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The future of EU justice - EUbusiness Week newsletter 652


EUbusiness Week 652 top stories: Ukraine PM says EU accord may be signed next week; Ecofin ministers tweak bank closure plans; EU edges towards renewable energy targets; EU ready to plug in to 'universal' mobile phone charger; EU mackerel deal with Norway and Faroes angers Iceland; Romanian, Bulgarian students hit by UK migrant crackdown

Publisher's Note

The Commission on Tuesday set out a new vision for EU justice policy, aiming to boost progress towards a common European area of justice based on trust, mobility and growth by 2020.

The new framework looks to improve trust in other Member States' justice systems, reinforce rights for buying and selling across borders, improve access to justice and help resolve cross-border disputes - by means of consolidation, codifying EU law and practice and new initiatives where necessary. "We have come a long way, but there is more to do to develop a true European area of Justice," said Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

1. Ukraine PM says EU accord may be signed next week

Ukraine's new leaders are likely to sign the long-awaited political accord with the EU next week, interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said after talks at the White House.
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European Parliament calls for EU sanctions on Russia
Baltic states jittery over 'unpredictable' Russia

2. Ecofin ministers tweak bank closure plans

EU finance ministers have agreed changes to their scheme for closing down failing banks, aiming to strike a compromise deal with the European Parliament which opposed original plans.
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3. EU edges towards renewable energy targets

The Union is making steady progress towards its 2020 renewable energy target, a key effort in curbing the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, Eurostat data shows.
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4. EU ready to plug in to 'universal' mobile phone charger

The European Union took another step on Thursday towards the mandatory introduction of a common mobile phone charger, which could power-up all makes of handsets.
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5. EU mackerel deal with Norway and Faroes angers Iceland

The EU has reached an agreement over controversial mackerel quotas with Norway and the Faroe Islands, prompting an angry reaction from Iceland on Thursday.
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6. Romanian, Bulgarian students hit by UK migrant crackdown

Forced to choose between food and their books, Bulgarian and Romanian students in Britain are hitting back at the government's decision to suspend their financial lifeline.
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Syria sanctions: a European court has upheld EU sanctions against the sister of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, finding that her strong family ties justified the decision.
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Latest Court of Justice judgements
EU Law Firms
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Serbia polls: Serbs will vote in snap polls on Sunday with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) tipped to capitalise on a wave of public support after opening EU membership talks.
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Merkel welcomes Czech 'yes' to EU fiscal rules
Chinese president to make first EU visit
EU leaders to meet in Flanders to commemorate WWI
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Commission Watch

Ukraine: the EU will offer Ukraine trade breaks worth EUR 500m a year as an immediate gesture of support, Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said on Tuesday.
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In Iran, Ashton says no guarantee on nuclear deal
EU's four top jobs up for grabs
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Parliament Watch

Conservatives: European conservatives have picked former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker as their candidate to be the next Commission president, igniting the centre-right grouping's campaign for the European elections.
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Populists to make inroads in EU parliament election
MEPs back sanctions on Uganda, Nigeria over gay rights
This week, MEPs rejected new labelling rules for engineered nanomaterials by the Commission; criticised failure to support SMEs, spur growth and fight unemployment; and debated how to reconcile industrial competitiveness with climate targets.
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