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The value of rail - EUbusiness Week newsletter 665


19-06-2014

EUbusiness Week 665 top stories: New Ukraine president to sign EU economic pact June 27; IMF urges EU simplify 'complicated' budget rules; EU, South Korea join forces for faster mobile service; EU agrees plan to cap use of food-based biofuels; Disease-causing chemicals in everyday products cost EU; Danish bakers escape EU ban on cinnamon rolls

Publisher's Note

Passenger railway traffic in Europe has experienced a surge in growth since the mid-nineties, especially in the UK (+70%), Sweden (+42%) and France (+37%). But efficiency and service quality are still lacking in some Member States.

A bi-annual report on the European Rail Market underlines the importance of high-speed rail services, representing a quarter of all traffic in the EU. But bold measures are needed, says Commissioner Kallas: more competition and public tendering, and also streamlining vehicle authorisation procedures, more investment in infrastructure and boosting research and innovation in rail.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

1. New Ukraine president to sign EU economic pact June 27

Ukraine's new pro-Western President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday he would sign the crucial trade and economic relations portion of an historic EU pact in Brussels on June 27.
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2. IMF urges EU simplify 'complicated' budget rules

IMF head Christine Lagarde urged the European Union on Tuesday to simplify its "excessively complicated" budget rules that are rarely met by struggling economies and discourage investment.
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3. EU, South Korea join forces for faster mobile service

The European Union is teaming up with South Korea to develop a next-generation 5G wireless service quick enough to download full-length movies to a smartphone in seconds.
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4. EU agrees plan to cap use of food-based biofuels

The European Union agreed to limit the bloc's use of biofuels made directly from agricultural products after criticism they push up food prices and add to pollution.
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5. Disease-causing chemicals in everyday products cost EU

Disease-causing chemicals in everyday products from sunscreen to store receipts cost EU countries more than 30 billion euros in health costs, a study said on Wednesday.
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6. Danish bakers escape EU ban on cinnamon rolls

Denmark has escaped a feared EU ban on its much-loved cinnamon rolls by reclassifying them as a "traditional" food.
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EUROPEAN LAW

Influence: Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso is to testify before the European Court of Justice next month over the resignation of a Commissioner in a tobacco-linked influence-peddling affair.
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Juncker: German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated support for Jean-Claude Juncker as the Commission's next head Thursday but indicated a willingness to consider concessions to Britain, which opposes him.
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Commission Watch

President: Finland on Wednesday put forward Jyrki Katainen for a job in the Commission in Brussels, with the former prime minister eyeing the EC presidency.
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EU to hold fresh talks with Turkey on membership bid
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Parliament Watch

Conservatives: Belgium's powerful Flemish separatists joined an anti-EU alliance on Thursday led by British Tories that may become the third biggest European Parliament group.
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