Fake news and elections - EUbusiness Week newsletter 782
EUbusiness Week 782 top stories: Blue economy boost for Western Mediterranean; Brussels mulls revision of excise duty rules; Euro-MPs address new online privacy rules; MEPs call on EU to tackle food waste mountain; 44 pct food has some pesticide residues, not harmful; New cars fall behind EU's fuel efficiency target
As elections take centre stage in Europe, the issue of fake news and the
proliferation of deliberate misinformation on the Internet become a
central issue. MEPs debated the issue earlier this month, with little
agreement on a way forward.
However, with social media serving as a source of news for nearly half of Europeans, the manipulation of the media is an issue that should not be ignored. Social media, which has such an increasing hold on peoples' lives, should not be allowed a different set of rules and values from print and broadcast media.
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1. Blue economy boost for Western Mediterranean
An EU initiative aims to promote sustainable blue growth and jobs,
preserve ecosystems and biodiversity and boost maritime safety in the
Western Mediterranean region.
2. Brussels mulls revision of excise duty rules
Brussels has launched a consultation on how excise duties are applied to
alcohol and alcoholic beverages, eyeing a revision of tax rules to
support small drinks producers.
3. Euro-MPs address new online privacy rules
A European Parliament committee is working on new privacy rules to take
account of new practices such as internet-based messaging and allow
users better control of their privacy settings.
4. MEPs call on EU to tackle food waste mountain
MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment committee put forward a
number of possible measures Tuesday to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per
year food waste by half by 2030.
5. 44 pct food has some pesticide residues, not harmful
Food consumed in the European Union continues to be largely free of
pesticide residues or to contain residues that fall within legal limits,
new figures show.
6. New cars fall behind EU's fuel efficiency target
The fuel efficiency of new cars sold in the EU improved last year but at
the smallest annual improvement recorded over the last decade,
according to provisional data from the European Environment Agency.
Justice Scoreboard: European justice systems have received their annual
inspection with the EU's Justice Scoreboard assessing the length of
criminal court proceedings relating to money laundering for the first
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
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Eurostat figures: production in the construction sector; international
trade in goods, annual inflation - Acquisition of smart card maker
Morpho by Advent International - acquisition of ITP by Rolls-Royce - End
of roaming charges for travellers in 2017 - Western Mediterranean:
Actions for sustainable development of blue economy - Imports of organic
26-28 Apr: Interreg annual meeting 2017
26-27 Apr: European Parliament plenary session
27-28 Apr: REACH 2018 and beyond
27 Apr: Financing energy efficiency in Central Europe
27 Apr: Commission adopts its monthly infringements package
27 Apr: Urban mobility event
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EU development aid EUR 75.5 billion in 2016 18-Apr
EU plans better protection for migrant children 18-Apr
MEPs call on EU to tackle food waste mountain 13-Apr
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