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EU Customs Union to be celebrated - EUbusiness Week newsletter 827


EUbusiness Week 827 top stories: Migration top priority as Austria takes over presidency; Legal action launched over Poland Supreme Court changes; MEPs send copyright reform proposal back for rethink; New screening system for travellers before entering EU; Tariffs would damage US car industry, EU warns Trump; Ease of doing business compared for 25 European cities

Publisher's Note

As the British cabinet struggles to agree a form of customs union which is not immeasurably worse and against British interests than the actual EU Customs Union, the EU on 1 July rightly celebrated its Customs Union's 50th anniversary. What is it, many Brexit voters might need to ask? It is a trade agreement between states which abolishes tariffs on goods traded with each other and creates a common tariff on products entering from non-member countries. The substantial reductions in administrative and financial barriers to trade have made the EU the world's largest trading bloc.
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Nick Prag
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1. Migration top priority as Austria takes over presidency

"A Europe that protects" is the motto of Austria's presidency of the EU Council, which it took over from Bulgaria on 1 July, putting migration and security issues at the top of its priority list.
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EU summit pledges solidarity in deal on migration

2. Legal action launched over Poland Supreme Court changes

The Commission has launched an infringement procedure against Poland over changes to Polish law on the Supreme Court, which it says undermines the principle of judicial independence.
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3. MEPs send copyright reform proposal back for rethink

The Euro-Parliament rejected Thursday a committee proposal to update EU copyright rules, including measures to monitor and filter uploads to the Internet some described as a 'vote for mass internet censorship'.
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4. New screening system for travellers before entering EU

Parliament has given its green light to a new travel information and authorisation system intended to screen criminals and terrorists before they arrive in the EU. It should be operational in 2021.
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5. Tariffs would damage US car industry, EU warns Trump

Imposing tariffs on imports of EU cars would damage US trade and its own car industry, the EU warned Monday in formal comments to the United States Department of Commerce.
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6. Ease of doing business compared for 25 European cities

A new report from the World Bank assesses the support and obstacles entrepreneurs find in setting up and expanding businesses in 25 cities in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Slovakia.
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Bath cartel: the EU's General Court has upheld a fine of EUR 57 million imposed by the EU on Sanitec Europe and its subsidiaries in the context of a cartel on the bathroom fixtures and fittings market.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

EU prolongs Russia economic sanctions six months - Upcoming EU-Japan Summit - Eurogroup statement on Germany's updated 2018 draft budgetary plan - Austrian Presidency opening ceremony - Governance of Energy Union deal - Facility for refugees in Turkey - Telecoms reform to bolster better and faster connectivity across EU - EU to ban data localisation restrictions - deal on free flow of data - Statement of Euro Summit - European Council (Art. 50) conclusions - Council establishes composition of European Parliament
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Commission Watch

Commission consults on cartels - European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) - EC probes measures in favour of Ryanair at France's Montpellier airport - EC conditional approval of Tronox acquisition of Cristal - risk assessments of Belarus nuclear power plant - emergency migration assistance to Spain and Greece - EC infringement procedure over independence of Polish Supreme Court
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Parliament Watch

Strengthening Europol cooperation - Giving humanitarian help to migrants should not be a crime - EP calls for urgent EU help for people fleeing Venezuela - EU budget for 2019: do more for the young, SMEs and the climate - Reinforcing EU border security: pre-screening visa-exempt travellers - EP to review copyright rules in September - Human rights in Moldova, Burundi and Somalia - MEPs return mobility package proposals to committee - Polish PM chooses to focus on economy, amid questions on rule of law in Poland - MEPs list conditions for new EU-Azerbaijan deal - MEPs back EU partnership agreement with Armenia
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10-11 Jul: EU vision for a modern, clean economy
10 Jul: Workshop of multimodal risk management framework
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