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EU launches debate on CAP reform - EUbusiness Week newsletter 772


EUbusiness Week 772 top stories: Migration and future of the EU head summit agenda; End for mobile roaming charges as EU agrees price caps; EU and Mexico speed up talks for a free trade agreement; Europe's energy transition well under way: report; Brussels opens probe into geo-blocking in online sales; Brussels mulls new initiative on antimicrobial resistance

Publisher's Note

As EU leaders meet to mull the future of Europe without the UK, the future of the much-maligned Common Agricultural Policy fell into the spotlight this week, as the Commission kicked off an important debate that will determine what farming in Europe should look like in the future.

It is right that the wider public, so affected by this powerful EU policy tool, should be involved in what needs to be fundamental reform. And the aim should be, as WWF puts it, to radically change Europe's food and farming system to one that protects farmers, nature and consumers alike.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. Migration and future of the EU head summit agenda

EU leaders meet for an informal summit in Malta Friday, with two main items on their agenda: to stem the flow of irregular migration from Libya to Europe, and mapping a future for Europe after Brexit.
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2. End for mobile roaming charges as EU agrees price caps

The EU institutions agreed Tuesday evening on price caps for wholesale mobile roaming markets - the prices operators charge each other when customers use other networks when roaming in the EU.
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3. EU and Mexico speed up talks for free trade agreement

The EU and Mexico have agreed to hold extra talks before summer as part of an accelerated schedule for a Free Trade Agreement, in the face of a rising global trend towards protectionism.
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4. Europe's energy transition well under way: report

The EU's annual State of the Energy Union report, published Wednesday, showed Europe's economy moving away from fossil fuels, but at a pace criticised as being too slow to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
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5. Brussels opens probe into geo-blocking in online sales

The Commission has launched three separate investigations to assess whether certain online sales practices prevent consumers from enjoying cross-border choice, in breach of EU antitrust rules.
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6. Brussels mulls new initiative on antimicrobial resistance

The Commission has launched a public consultation on a new action plan to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which it plans to adopt this summer.
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Terrorist links: an asylum seeker does not need personally to have committed terrorist acts for an application for asylum to the EU to be rejected, the European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Migration from Libya - End of roaming charges - Council conclusions on the 2017 alert mechanism report - Council conclusions on macroeconomic and fiscal guidance to the member states (annual growth survey)
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Commission Watch

Juvenes Translatores: translation contest winners - suspected anticompetitive practices in e-commerce - December 2016 Industrial producer prices - Europe's energy transition - Renewables target - fight against corruption in Romania - EU and Mexico trade talks - End of roaming charges - January annual inflation - December 2016 unemployment
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Parliament Watch

My House of European History - Georgia visa waiver approved - automatic cross-border recognition of adoptions - import surge safeguards for EU banana growers - Migration in the central Mediterranean - State of the Energy Union - US travel ban - Migration in the central Mediterranean - Protecting the Arctic - reform in Albania and Bosnia
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EU diary

6-9 Feb: European Parliament Committee Meetings
6 Feb: Environmental Implementation Review
6 Feb: Foreign Affairs Council
7-9 Feb: Global manufacturing conference
9 Feb: EP hearing: Panama Papers (part II)
9 Feb: EP hearing on prisons, systems and conditions
10 Feb: EU4Business in Ukraine
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