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Time to speed up climate action - EUbusiness Week newsletter 851


27-09-2019

EUbusiness Week 952 top stories: Suspension of Parliament unlawful, rules UK Supreme Court; 2030 energy efficiency targets receive EU boost; EU states agree taxonomy for sustainable business; One hour for Internet firms to remove terrorist content; EU staff budget savings come at a cost to workforce; Nantes named European Capital of Innovation 2019

Publisher's Note

Further and faster was the message to Europe at the climate action summit at the United Nations this week. The summit's aim was to advance climate action and to step up implementation of the Paris Agreement. Turning targets into concrete action is now most important. A lot of investment is needed if the EU is to become climate neutral by 2050. The new president-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, plans to present a 'European Green Deal' in her first one hundred days in office. And if Europe is to reach its target, it will have to speed up efforts towards adopting a more ambitious climate target by early next year.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Suspension of Parliament unlawful, rules UK Supreme Court

The prorogation of Britain's Parliament by Boris Johnson was unlawful, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a huge setback for the prime minister and his no-deal Brexit strategy.
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2. 2030 energy efficiency targets receive EU boost

The Commission adopted on Wednesday three recommendations to help the Member States with transposing and implementing the EU's amending Directive on Energy Efficiency.
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3. EU states agree taxonomy for sustainable business

EU ambassadors have given a green light to a proposal for a first EU-wide classification system, or 'taxonomy', to allow businesses to determine what economic activities can be termed sustainable.
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4. One hour for Internet firms to remove terrorist content

Internet companies would be forced to remove content promoting terrorism within an hour of being informed, under EU rules adopted by an EU Parliament committee Wednesday.
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5. EU staff budget savings come at a cost to workforce

A 2014 EU staff reforms package achieved significant savings, says a report from the European Court of Auditors, but it had negative consequences for human resources.
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6. Nantes named European Capital of Innovation 2019

The city of Nantes in north-west France has been named the European Capital of Innovation 2019, the Commission announced at the European Research and Innovation Days.
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EUROPEAN LAW

Right to be forgotten: Google's 'right to be forgotten', defined as "the right to silence on past events in life that are no longer occurring", only applies in Member States, the EU's top Court ruled on Tuesday.
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Latest news from the European Court of Justice
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

New ECB executive board member - EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta - sustainable finance classification system - ACP joint declaration - UN Climate Action Summit Tusk speech
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Commission Watch

European Battery Alliance - Bulgarian research centres - EU-UN Spotlight Initiative - Central African Republic aid - Education and training - strategic ties with Asia - European Capital of Innovation - European Chief Prosecutor - von der Leyen media relations team
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Parliament Watch

Hearings of the Commissioners-designate - new EU Chief Prosecutor - Terrorist content online - Schengen: MEPs ready for negotiations on temporary checks at national borders - Brexit state of play - 2019 European elections: Record turnout driven by young people - MEPs quiz ECB President Mario Draghi for last time
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EU diary

30 Sep: European Days for sustainable circular economy
30 Sep-3 Oct: European Parliament Committee Meetings
30 Sep: Empowering women through international trade
30 Sep-2 Oct: Europe for gender equality?
2 Oct: Reaching climate neutrality
2 Oct: EU Beach CleanUp 2019
3-4 Oct: EU Arctic Forum
3 Oct: European Defence Fund
4 Oct: Environment Council
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Long-term diary

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Press

Key Sponsors and Speakers to join SMi's Benelux Infrastructure Forum 2019 in Amsterdam
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Jobs

Project Officer Standardisation, European Defence Agency
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Guides

EU-UN Spotlight Initiative - Q&A
Safer, easier electronic payments and online banking
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Events

16 Oct, London: Mental Health in the Workplace
31 Oct, Abu Dhabi: Citizenship and Residency Exhibition 2019
7 Nov, Brussels: EU Financial Regulation Conference
20 Nov, Amsterdam: 18th Annual Benelux Infrastructure Forum
27 Nov, London: Connected Car Summit
EU-Africa Business Summit
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Publications

Education and Training Monitor EU analysis, volume 1 2019
Intellectual property rights intensive industries and economic performance in the European Union
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Links

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