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SMEs to build Europe's economy - EUbusiness Week newsletter 801


EUbusiness Week 801 top stories: Migration and Iran head EU summit agenda; EU bolsters defences against terrorism; MEPs propose ban on glyphosate herbicide by 2020; EU-US Privacy Shield review finds room for improvement; MEPs demand fair protection for posted workers; Over half of Britons see EU membership as a benefit

Publisher's Note

As EU leaders met for their two-day summit Thursday they would do well to hear the call from Europe's smaller businesses to ensure the Single Market works for them.

The burden of regulation and national rules falls more heavily on SMEs, who make up the bulk of Europe's companies. "The EU therefore needs to design regulation to avoid standing in the way of the vibrant entrepreneurial initiative which SMEs can bring to the economy," says EuroCommerce's Christian Verschueren. This should be the EU priority now, he says, calling on governments and EU institutions to takes the steps now to make it happen.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. No breakthrough on Brexit expected at EU summit

Despite an appeal by the British prime minister, a breakthrough on the Brexit talks is not expected on the second day of an EU summit that focused on migration, digital Europe, defence, and external relations.
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2. EU bolsters defences against terrorism

A package of anti-terrorism measures announced Wednesday will help address vulnerabilities exposed by recent terrorist attacks and make a real difference in enhancing security, says the Commission.
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3. MEPs propose ban on glyphosate herbicide by 2020

MEPs on the EP's Environment Committee have backed a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2020 and immediate restrictions on use of the substance.
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4. EU-US Privacy Shield review finds room for improvement

The EU- U.S. Privacy Shield is doing its job in protecting EU personal data but there is some room for improving its implementation, the Commission says in its annual review.
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MEPs adopted new draft rules Tuesday to ensure that posted workers are better protected and fair competition for companies, with changes concerning remuneration, duration of posting and temporary agencies.
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55 per cent of British people consider EU membership to have been of benefit to the country, according to a Parliament survey, with only 26 per cent seeing no benefit.
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Police height: a Greek law laying down a minimum height requirement irrespective of sex as a criterion for admission to a police school, may discriminate against women, the EU's top court ruled on Wednesday.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Supporting the Future of Syria - tripartite social summit - restrictive measures against ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaeda - Extending current aviation rules in the EU emissions trading system - Climate finance: contributions up to EUR 20.2 billion in 2016 - Deal on agricultural aspects of Omnibus regulation confirmed - Iran nuclear deal: EU statement
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Commission Watch

European Statistics Day - EC approves acquisition of Bard by BD, subject to conditions - anti-terrorism package - EU-U.S. Privacy Shield review - security measures - Eurostat figures: Production in construction, the life of women and men in Europe, annual inflation, international trade in goods - EC probes proposed merger of Celanese and Blackstone acetate tow activities - Turkey: Emergency Social Safety Net - financial assistance for Jordan
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Parliament Watch

All EU countries must take fair share of asylum seekers - Aviation emissions deal - Stronger privacy rules for online communications - Beefing up EU border controls: pre-screening visa-exempted travellers - EU countries fail to fight money laundering and tax evasion, finds committee - Public confidence in EU and Parliament continues to grow - Discover this year's Lux Film Prize finalists
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EU diary

24-26 Oct: Lisbon Addictions 2017
24-25 Oct: Manufuture 2017
25-27 Oct: Eastern Partnership civil society conference
26 Oct: Electronic official control of food & plant products
26-28 Oct: Eastern Partnership business forum
27 Oct: Climathon 2017
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