Blame game is to blame - EUbusiness Week newsletter 840
EUbusiness Week 840 top stories: States who violate rule of law could lose EU funds: MEPs; Brussels urges end to Member State veto on tax decisions; New EU rules on occupational pension funds into force; MEPs propose to improve pesticides approval procedure; Commission consults on EU equal pay guarantee; 14,500 young people get free EU travel passes
In a week of more apoplectic Brexit headlines, MEPs' strong support for a
European Ombudsman report to improve the transparency and
accountability of national governments' legislative work in Brussels may
have passed you by.
Yet a demand for transparency in the Council of Ministers is apposite.
Much of what EU governments do is behind closed doors, most Council
documents are stamped 'restricted', so when things go wrong, Member
States are easily able to turn the public against Brussels and the
Parliament, whose decisions are fully public.
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1. States who violate rule of law could lose EU funds: MEPs
Governments who interfere with courts or fail to tackle fraud and
corruption will risk suspension of EU funds, according to a draft law
endorsed Thursday by MEPs.
2. Brussels urges end to Member State veto on tax decisions
The Commission has begun a debate on ending the requirement for
unanimity among EU states on taxation policy, to avoid delays and
'sub-optimal' policies on key tax initiatives.
3. New EU rules on occupational pension funds into force
The revised directive on occupational pension funds, which came into
force 13 January, aims to increase savers' trust in work pension funds
regardless of where they are based.
4. MEPs propose to improve pesticides approval procedure
The Parliament has put forward plans to make the EU approval procedure
of pesticides more transparent and accountable, including granting
public access to studies used in authorisation.
5. Commission consults on EU equal pay guarantee
The Commission has launched a public consultation to gather information
on the impact of EU rules on equal pay and how to better implement and
enforce the EU equal pay principles.
6. 14,500 young people get free EU travel passes
More than 14,500 18-year-olds have been selected from almost 80,000
applications to receive a DiscoverEU travel pass, the EU initiative
giving young people the opportunity to travel around Europe.
Google: search engine operators need to guarantee the 'right to be
forgotten' to users inside the EU but not to users globally, the EU's
Advocate General said in an Opinion.
Court annuls Commission block of UPS buy of TNT
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
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Inside the EU Institutions
CO2 emission standards for cars and vans stricter limits - EU to help
boost exports of generic pharmaceuticals - Joint letter of President
Tusk and President Juncker to Theresa May, UK Prime Minister - Opening
ceremony of the Romanian Presidency - Euro celebrates its 20th birthday
Promoting rule of law & fundamental rights - EU integration: MEPs
want to end permanent opt-outs from EU law - Human rights breaches in
Azerbaijan and Sudan - EU fundamental rights under threat in several
member states - priorities for European Central Bank and banking union -
"InvestEU": MEPs support new programme to boost financing for jobs and
growth - European Fund for Transition to support more workers made
redundant - MEPs want to EU to invest more in young people -
Preferential tariffs to help Western Sahara to develop - EU Elections:
new rules to prevent breaches of data used to influence elections -
Brexit: the time has come for the UK to clarify its position
21 Jan: Eurogroup
21 Jan: Foreign Affairs Council
21-25 Jan: European Parliament Committee Meetings
22 Jan: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
22-23 Jan: 11th conference on European space policy
23 Jan: 1st Transport cybersecurity conference
24 Jan: Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019
24 Jan: Forum on the future of learning
24 Jan: Conference on sustainable corporate governance
The Week Ahead
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May's Brexit agreement suffers record Commons defeat 16-Jan
ECB must allow full scrutiny of banking supervision 14-Jan
EU begins probe into Nike's Dutch tax setup 10-Jan
European AI platform launches with EUR 20m EU funding
EU's single currency turns 20 years old 8-Jan
Brexit heads major challenges for Romanian presidency 3-Jan
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