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  • BRUSSELS, Oct 11- Party leaders in the European Parliament have agreed to reject Luxembourg central banker Yves Mersch's candidacy for the European Central Bank's executive board on grounds of gender bias, a statement from one of the leaders said on Thursday.

  • The clash came to light on Thursday when British fishermen urged the British Navy to protect them following the incident near the French port of Le Havre. "Something's got to be done about this," said John Hermse, chief executive of Britain's Scallop Association.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 11- The European Union's top official fleshed out his ideas for a separate budget for euro zone countries on Thursday, and indirectly warned British Prime Minister David Cameron about using the proposal for his own political gain.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 11- The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:. --U.S. machinery maker Terex and Russian auto maker GAZ, which is controlled by Russian business conglomerate Basic Element Group, to set up a joint venture. OCT 22-- OAO VTB Bank and Corporate Commercial Bank.

  • ATHENS, Greece-- Unemployment in Greece hit a record high of 25.1 percent in July as the country's financial crisis continues to exact its heavy toll, official figures showed Thursday. All indications are that unemployment in Greece will continue to rise.

  • KBC Securities says the deals provide confirmation that the company is on track, adding that the amount is sizeable given IBA only sold 15 million euros of such accelerators in the first half of 2012..

  • LONDON, Oct 11- The European Central Bank's pledge to buy the bonds of troubled euro zone members flooded a wave of relief across the bloc but investors are now waiting for action to match the words.

  • OSLO, Oct 11- Norwegian gas exports to Europe fell further on Thursday morning as output from Royal Dutch Shell's. Exports to Europe including Britain dropped by 11.3 million cubic metres to 226.5 mcm per day by 0600 GMT compared with the 237.8 mcm daily average on Wednesday, data from gas system operator Gassco showed.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 11- Belgian cancer diagnosis and therapy company IBA has signed three deals in Asia worth a total of 10 million euros for the sale of specialised sterilisation units, it said on Thursday.

  • *Yves Mersch to have hearing with parliament Oct. 22. BRUSSELS, Oct 11- The European Parliament is set to reject Luxembourg central banker Yves Mersch's appointment to the European Central Bank's executive board on grounds that he is a man and insufficient efforts have been made to appoint a woman.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 11- The European Union accused the United States on Thursday of ignoring a World Trade Organisation ruling to stop subsidies to planemaker Boeing and asked the Geneva- based body to investigate, prolonging the world's largest trade dispute.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 11- The creation of a unified European airspace is seriously off track, potentially requiring the European Union to use sanctions to force compliance from member states, European Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas said in Cyprus on Thursday.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 10- Internet standard-setters are watering down a tool that is supposed to help Web users hide their data from companies, the EU's Internet chief, Neelie Kroes, will say on Thursday. When a Web user' likes' something on Facebook or reads an online newspaper, a dozen or more companies are squirreling away data on their tastes, habits, gender and age.

  • BRUSSELS-- A European Union official warns that time's running out to create a system to prevent Internet users from having every click recorded. Neelie Kroes, EU digital agenda commissioner, plans to warn in a speech Thursday that efforts to create a "do not track" Internet header aren't succeeding.

  • AMSTERDAM/ BRUSSELS, Oct 10- EU antitrust regulators will next week tell United Parcel Service Inc that its bid for TNT Express will hurt competition, two sources close to the matter said, forcing the U.S. company to offer concessions or risk a veto. Shares in Dutch delivery group TNT Express ended unchanged at 8.15 euros on Wednesday.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 10- The European Parliament will vote on the proposed appointment of Yves Mersch to the European Central Bank's Executive Board later this month after a delay to protest against male bias, a parliamentary source said on Wednesday.

  • Marchionne, who also heads European automakers association ACEA, has repeatedly called for Europe- wide action on closing plants and cutting jobs, but has faced stiff opposition from rival carmakers that are also members of the industry group.

  • *Poll shows Tusk's party slipped behind opposition* PM likely to offer growth stimulus, public sector reform By Christian Lowe. WARSAW, Oct 10- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will try to persuade voters on Friday he is the best man to deal with an economic slowdown that has made one of eastern Europe's most stable governments look suddenly vulnerable.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 10- The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:. --Private equity firms Carlyle and BC Partners to acquire U.S. industrial pumps maker Hamilton Sundstrand Industrial which is owned by United Technologies Corp. OCT 22-- OAO VTB Bank and Corporate Commercial Bank.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 10- German Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere dismissed on Wednesday suggestions that German objections were the main reason for the collapse of merger talks between European planemaker EADS and Britain's BAE Systems. I do not share it, "said de Maiziere, who was in Brussels for a meeting of NATO defence ministers.