EU reform agenda reviewed - EUbusiness Week newsletter 660
EUbusiness Week 660 top stories: Flagging eurozone recovery turns up heat on ECB to act; US, Europe readying tougher Russia sanctions on Ukraine; EU court backs right to 'be forgotten' in Google data case; Iceland postpones plans to drop EU bid; EU proposes complete ban on drift-net fishing; Lithuania bans energy drinks for minors in EU first
Europe's taxpayers had to fork out huge amounts to prevent a financial
collapse from the financial crisis. As a result, the Commission set
about a major overhaul of the EU's financial sector, with 40 or more
laws to curb bankers' bonuses, boost banks' capital reserves, cast more
light on hedge funds and complex trading, and protect consumers.
A first review of the changes shows Europe's financial markets to be safer, more transparent, and banks managing their risks more responsibly, according to EC president Barroso. And reform is ongoing: still to be adopted are important measures on bank structural reform, shadow banking and financial benchmarks.
1. Flagging eurozone recovery turns up heat on ECB to act
Despite a strong showing by economic powerhouse Germany, Eurozone growth
disappointed in the first quarter, Eurostat said on Thursday -- turning
up the heat for another cut in European interest rates.
Portugal economy shrinks ahead of bailout exit
2. US, Europe readying tougher Russia sanctions on Ukraine
Top diplomats are warning that the United States and European partners
are ready to impose tougher sanctions against Russia if it seeks to
disrupt Ukraine's presidential elections.
EU sanctions hit web sensation Crimea prosecutor
3. EU court backs right to 'be forgotten' in Google data case
In a surprise ruling on Tuesday, the EU's top court said individuals
have the right to ask US Internet giant Google to delete personal data
produced by its ubiquitous search engine.
Digital companies demand new Google anti-trust probe
4. Iceland postpones plans to drop EU bid
Pressure from pro-EU members of parliament led on Monday to Iceland
postponing, for the moment, plans to withdraw its application for
European Union membership.
5. EU proposes complete ban on drift-net fishing
The European Union wants a complete ban by 2015 on drift-net fishing.
This is dubbed by environmentalists as 'walls of death' for killing
other marine animals, especially dolphins.
6. Lithuania bans energy drinks for minors in EU first
Lithuania on Thursday banned the sale of energy drinks to anyone under
18, citing health concerns, and is now looking to others in the European
Union to follow suit.
Spanish aid: the European Union's highest court on Tuesday slapped a
fine of 30 million euros on Spain for failing to recover illegal state
Greek Supreme Court clears neo-Nazi party for EU vote
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Moldova: European Union President Herman Van Rompuy Tuesday invited
Moldova to sign a key economic and political deal with the EU on June
27, warning against external pressure on the country in remarks aimed at
Georgia to sign EU association agreement on June 27
Germany's Kohl says Europe 'a question of war and peace'
Former Belgian PM Dehaene dead
New president: EU heavyweights France and Germany warn it could be weeks
after the May 25 elections before a new head to the Commission is
chosen by bloc leaders.
Top five figures in EU elections
Barroso says Moldova agreement no threat to Russia
Sceptics: two weeks ahead of the Euro-Parliament elections, polls are
predicting a eurosceptic surge, packing the assembly with members set to
fight the EU from within.
Dutch populist Wilders still hopes for Farage-Le Pen alliance
Falling poll turnout dents EU democratic credentials
10 key facts on the European Parliament election
Daily snippets from the Euro-elections campaign trail
5,000 Europeans aged 16-30 to exchange ideas on youth-related issues on 11 May, as part of the European Youth Event. They took part in panel discussions on topics such as human rights, youth employment, the digital revolution and sustainability. Their ideas for the future of Europe will be handed to the newly-elected MEPs during the first plenary of July.
17 May, Brussels EU Open Doors day
19 May, Foreign Affairs Council
19-20 May, Agriculture and Fisheries Council
20-21 May, Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council
22 May, Commission adopts its monthly infringements package
22-25 May, European Elections 2014
The Week Ahead
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