In October 2010, the Philippines lifted its ban on imports of beef and beef products from Spain. This followed earlier decisions to lift the bans on imports from a number of other EU Member States. In 2000, the Philippines introduced an import ban on beef of European origin, citing a risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) without providing any scientific justification for the measure.
UEAPME - debate at EU level on macroeconomic differences across Member States, including wage setting
A serious debate on the uneven economic performance of Member States across the EU must also look at national wage policies as a factor, according to UEAPME, the European craft and SME employers' organisation. Speaking at the Macroeconomic Dialogue, Secretary General Andrea Benassi welcomed the focus put by the Belgian Presidency of the EU on the macroeconomic imbalances in the eurozone and on how Europe can quickly recover from the current downturn. The vast majority of small companies are still struggling and hesitant to invest and create new jobs, he stressed. With public finances under pressure, only private investments will help to prop up the domestic demand upon which many SMEs rely.
The European Commission published on 18th November, a Communication on "the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) towards 2020 - Meeting the food, natural resources and territorial challenges of the future". The reform aims at making the European agriculture sector more dynamic, competitive, and effective in responding to the Europe 2020 vision of stimulating sustainable growth, smart growth and inclusive growth.
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Euro zone governments have bungled the way they are presenting their work on a future bailout mechanism, stoking tensions in financial markets, said Business Leaders in Europe. Last month's summit of EU leaders was a communication failure that spooked investors and must not be repeated when the bloc's leaders meet next in mid-December.