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Focus on long-term jobless - EUbusiness Week newsletter 716


EUbusiness Week 716 top stories: EU proposes special disputes court for US trade deal; European Court toughens stance on 'welfare tourism'; EU to set out negotiating stand for Paris climate summit; Alexis Tsipras: on the cusp of a second chance?; European taxi drivers block Brussels over Uber; Over 500,000 migrants cross EU border so far this year

Publisher's Note

With more than 12 million people in Europe unable to find a job for more than a year, the Commission has put forward a Recommendation to help the long-term jobless back to work. This foresees that job-seekers without a job for more than a year receive individual assessment and a job integration agreement, with personalised plans to get back to work.

There is no new funding, but maybe this can help jobless people into work again. Anything which highlights the plight of the long-term unemployed, who make up the hard core of Europe's jobless, is welcome.
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Nick Prag
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1. EU proposes special disputes court for US trade deal

The EU on Wednesday proposed a special court to resolve disputes arising from a huge trade deal with the United States, instead of the widely criticised tribunals Washington wants.
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2. European Court toughens stance on 'welfare tourism'

The EU's top court toughened its stance on "welfare tourism" on Tuesday, in a decision likely to boost British Prime Minister David Cameron's hopes for EU negotiations ahead of a membership referendum.
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3. EU to set out negotiating stand for Paris climate summit

The European Union was due Friday to formally set out its negotiating stand for the UN climate summit in Paris, including committing to 40 per cent greenhouse gas emission cuts over 1990 levels.
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4. Alexis Tsipras: on the cusp of a second chance?

The first radical-left leader to win office in the EU, Alexis Tsipras has steered crisis-hit Greece through seven chaotic months, but his U-turn deal with creditors could prove a challenge to his bid for a comeback on Sunday.
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5. European taxi drivers block Brussels over Uber

Taxi drivers from across Europe caused huge tailbacks and blocked off Brussels airport as they descended on the EU capital on Wednesday to oppose the rise of Uber, the controversial ride-sharing app.
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6. Over 500,000 migrants cross EU border so far this year

Over half a million migrants have crossed the EU's border so far this year, up from 280,000 in 2014, says Frontex - though some people may have been counted twice.
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Kit Kat: Swiss food giant Nestle failed Wednesday in a bid to get the EU's top court to let it trademark the shape of its four-fingered Kit Kat chocolate bar in Britain.
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German interior minister aims to toughen asylum law
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Summit: Donald Tusk has announced an emergency summit in Brussels next Wednesday in a bid to find solutions to the continent's worst refugee crisis since World War II.
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EU backs military action against Med people smugglers
EU extends Ukraine sanctions by six months
UK Labour's Corbyn indicates won't campaign for EU exit
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Commission Watch

Refugees: European Commissioner for Development Neven Mimica said Thursday a EUR 200m development fund was being proposed to stem the thousands of Eritreans fleeing the repressive Red Sea state.
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EU denies German claim on aid cut for refugee refuseniks
EU demands immediate release of Burkina Faso leaders
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Parliament Watch

Refugees: Parliament on Thursday backed plans to relocate 120,000 refugees around the EU to help the front-line states of Greece, Hungary and Italy, in a move that raised pressure on ministers to adopt the proposals next week.
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Migrant crisis hits Greek election campaign
Also this week, MEPs said the Commission's EUR 500m aid package might be not enough to get farmers struggling with falling prices back on their feet; and Commission President Juncker told MEPs the current system of corporate tax rules was "unfit for "purpose and unjust".
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EU diary

21-24 Sep: European youth conference
21-23 Sep: European Parliament Committee Meetings
22 Sep: Conference: EU budget focused on results
22 Sep: Blue invest - EU support to maritime regions
23 Sep: Informal meeting of heads of state or government
24 Sep: Luxembourg Sustainability Forum 2015
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