New direction test for summit - EUbusiness Week newsletter 686
EUbusiness Week 686 top stories: EU leaders baulk at money for Juncker investment plan; EU agrees tougher money-laundering law; EU agrees fish quotas seen as lax by environmentalists; End of quotas: a butter future for EU dairy farmers?; EU food labels to help allergy sufferers; Court of Justice says obesity can be disability
As Europe's new decision-makers sat down for their first formal meeting
since their appointment, today's summit was an opportunity to gauge the
direction they hope to pursue.
The 2015 work programme of the Juncker Commission reflects themes of prioritisation and self-restraint, with a focus on investment, the digital single market and energy union. While expectations are not high for the summit, a Commission with momentum and clearer direction will present a good challenge for the Council's new president Donald Tusk.
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1. EU leaders baulk at money for Juncker investment plan
EU leaders approved an ambitious investment plan on Thursday but without
putting up the "hard cash" demanded by Commission head Jean-Claude
EU leaders press Russia, urge new investment
2. EU agrees tougher money-laundering law
Owners of secretive companies in Europe will have a harder time keeping
out of the public eye, EU negotiators agreed on Wednesday, in another
blow against opaque business practices after the LuxLeaks scandal.
3. EU agrees fish quotas seen as lax by environmentalists
Member States have introduced fish catch limits for next year for the
Atlantic and North Sea that environmentalists say fail to protect some
overfished stocks like cod & sole.
4. End of quotas: a butter future for EU dairy farmers?
Thirty years after introducing quotas to combat the butter mountain
caused by overproduction, the EU is on the cusp of freeing up the dairy
sector amid growing global demand for milk products.
5. EU food labels to help allergy sufferers
New EU labelling rules that took effect 13 December require restaurants
and other businesses to tell customers if their food could trigger
allergies or raise other health concerns.
6. Court of Justice says obesity can be disability
The Union's highest court ruled Thursday that obesity can be considered a
"disability" if it hinders an overweight person's performance at work.
Stem cell patenting: a human egg used to produce stem cells but unable
to develop into a viable embryo can be patented, the European Court of
Justice ruled on Thursday.
EU can't sign up to key rights convention, court rules
Top EU court rejects British visa rule
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Turkey: ministers agreed to take a harder line on Turkey's bid for
membership Tuesday, saying recent police raids on media outlets were
incompatible with EU democratic values.
EU could de-escalate sanctions if Russia shifts on Ukraine
EU welcomes US-Cuba accord as 'historical turning point'
Hamas: the EU scrambled to set the record straight on Hamas Wednesday
after an EU court ordered the removal of the Palestinian Islamist group
from its terror blacklist, infuriating Israel.
Juncker cuts new laws to slash red-tape
EU says working to keep Greece 'firmly' in the eurozone
Lima outcome 'a step forward' on way to Paris climate deal
2015 budget: the EU on Wednesday adopted a budget for next year that
contains seed money to launch the new Commission's investment plan to
revive the EU economy.
EP backs recognition of Palestinian state 'in principle'
Euro-MPs slam Venezuela opposition 'persecution
This week in plenary MEPs approved the EU-Georgia association deal; secured a deal to cap the fees that banks charge retailers to process shoppers' payments; urged the EU to step up efforts to help the steel industry out of the crisis; and awarded the Lux Prize to Polish-Danish film Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski.
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5-8 Jan: European Parliament Committee Meetings
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