EU boost for open data - EUbusiness Week newsletter 670
EUbusiness Week 670 top stories: Summit fails to reach deal on top jobs; IMF cuts eurozone 2014 growth forecast; EU to tighten up online gambling rules; Ecuador, EU reach long-delayed trade pact; Bulgaria plans to join EU banking union; Bing offers to 'forget' links in Europe searches
Europeans have a right to re-use open public information (PSI). And this week's Commission guidelines to help Member States take advantage of a revised Directive on PSI should pave the way for fewer licensing restrictions and cheaper or free access to data such as weather, traffic, property assets and maps.
Opening and re-using such data will boost the economy and encourage innovation. Member States now have a year to pass the rules into national law. These guidelines should help.
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1. Summit fails to reach deal on top jobs
EU leaders failed to reach agreement as their summit ended early on
Thursday over who should get the top jobs to steer the bloc over the
next five years.
EU toughens Russia sanctions over Ukraine
2. IMF cuts eurozone 2014 growth forecast
The IMF has cut its 2014 growth forecast for the eurozone, warning that
the recovery is "neither robust nor sufficiently strong".
European car market recovers, Peugeot picks up speed
3. EU to tighten up online gambling rules
The EU says it wants tighter rules to regulate the fast developing
online gambling industry in an effort to better protect minors and
coordinate a huge but fragmented market.
4. Ecuador, EU reach long-delayed trade pact
Ecuador, the world's top banana exporter, and the EU reached a
long-delayed trade agreement, the Ecuadorian Minister of Trade Francisco
Rivadeneira said on Thursday.
5. Bulgaria plans to join EU banking union
Bulgaria is to seek to join the new EU set of rules known as the
'banking union' after poor bank supervision led to the collapse of its
6. Bing offers to 'forget' links in Europe searches
Microsoft is following in Google's footsteps by letting people in Europe
ask to have links related to them 'forgotten' on its search engine
Bing, under the auspices of the ECJ court ruling.
Stem-cell patents: a human egg used to produce stem cells but unable to
develop into a viable embryo can potentially be patented, an Advocate
General said on Thursday.
EU states cannot jail foreigners awaiting expulsion: court
Former Ukraine president sues EU over sanctions
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UK: David Cameron has dramatically hardened his government's eurosceptic
stance for a battle with Brussels, but may have weakened his hand while
increasing the risk that Britain could crash out of the EU.
Merkel gives pep talk to Balkan EU hopefuls
Serenades and some advice for Merkel on her 60th birthday
Juncker: Luxembourg's Jean-Claude Juncker won the backing of Euro-MPs on
Tuesday to head the EU's powerful executive for the next five years,
despite a British-led campaign to block his appointment.
Juncker: veteran EU insider
Juncker to halt enlargement as Commission head
EU resumes cooperation with Guinea-Bissau
EC president: Jean-Claude Juncker, the next head of the Commission,
faced down jeers by British eurosceptics on Tuesday as he argued that
the euro was a blessing for Europe and called for more spending to spark
Polish MEP's 'n-word' remark sparks anger
This week the newly-elected MEPs called on Russia to cooperate with the Ukrainian peace plan, and called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and resumption of peace talks.
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Emergency data law passed in British lower house 16-Jul
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