2017 bolsters EU resolve - EUbusiness Week newsletter 809
EUbusiness Week 809 top stories: EU moves against Poland over independence of judiciary; Energy reforms disappoint critics; EU waste deal another step towards 'circular economy'; Brussels opens probe into IKEA's tax affairs; Commission proposals to strengthen product safety; EU reaches deal on energy performance of buildings
2017 has been a year of unprecedented challenges for Europe, from Donald
Trump's rejection of the Paris climate agreement, migration, Brexit,
the rise of nationalism and the far-right, to Russian aggression. The EU
has responded with a strength and unity which has surprised many.
Steadfast in its commitment to cooperation and the rules-based global
order, its achievement has been to make Europe a more confident and
active global actor, fit for 2018 when leadership and partnership will
be sorely needed.
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1. EU moves against Poland over independence of judiciary
Despite repeated efforts to engage with Polish authorities over judicial
independence, the European Commission concluded Wednesday that there is
a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland.
2. Energy reforms disappoint critics
Member States agreed four legislative proposals under the EU's Clean
Energy Package Monday, mapping Europe's energy transition over the
coming decade, but disappointing environmental groups.
3. EU waste deal another step towards 'circular economy'
The EU institutions reached a provisional agreement in the early hours
of Monday morning on four legislative proposals of a 'waste package',
representing another step in Europe's transition to a 'circular
4. Brussels opens probe into IKEA's tax affairs
The Commission opened an in-depth investigation Monday into the
Netherlands' tax treatment of Inter IKEA, one of the two groups
operating the IKEA business, the world's largest furniture retailer.
5. Commission proposals to strengthen product safety
Legislative proposals tabled Tuesday by the EU Commission would make it
easier for smaller companies to sell products across Europe, and
strengthen national controls against the sale of unsafe products.
6. EU reaches deal on energy performance of buildings
The EU presidency secured provisional agreement with the European
Parliament on new rules on the energy performance of buildings Tuesday,
with final approval expected at the start of next year.
Uber: Uber's taxi service to connect customers with non-professional
drivers is covered by services in the field of transport, and is liable
to national regulation, the European Court of Justice ruled on
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Cybersecurity cooperation - Removing barriers to free flow of data -
Money laundering and terrorist financing - cross-border parcel delivery
services - EU fertilisers - Trade defence instruments - Vehicle
type-approval and market surveillance - Energy efficient buildings -
Creating a modern electricity market - Governance of the Energy Union -
Promoting renewable energy use - Internal electricity market -
eco-innovation - EU waste rules
Probe into acquisition of Cristal by Tronox - Rule of Law in Poland -
Integration of refugees - Revised Framework for Investment Firms - Visa
Liberalisation Report - Azerbaijan report - trade defence and first
country report - Brexit negotiating directives for next phase - Eurostat
figures: Internet usage, Production in construction, labour costs, job
vacancies, inflation - Eurobarometer - trading safe products - Fight
against illicit drugs
Energy-efficient buildings: provisional agreement EP and Council -
ACP-EU: "Promoting the resilience of populations to natural disasters" -
European Parliament, Brexit and Agriculture - debate in Yorkshire
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