Grasping the EU's future - EUbusiness Week newsletter 774
EUbusiness Week 774 top stories: EU gives green light to trade deal with Canada; High uncertainty surrounds EU growth forecasts; MEPs back reform of EU carbon trading scheme; Brussels proposes changes to EU decision-making process; German eco cars scheme gets EU green light; Petition urges EU passports for UK citizens
Europe's Parliament responded to the pressing challenges facing the EU
by approving three resolutions Thursday which explored its future
development. These offered concrete solutions to boosting the EU's
capacity to act, and making the euro economy more resilient to outside
"Citizens expect solutions from Europe, said Elmar Brok MEP, and they are angry because they do not see answers being delivered." These may be the solutions. But to restore citizens' trust, they need to be understandable to them, and clearly apply to them and to their everyday lives.
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1. EU gives green light to trade deal with Canada
The European Parliament gave its approval to the landmark EU-Canada free
trade deal Wednesday, opening up the possibility that it could apply
provisionally from as early as April.
2. High uncertainty surrounds EU growth forecasts
Europe's economy will continue a resilient recovery, according to the
EU's winter forecast, but uncertainty from the U.S. and from Brexit is
likely to muddy choppy waters.
3. MEPs back reform of EU carbon trading scheme
Parliament has approved plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions through
the EU carbon market, aiming to fulfil EU obligations under the Paris
climate change agreement.
4. Brussels proposes changes to EU decision-making process
The Commission has proposed changes to the EU's decision-making process,
to increase transparency and accountability in procedures for
implementing EU legislation.
5. German eco cars scheme gets EU green light
A scheme to roll out a user-friendly network for charging electric
vehicles across Germany is in line with state aid rules, the Commission
6. Petition urges EU passports for UK citizens
A campaign to persuade the European Union to issue EU passports to any
citizens at risk of losing rights and freedoms, as a result of Brexit,
was launched Monday.
Church aid: as a rule, tax exemptions for Church-run schools do not
breach prohibitions on state aid, the EU Court's Advocate General stated
Thursday in an Opinion on building work for a Catholic school in Spain.
February infringements package: key decisions
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
Inside the EU Institutions
European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 - Portable digital services -
Financial services: involvement of consumers in policymaking -
restrictive measures re Ukraine - restrictive measures re Tunisia -
Statement by President of Eurogroup on Greece - Afghanistan cooperation
agreement - Code of conduct on business taxation: new chair of the
Council working group
EU-Turkey progress - checks at Schengen borders - Kyrgyz Republic
support - electricity raids in Greece - February infringements - Court:
Ireland upgrading waste water treatment - Romania illegal landfills -
Germany, France, Spain, Italy and UK on air pollution - Late Payment
Directive - Stats: international trade in goods, GDP, industrial
production - Comitology Reforms - Winter Economic Forecast - German
green cars infrastructure
Robots and artificial intelligence - future of Europe - foreign fighters
- Human rights in Nicaragua, Kuwait, Bahrain, Guatemala - approval of
low-risk pesticides - plans to cut carbon emission allowances - Albania,
Bosnia reform - EU-Canada trade agreement - Brexit and Trade - Greece
debt crisis - EU job-search aid - protection for whistle-blowers
20-21 Feb: Competitiveness Council
20 Feb: Eurogroup
20 Feb: Visit of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence
20 Feb: EP PANA committee fact-finding mission to Malta
21 Feb: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
21-23 Feb: CEPOL training: Online smuggling
23-24 Feb: EU survey on vocational education and training
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