Making our cities smarter - EUbusiness Week newsletter 639
EUbusiness Week 639 top stories: No deal yet with Ukraine at EU-Russia tug-of-war summit; EU lays down data protection steps for US; Eurozone economic confidence up, shows signs of slowing; Israel, EU agree on scientific cooperation; WTO backs EU in seal ban battle with Canada and Norway; EU suspends South Africa citrus fruit imports
As cities the world over grapple with the challenge of how to grow as
hubs of economic activity and at the same time become cleaner and
healthier to live in, the Commission announced at a conference on an EU
"Smart Cities Strategic Implementation Plan" that it would launch an
'Invitation for Smart City and Community Commitments' next spring to
mobilise work on the action plan's priorities.
'Smart Cities' which use innovative, integrated technology services and
infrastructure are the ones that will best be able to respond to the
socio-economic needs of society. With funding of around EUR 200m likely
to be available next year, the main challenge is, as always, to move
from plan to action.
1. No deal yet with Ukraine at EU-Russia tug-of-war summit
European Union leaders failed to convince Ukraine to sign a landmark
political and trade deal on the first day of an EU summit Thursday
designed to draw six ex-Soviet states into the Western fold.
China, East Europe pledge to boost ties, heed EU rules
2. EU lays down data protection steps for US
The EU has laid down steps Washington must take to restore trust after a
huge spy scandal, including giving EU citizens the right to US legal
redress to protect personal data.
3. EU addresses concerns over 'benefit tourism'
The Commission outlined Monday proposals to tackle abuse of the right to
free movement enjoyed by EU citizens, which critics claim has led to
people migrating to gain benefits in richer states.
4. Israel, EU agree on scientific cooperation
The EU and Israel have reached an agreement which enables the Jewish
state to participate in a European-funded scientific research program
after a compromise on settlement funding.
5. WTO backs EU in seal ban battle with Canada and Norway
The WTO on Monday ruled in favour of the European Union in a bitter
battle with Canada and Norway over its ban on the import and sale of
6. EU suspends South Africa citrus fruit imports
The Commission has suspended imports of citrus fruits from South Africa -
which account for about a third the EU's total - on concerns 'black
spot' disease could infect local crops.
Illegal fishing: the Commission is urging Member States to hit Belize,
Cambodia and Guinea with trade sanctions over illegal fishing, and warns
SKorea, Ghana and Curacao they may be next.
Shipwreck refugees seek redress against Belgium, NATO
Council of Europe warns of 'chilling' risk to Turkey freedoms
Latest Court of Justice judgements
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Inside the EU Institutions
Italy-Russia: Italy and Russia unveiled a 1-billion-euro joint
investment fund on Tuesday as President Putin met with Prime Minister
Letta to discuss boosting business ties.
France, Spain seek European push for jobs, growth
Bulgaria hits back at Britain's EU migrant plans
EU hails 'courage' of Iran deal, urges implementation
Budgets: the eurozone has warned five countries led by Spain and Italy
to deliver on promises to hit deficit and debt targets in national
spending plans next year.
Top Hungary banker calls on Rehn to resign
EU to give Haiti $25.1m in humanitarian aid
Greece: Parliament President Martin Schulz said Tuesday he was in favour
of providing additional aid to Greece if the debt-wracked country
achieves a primary surplus.
Corruption sentence overturned for Austrian MEP
In committee this week, MEPs endorsed a draft law to make broadband infrastructure cheaper to build, by enabling firms to share plans and costs with firms in other sectors, such as gas, sewage and transport; as well as a law that could bar non-EU firms from bidding for public procurement contracts in the EU unless their home countries allow EU firms reciprocal access to their own public procurement markets.
2-3 Dec, Competitiveness Council
2 Dec, EUROSUR enters into force
3 Dec, European Day for People with Disabilities
3 Dec, Conference on anti-fraud and anti-corruption measures in relation to the use of European Structural and Investment Funds
4-6 Dec, 4th International Colloquium Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme
4 Dec, Commission to propose a Quality Framework for Traineeships
The Week Ahead
Other news on EUbusiness this weekEuropean banks face EUR 280 bn capital shortfall: PwC 28-Nov
Eurozone economic confidence up, signs of slowing 28-Nov
British PM pledges crackdown on EU migrant benefits 27-Nov
ECB to launch new 10-euro notes from summer 2014 26-Nov
Romania, China ink nuclear cooperation agreements 25-Nov
WTO sets up panel to rule on EU-Russia auto row 25-Nov
Draghi didn't block risk weighting proposals: ECB 25-Nov
Foreign brands still minnows in Japanese car market 24-Nov