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EUbusiness Week 692 top stories: EU ready for 'necessary steps' if Ukraine pact breached; Greece hopeful of 'positive' climate at EU summit; EU, US agree to 'full throttle' free trade talks; Hungary to cut EU's highest bank tax; US hopes EU will pool airline passenger data; Swiss government presents bill to rein in EU immigration.
Energy moved centre stage this last week, as Commission and ministers
discussed wide-ranging ideas for an Energy Union to be unveiled later
this month. These will centre around energy security, the internal
energy market, renewable energy, energy efficiency and investment in
Much rests on these plans, which could provide a big boost for Europe's economy, create jobs and help Europe meet it climate change goals. Most importantly, they should ensure that we have control of our own energy supply.
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1. EU ready for 'necessary steps' if Ukraine pact breached
The EU warned Russia Thursday it was ready to take further measures in
addition to the sanctions it has already imposed if a new Ukraine peace
pact is breached, the bloc's president Donald Tusk said.
Russia sanctions have cost the EU 21 bn euros
2. Greece hopeful of 'positive' climate at EU summit
Greece expects a "positive" climate at Thursday evening's EU summit
despite a failure to agree on its anti-austerity demands a day earlier,
says a government source.
Greece's reform pitch to EU creditors
3. EU, US agree to 'full throttle' free trade talks
The United States and European Union have agreed to work "full throttle"
to secure the world's biggest-ever free trade deal despite growing
scepticism on both sides of the Atlantic.
4. Hungary to cut EU's highest bank tax
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced that his government
will start easing the highest bank tax in the EU, which has angered
foreign financial institutions.
5. US hopes EU will pool airline passenger data
The United States says it wants the EU to pool data on airline
passengers to bolster security and prevent Islamist extremists from
staging attacks on the West.
6. Swiss government presents bill to rein in EU immigration
The Swiss government on Wednesday presented a bill for new quotas on
immigration from the European Union, a year after voters narrowly
approved such curbs and put the country on collision course with
Egypt: the EU has denounced as a violation of Egypt's human rights
obligations an Egyptian court's confirmation of death sentences against
183 men convicted of killing 13 policemen.
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Greece: Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Tuesday extended an
olive branch to Athens a day ahead of a crucial meeting to discuss the
stand-off over Greece's bailout, saying he was "extremely willing" to
work for a solution.
British business leader urges early EU referendum
Germany's anti-euro party eyes first wins in western state
Energy Union: cheaper global oil prices present a "golden opportunity"
for the EU to advance its plans for an Energy Union, says Commission
vice president Maros Sefcovic.
EU pledges EUR 1 bn for Syria, Iraq fight against IS
Pristina asks EU to expel illegal Kosovo migrants
LuxLeaks: Euro-MPs approved a probe Thursday into suspect tax breaks
that critics said had been watered down, as the Luxleaks scandal
continues to dog current Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
In plenary this week, MEPs set up a special parliamentary committee to look into Member States' tax rulings; called for EU-wide measures to help patients to access affordable and innovative medicines; and called for an aid and donor conference on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and Syria.
16 Feb: Eurogroup
17 Feb: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
18 Feb: A Capital Markets Union to unlock investments in Europe
19-21 Feb: European Competition Law for National Judges
20 Feb: 'Destination Europe' Conference
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EU patrol 'woefully inadequate' for saving migrants 12-Feb
Norse seamen battling a tide of human misery 12-Feb
Russian embargo: Polish farmers hit roads in protest 11-Feb
Greece anti-corruption minister battles tax evasion 11-Feb
Merkel: Waiting for 'sustainable proposal' from Greece 9-Feb
Anti-Western sentiment 'at record levels' in Russia 9-Feb
EU trade deal boosts Pakistan exports by $1bn 8-Feb
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