Brussels bubble works from home - EUbusiness Week newsletter 726
EUbusiness Week 726 top stories: EU to overhaul passport-free zone after Paris attacks; Eurozone approves bailout payment to Greece; EU to open new chapter of Turkish membership talks; French car makers top European list of low CO2 emitters; German luxury store brings back Israeli wine after uproar; Annual HIV infection record for Europe in 2014
Brussels struggled to cope with its biggest ever terror alert this week.
Amid fears of Paris-style attacks, the civil servants of the European
Commission did their best to make business as usual, with many working
A shortage of news and developments from the EU Institutions means a shortened version of the newletter this week. Hopefully the tension for the people of Brussels will ease and allow a semblance of normality next week.
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1. EU to overhaul passport-free zone after Paris attacks
The European Union has agreed to rush through reforms to the
passport-free Schengen zone by the end of the year amid growing concerns
about border security in the wake of the Paris attacks.
2. Eurozone approves bailout payment to Greece
Eurozone finance ministers approved a two billion euro payment to Greece
on Monday, declaring that Athens had successfully met the strict reform
commitments demanded in the country's bailout.
3. EU to open new chapter of Turkish membership talks
Turkey's minister of EU affairs says Brussels has agreed to open a new
chapter in stalled membership talks with Turkey by mid-December,
following an EU-Turkey summit this weekend.
4. French car makers top European list of low CO2 emitters
French manufacturers topped the list of European cars and vans with the
lowest carbon emissions, the European Environment Agency said in a
5. German luxury store brings back Israeli wine after uproar
Berlin luxury department store KaDeWe is to resume selling Israeli wines
it had pulled from its shelves over new EU labelling guidelines for
products from Jewish settlements.
6. Annual HIV infection record for Europe in 2014
Europe registered a record number of HIV infections in 2014, driven by
cases in Russia and immigrants who acquired the virus after arrival, the
EU and the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
Danish opt-out: one in five Danes is more likely to vote in favour of
scrapping the country's opt-out on EU justice rules after the November
13 Paris attacks, a poll shows.
Law officials plan global strike at 'dark markets'
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Russia: EU president Donald Tusk called for calm on Tuesday after
Turkey, a candidate for membership of the bloc, shot down a Russian war
plane on the Syrian border.
EU reassures Ukraine despite overtures to Russia
UK poll shows shift in favour of 'Brexit'
Poland: journalists gathered Tuesday in the press room of Poland's new
conservative government discovered that the EU flag normally on display
was gone, leaving only its red-and-white Polish counterpart.
US bombing: the European Parliament has urged an independent
investigation into the US bombing of an MSF hospital in Afghanistan
which killed 30 people in an attack the military blamed on human error.
This week the EP's political groups decided to set up a temporary committee to follow up on the work done by the Special Committee on Tax Rulings; while MEPs called for a joint EU strategy to fight radicalisation of young EU citizens, and called on the EU to boost the steel industry.
30 Nov: Competitiveness Council
1-2 Dec: EU agricultural outlook conference
2 Dec: Digital transformation of industries and enterprises
2 Dec: Dealing with excessive corporate indebtedness
2 Dec: European Parliament plenary session
3-4 Dec: Justice and Home Affairs Council
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