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E-waste rules worry SMEs - EUbusiness Week newsletter 545


EUbusiness Week 545 top stories: Europe bids to prop up banks as US urges rapid action; Russia to keep gas pipeline monopoly; Brussels prods Europe to invest in broadband; EU wins key round in carbon fight with airlines; Anti-counterfeiting treaty signed in Tokyo; 2000 cyanide spill caused tightening of EU regulations

This Week's Top Stories

1. Europe bids to prop up banks as US urges rapid action
2. Russia to keep gas pipeline monopoly
3. Brussels prods Europe to invest in broadband
4. EU wins key round in carbon fight with airlines
5. Anti-counterfeiting treaty signed in Tokyo
6. 2000 cyanide spill caused tightening of EU regulations

Publisher's Note

Most people support more recycling and collection. But small businesses could be hit hard by new e-waste rules voted by MEPs on the Environment Committee this week. The main bug-bear is that retailers would have to collect discarded small electronic goods left by consumers at no cost and without any requirement on consumers to buy a similar new product.

SME body UEAPME says "the one-size-fits-all collection obligations" are excessive and disproportionate for small electronics retailers. A 'one-to-one' system in the original proposal is seen as a more sensible option. We await the vote in Parliament's plenary, likely in January next year.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. Europe bids to prop up banks as US urges rapid action

The European Central Bank on Thursday announced new measures to provide cash-strapped banks with liquidity as US President Obama stressed Europe must act quickly in its debt crisis.
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2. Russia to keep gas pipeline monopoly

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia had no immediate plans to break up its natural gas export monopoly despite growing pressure from the European Union.
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3. Brussels prods Europe to invest in broadband

The Commission has urged Europe's largest telecoms operators to invest in high-speed broadband as it launched a review into the price of access to smaller alternative operators.
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4. EU wins key round in carbon fight with airlines

The European Union on Thursday won a key legal round against US airlines fighting EU plans to force foreign carriers to buy carbon permits to fly to and out of the 27-nation bloc.
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5. Anti-counterfeiting treaty signed in Tokyo

Japan, the United States and six other nations have signed a treaty in Tokyo to fight counterfeit and pirated goods, saying their proliferation hurts economic growth and helps organised crime.
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6. 2000 cyanide spill caused tightening of EU regulations

The EU tightened legislation on cyanide in the wake of the Baia Mare disaster in 2000, when a spill in a Romanian gold mine severely polluted the Danube and tributary rivers.
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Football: the European Court of Justice on Tuesday handed down a ruling in favour of a British pub landlady fined for televising Premier League football using a foreign satellite TV provider.
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Council Watch

Budget: EU governments finally adopted a new sanctions package to make deficit and debt limit rules stick Tuesday, with Cyprus and Belgium immediately in Commission sights.
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Finland hails collateral deal but experts call it a 'farce'
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Commission Watch

Food for poor: with winter just around the corner, the Commission has urged Member States to save a food aid programme delivering meals to 18 million of Europe's poorest.
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Euro-Parliament Watch

Serbia: the European Parliament's rapporteur for Serbia Jelko Kacin said Monday that the decision by the Serbian authorities to ban the gay pride parade failed to ensure the rule of law in the country.
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In committee this week, the Environment Committee voted to update accident prevention rules for dangerous substance sites, with improved chemical classifications, clearer information for the public and more frequent inspections; the Internal Market Committee urged stronger cooperation on online gambling; and the Budgets Committee finalised its position on the EU budget for 2012.
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