Michel Barnier (born 9 January 1951) is a French politician of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and Vice President of the European People's Party (EPP). He was named Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries on June 18, 2007 and resigned on June 7, 2009 after being elected to the European Parliament.Michel Barnier was born in La Tronche in the Isre dpartement of the Rhne-Alpes rgion, in France. He graduated from ESCP Europe in 1972. Member of the staff of some Gaullist ministers in the 1970s, he was elected to the French National Assembly at 27 as a deputy for the Savoie dpartement in 1978, under the banner of the Neo-Gaullist Rally for the Republic (RPR) and served in this function until 1993.Together with Jean-Claude Killy he organised the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville as co-president of the COJO (Comit d'Organisation des Jeux Olympiques).Barnier joined the cabinet for the first time after the large victory of the Right in the 1993 legislative election as Minister of the Environment.
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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands plans to crack down on Internet service providers that allow access to file-sharing sites such as Pirate Bay, though it will not make it an offence for individuals to download from these sites.
The European Union's executive arm launched a drive on Wednesday to encourage more people to shop online, hoping to double e-commerce and the Internet's contribution to the economy by 2015. The Internet accounts for less than 3. 0 percent of the EU economy while e-commerce represents just 3. 4 percent of retail sales in the 27-nation bloc, the European Commission said.
European artists on Wednesday called for stricter enforcement of European Union copyright rules and urged the European Commission to make Internet Service providers play a greater part in the process. Creative industry players from songwriters to TV companies are keen to influence the current overhaul of the EU's copyright rules.
The European parliament pressed Wednesday for a crackdown on film and music piracy on the Internet, raising fears among online rights groups that a new law will soon follow. The European Union's legislature adopted a non-binding resolution in a 328-245 vote calling for the creation within European law of the right to pursue people who violate intellectual property rights.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Talks have collapsed between European lawmakers and country representatives to agree new controls for hedge funds, following a dispute that many fear could spoil Brussels’ attempts to overhaul the regulation of finance.