Data protection reform - EUbusiness Week newsletter 646
EUbusiness Week 646 top stories: Ukraine leader slams opposition after taking sick leave; EU unveils reform of 'too-big-to-fail' banks; EU takes new member Croatia to book over deficit; Canada and Norway appeal WTO ruling backing EU seal ban; EU fines polyurethane makers EUR 114m for price fixing; Candy Crush developer defends trademarking 'Candy'
As we make ever more use of free online services on offer, our data is
being read, digested and put to commercial use many times over. On
Tuesday, Data Protection Day, Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding voiced
concern over delays to major reform of EU data protection rules
proposed two years ago. Agreement, she says, is vital to boost
confidence and protection in the use of online services.
The connected, data-rich services of the future have great potential to change lives. But the rewards should be available as much for consumers as the big digital companies. Opting out is no longer an option, so, as Mrs Reding says, maybe the time has come to "get serious" about data protection.
1. Ukraine leader slams opposition after taking sick leave
President Viktor Yanukovych on Thursday savaged the opposition for
inflaming tensions in Ukraine's crisis after he went on sick leave with
no end in sight to the turmoil.
US in talks on possible Ukraine sanctions
Ukraine chaos unwelcome jolt for confident Putin
2. EU unveils reform of 'too-big-to-fail' banks
The EU has unveiled long-awaited plans to rein in the "too-big-to-fail"
banks, rejecting claims they have been too watered down to prevent a
repeat of the 2008 banking crisis.
3. EU takes new member Croatia to book over deficit
The European Union launched disciplinary proceedings on Tuesday against
newest member Croatia for having an excessive budget deficit, giving it
until 2016 to obey the bloc's rules.
4. Canada and Norway appeal WTO ruling backing EU seal ban
Norway and Canada have appealed a ruling by the WTO that backs a
European ban on the import and sale of seal products, the Geneva-based
body announced on Monday.
5. EU fines polyurethane makers EUR 114m for price fixing
The Commission on Wednesday fined several polyurethane manufacturers 114
million euros for price fixing in the furniture and auto sectors of the
6. Candy Crush developer defends trademarking 'Candy'
The British videogame maker behind Candy Crush Saga, a madly addictive
game played by millions of people, has defended its decision to
trademark the word "Candy" in the European Union.
Bulgarian land: Bulgaria's top court has quashed a ban on land sales to
foreigners approved by parliament last year, amid concerns the move
violated Bulgaria's EU commitments.
Latest Court of Justice judgements
EU Law Firms
Inside the EU Institutions
UK referendum: Britain's planned 2017 referendum on whether to stay in
the European Union was close to collapse after Prime Minister David
Cameron's party suffered a major setback.
Serbia to hold snap polls in March
British, French leaders meet for defence summit
PM-in-waiting? Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's unlikely firebrand
White House vows to press for trade powers
Russia summit: the EU and Russia agreed Tuesday to discuss their sharp
differences over Ukraine and eastern Europe as President Vladimir Putin
again warned against foreign meddling in former Soviet states.
EU agrees mandate for normalisation talks with Cuba: source
EU hands Guinea EUR 140m, ending 5-year aid freeze
Europe not doing enough to fight Holocaust denial: EC
Greens: French anti-globalisation activist Jose Bove, who once led the
dismantling of a McDonald's by protesters, was chosen Wednesday to lead
the Greens in May's Parliament elections.
German eurosceptics poll 7 pct ahead of European vote
In committee this week, MEPs approved the Single European Sky II+ package to update rules on air navigation services; and backed plans to ban invasive alien species, such as plants, animals or insects that can carry or cause diseases, harm the environment or cause economic losses, from entering the EU.
3-6 Feb, European Parliament Plenary Session
10 Feb, Foreign Affairs Council
10 Feb, Beyond the crisis? Business in Europe 2014
11-12 Feb, EU-ASEAN Aviation Summit
11 Feb, European Competition Forum 2014
The Week Ahead
Other news on EUbusiness this weekECB sees tentative signs of recovery for euro banks 30-Jan
Eurozone confidence highest in January since July 2011 30-Jan
Bank of Cyprus unfreezes EUR 950m in CDs 30-Jan
Croatia pledges to meet EU deficit target 30-Jan
Euro-bound Lithuania clocks 3.4% growth in 2013 30-Jan
Swiss migration control plan gains ground: poll 29-Jan
Troika begins 3rd review of bailed-out Cyprus economy 29-Jan
Euro nations 'worried' by emerging markets 28-Jan