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Brexit, roaming and cars - EUbusiness Week newsletter 781


EUbusiness Week 781 top stories: EU Parliament sets conditions for approving Brexit deal; Clean up act on car emissions, MEPs tell EU; EU Council adopts shareholder rights revision; Mobile roaming surcharges in EU to end by summer; Online hotel booking under EU scrutiny; Brussels raises import tariffs on China steel

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1. EU Parliament sets conditions for approving Brexit deal

The European Parliament, whose approval is needed for any agreement for the UK to withdraw from the EU, adopted Wednesday its key principles and conditions for doing so.
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2. Clean up act on car emissions, MEPs tell EU

The Commission and EU Member States need to act swiftly to improve car emissions tests and checks on new cars on EU roads, MEPs said in recommendations voted on Tuesday.
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3. EU Council adopts shareholder rights revision

The EU Council has adopted a revision of the shareholders' rights directive, which aims to strengthen the long-term engagement of shareholders in listed European companies.
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4. Mobile roaming surcharges in EU to end by summer

The last hurdle on the way to ending retail 'roaming' surcharges, scheduled for 15 June, was cleared Thursday as MEPs voted for the abolition of wholesale price caps.
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5. Online hotel booking under EU scrutiny

The Commission and ten national competition authorities have published a report on competition in the online hotel booking sector, highlighting the impact of antitrust enforcement measures on the industry.
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6. Brussels raises import tariffs on China steel

The EC imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of hot-rolled flat steel products from China Thursday, fixing at higher duties than provisional measures in place since October.
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GM bans: EU states are justified in banning genetically modified food and feed only if they can establish a clear, urgent and serious risk to health and the environment, the top EU Court's adviser said on Thursday.
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Latest news from the European Court of Justice
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

North Korea: EU expands sanctions - debate on Greece - funding to address migration issues - Supporting the future of Syria - Donald Tusk meeting with President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev - fraud against the EU budget - agenda for the future of our oceans - Conflict minerals
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Commission Watch

End of roaming charges - Merger decisions: HeidelbergCement-Schwenk-Cemex Croatia, ChemChina-Syngenta - Eurostat: Labour costs, retail trade, unemployment, industrial producer prices, structure of vineyards - safety of medical devices - RBS state aid
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Parliament Watch

Car emissions scandal - Data Privacy Shield - Ukraine visa waiver - European Solidarity Corps - End of roaming - Human rights: Russia, Belarus, Bangladesh - Brexit red lines - Hate speech and fake news - start-ups, SMEs access to capital - GM maize authorisation - EU budget - natural disasters in UK, Cyprus, Portugal - Medical devices - car emissions - palm oil imports - Greek economy
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EU diary

10-12 Apr: European Parliament Committee Meetings
11 Apr: Capital Markets Union mid-term review hearing
12 Apr: European Solidarity Corps stakeholder forum
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Other news on EUbusiness this week

MEPs vote in safer, more traceable medical devices 6-Apr
Euro-MPs urge clampdown on EU palm oil imports 4-Apr
EU probes RBS alternative to Williams & Glyn sale 4-Apr
Syria must go forward without Assad, says EU 4-Apr
Renewables increase share of EU energy consumption 4-Apr

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