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New film support rules - EUbusiness Week newsletter 637


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1. EU puts Germany in the dock over export success
2. EU, US return to trade talks under spy scandal cloud
3. Ukraine EU deal in jeopardy after parliament stalemate
4. Eurozone recovery slows as France contracts
5. EU set to improve rights of foreign seasonal workers
6. EU follows US in allowing portable electronics in-flight

Publisher's Note

State aid rules for the film industry were this week revised in a new Cinema Communication, which extends the scope for state aid from film production alone to all phases of an audiovisual work. Multi-state co-productions are also now able to receive aid of up to 60 per cent of the production budget.

Member States currently provide film support to the tune of around EUR 3bn every year - with France, the UK, Germany, Italy and Spain offering the most. The new rules will contribute towards ensuring the film industry's continued viability and competitiveness. They underline the importance of a vibrant audiovisual scene in shaping European identities as well as reflecting the EU's cultural diversity.
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Nick Prag
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1. EU puts Germany in the dock over export success

The Commission put Germany in the dock Wednesday, saying its runaway export success may harm a fragile EU economic recovery and does little to cut soaring unemployment.
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2. EU, US return to trade talks under spy scandal cloud

The EU and United States have at last sat down to a second round of talks on the world's largest free-trade accord, despite damaging revelations of US spying on its allies.
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3. Ukraine EU deal in jeopardy after parliament stalemate

Ukraine's prospects of signing a historic deal with the European Union are in some jeopardy, after parliament failed Wednesday to agree a bill that would allow the release of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko.
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4. Eurozone recovery slows as France contracts

Official data shows a tepid eurozone recovery slowing to a 'snail's pace' in the third quarter, with powerhouse Germany off its stride and France hit by a surprise contraction.
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5. EU set to improve rights of foreign seasonal workers

Seasonal workers from outside the EU are set to get better conditions, including a minimum wage and accommodation, under a deal between the European Parliament and national delegates.
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6. EU follows US in allowing portable electronics in-flight

The European Aviation Safety Agency said Wednesday it will allow passengers to use a range of mobile electronic devices in flight with very few restrictions.
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Ukraine: the lawyer of imprisoned Ukrainian ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko was to appear in court on Tuesday in a domestic violence case that the opposition denounced as a bid to torpedo the signing of a key deal with the EU.
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Parliament Watch

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Also this week, Parliament and Member State negotiators agreed draft EU legislation to reduce the riskiness of insurance firms' investments - and taxpayer exposure to them. At the ninth NSA inquiry hearing on the mass surveillance of EU citizens, Microsoft, Google and Facebook managers denied giving the NSA or any government in the world direct or unfettered access to their servers.
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