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EU reviews Eastern Partnership - EUbusiness Week newsletter 698


EUbusiness Week 698 top stories: EU to probe cross-border e-commerce barriers; EU unveils ambitious overhaul of digital economy; 'Made in China' tops EU list of unsafe products; End of milk quotas mean opportunities in Asia, says EU; Hungary reaches EU deal on nuclear fuel from Russia; Top European beers to show calorie counts

Publisher's Note

Ukraine and Russia were the topics of this week, as MEPs approved huge financial assistance to Ukraine, and the Commission published country reports on implementing the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).

The ENP forms an important part of the EU's foreign policy, with the goal of achieving closer political association and economic integration with southern and eastern neighbours.

The focus, particularly for Latvia's EU presidency, now turns to the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga in May, where leaders are due to re-assess relations with eastern partners in the light of Russian aggression.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. EU to probe cross-border e-commerce barriers

Brussels announced a probe Thursday into efforts by the retail industry to stop shoppers using websites outside their own countries, in the latest step towards a single digital market across the EU.
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2. EU unveils ambitious overhaul of digital economy

The EU has unveiled an ambitious plan to overhaul Europe's fragmented digital landscape that would allow Europeans traveling in other Member States to get their Netflix film fix or watch BBC iPlayer even when abroad.
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3. 'Made in China' tops EU list of unsafe products

From toy-shaped cigarette lighters to a short-circuiting plush rabbit that catches fire, the Rapid Alert System (RAPEX) warned in its 2014 report of a growing number of dangerous products for sale, with most coming from China.
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4. End of milk quotas mean opportunities in Asia, says EU

European dairy farmers will be better poised to benefit from world demand for their products, particularly in Asia, when three-decade old milk quotas are lifted next week, the Agriculture Commissioner said on Thursday.
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5. Hungary reaches EU deal on nuclear fuel from Russia

Hungary says it has reached a compromise with EU nuclear body Euratom over plans for Russia to be the sole supplier of nuclear fuel to the country's Paks power plant.
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6. Top European beers to show calorie counts

Beer drinkers in Europe will soon be able to find out the calorie count on their drinks after four of the world's biggest brewers said they will list the information.
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ECB: three German businessmen are seeking to block the European Central Bank's controversial bond purchase programme, arguing it oversteps the bank's mandate.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Greece: a charm offensive by Greece's prime minister this week calmed bruised relations with Germany, but pressure remains on Athens to deliver on promised reforms.
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EU deal on reforms, loans next week: Greek minister
EU and Cuba to speed up talks to normalise ties
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Commission Watch

Ukraine: Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday said he will visit Kiev next week on his first bilateral trip since taking office in November, in a show of support for Ukraine's embattled government.
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EU pledges EUR 160m in aid to Guinea-Bissau
EU says 2014 'very bad year' for road death cut goal
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Parliament Watch

Draghi: ECB chief Mario Draghi told Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs Monday that the bank was "on track" to reach its declared goal for a controversial programme of bond purchases launched earlier this month.
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French far-right leader Le Pen pledges vote on EU exit
Also this week, MEPs said tackling tax evasion should be a top EU priority; asked the Commission to clarify whether the minimum wage may apply to foreign lorry drivers; and approved EU aid for redundant workers in Greece and Ireland.
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