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Brussels slow as EU leaders attend UN - EUbusiness Week newsletter 832


28-09-2018

EUbusiness Week 832 top stories: EU takes Poland to court over judicial independence; VAT fraud costs the EU EUR 50 billion a year; 31 million fake goods seized at EU borders; MEPs cut support for Turkey by EUR 70m over EU values; 14 EU countries risk missing recycling targets; Brussels takes action against UK over Chinese shoe fraud

This Week's Top Stories

1. EU takes Poland to court over judicial independence
2. VAT fraud costs the EU EUR 50 billion a year
3. 31 million fake goods seized at EU borders
4. MEPs cut support for Turkey by EUR 70m over EU values
5. 14 EU countries risk missing recycling targets
6. Brussels takes action against UK over Chinese shoe fraud

Publisher's Note

A reduced update this week, with Brussels taking a breather as EU leaders attend the United Nations General Assembly.
Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. EU takes Poland to court over judicial independence

The Commission referred Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU Monday due to violations of the principle of judicial independence created by a new Polish Law on the Supreme Court.
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2. VAT fraud costs the EU EUR 50 billion a year

EU countries lost almost EUR 150 billion in VAT revenues in 2016, of which EUR 50 bn went to the benefit of criminals, according to a new study published by the Commission.
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3. 31 million fake goods seized at EU borders

Customs authorities detained over 31 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU's external border with a street value of over EUR 580m, according to new figures.
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4. MEPs cut support for Turkey by EUR 70m over EU values

MEPs on Parliament's budget committee agreed to cancel EUR 70 million in pre-accession funds earmarked for Turkey as they say conditions to improve the rule of law were not met.
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5. 14 EU countries risk missing recycling targets

14 EU Member States are at risk of missing an EU target of 50 per cent municipal waste recycling by 2020, according to a report on the implementation of EU waste legislation.
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6. Brussels takes action against UK over Chinese shoe fraud

The Commission has sent a 'reasoned opinion' to Britain on account of failure to act against customs fraud relating to Chinese shoe imports and resulting losses to the EU Budget.
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Chip cartel fine: the EU's top Court ordered a review Thursday of a fine imposed on Infineon Technologies for taking part in a cartel in the smart card chip market to fine imposed, and dismissed an appeal lodged by Philips.
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