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R&D focus on innovation - EUbusiness Week newsletter 824


EUbusiness Week 824 top stories: EU to retaliate over US steel tariffs from July; EP, Council deal on EU-wide money laundering penalties; EU agrees cap on international call fees by 2019; Ultra-fast broadband behind target: EU auditors; EU launches pollinator initiative to save our bees; Drugs report highlights resurgence of cocaine in Europe

Publisher's Note

The next EU research framework programme, Horizon Europe, focuses on innovation and on getting high potential and breakthrough technologies from lab to market. Start-ups and smaller businesses will welcome the new European Innovation Council being created to support them during the whole cycle of market creating innovation, turning first class research into business opportunities. With a budget of EUR 100 billion, promoting scientific excellence can have a substantial effect on growth, trade and investment. Around two-thirds of Europe's economic growth over the last decades has been driven by innovation.
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1. EU to retaliate over US steel tariffs from July

In its response to the US imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium products, the EU is to apply additional duties to selected imports from the United States from July.
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EU launches WTO case against China

2. EP, Council deal on EU-wide money laundering penalties

The European Parliament and EU Member States reached provisional agreement Thursday on strengthened criminal law measures to counter money laundering.
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3. EU agrees cap on international call fees by 2019

Parliament and Council have reached political agreement to update the EU's telecoms rules, giving EU citizens access to a 5G network by 2020 and capping costs of international calls.
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4. Ultra-fast broadband behind target: EU auditors

Although broadband coverage has generally been improving across the EU, not all targets set for 2020 will be met, according to a new European Court of Auditors report.
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5. EU launches pollinator initiative to save our bees

With one in ten pollinating insects on the verge of extinction, and a third of bee and butterfly species declining, the EU has launched its first-ever initiative to address the decline of wild pollinating insects.
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6. Drugs report highlights resurgence of cocaine in Europe

The European Drug Report 2018, issued by the EU drugs agency Thursday, highlights increased availability of cocaine in Europe, with around 2.3 million young adults having used the drug in the last year.
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Gay rights: while Member States have the freedom to decide whether to legalise same-sex marriages, they have no right to deny residence rights to spouses of the same sex, the EU's top court ruled Tuesday.
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June 2018 infringements package: key decisions
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Euro-Parliament elections: agreement on measures to modernise EU electoral law - EU makes it easier to recover unpaid road tolls - Tackling marine litter: Council agrees stance on port reception facilities - New rules to make sure money laundering criminals are punished - Safeguarding competition in air transport
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Commission Watch

European Drug Report 2018 - EU tops global agri-food trade - EUR 1.5m humanitarian aid to refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina - New Single Market programme - EU R&D programme - Venezuela aid - EC refers Spain to Court over waste management - EU trade defence rules enter into force - updated audiovisual rules - June infringements - EU duties on US products - update for EU telecoms rules - fundamental rights in EU 2017 - EUR 9.2 bn investment in digital programme - EU-Armenia relations - connecting Europeans with high-performance infrastructure - EUR 16 bn Space Programme - InvestEU - telecoms markets in the 5G era - competition policy issues with Mexico - European Development Days
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Parliament Watch

Money laundering deal - Telecoms deal - Halting spread of drug resistance from animals to humans deal - Discussion at Europe House: Brexit & Food - New rules on drivers' working conditions and fair competition in road transport - No barriers to free flow of non-personal data in EU
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EU diary

11 Jun: Transport, Telecommunications & Energy Council
11-14 Jun: European Parliament plenary session
11 Jun: REACH review: stakeholder conference
11-12 Jun: Future motorway and urban traffic systems
13 Jun: Conference: EU for Talanoa
14 Jun: 2nd high-level FOOD 2030 conference
14-15 Jun: Skills anticipation methods and practices
14-15 Jun: European Validation Festival: unlocking talents
15 Jun: Regulatory scrutiny in the EU
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