Concerns over US trade deal - EUbusiness Week newsletter 654
EUbusiness Week 654 top stories: Obama demands West stand firm against 'brute force'; Europe's safety police find more toxic toys and textiles; EU slaps seafood trade ban on Belize, Cambodia, Guinea; Broadband users 'confused and overcharged', finds EU; EU says AFP can receive state aid for public services; China's rare earth trade limits break global rules: WTO
At this week's EU-US summit, President Obama tried to allay fears about
ongoing EU-US free trade talks, saying he did not want the deal to erode
consumer and environmental protections.
Investor protection rules are a key concern, with an Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism which might give too many rights to private companies and limit the right of the EU and national governments to regulate.
A Commission consultation is now looking at how to include investment protection and ISDS in the deal, with a view to achieving a balance between protecting investors and Member States' right to regulate. Answers by 21 June, please.
1. Obama demands West stand firm against 'brute force'
US President Barack Obama urged the West on Wednesday to stand firm in
opposing Moscow's takeover of Crimea, saying that "with time" Russians
will realise "brute force" cannot win.
2. Europe's safety police find more toxic toys and textiles
From collapsing pushchairs to chemical-polluted shoes -- an ever-rising
number of toxic toys and skin-irritating textiles are being removed from
supermarket shelves by Europe's consumer safety squad. Products from
China top the list of suspect items.
3. EU slaps seafood trade ban on Belize, Cambodia, Guinea
In its toughest move yet to eradicate illegal fishing, the European
Union has blacklisted Belize, Cambodia and Guinea, effectively banning
their products from the world's most valuable seafood market.
4. Broadband users 'confused and overcharged', finds EU
Internet service providers in Europe are charging wildly inconsistent
prices for broadband connections, leaving customers confused and
short-changed, according to research released Tuesday by the Commission.
5. EU says AFP can receive state aid for public services
The Commission has agreed that the Agence France-Presse news agency can
receive state aid as a provider of a public service but must stick by EU
6. China's rare earth trade limits break global rules: WTO
China has broken the rules of global commerce by restricting exports of
rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum, a move that benefited domestic
industries, a World Trade Organization panel said on Wednesday.
ISPs: Internet service providers can be legally required to deny their
customers access to websites which infringe copyright, a European Union
court ruled on Thursday.
EU court cuts fine for car window cartel
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Food labels: an Italian minister has vowed to use Italy's upcoming EU
presidency Union to pursue a campaign by southern EU producers against
Britain's "traffic light" food labels.
Germany plans to punish EU benefits abusers
New Czech government says yes to EU fiscal pact
Estonia swears in EU's youngest PM, Taavi Roivas
Energy summit: the EU and the United States meet on April 2 to discuss
energy cooperation, notably how to help Ukraine meet its energy needs
and repay its sizeable gas debt with Russia.
EU offers EUR 2.5 bn aid package for Latin America
Farage-Clegg: Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg locked horns
with the leader of the country's most anti-EU party on Wednesday in the
first of two face-to-face debates ahead of forthcoming European
Berlusconi says his children won't replace him in EU polls
Austrian MEP under pressure for racist comments
A quiet week on the legislative front as MEPs turned their attention to last week's EU summit results and relations with the US, including trade talks and a common line on Russia.
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