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Fast-track to EU-Japan trade deal - EUbusiness Week newsletter 819


EUbusiness Week 819 top stories: EC recommends membership talks for Albania, Macedonia; EU aims for near zero-energy buildings by 2050; Brussels bids to revive Europe's city centres; Green light for new EU rules on organic food; Tech firms to hand over evidence under security proposal; EU raises recycling targets for circular economy

Publisher's Note

This week's end of EU negotiations for a trade deal with Japan is an important milestone for one of the most ambitious trade agreements ever negotiated by the EU. The deal would remove the vast majority of customs duties that cost EU companies exporting to Japan EUR 1 billion a year. With global trade barriers on the rise, Japan and the EU are showing commitment to cooperation in international bodies and, as Commissioner Malmstroem said, making a strong statement in defence of open and fair trade based on rules.
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Nick Prag
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1. EC recommends membership talks for Albania, Macedonia

The Commission adopted its annual Enlargement Package Tuesday, recommending the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
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2. EU aims for near zero-energy buildings by 2050

MEPs set a goal of near zero-energy buildings in the EU by 2050 Tuesday as they gave final approval to the Energy Performance of Buildings directive.
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3. Brussels bids to revive Europe's city centres

The Commission has published a set of best practices for the retail sector in a bid to revive city centres and increase competitiveness in one of the EU economy's key sectors.
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4. Green light for new EU rules on organic food

Euro-MPs gave the green light Thursday to a new law on organic food production and labelling, with a view to boosting organic production and ensuring that only high-quality organic food is sold in the EU.
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5. Tech firms to hand over evidence under security proposal

Police and judicial authorities would gain easier and faster access to e-evidence such as e-mails or documents under new EU proposals to help them investigate, prosecute and convict criminals and terrorists.
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6. EU raises recycling targets for circular economy

The European Parliament backed ambitious targets for recycling Wednesday under legislation on waste and the circular economy intended to benefit the environment, climate, and human health.
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Commission Watch

Retail sector - Japan and Singapore agreements - Integration of migrants - new security measures on terrorists - Greek lignite-fired electricity generation - access to electronic evidence - enlargement package - reports on Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Serbia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania - Transparency Register for EU Institutions - EUR 1 bn investment for agriculture and bio-economy - EUR 640 m for Greek businesses
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