Lobby register yet to deliver - EUbusiness Week newsletter 690
EUbusiness Week 690 top stories: EU to expand Russia blacklist over Ukraine; EU, Germany warn Greece over debt reduction ambitions; EU investment plan could create 2.1 million jobs; Eurozone economy picks up in January; Gazprom says Turkey pipeline to be operational by 2016; EU tourism hits record in 2014
The re-launch of the EU Transparency Register, which monitors the
activities of the many lobbying firms that proliferate around Brussels,
is a welcome step forward.
The rules attack so-called 'astro-turfing' where companies hide behind front organisations or innocuous-sounding NGOs, and make whistleblowing on misleading information easier.
However, major lobby organisations are still not on the register, says the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation, and until the register is legally biding, the transparency rules will fail to live up to their name.
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1. EU to expand Russia blacklist over Ukraine
The EU agreed Thursday to add new names to a sanctions blacklist over
Russia's involvement in Ukraine and will start work on possible further
measures, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said.
US warns Russia, welcomes new EU sanctions
2. EU, Germany warn Greece over debt reduction ambitions
The European Union and Germany have warned Greece's radical new
left-wing government that there is little support for a reduction in its
massive debts, before it holds the first talks with its eurozone
Crux of the matter for Greece: EUR 315 bn of debt
3. EU investment plan could create 2.1 million jobs
Europe's ambitious new investment plan could create 2.1 million jobs by
2018 if properly implemented, the International Labour Organization said
4. Eurozone economy picks up in January
Eurozone business activity picked up to a five-month high in January, a
key survey showed a day after the European Central Bank announced its
EUR 1.0 trillion economic stimulus package.
5. Gazprom says Turkey pipeline to be operational by 2016
Russian gas giant Gazprom says a planned pipeline to Turkey will be in
service by end 2016, piling pressure on the EU to build a link to it or
risk losing gas supplies from Moscow.
6. EU tourism hits record in 2014
Europe attracted a record number of tourists in 2014, with visits to France leading the bloc, official data showed on Thursday.
Luxleaks: a second French suspect has been charged with theft and
money-laundering in ongoing investigations into the leaking of secret
tax avoidance deals between Luxembourg and multinational companies.
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
Inside the EU Institutions
UK: Britain on Tuesday marked 100 days until one of the most
unpredictable elections in memory, as Prime Minister David Cameron
fights to retain power and call a referendum on EU membership.
New Greek finance minister to visit UK, France, Italy
EU plots counter-terrorism strategy
Germany's anti-euro party split over PEGIDA ties
Farm aid: France must repay EUR 1.07 bn to the EU in agricultural aid
that was claimed through fraud or error over a four-year period, the
Commission said on Tuesday.
Greece, EU must act to 'increase stability': Commissioner
Greece: Greece will seek "common ground" with its European partners on
solving its bailout and debt woes, Parliament president Martin Schulz
said on Thursday after meeting new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
This week, MEPs debated a roadmap to the 21st UN climate conference; held a public hearing on EU-US talks on the TTIP free trade agreement; and delayed enforcement of sanctions on fishermen who fail to comply with a discard ban.
2 Feb: European Parliament Committee Meetings
4 Feb: Commission proposal to increase pre-financing to promote youth employment
5 Feb: Commission publishes Winter European Economic Forecast
6 Feb: Energy Union Conference of the EU Energy Ministers
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EU puts conditions on deals involving Novartis, GSK 28-Jan
Bookmakers slash odds on Greece leaving the euro 26-Jan
Rise in euro forgeries in second half of 2014: ECB 23-Jan
ECB stimulus will boost China's exports 23-Jan
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