Jobs, biofuel and plastic bags - EUbusiness Week newsletter 702
EUbusiness Week 702 top stories: Greece resumes debt talks with creditors; EU probes state aid to power companies; Eurozone exits deflation but dangers still loom; Cars to be fitted with automatic dial for help in a crash; Booze calorie counts get EU Parliament backing; Europe's police crack massive horsemeat trafficking ring
Who says Euro-MPs do little that bears much relation to, or has much
impact on, real life? This week they okayed rule changes to allow EUR 1
bn of EU funding to help 650,000 young people into work this year,
greenlighted automatic emergency call devices for new cars, voted for a
clamp-down on wasteful use of plastic carrier bags, and called on the
EU's new technology institute to clarify its 2013 accounts.
This wide-ranging agenda highlights how the European Parliament is more than a political talking shop. MEPs do an important job, carefully scrutinising EU legislation - of which so much crosses Member State borders - and exercising their duty of supervising the work of the EU institutions.
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1. Greece resumes debt talks with creditors
Greece on Thursday resumed talks with its international creditors on
critically-needed bailout funds, with officials warning that time is
running out for a deal.
Moody's cuts Greece rating further into junk: Caa2
2. EU probes state aid to power companies
The EU has launched an investigation into government subsidies used to
help power companies avoid electricity blackouts, in the competition
watchdog's latest major probe.
Europe solar firms accuse China of dodging import duties
3. Eurozone exits deflation but dangers still loom
The eurozone exited four months of deflation in April, official data
shows, reversing a dangerous bout of declining prices, but problems
remain and the recovery is weak.
Inflation outlook is brightening: ECB
4. Cars to be fitted with automatic dial for help in a crash
The European Parliament voted Tuesday to require all cars EU-wide to be
fitted out by 2018 with an automatic dial-up system so emergency workers
can get to crash sites as swiftly as possible.
5. Booze calorie counts get EU Parliament backing
Euro-MPs have called for all alcoholic drinks including beer, wine and
spirits to have labelled calorie counts in a bid to tackle obesity and
other health problems.
6. Europe's police crack massive horsemeat trafficking ring
Police from seven European countries detained 26 people in a crackdown
on a horsemeat trafficking ring two years after a tainted meat scandal
that rocked the continent, says the EU's judicial agency Eurojust.
Blood donors: the EU's top court has ruled that governments can ban gay
blood donors to combat HIV but only on condition they show it is still
the best way to limit health risks.
EU lawyers 'must prioritise jihadist cases'
Eight charged in France over horsemeat trafficking ring
Hungary says 'does not plan' to introduce death penalty
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
Inside the EU Institutions
Tax avoidance: finance ministers have backed efforts to fight rampant
tax avoidance by multinationals in the wake of the LuxLeaks scandal, but
EU members face tough negotiations to work out the details.
As UK election looms, Ireland fears 'Brexit'
Ukraine seeks EU help as shelling blazes in east
Terrorism: the EU on Tuesday announced plans for an intelligence sharing
centre to help Member States ward off deadly jihadist attacks, but with
limited powers that will not amount to the equivalent of a European
Germany must shed light on EU spy scandal: Juncker
Commissioner cheers shuffle of Greek negotiators
EU announces EUR 3m emergency aid for Nepal
Mediterranean migrants: Euro-MPs on Tuesday demanded the bloc share the
burden of accepting asylum seekers as the pressure on southern European
countries from migrants crossing the Mediterranean showed no sign of
France's Strasbourg to keep EU capital status: Hollande
Also this week, MEPs adopted plans for biofuel production to shift from crops to alternative sources, such as seaweed or waste, to cut greenhouse gas emissions caused by growing land use for biofuel crops; and decided to postpone granting discharge for the 2013 EU budget to some EU projects and bodies, including - for the fifth year in a row - the Council of Ministers and the European Council.
2-7 May: European Parliament Committee Meetings
4-5 May: European Congress of Local Governments
5 May: Commission Spring European Economic Forecast
6 May: Commission to unveil Digital Single Market Strategy
7-8 May: Foreign Affairs Council
9 May: Europe Day - EU Open Doors
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Hungary latest EU country to probe Uber 30-Apr
California targets 40 per cent greenhouse gas cut 29-Apr
ASEAN, EU to seek jump-start of free-trade talks 26-Apr
US says new EU plan for GMO imports is no solution 27-Apr
EU clears key hurdle to giant Lafarge, Holcim merger 25-Apr
EU clears 19 genetically modified products 24-Apr
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