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The value of cohesion policy - EUbusiness Week newsletter 818


EUbusiness Week 818 top stories: EC looks to clamp down on unfair food trading practices; European consumers offered right to collective redress; Member states approve posting of workers compromise; Brussels confirms antitrust raids on sports media firms; Road safety targets unlikely to be met: EU report; Concern over decrease in EU development aid

Publisher's Note

The direction of EU cohesion policy - a policy enshrined in the EU Treaties - was debated by EU ministers this week, as the Commission prepares plans for a new policy post-2020. The stated aim of cohesion policy is to improve the economic well-being of EU regions and to avoid regional disparities. In these times of increased nationalism, the debate over a future cohesion policy is doubly important, because it is essential a debate about the future of Europe.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. EC looks to clamp down on unfair food trading practices

The Commission put forward proposals Thursday to ban the most damaging unfair trade practices in the food supply chain, with a view to ensuring fairer treat�ment for smaller food and farming businesses.
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2. European consumers offered right to collective redress

A 'New Deal for Consumers' proposes a European collective redress right as part of a package to ensure that European consumers fully benefit from their rights under Union law.
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3. Member states approve posting of workers compromise

EU ambassadors have approved a text negotiated with the Euro-Parliament on the posting of workers - employees sent to work in another EU member state on a temporary basis.
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4. Brussels confirms antitrust raids on sports media firms

EU officials have carried out unannounced inspections in several Member States at the premises of companies active in the distribution of media rights and related rights relating to sports events and broadcasting.
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5. Road safety targets unlikely to be met: EU report

While 2017 showed an improvement in the number of fatalities on Europe's roads, reaching the EU's goal of halving road fatalities between 2010 and 2020 will be challenging, according to an EU report.
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6. Concern over decrease in EU's development aid

A decline in development aid from the EU and its Member States is linked to an 80 per cent reduction in debt relief operations and a decrease in in-donor refugee costs, the EU Commission said Tuesday.
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Uber: Member States can prohibit illegal exercise of transport activities in the context of the UberPop service without alerting the Commission in advance of draft criminal legislation, the EU Court ruled Tuesday.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Council secures European Youth Orchestra's future - Georgia financial assistance - updated rules on lorry and bus drivers' training - cross-border parcel delivery rules to boost e-commerce - Iran sanctions - cohesion policy - Posting of workers - North Korea sanctions - CO2 emissions of lorries, buses and coaches
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Commission Watch

Unfair trade practices in food supply chain - New Deal for Consumers - trust in scientific studies on food safety - EU risk assessment model in food chain - DIGITAL DAY 2018 - EU world's leading donor of development assistance - VentureEU investment in Europe's innovative start-ups - road safety data - sports media rights raids - support for Zimbabwe
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Parliament Watch

Democracy and fundamental rights in Hungary - MEPs deplore lack of transparency in selecting Commission Secretary General - Carcinogens in the workplace - media independence - cohesion policy budget
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EU diary

16-19 Apr: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2018
16-19 Apr: European Parliament plenary session
16-17 Apr: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
16 Apr: Foreign Affairs Council
18 Apr: Clean energy for all Europeans
18-19 Apr: Demographic scenarios for EU - role of migration
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