Steps to a sustainable Europe - EUbusiness Week newsletter 842
EUbusiness Week 842 top stories: EU-Japan free trade zone opens for business; EU mulls options for a more sustainable Europe by 2030; EU urges tech giants to step up fight against fake news; Draft deal to strengthen consumer rights online; EU agrees better work-life balance for parents and carers; States agree better protection for whistleblowers
As the EU mulls options for a more sustainable future, Noel Quinn, CEO
of HSBC Global Commercial Banking shows, in his takeaways from the Davos
World Economic Forum, how companies can reduce their environmental
footprint and play their part in mitigating risks associated with
Leaders who want to transition their business to be more sustainable can
look at who they buy from, and where, and can invest in renewable
sources of energy. They can source raw materials closer to home, saving
transport costs. And a company with high sustainability credentials will
attract the growing number of consumers who want to buy 'green'.
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1. EU-Japan free trade zone opens for business
The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force on 1
February, allowing businesses and consumers across Europe and in Japan
to take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world.
2. EU mulls options for a more sustainable Europe by 2030
A Commission Reflection Paper looks at options to deliver the EU's
commitment on UN Sustainable Development Goals, including on the Paris
climate change agreement.
3. EU urges tech giants to step up fight against fake news
The Commission has called on tech giants including Google, Facebook and
Twitter to intensify their efforts to crack down on disinformation in
the run up to the Euro-elections.
4. Draft deal to strengthen consumer rights online
The EU institutions reached a draft deal Tuesday on new rules to make it
easier and safer to buy and sell both goods and digital content across
borders - including software, streaming or game downloads.
5. EU agrees better work-life balance for parents and carers
A provisional agreement reached Friday would improve access for working
parents to work-life balance arrangements such as leaves and flexible
6. States agree better protection for whistleblowers
The EU is moving towards guaranteeing a high level protection to
whistleblowers across a wide range of sectors, following agreement by EU
CETA investor dispute: the investment dispute mechanism of the EU-Canada
free trade agreement is compatible with EU law, an advocate-general of
the EU Court said in an Opinion.
New EU property regime for international couples in force
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
Inside the EU Institutions
New ECB executive board member - cross-border mobility of companies -
introduction of aerodynamic lorry cabs - Trans-European transport
network: Brexit-related adaptation - EU energy efficiency rules adapted
for Brexit - funding for PEACE programme after Brexit - carcinogens and
mutagens at work - contracts for the sales of goods and digital content -
Safeguards in free trade agreements
European government bonds cartel: Statement of Objections - EU-Japan
trade agreement - EU report: Georgia clear progress on reform agenda -
EU-U.S. trade talks progress report - Brexit Preparedness 'no-deal'
contingency measures for Erasmus+ students, social security coordination
rules and EU budget - Sustainability reflection paper - countering
online disinformation - U.S. Soya bean scheme sustainable - Property
regimes for international couples - competition enforcement contributes
to affordable and innovative medicines: report
Parliament approves more transparency and efficiency in its internal
rules - Venezuela: Parliament recognises Guaido, urges EU to follow suit
- MEPs urge UK to break current deadlock - Partnership agreement with
businesses ahead of EP Elections - Parliament commemorates victims of
the Holocaust - Visa-free access to the EU for UK nationals and to the
UK for EU nationals - New rules for short-stay visas - EU-wide rules for
those sold faulty products - Mario Draghi quizzed for last time by
Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee
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