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MEPs back tough e-waste rules - EUbusinessWeek 517


EUbusiness Week 517 top stories: Crisis in Egypt hijacks Europe summit; WTO delivers verdict on Airbus vs Boeing; Europe needs to refocus on raw materials, says EU; Decades-long 'banana war' ends; To catch criminals, EU wants air passenger data; 80 pct of Irish want bailout renegotiated: poll

This Week's Top Stories

1. Crisis in Egypt hijacks Europe summit
2. WTO delivers verdict on Airbus vs Boeing
3. Europe needs to refocus on raw materials, says EU
4. Decades-long 'banana war' ends
5. To catch criminals, EU wants air passenger data
6. 80 pct of Irish want bailout renegotiated: poll

Publisher's Note

The European Parliament in plenary this week voted for tighter rules for Europe's growing output of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE).

With the EU recycling only 20% of WEEE generated, and much of it leading to illegal export and improper treatments, MEPs proposed new targets for collecting, recycling and re-using waste, and recommended tougher measures to prevent the export of e-waste to developing countries.

The European Environmental Bureau says MEPs have "grasped the important potentials of the WEEE legislation to change our e-waste management". For its part, SME organisation UEAPME also welcomes the limits on collection duties for micro retailers. It looks like MEPs have got it about right.
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1. Crisis in Egypt hijacks Europe summit

Europe's leaders flew in to Brussels on Friday for a summit hijacked by events in Egypt which are forcing the EU to rethink its policy towards the Arab nations.
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2. WTO delivers verdict on Airbus vs Boeing

The World Trade Organization has delivered a crucial report on the EU-US battle over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus that the European aircraft-maker said vindicated the EU complaint.
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3. Europe needs to refocus on raw materials, says EU

Europe must totally rethink its raw materials and commodities strategy -- regulating markets, bartering with the likes of Africa and developing its own mining, even on protected land, the EU said on Wednesday.
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4. Decades-long 'banana war' ends

A decades-long "banana war" between Europe and the Americas drew towards a definitive end Thursday as the European Parliament passed a deal to reduce import tariffs.
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5. To catch criminals, EU wants air passenger data

The Commission is pushing for a US-style tool forcing airlines flying in and out of the EU to hand passenger information to police, in a bid to catch dangerous criminals and terrorists.
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6. 80 pct of Irish want bailout renegotiated: poll

An overwhelming majority of Irish voters want the terms of a 67.5 billion euro EU-IMF bailout renegotiated, according to an opinion poll out last Sunday.
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Ukraine: Ukrainian prosecutors say they will not allow former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to leave the country for a political meeting in Brussels, amid an ongoing legal probe.
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