UK demands weigh on EU summit - EUbusiness Week newsletter 729
EUbusiness Week 729 top stories: EU leaders face calls to bridge divide on migrants; Turkey relaunches EU bid as part of migrant deal; Euro-MPs to probe EU role in VW scandal; Baltic electricity plan turns tables on Russia; EU to strengthen data protection; EU adopts new plane tracking rules
Migration may top the agenda for the EU summit in Brussels, but David
Cameron is making sure British demands for the UK referendum claim their
share of attention. The stumbling point is depriving migrants working
in Britain of benefits in the first years of arrival - discriminatory
and against the core principle of free movement. A compromise will no
doubt be found, but maybe not till the next summit. Move LINK xxxxxx
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1. EU leaders face calls to bridge divide on migrants
European leaders holding their year-end summit on Thursday were urged to
bury their differences over the migration crisis and restore the
security of the EU's borders.
Cameron urges EU to 'work together' on British demands
2. Turkey relaunches EU bid as part of migrant deal
Turkey and the EU officially launched a new stage in Ankara's
long-stalled membership bid on Monday as part of a deal aimed at
tackling the migration crisis.
Turkey deal does little to cut migrant flow: EU report
3. Euro-MPs to probe EU role in VW scandal
MEPs have approved a wide-ranging probe into the Volkswagen emissions
scandal and allegations that EU regulators turned a blind eye to
suspicious pollution testing of diesel cars.
EU probes VW for alleged misuse of funds
4. Baltic electricity plan turns tables on Russia
When Lithuania inaugurated two electrical links to the West on Monday,
it launched a process that will reduce reliance on Russian electricity,
and could one day make Russia dependent on the Baltic grids.
Russia suspends free trade deal with Ukraine from 2016
5. EU to strengthen data protection
The EU has reached a "strong compromise" on data protection, after four
years of talks, though Member States failed to agree on a 13-year age
limit for parental consent for social media.
6. EU adopts new plane tracking rules
The EU on Wednesday adopted new rules on plane tracking, which could
prove key to preventing a repeat of the mysterious disappearance of
flight MH370 in March 2014.
Hormone disrupting chemicals: the Commission has breached EU law by
failing to arrange for identifying harmful chemicals in everyday
products, the EU's General Court has ruled.
EU Court overturns huge fines for air cargo 'cartel'
EU to appeal Court annulment of Morocco trade deal
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Russia: Lithuania and Poland have warned Brussels against sending
"encouraging" signals to Moscow over closer trade ties with a
Russian-led bloc amid tensions over Ukraine.
Bulgaria adopts controversial legal reforms
EU demands Italy use force to fingerprint all migrants
Britain's AAA rating threatened by EU exit risk: S&P
Borders: the EU unveiled plans Tuesday for a new border and coastguard
force that can intervene even without the host country's consent, saying
it had to restore security threatened by the migration crisis.
Serbia, EU launch accession talks
Juncker stakes leadership on Schengen
Diesel: Euro-MPs have firmly rejected Commission plans to allow diesel car makers to continue to exceed pollution limits.
MEPs want Hungary closely monitored over rights
Saudi blogger's wife accepts Sakharov prize for husband
Also in plenary this week, MEPs called for a tougher arms export regime; and said that a ban on patenting of products obtained by conventional breeding techniques, such as crossing, is essential to sustain innovation, food security and small businesses.
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