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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

Publisher's Note

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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Nick Prag
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Council Watch

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
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Commission Watch

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
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Parliament Watch

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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