Europe looks to France - EUbusiness Week newsletter 784
EUbusiness Week 784 top stories: Quick, painless Brexit talks an illusion: Barnier; EU set to lighten burden on derivatives sector; MEPs back lower VAT for e-books; Brussels signals end to temporary border controls; Compliance package to boost functioning of Single Market; Brussels issues guidelines on green justice
A new museum of European history opens to the public on 6 May, a day
before the final round of the French presidential election. Its aim is
to encourage us to reflect upon and debate the history of Europe and
The House of European History is intended to help citizens, especially younger ones, "step into the future wisely and with confidence," said former EP President Hans-Gert Poettering. We must hope their future will, after Sunday's election, look a little less troubled and threatening.
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1. Quick, painless Brexit talks an illusion: Barnier
Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, said Wednesday it was
an illusion that Brexit would have no material impact on people's lives
or that talks could be concluded quickly and painlessly.
2. EU set to lighten burden on derivatives sector
The EU has announced reforms to the derivatives sector, with less
burdensome rules to reduce costs and regulatory obligations on market
participants without compromising financial stability.
3. MEPs back lower VAT for e-books
EU citizens could pay less for e-books, after plans to allow Member
States to reduce VAT on e-publications were backed by a European
Parliament committee on Wednesday.
4. Brussels signals end to temporary border controls
The EC has recommended that Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway
phase out the temporary controls at some of their internal Schengen
borders over the next six months.
5. Compliance package to boost functioning of Single Market
A new Single Market Compliance package is designed to make the European
market work better for citizens and businesses and help them make full
use of its opportunities.
6. Brussels issues guidelines on green justice
The Commission has issued a guidance document on access to green
justice, outlining how the public can hold authorities to account on
Worker participation: EU Court advocate-general confirms that German law on employee participation is compatible with EU law.
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
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Inside the EU Institutions
Council and Europa building open doors to public - Council agrees
negotiating position on anti-dumping methodology - Format for short-stay
visas (Schengen): Council confirms agreement on the update of security
features in visa sticker - World Press Freedom Day
European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) - Africa-EU Partnership
- EC accepts Amazon commitments on e-books - Eurostat: retail trade,
CO2 emissions from energy use, GDP flash estimate, industrial producer
prices, unemployment - Trade and Business Opportunities for Jordan and
EU - Brexit draft negotiating directives - temporary border controls -
Visa Reciprocity - EU Single Market compliance - negotiations with
House of European History - Parliament Open Day - EU- Tunisia
partnership - money laundering blacklist - VAT on e-books - private
security firms - the collaborative economy - freedom of the press - fake
news - EU-NATO cooperation - Greek debt relief
8 May: European Parliament Committee Meetings
8-9 May: EU-Latin America dialogue on raw materials
10-11 May: European Parliament Committee Meetings
10 May: Smart regions with smart robots
10-12 May: eHealth week 2017
11 May: Foreign Affairs Council
12 May: New technologies and digitalisation
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LinksHouse of European History
Derivatives (EMIR) - Regulation (EU) No 648/2012
Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom