Press freedom boost for East - EUbusiness Week newsletter 675
EUbusiness Wee 675 top stories: Juncker battles to push through new team; EU keeps Russia sanctions as clashes resume in Ukraine; EU says Apple's Irish tax deals breach rules; Canada, EU formally conclude free trade pact; EU lacks appetite for UK 'traffic light' food labels; Balkans countries to cut roaming charges like EU
An agreement between the Commission and the European Broadcasting Union
to work to strengthen the independence of the media in the European
Neighbourhood Region highlights the work of the EBU in boosting freedom
of expression, a free press and media, as well as the key role played by
the European Neighbourhood Policy in fostering deep and sustainable
democracy in the EU's border regions.
At a time when Russia's focus appears to be to destabilise the countries around its own borders, the Eastern Partnership offers hope of a more stable future within the embrace of the democratic and free West. The EBU agreement will help to strengthen this process.
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1. Juncker battles to push through new team
New Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker battled Thursday to win
approval for his new team after a bitter struggle erupted in the
European Parliament over the French, British and Spanish candidates.
British, Spanish EU nominees in trouble
2. EU keeps Russia sanctions as clashes resume in Ukraine
The European Union on Tuesday decided to keep in place biting economic
sanctions on Russia over its alleged backing of pro-Kremlin insurgents
who have largely ignored the four-week Ukrainian truce.
Putin to boost Internet security without 'total control'
3. EU says Apple's Irish tax deals breach rules
Apple's sweetheart tax deals with Ireland breach rules on receiving
state aid, says the EU, in a case which could cost the US tech giant
billions if it is found at fault.
EU closes in on Gibraltar tax dealings
4. Canada, EU formally conclude free trade pact
Canadian and European leaders have formally concluded a free trade
agreement that is widely seen as a template for a larger pact between
the EU and the United States.
5. EU lacks appetite for UK 'traffic light' food labels
The EU ordered Britain Wednesday to answer complaints about its "traffic
light" anti-obesity food label system, which Mediterranean countries
say is unfair towards products such as cheese and ham.
6. Balkans countries to cut roaming charges like EU
Four Balkans countries have signed an accord to reduce roaming charges
for mobile phone users in the region to the level prevalent in the EU.
Lithuanian boat: a Russian court is due to decide next week whether to
release a Lithuanian fishing boat that was seized by Russian border
guards to the alarm of the EU.
Deadly 'bath salts' legal high banned across EU
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French deficit: France's finance minister forecast that the country's
budget deficit would scrape below the EU ceiling by 2017, as he unveiled
his annual budget.
Creeping angst in Germany as economists fear best is over
Polish PM engineers handshake between predecessor and foe
EU 'concerned' over Hong Kong protests, urges restraint
Malmstroem: incoming Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem on Monday
opened the door to scrapping a controversial yet central element of the
giant EU-US free trade deal that lets corporations sue governments.
France's Moscovici vows to uphold EU budget rules
Britain's Commissioner vows to work for Europe
Russia: the EU has condemned Russia for barring entry to a Member of the
European Parliament who flew to Moscow to observe a trial of a
Ukrainian pilot accused of espionage.
This week MEPs exercised their power of democratic scrutiny in hearings to quiz the 27 Commissioners-designate.
6 Oct: European Parliament Committee Meetings
7-9 Oct: EurOCEAN 2014
8 Oct: Winners of the European Union Prize for Literature
8 Oct: Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council
9-10 Oct: Justice and Home Affairs Council
9 Oct: High Level Energy Security Conference
The Week Ahead
Other news on EUbusiness this week
EU-brokered Ukraine-Russia gas talks postponed 2-Oct
Poland may veto CO2 emission cuts in EU talks 2-Oct
Euro must be stronger before Poland joins: new PM 1-Oct
Eurozone inflation hits 5yr low in challenge to ECB 30-Sep
More EU aid to farmers hurt by Russia sanctions 30-Sep
Ireland back in spotlight over Apple tax deal 29-Sep
Europe widens in-flight use of portable electronics 28-Sep
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celeb' comment", Ben writes:
"I agree with Oettinger!...If we are not smart enough to understand that
our smart phones automatically back things up in the cloud then maybe
we are not smart enough to have smart phones. At some point we need to
start taking responsibility for the risks we take."
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