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Free movement misunderstood - EUbusiness Week newsletter 765


EUbusiness Week 765 top stories: Euro-MPs call for freeze on Turkey membership talks; Brussels sets out plan for sustainable Europe; Reforms to bolster resilience of European banks; Start-up and scale-up initiative boost for entrepreneurs; MEPs urge bolder action to end illegal wildlife trade; EU imposes due diligence on conflict minerals

Publisher's Note

Free movement in the EU is a misunderstood right, according to a study from the Jacques Delors Institute. Images of Polish plumbers and social tourism are deeply rooted in the public imagination, but not always in reality.

This key EU right is not without conditions or limits, says the study. There can be no discrimination as regards access to work. But there are exceptions for some public sector employment; equal treatment with regard to benefits is not guaranteed; and a citizen must not become an unreasonable burden for the host state. A much-needed dose of reality.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. Euro-MPs call for freeze on Turkey membership talks

The European Parliament has called for a temporary freeze on EU accession talks with Turkey until "disproportionate repressive measures" under its state of emergency are lifted.
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2. Brussels sets out plan for sustainable Europe

The Commission has set out a framework for development cooperation for the EU and its Member States, with plans for implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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3. Reforms to bolster resilience of European banks

A new package of proposals will bolster the resilience of European banks against potential shocks, and also support smaller businesses and infrastructure investment.
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4. Start-up and scale-up initiative boost for entrepreneurs

The Commission has launched a new initiative to help start-ups grow and do business across Europe, with a focus on venture capital investment, insolvency law and taxation.
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5. MEPs urge bolder action to end illegal wildlife trade

The European Parliament called Thursday for a full and immediate EU-wide ban on ivory and rhinoceros horn trade, and sanctions at EU level against wildlife trafficking.
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6. EU imposes due diligence on conflict minerals

The EU agreed a draft regulation on 'conflict minerals' Tuesday with the aim of stopping the financing of armed groups and human rights abuses through trade in minerals from conflict areas.
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Pesticides: safety tests conducted by the chemical industry and used by regulators to assess the dangers of pesticides must be disclosed, the EU's top court ruled Wednesday.
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Inside the EU Institutions

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EU-Ukraine summit - Donald Tusk congratulates Juri Ratas, new Prime Minister of Estonia - Trade in conflict minerals: Presidency agreement with the European Parliament
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Commission Watch

EU-Ukraine summit - European milk package - Romanian support for closing coal mines - Hapag-Lloyd-UASC merger - Code of Conduct for Commissioners - Europeans live longer - Call for Evidence on EU financial services - EU Banking Reform - Conflict Minerals Regulation - Insolvency, Restructuring and Second Chance - start-ups in Europe - European Consensus on development - Sustainable Development priorities
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Parliament Watch

Revolving door jobs for Commissioners - EU accession talks with Turkey - wildlife trafficking - Workplace pensions - Lux Prize 2016 - VAT reform - Bentazone herbicide authorisation - anti-EU propaganda from Russia - new national caps on pollutants - EU-Canada trade agreement - Conflict minerals
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EU diary

28-29 Nov: European Parliament Committee Meetings
28 Nov: Supporting innovation in the Western Balkans
28-29 Nov: Competitiveness Council
28 Nov: Foreign Affairs Council
29-30 Nov: European Day of Persons with Disabilities
30 Nov-1 Dec: European Parliament plenary session
1 Dec: Launching the Digital skills and jobs coalition
1-2 dec: Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council
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