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EU no to China as market economy - EUbusiness Week newsletter 744


EUbusiness Week 744 top stories: EU prolongs Schengen controls for six months; Brussels blocks Hutchison acquisition of O2 in the UK; MEPs demand halt to Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline; New EU rules to attract non EU students & researchers; German 2012 energy law involved state aid: EU Court; Heart attacks or strokes kill 1 in 5 in EU

Publisher's Note

In voting against granting Market Economy Status to China at their plenary this week, MEPs sent a message against dumping and the social, economic and environmental harm caused by China's excess production capacity, particularly in steel.

Granting China MES would, in practice, strip the EU of its anti-dumping weapon against unfair Chinese trade practices, say EU manufacturers. "A fair partnership", says industry association AEGIS Europe, "is only possible if China plays by the rules of free and fair international trade, and honours its WTO obligations." As its spokesman Milan Nitzschke says, the EP's signal could not be more clear.
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1. EU prolongs Schengen controls for six months

Foreign affairs ministers agreed Thursday to prolong by six months controls at certain internal Schengen borders of the EU in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
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2. Brussels blocks Hutchison acquisition of O2 in the UK

The Commission has blocked the proposed acquisition of O2 by Hutchison under the EU Merger Regulation. It says the merger would have led to less choice and higher prices for British mobile customers.
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3. Censure for Commission over endocrine disruptors

Euro-MPs signed a motion of censure on the European Commission Thursday for failing to comply with its legal obligation to publish scientific criteria for defining endocrine disruptors.
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4. New EU rules to attract non EU students & researchers

Harmonised EU entry and residence rules were approved by the European Parliament Wednesday, making it easier and more attractive for people from third countries to study or do research at EU universities.
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5. German 2012 energy law involved state aid: EU Court

The European Court of Justice's General Court has confirmed that a 2012 German law on renewable energy involved state aid, dismissing Germany's action against the Commission.
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6. Heart attacks or strokes kill 1 in 5 in EU

Heart attacks and strokes - slightly more than 1 in 5 - were the cause of death for almost 1.1 million people in the European Union in 2013, according to Eurostat figures.
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