Ending food double standards - EUbusiness Week newsletter 800
EUbusiness Week 800 top stories: Brexit talks at an impasse, says EU's Barnier; MEPs back law for more energy-efficient buildings; Brussels pushes ahead with banking risk-reduction package; Pesticides must be checked for harmful chemicals: MEPs; EU states set for talks on new telecoms rules, 5G; Sweden EU's top performer on gender equality
Double standards in the quality of food sold in the EU came under the
spotlight this week, at an EU Parliament hearing and a summit today. The
issue: consumers in some central and eastern EU countries being sold
food of a lower quality than the same products in the same packaging in
There is room for adjusting products to local tastes and preferences. But selling substandard, often less healthy products at the same or higher prices is insulting to consumers, illegal and not what the single market is for.
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1. Brexit talks at an impasse, says EU's Barnier
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator called for trust and respect from the
United Kingdom Thursday, as he confirmed he could not recommend a start
on discussions on future UK-EU relations to next week's Council summit.
EU, UK clarify position to WTO on tariff quotas post-Brexit
2. MEPs back law for more energy-efficient buildings
MEPs in committee gave their backing Wednesday to a revision of the EU
Energy Performance of Buildings Directive aiming to ensure that all new
buildings in the EU are as energy-efficient as possible by 2050.
3. Brussels pushes ahead with banking risk-reduction package
A financial system more stable and resilient to shocks will benefit
citizens and businesses, the Commission said as it outlined plans to
accelerate completion of the Banking Union.
4. Pesticides must be checked for harmful chemicals: MEPs
MEPs at a public hearing Wednesday discussed the EU risk assessment of
the herbicide glyphosate, demanding that pesticides be checked for
endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Member States have signalled their readiness to begin talks with the
Euro-Parliament on new rules for the electronic communications sector to
prepare Europe for the era of 5G.
Gender equality in Europe is progressing at a snail's pace, according to
an updated Gender Equality Index which shows Sweden as the
top-performing country and Greece at the bottom.
Tax disputes: EU finance ministers gave their green light Tuesday to a
new system for resolving resolve tax disputes between Member States,
including over double taxation, seen as a major obstacle for businesses.
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stabilisation of Iraq - sales of farmland guidelines - UN Sustainable
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Macro-Financial Assistance to Tunisia - Investment Plan for Europe
Better protection and durable solution for refugees - Monsanto papers
and glyphosate: lessons for the EU - Buildings in the EU: highly
energy-efficient and money-saving by 2050 - Concerns over "dual quality"
food products - MEPs advocate trust fund for Eastern partners - Debate
on EU-Serbia ties - New watchdog over EU police cooperation
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