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
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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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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
ECB: three German businessmen are seeking to block the European Central
Bank's controversial bond purchase programme, arguing it oversteps the
March infringements package: referrals to Court of Justice
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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.
EU deal on reforms, loans next week: Greek minister
EU and Cuba to speed up talks to normalise ties
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.
EU pledges EUR 160m in aid to Guinea-Bissau
EU says 2014 'very bad year' for road death cut goal
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.
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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Cheap eurozone takeaway fuels Chinese appetites 25-Mar
EU's most deadly air crashes 25-Mar
Eurozone business activity highest for four years 25-Mar
Olive tree disease in Italy alarms EU 23-Mar
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