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09-10-2009

EUbusiness Week 461 top stories: Farmers mire Brussels in gridlock; EU raps bailed-out banks over early repayments; US asks for WTO panel on EU poultry curbs; EU moves towards Microsoft truce; EU seeks to end road toll hassles; Liquid misery for EU flyers extended

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EUbusiness Week - Issue 461
9 October 2009
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This Week's Top Stories
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1. Farmers mire Brussels in gridlock
2. EU raps bailed-out banks over early repayments
3. US asks for WTO panel on EU poultry curbs
4. EU moves towards Microsoft truce
5. EU seeks to end road toll hassles
6. Liquid misery for EU flyers extended

Publisher's Note
================
Wednesday was European Competition Day, when the EU explains
the benefits of competition to the general public. In our
feature this week, Ben Van Rompuy from the Institute for
European Studies welcomes Commission flexibility in the
light of current economic difficulties. However, he also
points to a strong need also to boost the confidence of
consumers in the strength of EU competition enforcement.

The impact of anti-competitive practices on consumers like
you and me is in fact rarely considered in the application
of EU rules, says Mr Van Rompuy. A more "solid assessment
of how a certain conduct affects the final consumer" is
required. For in the end, it is always the consumer who
pays for the price-fixing of cartels.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/bvrompuy/competition-day
http://www.eubusiness.com/competition

Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Farmers mire Brussels in gridlock
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Furious farmers brought Brussels to a standstill on Monday,
but EU agriculture ministers put off a decision on their
demands for more generous support for dairy prices.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/farm-milk-price-demo.tm

2. EU raps bailed-out banks over early repayments
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Certain banks saved by state aid have been yellow carded
for announcing to markets the early repayment of debt
without first alerting European competition authorities.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/banking-competition.vi

3. US asks for WTO panel on EU poultry curbs
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The United States has asked the World Trade Organization to
rule on a longstanding dispute over European Union
restrictions on US poultry treated to reduce pathogens.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/us-trade-wto-poultry.vk

4. EU moves towards Microsoft truce
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A decade-long tussle pitting Microsoft against EU
competition watchdogs edged towards truce on Wednesday with
signs a battle over Internet browsers was coming to an end.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/internet-software.uk

5. EU seeks to end road toll hassles
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Europeans could soon drive across the continent without
lining up or struggling to find change and credit cards at
toll booths, under new measures adopted by the Commission.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/transport-road.ts

6. Liquid misery for EU flyers extended
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Face cream, water or wine, it makes no difference --
European airport security will confiscate liquids for years
to come, because the development of scanning technology
seeking explosives is way behind schedule.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/air-transport.v8

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Inside the EU Institutions
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Council Watch
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Treaty: Czech President Vaclav Klaus on Thursday became the
sole European leader to hold out against the EU reform
treaty and set new conditions for ratification, as
Poland's Lech Kaczynski pledged to sign it this week.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/treaty-czech-poland.vy
Luxembourg FM rejects Blair as EU president
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/diplomacy-britain.v6
British Tory eurosceptics pose headache for Europe
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/britain-politics.v1
EU to sign partnership with Syria 'this month'
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/mideast-syria.vx
http://www.eubusiness.com/European_Council

Commission Watch
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Deficits: Europe cracked the whip on bloated national
deficits on Wednesday, but flagging hopes of economic
recovery sharpened divisions on ending governments'
economic life support measures.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eurozone-economy.ua
Farm Commissioner slams farmers' protests
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/farm-milk-price.th
Barroso thanks Irish after Yes vote for treaty
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/ireland-vote-barroso.ru
EU to monitor Kosovo elections
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/kosovo-vote.uv
Bulgaria to propose FM for Commission
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/bulgaria-commission.u3
http://www.eubusiness.com/Commission

Euro-Parliament Watch
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Berlusconi: controversy over Italian Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi's media interests sparked angry debate and
walkouts in the parliament on Thursday, with MEPs calling
for tough new media ownership laws.
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/italy-politics-media.w1
Czech president to meet EP leader on Friday
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/treaty-czech.vf

This week MEPs debated with their national counterparts a
five-year blueprint for laws to consolidate EU citizens'
rights and improve their access to justice, protection and
solidarity. They also agreed to set up a special committee
on the financial and economic crisis with a 12-month
mandate. It will assess the extent and impact of the crisis
on Member States and propose measures to rebuild stable
financial markets.
http://www.eubusiness.com/Europarl

EU diary
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8-9 Oct, Transport Council
12 Oct, Employment, Social, Health, Consumer Council
14-16 Oct, Informal Meeting of Competitiveness Ministers
19-20 Oct, Agriculture and Fisheries Council
20 Oct, Economic and Financial Affairs Council
21 Oct, Environment Council

The Week Ahead: http://www.eubusiness.com/events/EUcalendar
Long-term diary: http://www.eubusiness.com/events/eu-diary

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Features
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Ireland votes for a more effective EU: with the Treaty of
Lisbon likely to come into force, it will not have a
significant direct effect on climate and energy policy. But
it will enable the EU to focus on more important things
rather than endless institutional wrangling - Stephen
Tindale, Climate Answers
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/climateanswers/09-10-08
http://www.eubusiness.com/features

Comment of the Week
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Commenting on our piece "EU moves towards Microsoft
truce ", 'Zola Gorgon' writes:

"Given how easy it is to download and use other browsers,
one wonders what the EU's real motives are. If we rule out
protectionism or an attempt to steal some of Microsoft's
profits, the logical conclusion is that the EU does not
feel it's citizens are as technically competent as the
rest of the world."
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/internet-software.uk
http://www.eubusiness.com/discussion

Events
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23 Nov, Vienna: IMS Global Congress
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/iir/ims-global-congress

1 Dec, London: Telecoms Cost Allocation & Profitability
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/iir/costprof
More events: http://www.eubusiness.com/events

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Policy Forum
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Giuffre Editore partnering with Caselex
http://www.eubusiness.com/Members/caselex/press.2009-10-05

Need to Promote Cord Blood Stem Cells
http://www.eubusiness.com/Health/cord-blood-europe.01
More press: http://www.eubusiness.com/press

Briefing
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Commission excessive deficit reports
http://www.eubusiness.com/Finance/excessive-deficits.09

SETIS (SET-Plan Information System)
http://www.eubusiness.com/Energy/setis-guide
More briefings: http://www.eubusiness.com/guides

Links
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2009 Annual statement on the euro area
http://www.eubusiness.com/Finance/euro-area-report.09

Study on activities undertaken to address threats that
undermine confidence in the Information Society, such
as spam, spyware and malicious software
http://www.eubusiness.com/Internet/eu-spyware-study
More links: http://www.eubusiness.com/links

Jobs
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Director Brussels Liaison Office, UN Development Programme
http://www.eubusiness.com/Jobs/unifem.09-10-06

Economist, WWF European Policy Office
http://www.eubusiness.com/Jobs/wwf.09-10-06
More jobs: http://www.eubusiness.com/jobs

Other news on EUbusiness this week
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Europe ready to prolong Chinese shoe-trade war 8-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/china-vietnam-trade.w0
EU ready to resume Zimbabwe aid if ties normalise 8-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/zimbabwe-food.vw
South Korea, EU to sign free trade deal 'next week' 8-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/skorea-trade-fta.v5
EU hits power giants with swingeing fines for cartel 7-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/spain-competition.ui
Visegrad states back Balkan integration into EU 6-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/eeurope-balkans.u4
EU says investigators raid pharma giants 7-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/pharma-competition.ty
EU must reopen probe into GSK variable pricing: court 6-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/spain-pharma-court.tp
Cut flying hours or crashes inevitable: pilots 5-Oct
http://www.eubusiness.com/news-eu/air-transport.tk

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