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The European Commission proposed on Tuesday (10 January) a fine-tuning
of the Services Directive in order to address the over-protection of
certain professions in the member states. While goods move freely
across EU borders, the Commission has pointed out that more than 5,000
regulated professions across Europe represent an obstacle to the freedom
of movement of professional workers in the Union.
TV channel owners opened a new row with the Syriza-led government when
they asked the country’s administrative court to exempt its top
executives from filing a wealth statement, citing privacy concerns.
The government has been on a collision course with TV owners for months
now, after it decided to regulate the media landscape with a
controversial license auction from which Athens raised an unexpected
€246 million. The European Commission viewed the increase of public
revenue in a positive light and made it clear that member states were
free to operate licensing regimes as long as these comply with EU law,
including the freedom of establishment and to provide services set out
in EU treaties.
An unprecedented study carried out by a multinational team shows
that antibiotic use among Spanish children is verging on excessive, as
they are given twice what their German and American equivalents are.
EurActiv Spain reports.  The study said that “the results suggest
that Spain prescribes a large number of antibiotics to children and that
at least 50% of those prescriptions are unnecessary. (see results in more detail HERE) Resistant bacteria
have emerged to all known antibiotics and that is putting people in a
Between improbable alliances and unpopular candidates, the election of
the European Parliament’s next president is becoming something of a
farce, with Italy in the leading role. EurActiv France reports . A
total of eight candidates are running, representing all political
groups.The European Parliament is expected to elect its President on 17
January, following the decision of incumbent President Martin Schulz to
opt for a career in German politics. (Read report in further detail HERE)
Günther Oettinger, Germany’s EU Commissioner, has apologised to
members of the European Parliament for calling the Chinese
“slitty-eyed” and for mocking gay marriage and women during a speech
in Hamburg. Oettinger’s second apology for the gaffe-strewn address
was made ahead of a 9 January Parliament hearing about the Digital
Commissioner’s suitability to take up the budget and human resources