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G20 focus on tax breaks - EUbusiness Week newsletter 681


EUbusiness Week 681 top stories: EU vows tax reform as Juncker heads to G20; British businesses are 'overwhelmingly' pro-EU; New EU GMO food rules get European Parliament nod; EU extends ban on deep-sea shark fishing; Sweden seeks ban on synthetic marijuana after deaths; ECB picks Italian, Bulgarian, British artists for new HQ

Publisher's Note

Under pressure to deliver on growth and jobs at the G20 summit in Brisbane this weekend, world leaders are likely to carry on rolling back protectionist measures adopted since the global financial crisis of 2008.

But closing tax loopholes is likely to become a major focus for the meeting. With new EC head Jean-Claude Juncker under pressure over tax breaks offered to global companies when he was Luxembourg's PM, the G20 should take a serious look at making multinationals pay tax where they earn their profits.
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Nick Prag
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1. EU vows tax reform as Juncker heads to G20

The European Commission unveiled a new push to fight tax evasion on Thursday as questions lingered over Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker's role in enabling companies to pay less tax during his 19 years as Luxembourg premier.
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2. British businesses are 'overwhelmingly' pro-EU

The majority of British businesses would vote to stay in the EU in a referendum, a senior business leader said on Monday as he warned that increasing eurosceptic rhetoric risked "shutting ourselves off from the world".
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3. New EU GMO food rules get European Parliament nod

A European Parliament committee took the first step Tuesday towards permitting Member States to decide for themselves whether to allow the hugely controversial cultivation of genetically modified crops.
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4. EU extends ban on deep-sea shark fishing

Member States have extended their ban on deep-sea shark fishing for the European fleet for at least another two years, with only Spain and Portugal voting against.
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5. Sweden seeks ban on synthetic marijuana after deaths

Sweden has asked the EU for the right to speed up a ban on substances contained in a synthetic marijuana sold as "Spice" after two apparent fatal overdoses.
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6. ECB picks Italian, Bulgarian, British artists for new HQ

The European Central Bank has commissioned new works from three leading contemporary artists to adorn its spectacular new headquarters in Frankfurt.
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UK: Prime Minister David Cameron's government won a bid to sign up to EU justice measures after a bruising and dramatic row in parliament on Monday.
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Commission Watch

Juncker: Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has denied a claim that he was the "best friend of big business," amid uproar over the huge tax breaks top global companies enjoyed when he was Luxembourg premier.
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Parliament Watch

Moldova: Parliament on Thursday backed closer political and economic ties between the EU and the former Soviet republic of Moldova, echoing a deal with Ukraine that has raised EU-Russia tensions.
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Debating the European Court of Auditors annual report on EU spending in 2013, MEPs said the EU should check what EU funds spent in Member States achieve, and not just that they are spent according to the rules. On Wednesday, Parliament commemorated the events of 9 November 1989, when citizens peacefully tore down the Berlin Wall and paved the way for German reunification.
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