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Latvia's presidency achievements - EUbusiness Week newsletter 711


EUbusiness Week 711 top stories: Stakes rise in Greece's bailout referendum; Gas transit to EU 'not endangered' in Ukraine-Russia row; EU roaming charges to be abolished in 2017; Google gets extended deadline to answer EU case; Denmark to reimpose border controls; Thai crackdown on illegal fishing threatens industry

Publisher's Note

When Latvia's first ever EU presidency began on 1 January, the focus was on Russia's expansionist foreign policy, Europe's economy and Greece's economic and political woes.

It has been a tough six months. But the presidency has been a big moment in Latvia's history. It has been a model president, and can point to successes on energy security, data protection, abolishing roaming charges, open internet access and the Eastern Partnership summit. Latvia handed over the presidency to Luxembourg on 1 July.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. Stakes rise in Greece's bailout referendum

Greece's government and international creditors raised the stakes Thursday over the referendum that could decide the nearly insolvent country's political and financial future.
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2. Gas transit to EU 'not endangered' in Ukraine-Russia row

Gas supplies to Ukraine and the EU will not be endangered despite an announcement by Russia that it will cut the flow to Ukraine, said Commissioner Sefcovic after EU-Russia-Ukraine trilateral gas talks in Vienna.
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3. EU roaming charges to be abolished in 2017

The EU has struck a deal to abolish mobile phone roaming charges in 2017, ending fees loathed by millions of holidaymakers and business travellers across Europe.
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4. Google gets extended deadline to answer EU case

Brussels has given Google an extension until mid-August to answer an anti-trust case alleging that the tech giant abuses its search engine's market dominance.
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5. Denmark to reimpose border controls

Denmark plans to reimpose border controls while sticking to the rules of the open-border Schengen Agreement, the country's new foreign minister told his German counterpart.
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6. Thai crackdown on illegal fishing threatens industry

Around 5,000 Thai fishing boats have stopped operating out of fear they will be prosecuted over new rules, a fisheries body said Thursday, as authorities crackdown to avoid a European Union ban on fish products.
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Referendum: Greece's top administrative court, the Council of State, is to rule on the legality of the government's rushed bailout referendum set for this weekend.
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Thailand slammed for 'disturbing' student sedition charges
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Eurogroup: Eurozone finance ministers agreed Wednesday to wait for the result of Greece's controversial bailout referendum before holding any more discussions on Athens's debt crisis.
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Poland's conservatives vow no euro if win polls
Russia blasts Finland for barring parliament speaker
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Commission Watch

Cuba: the EU on Wednesday welcomed the re-establishment of full diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba after 54 years, calling it a "historic milestone".
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EU leaders urge Greeks to vote 'yes' to stay in euro
EU to help 'frontline' Hungary cope with migrant wave
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Parliament Watch

Resign: Euro-Parliament president Martin Schulz said his faith in the Greek government had reached "rock bottom," and that he hopes it resigns after Sunday's referendum.
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Pro-Europe mayor wins Moldova capital runoff vote
This week international trade MEPs paved the way for a plenary vote on TTIP by retabling June amendments; civil liberties MEPs debated concerns over French surveillance law; and the transport committee discussed how to improve aviation safety in the EU in the wake of the Germanwings disaster.
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EU diary

6-9 Jul: European Parliament plenary session
8-9 Jul: Plenary Session of the Committee of the Regions
6 Jul: EXPO Milan 2015: sustainability of agriculture
9-10 Jul: Tackling early school leaving
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