EU fires e-commerce warning - EUbusiness Week newsletter 756
EUbusiness Week 756 top stories: Summit to mull EU future without Britain; State of the Union: Juncker addresses key challenges; Indonesia, EU set date for start of timber licensing; Brussels consults on tax haven blacklist; Euro-MPs back trade deal with six African countries; New EU emergency support to refugees in Greece
The results of a year-long inquiry into the e-commerce sector were
published this week, reflecting growth in online trade but also
highlighting some competition concerns.
The report suggests businesses may themselves be putting up barriers to cross-border online trade, while some retailers are being prevented from selling goods or services online to customers located in another EU country.
They should beware. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, rarely off the warpath on behalf of Europe's consumer, says she will not hesitate to take enforcement action under EU antitrust rules if barriers to accessing online goods and services online are anti-competitive.
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1. Summit to mull EU future without Britain
EU heads of government or state meet Friday for an informal summit to
map out a new direction for an EU with 27 member countries following the
result of the UK's referendum.
Juncker sets up Task Force for Brexit talks
2. State of the Union: Juncker addresses key challenges
In his 2016 State of the Union address to the European Parliament,
Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the Union was facing key
challenges of populism, unemployment and social injustice.
3. Indonesia, EU set date for start of timber licensing
Indonesia and the EU have agreed a November start date for issuing
licences to legal timber products for export to the EU in a major
milestone in the global fight against trade in illegal timber.
4. Brussels consults on tax haven blacklist
The Commission released Thursday a draft list of countries suspected of
facilitating tax avoidance, leaving EU Member States to choose which
countries deserve closer scrutiny of their taxation practices.
5. Euro-MPs back trade deal with six African countries
The European Parliament has approved an agreement granting duty-free
access to the EU for products from Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana,
Swaziland and Lesotho, and improved market access for South Africa.
6. New EU emergency support to refugees in Greece
The EU has stepped up funding for refugees migrants and asylum seekers
in Greece, with EUR 115m in new funding for humanitarian organisations
operating in the country.
Spanish contracts: the use of successive fixed-term contracts to cover
permanent needs in Spain's healthcare sector are contrary to EU law, the
European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday.
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EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions - European Solidarity Corps
- Capital Markets Union - e-commerce sector inquiry - August inflation -
Brexit Task Force - internet connectivity - Security Union - European
External Investment Plan - External Borders - EU copyright rules -
Better Regulation - European Fund for Strategic Investments - Regional
yearbook 2016 - Employment stats Q2 - Sir Julian King
Sakharov Prize 2016 nominees - priorities for safeguarding endangered
species - Sir Julian King endorsed as Commissioner for Security Union -
New European travel document - Human rights: Philippines, Somalia and
Zimbabwe - Dalai Lama - Ireland's tax deal with Apple - Caterpillar,
Alstom closures - 2016 State of the Union debate - Packaged retail
investment products: EP returns draft law to Commission - Fundamental
rights in Poland
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