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Protecting our 5G future - EUbusiness Week newsletter 848


EUbusiness Week 848 top stories: EU seals deal to ban single-use plastics; Speed limiters to be mandatory in EU cars from 2022; Euro-MPs pass controversial Internet copyright law; Daylight saving time change set to end in 2021; EU slaps EUR 12.5m antitrust fine on Nike; EU to invest EUR 421m in smart, green transport projects

Publisher's Note

5G technology is expected to transform Europe's economy and open up big opportunities for business, with worldwide revenues estimated at EUR 225 billion in 2025. Threats to this key asset are an increasing concern, though, and the EU put forward this week its strategy for protecting 5G networks across the EU. This is important not only for the future functioning of society and our economy, in areas such as energy, transport, banking and health. It also means protecting democratic processes, such as elections, against outside interference and the spread of disinformation.
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Nick Prag
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1. EU seals deal to ban single-use plastics

The EU Parliament gave its green light Wednesday to measures to tackle marine litter, targeting 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches, as well as abandoned fishing gear.
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2. Speed limiters to be mandatory in EU cars from 2022

Safety features such as speed limiters and advanced emergency-braking systems would need to be installed in new vehicles from May 2022, under Tuesday's provisional agreement by the EU institutions.
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3. Euro-MPs pass controversial Internet copyright law

Parliament has approved new Internet copyright rules giving Internet platforms liability content users upload, and journalists a share of copyright-related revenue obtained by their news publisher.
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4. Daylight saving time change set to end in 2021

2021 could be the last year with a seasonal time change in the EU following a vote by MEPs to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn.
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5. EU slaps EUR 12.5m antitrust fine on Nike

The Commission has fined Nike EUR 12.5 million for banning traders from selling the licensed products of some of Europe's best-known football clubs to other countries within the EEA.
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6. EU to invest EUR 421m in smart, green transport projects

The Commission is proposing investment of EUR 421 million in projects promoting digitalisation and fostering intelligent, safe and sustainable finance transport infrastructure projects.
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German energy law: a German law that gave support to businesses producing electricity from renewable energy sources did not involve state aid, the EU's top Court said Thursday in a ruling annulling the Commission decision.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Future research and innovation programme - Golan Heights - Non-performing loans: secondary markets for bad loans - InvestEU common understanding - cross-border mobility of companies - March European Council meetings report - restrictive measures against Korea - rule of law and democracy in Guatemala - restrictive measures against Syria - Railway safety and connectivity with the UK Brexit contingency measures
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Commission Watch

WTO Boeing dispute victory- Report on EU trade defence - CO2 emission standards for cars and vans - Venezuela emergency aid - healthy eating habits for schoolchildren - European Citizens' NewRightsNow initiative - security of 5G networks - Clean Energy - Road safety rules - probe into Novelis proposed Aleris acquisition - Car rentals more transparent pricing - Nike antitrust fine
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Parliament Watch

Malta and Slovakia: lack of judicial independence and corruption - Dieselgate: call for mandatory retrofits of polluting cars - Venezuela: free presidential elections and end to repression - Erasmus+ 2021-2027 - quality of tap water - cutting plastic litter - EU Border and Coast Guard - regional and cohesion funding - CO2 emissions limits for cars and vans - ban on throwaway plastics - more funds for human rights, development and peace - Brexit and relations with China - Mobility package postponed - EU spending in 2017
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EU diary

1-2 Apr: European Parliament Committee Meetings
2 Apr: #EUmovers award ceremony
2-3 Apr: European Forum on the rights of the child
2 Apr: European Citizens' Initiative Day: Digital voices
2 Apr: employment and labour Mediterranean conference
2-3 Apr: European Migration Forum
4 Apr: Participatory financing for sustainable energy
4 Apr: Revitalising and modernising the small retail sector
4 Apr: Investor day for women innovators
5 Apr: Brownfield redevelopment in the EU
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9 Apr, London: Air Mission Planning and Support Conference
24 Apr, London: Connected Cars Summit
2 May, Crete: CLOSER 2019 - International Conference on Cloud Computing and Services Science
10 Jun, London: Responsible Business Summit Europe 2019
22 Jul, Bilbao: Lobbying Summer Academy
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