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Stir over vacuum cleaners - EUbusiness Week newsletter 795


EUbusiness Week 795 top stories: Countering 'hybrid' security threats a priority, says EU; Tougher car emissions tests start in EU; Energy-gobbling vacuum cleaners outlawed by EU; EU cuts Baltic eastern cod quota by 28 pct; Brussels aims for fairer food supply chain; Work-related accidents cost EU EUR 476 bn a year

Publisher's Note

Welcome back after the summer break. Not much to report yet. Though one reader objected to new rules for vacuum cleaners, saying Brexit was understandable, with new rules "telling us how to control our lives eliminating our carbon footprint".

On the other hand, Frederik Dahlman says people forget that "energy efficiency measures for our consumer goods and products ... are really the flipside to many other energy debates, for example, on the building of new power stations or the sourcing of fossil fuels. Reducing our energy consumption while ensuring that we get as much (if not more) output or utility from our equipment, homes and cars is the most economic and environmentally-friendly way to avoid many other energy issues and debates".
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. EU sets out guiding principles for Brexit Ireland talks

The EU's chief negotiator voiced concern Thursday over the UK's stance on Ireland and Northern Ireland, as the Commission set out its principles for the political dialogue in the Brexit negotiations.
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Start negotiating seriously, EU tells United Kingdom

2. Tougher car emissions tests start in EU

New car models have to pass new and more reliable emissions tests in real driving condition as well as an improved laboratory test, before they can be driven on European roads from 1 September.
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3. Energy-gobbling vacuum cleaners outlawed by EU

Vacuum cleaners sold in Europe are to be more cost- and energy-efficient, as a result of EU rules which outlaw new vacuum cleaners using more than 900 watts and emitting more than 80 decibels.
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4. EU cuts Baltic eastern cod quota by 28 pct

The European Commission adopted Tuesday a proposal for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2018 which would significantly reduce catches of Baltic eastern cod and ban all marine eel fisheries.
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5. Brussels aims for fairer food supply chain

The Commission has launched an EU-wide public consultation on how to make the EU food supply chain fairer, aiming to address unfair trading practices in agri-food products.
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6. Work-related accidents cost EU EUR 476 bn a year

Work-related ill-health and injury costs the EU 3.3 per cent of its GDP, or EUR 476 billion every year, according to new estimates of the cost of poor occupational safety and health.
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Intel fine: the EU's top Court sent back for review Wednesday a previous General Court ruling which upheld a fine of EUR 1.06 billion imposed on Intel in 2009 by the Commission for abuse of a dominant position.
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Court dismisses challenge to migrant quota scheme
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Statement by President Donald Tusk on the DPRK nuclear test
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Commission Watch

Guiding Principles for Dialogue on Ireland and Northern Ireland - EU to launch global Alliance for Torture-Free Trade - Consumer Authorities and Commission urge Volkswagen to finalise repairs of all cars affected by emissions scandal - 2017 security priorities - Eurostat figures: GDP, retail trade, Industrial producer prices - Transparency Register negotiations - European Agenda on Migration progress - German rescue aid to Air Berlin approved - G7 Statement on North Korea - Apprenticeships abroad
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Parliament Watch

Brexit: joint statement by EP President and Brexit coordinator - Strengthening security: EU has key role to play, say Commissioner King and MEPs - First political meeting ahead of Transparency Register negotiations - ECJ ruling on refugees: no more excuses to delay transfers from Italy and Greece - Brexit: MEPs worried about UK position on British "divorce bill" - EU counter-terrorism efforts to be debated with Commissioner Avramopoulos
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EU diary

11-14 Sep: European Parliament Plenary Session
12 Sep: Vegetable varieties open day
13 Sep: President Juncker's State of the Union Speech 2017
14-15 Sep: East and West: civil societies in cooperation
14 Sep: Justice and Home Affairs Council
14-16 Sep: European Young Leaders
15 Sep: Eurogroup
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