Mandatory lobby register on cards - EUbusiness Week newsletter 737
EUbusiness Week 737 top stories: Migrant numbers from Turkey to EU 'far too high'; EU, Canada make breakthrough on trade deal; EU unveils details of data privacy pact with US; NGOs sue Monsanto, EU food safety watchdog over pesticide; Dutch win approval to renew beef exports to US; Cambodia's fiery Kampot pepper wins EU recognition
About time, some would say, as the European Commission this week
launched a public consultation on making the EU lobby transparency
regime mandatory. The Transparency Register, currently voluntary,
monitors the activities of the many lobbying firms that congregate
A commitment to transparency has been a theme of the Juncker Commission from the outset. Now is the time to turn it into reality. The consultation will close on 31 May.
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1. Migrant numbers from Turkey to EU 'far too high'
The number of migrants crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to EU
territory remains "far too high", EU President Donald Tusk said after
talks with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara on Thursday.
EU unveils EUR 700m migrant aid plan for Greece
EU plans to restore Schengen by November: sources
2. EU, Canada make breakthrough on trade deal
The EU and Canada announced a major breakthrough towards completing a
delayed free trade deal on Monday with hopes that the accord could be in
effect next year.
3. EU unveils details of data privacy pact with US
The EU has unveiled details of a new deal with the US to curb government
spying on the personal Internet data of European citizens, but critics
said it fell short and threatened fresh legal action.
4. NGOs sue Monsanto, EU food safety watchdog over pesticide
A group of European NGOs is suing agri-giant Monsanto and the EU's food
safety watchdog for allegedly distorting scientific data on the
carcinogenic effects of controversial weedkiller glyphosate, ahead of a
key EU vote to renew its approval for another 10 years.
5. Dutch win approval to renew beef exports to US
The Netherlands has won US approval to renew exports of beef and veal to
the United States, ending a ban imposed almost two decades ago because
mad cow disease.
6. Cambodia's fiery Kampot pepper wins EU recognition
Cambodia's Kampot pepper, famed for its intense floral flavour, has won
protection from the EU -- joining an exclusive club of gourmet
favourites including champagne, Cornish pasties, Gorgonzola cheese and
Germany: the EU's top court ruled on Tuesday that Germany has the right
to require some types of migrants to live in specific locations if to do
so helps social integration.
EU appeals ruling against Morocco trade deal
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
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Inside the EU Institutions
Brexit: a French minister's comment that Paris would no longer stop
migrants from crossing the Channel if Britain left the EU won a
sceptical response from pro-Brexit campaigners Thursday, as French
President Francois Hollande warned of "consequences".
UK businesses split over Brexit
France: the Commission has criticised France for pushing through only
limited reforms that it said fall short of addressing the country's
faltering economy and high unemployment levels.
EU releases EUR 252m in aid for Palestinians
IMF calls on EU to be 'realistic' about aid for Greece
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In committee this week, Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos welcomed the EP's role in monitoring reforms; while Ukraine Week provided an opportunity for discussion on how to improve the quality of the legislative process in Ukraine's parliament, as well as its efficiency and transparency in managing European affairs.
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7-10 Mar: European Parliament plenary session
7 Mar: Employment, Social, Health, Consumer Affairs Council
8 Mar: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
9-11 Mar: European Student Convention Amsterdam
9 Mar: The future of higher education
10-11 Mar: Justice and Home Affairs Council
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