Trade mark reform good for SMEs - EUbusiness Week newsletter 701
EUbusiness Week 701 top stories: EU charges Russia's Gazprom with abuse of market position; EU agrees opt-out deal for GMO imports; Malmstroem pleads for support in US trade deal fight; Eurozone recovery 'is there' says ECB board member; Cyprus bailout on track after foreclosure law passed; EU dreams of Iranian gas to break dependence on Moscow
It has taken two years of inter-institutional discussions, but the
provisional political agreement reached between Council, Parliament and
Commission on reform of the European trade mark system will be welcomed,
by SMEs in particular.
The reform package is expected to improve conditions for businesses to innovate and to benefit from more effective trade mark protection against counterfeits. A modernised and efficient legal trade mark framework should also make a strong contribution to economic performance and employment.
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1. EU charges Russia's Gazprom with abuse of market position
The EU on Wednesday formally charged Russian gas giant Gazprom with
abusing its dominant market position in Europe, risking a new battle
with the Kremlin and deepening the crisis over Ukraine.
Gazprom slams 'unfounded' EU charges
2. EU agrees opt-out deal for GMO imports
The EU has announced plans to allow Member States to individually decide
whether to allow the import of controversial genetically modified foods
and animal feed.
US 'disappointed' by EU opt-out plan for GMO imports
3. Malmstroem pleads for support in US trade deal fight
The EU's top trade official urged European governments to "do more" to
defend a controversial free trade deal between the US and European Union
that has faced fierce hostility in key countries, especially Germany.
TTIP, a red rag to a bull in Germany
4. Eurozone recovery 'is there' says ECB board member
Economic recovery has arrived in the 19 countries that share the euro,
but it is up to governments to ensure it endures, says European Central
Bank board member Benoit Coeure.
5. Cyprus bailout on track after foreclosure law passed
Cyprus's bailout agenda was back on track Saturday after parliament
adopted a controversial and long-delayed foreclosure and insolvency
package as demanded by the country's international lenders.
6. EU dreams of Iranian gas to break dependence on Moscow
The EU is hoping future gas imports from Iran can break its dependence
on Russia as prospects grow for a nuclear deal that would include
lifting sanctions on Tehran.
LuxLeaks: Luxembourg charged Thursday the French journalist behind the
revealing of the so-called LuxLeaks scandal that implicated the small
European country in lowering tax rates for multinationals.
EU court dismisses Zimbabwe sanctions appeal
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Summit: EU leaders headed into a summit on the Mediterranean migrant
crisis on Thursday under pressure to act after survivors laid bare the
full horror of last weekend's catastrophic shipwreck.
Mediterranean migrant deaths soar 'exponentially'
British newspaper baron gifts anti-EU UKIP GBP 1 million
Ukraine: the Commission has announced payment of EUR 250m in aid loans
to Ukraine, bringing the total to EUR 1.6 bn to support the economy
battered by the war against pro-Russian rebels in the east.
Poland pledges EUR 8.0 bn to Juncker growth plan
EU to broker new round of Serbia-Kosovo normalisation talks
UK: British media baron Richard Desmond has gifted the anti-EU UK
Independence Party GBP 1 million, weeks from one of the tightest
elections in decades.
This week, Parliament and Council negotiators opened talks on the European Fund for Strategic Investments; while MEPs in committee said gas ovens needed EU safety rules but oven gloves did not, and set up a working group to come up with proposals on how to make best use of robotics.
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