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Using Europe's waterways - EUbusiness Week newsletter 590


18-10-2012

EUbusiness Week 590 top stories: Franco-German bank spat overshadows EU summit; EU cuts use of food-based biofuels; Data bodies tell Google fix privacy rules or face fine; MEPs put foie gras controversy back on the table; Zurich eyes cutting corporate tax rate in half; Car-packed Sofia sets EU example with solar car charger

This Week's Top Stories

1. Franco-German bank spat overshadows EU summit
2. EU cuts use of food-based biofuels
3. Data bodies tell Google fix privacy rules or face fine
4. MEPs put foie gras controversy back on the table
5. Zurich eyes cutting corporate tax rate in half
6. Car-packed Sofia sets EU example with solar car charger

Publisher's Note

A neglected part of our transport infrastructure came under review this week in a Commission document "Inland waterway transport and Natura 2000", with new guidelines to ensure that activities related to inland navigation are compatible with EU environmental policy (Birds & Habitats Directives).

The document highlights the importance of integrated planning and ecologically sustainable development. Already around 500m tons of cargo is transported on 40,000km of inland waterways, but the Commission sees a potential to boost exploitation of a sector seen as safe - particularly for transporting dangerous goods - energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Transporting more freight over a network with huge spare capacity could do much to alleviate the busiest parts of the EU road and rail network.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Franco-German bank spat overshadows EU summit

A spat between European powerhouses Germany and France over the best way to end the three-year debt crisis threatened to mar the EU summit Thursday, as anti-austerity protests claimed one life in Greece.
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2. EU cuts use of food-based biofuels

The European Commission said Wednesday that it was cutting targets for the use of biofuels so as to reduce the negative impact on food production and prices.
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3. Data bodies tell Google fix privacy rules or face fine

European data protection agencies say Google's new privacy policy does not comply with EU laws and have told the US Internet giant to fix it within months or face legal action.
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4. MEPs put foie gras controversy back on the table

A group of Euro-MPs has joined animal rights campaigners in a bid to ban the production and sale of foie gras across the Union to halt the "torture" of ducks and geese.
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5. Zurich eyes cutting corporate tax rate in half

Zurich, Switzerland's largest city and financial hub, may cut its corporate tax rate nearly in half if foreign firms lose fiscal benefits amid EU pressure.
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6. Car-packed Sofia sets EU example with solar car charger

Bulgaria's car-packed capital Sofia has set an EU example in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions by installing its first state-of-the-art solar-powered charger for electric cars.
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22-23 Oct, European Parliament plenary session
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