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Transparent farm subsidies - EUbusiness Week newsletter 587


27-09-2012

EUbusiness Week 587 top stories: EU seeks $12 bn yearly sanctions against US over Boeing; EU plans airline industry shake-up; Brussels eyes cloud computing heaven; Brussels looks to culture to boost jobs; Chateau labels for US wine 'cheating consumers'; A third of urban Europeans exposed to polluted air

This Week's Top Stories

1. EU seeks $12 bn yearly sanctions against US over Boeing
2. EU plans airline industry shake-up
3. Brussels eyes cloud computing heaven
4. Brussels looks to culture to boost jobs
5. Chateau labels for US wine 'cheating consumers'
6. A third of urban Europeans exposed to polluted air

Publisher's Note

The beneficiaries of EU farm subsidies will come under greater scrutiny following the Commission's adoption this week of new rules on the publication of information on the beneficiaries of European agricultural funds.

The legislative review, prompted by a 2010 European Court of Justice judgement, has been seen as an opportunity to increase the transparency and accountability of the common agricultural policy.

Improving oversight of public spending and explaining who gets what and what it's for is clearly important. As eutransparency.org states, budget transparency is a powerful safeguard against waste, fraud and abuse of EU funds.
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Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU seeks $12 bn yearly sanctions against US over Boeing

Brussels on Thursday sought WTO approval for trade sanctions against Washington worth $12 billion a year, the latest twist of a long-running EU-US row over subsidies to aviation giants Airbus and Boeing.
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2. EU plans airline industry shake-up

The EU is to get tougher rules to ensure fair competition and protect its airline companies as it seeks to boost an industry vital to the wider economy, says the Commission.
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3. Brussels eyes cloud computing heaven

With the cloud computing business still in its relatively early days, the Union has moved to secure a toehold in a potentially lucrative market it says could deliver 2.5 million new jobs.
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4. Brussels looks to culture to boost jobs

The Commission has called for a huge increase in investment in the cultural and creative industries, which account for up to 8.5 million jobs, saying they are a key motor for Europe's growth.
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5. Chateau labels for US wine 'cheating consumers'

Bordeaux wine producers warned Monday that an EU decision to authorise their US rivals to use the term 'chateau' on bottles sold in Europe would amount to "cheating consumers".
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6. A third of urban Europeans exposed to polluted air

Nearly a third of Europe's urban population is exposed to air particles that breach European Union limits, an official report said on Monday.
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EUROPEAN LAW

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Commission Watch

Gazprom: an EU probe of alleged abuse of market muscle by Russian giant Gazprom is not political and simply aims to create a level playing field, Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Thursday.
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Rehn welcomes 'ambitious' Spanish measures
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Parliament Watch

MIFID: the EP's economic affairs committee has unanimously agreed new rules based on a proposal last year by the Commission to update EU regulation on markets in financial instruments, known as MIFID.
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EU diary

4 Oct, Employment, Social, Health, Consumer Council
9 Oct, Economic and Financial Affairs Council
10 Oct, Commission: industrial policy communication update
10 Oct, Commission adopts the 2012 enlargement package
10-11 Oct, Competitiveness Council
15 Oct, Foreign Affairs Council
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