Brexit: there is another way - EUbusiness Week newsletter 847
EUbusiness Week 847 top stories: EU agrees Brexit 'cliff-edge' delay, with conditions; Google hit with EUR 1.49 bn EU antitrust fine; 'Fairer rules' on social security for workers abroad; Brussels adopts framework for intelligent transport; Russian disinformation main source of fake news: MEPs; Ecodesign, energy labels under auditors' scrutiny
The Brexit saga continues without a clear end in sight. With the
mountain of often empty words being hurled from one side to the other,
it's easy to forget what a serious impact this is having on society. Guy
Verhofstadt MEP, EP Brexit Coordinator, is never afraid to say what
many merely think.
"Both Trump & Brexit involved external manipulation. Both were
victories for our enemies. Both have torn apart communities instead of
bringing them together. Both mean building walls instead of breaking
them down. There is another way" (Twitter, 20 March). Maybe the rising
clamour for a new referendum, or even a revocation of Article 50, will
soon be difficult to ignore.
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1. EU agrees Brexit 'cliff-edge' delay, with conditions
After lengthy debate at a summit in Brussels Thursday, EU leaders agreed
a short Article 50 extension till 12 April, or 22 May if the UK
Parliament approves Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement next week.
2. Google hit with EUR 1.49 bn EU antitrust fine
The Commission fined Google EUR 1.49 billion Wednesday for breaching EU
antitrust rules, saying restrictive clauses in its ads contracts with
websites prevented rivals placing search adverts on those websites.
3. 'Fairer rules' on social security for workers abroad
The EU institutions have come to a provisional agreement on new rules to
ensure 'fair and clear' access to social security benefits for EU
workers who have moved to a different EU country.
4. Brussels adopts framework for intelligent transport
The Commission adopted Wednesday new rules stepping up the deployment of
Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems on Europe's roads, a key
stage in enabling communication among vehicles.
5. Russian disinformation main source of fake news: MEPs
Russia's disinformation campaigns are the main source of fake news in
Europe, along with China, Iran and North Korea, MEPs said Thursday,
calling on the EU to fight back against hostile propaganda.
6. Ecodesign, energy labels under auditors' scrutiny
The European Court of Auditors announced Wednesday it is assessing the
contribution EU measures for ecodesign and the energy labelling of
products make to EU energy efficiency and environmental objectives.
Cartels: a new online 'eLeniency' tool, launched on Tuesday, is aimed at
making it it easier for companies and lawyers to submit documents as
part of leniency and settlement proceedings in cartel cases.
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
Inside the EU Institutions
Elimination of Racial Discrimination - President Donald Tusk statement
on Brexit - Declarations on Ukraine, terrorism, chemical weapons -
international agreement on appellations of origin and geographical
indications - easier access to financial markets for SMEs - Republic of
North Macedonia - European Union Association Council - Pre-accession
Assistance - contingency measures for Brexit 'no-deal' - Erasmus+ -
misuse of personal data by European political parties
European supervisory architecture - EU tax cooperation programme -
Sustainable Finance - EU Budget 2021-2027: preliminary agreement on
InvestEU, Horizon Europe - Mergers: conditional approval for acquisition
of Asco by Spirit - EUR 750 m EU funding for clean energy
infrastructure - Security Union legislative initiatives - Google fined
EUR 1.49 bn for abusive practices in online advertising - European
Defence Fund: EUR 525m for Eurodrone and other joint research and
industrial projects - cartel eLeniency tool - European Innovation
Council strongly criticised over failing to act to protect EU values in
Hungary - ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly: strengthening the partnership -
Fairer and clearer rules on social benefits for EU mobile workers
agreed - NGOs saving lives in the Mediterranean: MEPs take stock of the
25 Mar: EU Aid Volunteers initiative information day
25-28 Mar: European Parliament plenary session
26 Mar: Capability-driven defence research and innovation
27 Mar: European Consumer Day 2019
28 Mar: Steel and coal: Research and innovation in action
28 Mar: European Venture Debt Summit
28-29 Mar: Standards4Quantum workshop
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