EU-Turkey ties reassessed - EUbusiness Week newsletter 783
EUbusiness Week 783 top stories: New nature plan to boost Europe's nature economy; EU sets out principles for a social dimension; Solidarity to prevent future EU gas supply crises; Internet rules to protect children should be same as TV; MEPs call for end to worker exploitation in textiles; EU spectrum boost for connectivity in run-up to 5G
With concerns mounting over the state of democracy in Turkey, MEPs this
week debated options for future relations with the long-standing
candidate for EU membership.
Many MEPs made a distinction between Turkey's leadership and those for whom the EU remains an anchor for reforms. But for many, full EU membership is no longer a realistic option.
EP president Tajani warned against closing the door to the Turkish people. However, Europe could not look the other way when events proceed in the opposite way of European construction," he said, citing press freedom and the death penalty as "inviolable" red lines.
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1. New nature plan to boost Europe's nature economy
An action plan to improve the protection of nature and biodiversity in
the EU, unveiled by the Commission Thursday, is aimed at helping
European regions reap economic benefits from nature protection.
2. EU sets out principles for a social dimension
The Commission set out its 'Pillar of Social Rights' Wednesday, with a
set of principles to improve working and living conditions in Europe.
3. Solidarity to prevent future EU gas supply crises
Negotiators of the Council and the Euro-Parliament reached an agreement
on a new security of gas supply regulation with the aim of preventing
future gas supply crises in Europe.
4. Internet rules to protect children should be same as TV
Children should have the same protection whether they are watching
television, a web-shared video or a web-streamed film on the Internet, a
Euro-Parliament committee has urged.
5. MEPs call for end to worker exploitation in textiles
EU rules are needed to force textile and clothing suppliers to respect
the rights of workers around the world, who often suffer long working
hours, low wages and hazardous conditions,' MEPs said on Thursday.
6. EU spectrum boost for connectivity in run-up to 5G
The EU has decided to open the 700 MHz frequency band for wireless
broadband services, in order to boost mobile connectivity and drive the
roll-out of 5G technology.
Bananas: the European Court of Justice confirmed Thursday that in
proving a cartel the Commission can rely on and use as evidence
documents from national authorities other than competition authorities.
April 2017 infringements package: key decisions
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
Inside the EU Institutions
Security of gas supply - EU-Mediterranean partnership for food and water
projects - Protecting citizens from mercury pollution - Control of the
acquisition and possession of firearms - North Sea plan for fisheries -
Better data on fisheries - United Nations strategic plan for forests -
Rules to better protect EU finances
Bananas - April infringements: excise duty, financial reporting,
mortgage credit, national electronic register, flag State obligations,
minimum wage legislation, illegal landfills, small particulate matter,
waste management - nature protection - development cooperation - Urban
Water Atlas for Europe - Eurostat: unemployment, education indicators,
deficit and debt data - social dimension - inspections in mobile
telecoms in Sweden
Turkey - Venezuela - EU's farthest-flung fisheries - EU spending for
2015 - Textile imports - Greek bailout end May - European Year of
Cultural Heritage - multinationals' tax loopholes - Security of gas
supply - Hungary - Girls in ICT - geo-blocking across the EU - TV and
internet rules to protect children - House of European History
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3-4 May: Conference on European network codes
4 May: 20th European corporate governance conference
4 May: Conference on social mobility and equal opportunities
6 May: Europe day
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