Who celebrated Europe Day? - EUbusiness Week newsletter 785
EUbusiness Week 785 top stories: EU raises growth forecast for uneven recovery; Brussels looks to address globalisation concerns; Antitrust investigations to target e-commerce sites; EU set to lighten burden on derivatives sector; Slow progress on Digital Single Market: review; EU agrees better access to books for blind people
The only official Europe Day event in the UK took place in Scotland,
which voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU in last year's Brexit
referendum. And apparently a large EU flag was hung from Maidenhead
Bridge near here.
A gesture of defiance. Or an understanding of the importance of May 9, which marks the day in 1950 when Robert Schuman, a founder of the EU, outlined in his 'Schuman Declaration' a vision to unite European states into a single community. It is not a bad thing to remember Schuman's dream, to create a different Europe which would work together to overcome conflict, and would grow stronger step by step.
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1. EU raises growth forecast for uneven recovery
The Commission raised growth prospects for Europe's economy in its
Spring Forecast Thursday, but warned that despite a fifth year of
growth, recovery in jobs and investment remained uneven.
2. Brussels looks to address globalisation concerns
The EU executive has published a reflection paper on how the EU should
deal with globalisation in the future, launching a debate on its
benefits and downsides for Europeans.
3. Antitrust investigations to target e-commerce sites
Competition authorities are looking to target their enforcement of EU
antitrust rules at e-commerce markets, following publication of the
Commission's final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry.
4. EU set to lighten burden on derivatives sector
The EU announced reforms to the derivatives sector Thursday, with less
burdensome rules to reduce costs and regulatory obligations on market
participants without compromising financial stability.
5. Slow progress on Digital Single Market: review
A review of the state of play of the EU's Digital Single Market
strategy, published Wednesday, picks out the data economy, cybersecurity
and online platforms as three areas where a further push is needed.
6. EU agrees better access to books for blind people
The EU Council and European Parliament agreed informally Wednesday
legislation to make more books available in formats designed for blind
and visually impaired people.
Uber: the innovative Uber electronic taxi platform is required to obtain
necessary transport licences under national law, a European Court
advocate general made clear in an opinion Thursday.
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
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Inside the EU Institutions
EU-Tunisia Association Council - Schengen border controls - US air
transport lease arrangements - visa liberalisation for Ukrainian
citizens - EU to join international convention combating violence
against women - Marrakesh Treaty
EU Support for Somalia - Eurostat: Asylum unaccompanied minors, - Spring
2017 Economic Forecast - books for blind and other disabled people -
harnessing globalisation - e-commerce sector inquiry - EU-Tunisia
relations - Digital Single Market review
15-16 May: 9th European quality conference
15 May: Foreign Affairs Council
15-16 May: Youth conference
17-18 May: European electricity regulatory forum
18-19 May: European maritime day conference
18-19 May: Foreign Affairs Council
18 May: Justice and Home Affairs Council
18 May: European financial integration - EC-ECB conference
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