Calls grow for 2nd Brexit referendum - EUbusiness Week newsletter 829
EUbusiness Week 829 top stories: EU signs largest ever free trade deal with Japan; Google fined EUR 4.3 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules; EU shields against steel imports after Trump tariffs; VW yet to guarantee post-dieselgate emissions repairs; Brussels warns Airbnb over pricing policy; Protection of cross-border investments: new guidance
This week's Communication on the EU's preparedness for Brexit does not
mince words. The repercussions for European businesses and citizens,
whichever scenario plays out, are serious: from new controls at the EU's
outer border with the UK, the validity of UK-issued licences, to
certificates and authorisations and different rules for data transfers.
The EU's patience, as well as that of the 63 per cent of Britons who did
not vote for Brexit, is wearing thin. Embarrassment grows at the
ineptitude of the UK government's performance, as a band of Brextremist
politicians, having misled the voters, now dictate her government
policy. Responsibility and power must be returned to the public through a
second referendum, a People's Vote.
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1. EU signs largest ever free trade deal with Japan
EU and Japanese leaders signed a landmark free trade agreement Tuesday,
removing nearly all tariffs paid by EU companies exporting to Japan and
sending out a clear message against protectionism.
EU urges China to play by the rules on trade
2. Google fined EUR 4.3 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules
The Commission has fined Google EUR 4.34 billion for using Android to
cement its internet search dominance by imposing restrictions on device
manufacturers and mobile operators.
3. EU shields against steel imports after Trump tariffs
The Commission introduced safeguard measures on imports of steel
products Wednesday, to address the diversion of steel from other
countries to the EU market as a result of recently imposed US tariffs.
4. VW yet to guarantee post-dieselgate emissions repairs
VW is yet to guarantee its emissions repairs do not affect its cars'
performance, the Commission said in conclusions on the 8.5m car recalls
made after the 'dieselgate' scandal.
5. Brussels warns Airbnb over pricing policy
The Commission and consumer authorities have called on online
accommodation marketplace Airbnb to align its terms and conditions with
EU consumer rules and to be transparent on pricing.
6. Protection of cross-border investments: new guidance
New guidance issued Thursday is intended to help investors invoke their
rights before national administrations and courts and help states
protect the public interest in compliance with EU law.
Migrants in Hungary: the Commission referred Hungary to the EU Court of
Justice Thursday for non-compliance of asylum and return legislation
with EU law, and sent a letter of formal notice concerning new Hungarian
July infringements package: key decisions
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Commission refers Slovenia and Spain to Court of Justice for failing to
fully enact EU rules on markets in financial instruments, Greece,
Ireland, Romania for not implementing anti-money laundering rules,
Belgium for failing to provide common rules for non-EU seasonal workers;
Spain for not applying EU prudential rules for banks and investment
firms; Germany and Hungary for failure to fully comply with Third
Energy Package - Border agreement with former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia on operational cooperation reached - EC registers 'Permanent
European Union Citizenship' and 'Stop starvation for 8% of European
population' initiatives - Kosovo fulfils visa liberalisation benchmarks -
Juncker Plan exceeds EUR 315 billion investment target - EU Support for
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