top Stories

1. Monsanto gives up on new GM crops in EU
2. EU moves to cap credit card fees
3. States back EU-wide sales block in Mercedes aircon row
4. Germany faces EU probe into renewable energy push
5. EU pulls plug on EUR 3.2 m online media tender
6. EU bans yet another pesticide harmful to bees

Publisher's Note

About 89 million tons of food is wasted every year. No wonder the Commission is looking to improve our food system, lanching a public consultation this week on how to reduce food waste and ensure that our food system uses resources efficiently. You have until 1 October to provide some ideas, on measuring the impact of food production, promoting more sustainable production and supply chains, and reducing food waste. Your answers will provide input for a Communication on Sustainable Food later this year.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Monsanto gives up on new GM crops in EU

Faced with widespread concerns in Europe over its genetically modified foods, US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto said Thursday it was giving up on plans to grow new GM crops in the EU, which has held up approval for years.
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2. EU moves to cap credit card fees

The Commission wants to cap fees on credit and debit-cards across the European Union, draft legislative proposals showed on Wednesday.
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3. States back EU-wide sales block in Mercedes aircon row

National car experts meeting in Brussels have recommended an EU-wide block on the sale of Mercedes cars produced in breach of single-market rules.
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4. Germany faces EU probe into renewable energy push

Germany could face a probe into whether it has breached EU competition rules by letting consumers partly foot the bill as it switches to renewable energy, Der Spiegel reports.
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5. EU pulls plug on EUR 3.2 m online media tender

The Commission has cancelled a plan to plough EUR 3.2 m into creating an online media platform for high-brow Brussels coverage.
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6. EU bans yet another pesticide harmful to bees

The Union has restricted the use of the insecticide Fipronil, the latest move to protect honey bees after a May ban on three other insecticides.
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Shipyards: Spain must recover state aid given to its struggling shipyards in the form of tax breaks, the EU said Wednesday, stoking fears for the future of the industry in a country ravaged by recession and soaring unemployment.
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EU diary

24 Jul, Commission adopts Communication on shadow banking and proposes draft regulation
24 Jul, Commission presents Communication "Towards a more competitive and efficient defence and security sector"
25 Jul, Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Budget)
1 Aug, Governing Council meeting of the ECB
Aug, Summer break
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