Turkey repression condemned - EUbusiness Week newsletter 813
EUbusiness Week 813 top stories: EU enlargement door opens for Western Balkans; Euro economy shows robust growth as forecasts revised; MEPs vote to end barriers to cross-border shopping; Parliament agrees reform of EU emissions trading system; Electricity backup systems given EC green light; Size of Euro-Parliament to shrink after Brexit
Strong condemnation of the Turkish regime this week as MEPs denounced
its attempts to censor criticism over its military assault of Afrin in
Syria. Calling for an end to Turkey's current state of emergency, they
said funds earmarked for pre-membership aid should be conditional on
improving its record on human rights and the rule of law.
Turkey's leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set for a rough ride at an
EU-Turkey leaders' meeting next month. Whether this will affect the EU's
commitment to its deal with Turkey on migration, however, remains to be
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1. EU enlargement door opens for Western Balkans
The European Commission set out a new strategy for the Western Balkans
Tuesday, spelling out priorities and areas for closer cooperation, and
areas for reform with a view to 'a credible enlargement perspective'.
2. Euro economy shows robust growth as forecasts revised
Growth rates for Europe's economy beat expectations last year as the
transition from economic recovery to expansion continues, according to
the EU's Winter Economic Forecast.
3. MEPs vote to end barriers to cross-border shopping
The EU Parliament ratified Tuesday an agreement to make it easier for
consumers to buy from a website based in another EU country, without the
obstacle of unjustified 'geo-blocking' practices.
4. Parliament agrees reform of EU emissions trading system
MEPs have approved a law to strengthen EU curbs on CO2 emissions from
industry, with a view to delivering on pledges made under the Paris
5. Electricity backup systems given EC green light
The Commission has approved under EU State aid rules six electricity
capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and
Poland, to safeguard security of electricity supply.
6. Size of Euro-Parliament to shrink after Brexit
Parliament should shrink from 751 to 705 MEPs when the UK leaves the EU,
whilst leaving room for possible new countries joining in the future,
following a vote by MEPs.
Louboutin: a trade mark combining colour and shape may be refused or
declared invalid on the grounds set out under EU trade mark law, the
advocate-general of the EU's top Court declared Wednesday.
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against Democratic People's Republic of Korea - EU-Norway agreement
signed, strengthening prevention of VAT fraud - EU-Turkey leaders'
meeting - EU-Georgia meeting - South Sudan sanctions
10 new projects under LIFE funding - EUR 98m to improve quality of life -
ECB guidelines on Eurosystem's monetary policy implementation - EUR 3.7
bn to tackle migration - MiFIR data reporting - Winter Interim Economic
Forecast - Twinning 2700 projects - electricity capacity mechanisms -
EC to assess acquisition of Shazam by Apple - EC approves Discovery
acquisition of Scripps - EU-Norway agreement - WEstern Balkans - EU
Auditors to examine food safety policy
European Medicines Agency - Bigger role for EU Investment Bank to tackle
migration - Parliament calls for thorough assessment of bi-annual time
change - MEPs call on Turkey to lift state of emergency - Venezuela: add
government and military chiefs to EU sanctions list - Pesticides:
Parliament approves special committee's composition - Human rights:
Russia, Egypt and Haiti - MEPs confirm blacklist of countries at risk of
money laundering - 'Spitzenkandidaten' process cannot be overturned,
say MEPs - Clean energy innovation needs change of mind-set
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