Tussle over budget rules - EUbusiness Week newsletter 669
EUbusiness Week 669 top stories: Eurozone leaders in tussle over budget rules; EU hits French drug maker with huge fine over generics; Britain wins carbon capture funding from EU; EU targeting Amazon tax deals in crackdown: report; Switzerland gets the edge on EU with China trade deal; Migration helps boost EU population to 507.4 million
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support for regions to get the broadband they need. This can include
expert feedback, help on accessing finance, and now access to the EU's
regional and structural funds which have, for the first time, made
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So if you represent a region, local authority or city and want to develop your local broadband network, don't delay, make sure you send in your proposal by 15 October.
1. Eurozone leaders in tussle over budget rules
Leaders from struggling eurozone economies continued a push to loosen
strict EU budget rules Monday despite firm opposition from Germany,
which feels that flexibility must be matched by structural reform.
ECB chief calls for EU structural reform framework
2. EU hits French drug maker with huge fine over generics
The EU has hit French drugs giant Servier with a huge EUR 331m fine for
colluding to delay a cheaper generic version of perindopril, a popular
blood pressure treatment.
Nations join forces against 'exorbitant' hepatitis C drug
3. Britain wins carbon capture funding from EU
A coal-burning power plant in Yorkshire is one of 19 schemes taking part
in a EUR 1 bn EU effort to fight global warming and encourage
innovation towards green energy.
4. EU targeting Amazon tax deals in crackdown: report
The EU is looking to add online shopping giant Amazon to a wide-ranging
probe into preferential tax deals offered to multinationals by three
member states, says a report.
5. Switzerland gets the edge on EU with China trade deal
Switzerland has one-upped its European Union neighbours with a free
trade deal with China that its politicians and business sector say is
crucial to boosting ties with the world's second-largest economy.
6. Migration helps boost EU population to 507.4 million
The population of the European Union stood at 507.4 million people on
January 1, Eurostat data showed on Thursday, with a significant boost
Apple: Apple has the right to trademark its flagship store design, the
EU's highest court said on Thursday, though under certain conditions.
EU court slaps down German language-for-visa rule for Turks
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Juncker: Jean-Claude Juncker does not want a European Union without
Britain and will not fight attempts to repatriate powers to Westminster
from Brussels, according to the Daily Telegraph.
EU ministers adopt plan stop young European jihadists
EU wants to help Italy with boat migrants, but not share burden
Juncker: jockeying for the EU's top posts intensified Tuesday when
Jean-Claude Juncker, the conservative nominee to helm the Commission,
said a socialist might take on the prized economic portfolio.
Barroso tells court he is victim of slander
Women Commissioners call for '10 or more' in EU top jobs
Committees: following the election of a President, Vice-Presidents and
Quaestors last week, parliamentary committees have now elected
chair-persons and their deputies for next two and a half years.
This week political groups quizzed Commission President-designate Jean-Claude Juncker, ahead of the plenary vote on his candidature scheduled for 15 July.
14 Jul: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
14-18 Jul: Start of 6th Round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
14-17 Jul: European Parliament Plenary Session
16 Jul: European Council
17 Jul: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
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Switzerland halts pork imports over swine fever fears 8-Jul
Call for proposals for ERC Advanced Grant 8-Jul
Sofia backs Moscow in U-turn on gas pipeline 7-Jul
Why does Europe hate GM food and is it about to change its mind? 7-Jul
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