Latvia ready for EU presidency - EUbusiness Week newsletter 684
EUbusiness Week 683 top stories: EU eyes new energy sources after Russia shelves pipeline; New EU chief Tusk vows action on 'threats', economy; One million sign petition against huge US-EU trade deal; EU court hits Italy with giant illegal waste fine; EU releases EUR 500m in aid to Ukraine; Lithuanians get 'euro starter kits' month before switch
This week Latvia's Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and members of the
Latvian government visited the Commission to discuss priorities for her
country's upcoming Presidency of the EU - its first since joining the
Union in 2004.
Targets for Latvia's Presidency include the Commission's EUR 300 bn investment plan, the digital internal market and strengthening Europe's energy independence. A key focus will be the relations between the EU's eastern neighbours and a determinedly belligerent Russia engaged in a tug of war with the EU over its former Soviet states.
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1. EU eyes new energy sources after Russia shelves pipeline
Europe has played down an angry Russia's shelving of the
multi-billion-dollar South Stream gas pipeline project, saying it merely
reinforced the need to find other energy sources amid the crisis in
Putin's pipeline 'gambit' leaves West unimpressed
Russia is 'strategic problem' for EU, Juncker says
2. New EU chief Tusk vows action on 'threats', economy
Former Polish premier Donald Tusk took over as European Council
president Monday promising "ruthless determination" to revive the
economy and to defend the EU against both external and internal threats.
Donald Tusk, new face from the east
3. One million sign petition against huge US-EU trade deal
Opponents to the controversial trade pact between the EU and the United
States passed a key threshold on Thursday securing one million
signatures on a petition they hope will force Brussels to abandon the
4. EU court hits Italy with giant illegal waste fine
The European Court of Justice has slapped Italy with a giant
40-million-euro fine for ignoring a seven-year-old ruling and failing to
clean up illegal waste sites.
5. EU releases EUR 500m in aid to Ukraine
The EU has released EUR 500m in loans to Ukraine, the latest portion of a
1.6 billion aid programme launched in March to rescue an almost
bankrupt Kiev government.
6. Lithuanians get 'euro starter kits' month before switch
Lithuanians on Monday began getting familiar with their new currency as
one million "euro starter kits" filled with new coins went on sale ahead
of the full switch over to the euro on January 1.
Arrest warrant: the European Union has welcomed Britain's return to the
controversial EU-wide arrest warrant system following a vote by the
Ireland bids to reopen British army 'torture' case
EU court outlaws 'gay tests' for asylum seekers
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Moldova: pro-European parties in Moldova have pledged to pull together a
coalition to steer the ex-Soviet country on a path towards EU
integration after securing a narrow win in a parliamentary poll.
EU migrant rules are 'red line', Poland tells Britain
Romanian PM to face IMF grilling on budget
France: Germany's Commissioner warns that France has only won a reprieve
against sanctions over its bloated budget and that failure to implement
reforms could still trigger penalties.
EU offers EUR 180m for Syria refugees in Lebanon, Jordan
Ebola czar focused on medical boots on the ground
LuxLeaks: the European Parliament ordered reports delving into tax
evasion Thursday, a contentious topic after the "Luxleaks" scandal that
has embroiled Commission head and former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude
Putin foe Khodorkovsky urges more targeted Russia sanctions
EP Guantanamo delegation calls for flexible prison conditions
This week a deal was reached by Parliament and Council delegations on new rules allowing flexibility for EU countries to ban GMO crops; MEPs backed a deal with Council on an automatic emergency call system for cars; and the ACP-EU assembly debated Ebola, malnutrition and Africa's future.
8 Dec: European Parliament Committee Meetings
8 Dec: Eurogroup
9-11 Dec: Blue Growth in the Mediterranean & the Black Sea
9 Dec: Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council
9-10 Dec: Financing of Trans-Mediterranean Transport Network
10 Dec: Commission swearing-in by Court of Justice
11 Dec: Employment, Social, Health, Consumer Council
12 Dec, Education, Youth, Culture & Sport Council
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Greece will need bailout extension: EU source 3-Dec
Berlin, Paris eye projects to help boost EU growth 2-Dec
Hungary eyes Azeri gas after South Stream scrapping 2-Dec
Bulgaria rejects Putin accusations on South Stream 2-Dec
Romania to seek EU-IMF permission to boost defence budget 1-Dec
Slowing inflation paves way for more ECB action 30-Nov
Ireland to repay IMF loans early thanks to recovery 28-Nov
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