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European tourism remains resilient - EUbusiness Week newsletter 798


EUbusiness Week 798 top stories: Tech giants under EU pressure over illegal content; EU and US sign bilateral insurance deal; EUR 152 billion VAT gap points way to EU reform; MEPs call for EU-wide minimum income; Green light for European sustainable development fund; Europeans start to roam like at home

Publisher's Note

Wednesday was World Tourism Day, its aim being to foster awareness of tourism internationally and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

European tourism faces many challenges. Not just increased competition from outside, but the impact it has on the environment and local life, and precarious jobs. But tourism remains resilitent in the face of its challenges, it is the EU's third-largest economic activity and a major source of economic growth, regional development and employment.
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Nick Prag
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1. Tech giants under EU pressure over illegal content

The Commission is pushing for online platforms to step up efforts to proactively prevent, detect and remove illegal content inciting hatred, violence and terrorism online.
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2. EU and US sign bilateral insurance deal

After 20 years of discussion and a year of formal talks, the European Union and the United States signed a landmark bilateral agreement on insurance and reinsurance Saturday.
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3. EUR 152 billion VAT gap points way to EU reform

Brussels has published a report showing that Member States lost an estimated total of EUR 152 billion in VAT revenues in 2015, as it readies for an overhaul of the VAT system.
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4. MEPs call for EU-wide minimum income

Introducing minimum income schemes in all Member States is one of the most effective ways to lift people out of poverty, say MEPs on the Parliament's Employment Committee.
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5. Green light for European sustainable development fund

A European fund for sustainable development to support investments in African and neighbourhood countries is to be set up, following agreement by the Council of Ministers.
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Europeans are aware of new EU mobile roaming rules and have started changing their habits when travelling abroad, a survey conducted after the first summer without the charges shows.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Libya: EU renews sanctions for six months - Mali: sanctions may be imposed on actors impeding peace process - EUPOL COPPS: new Head of Mission appointed - Remarks by President Donald Tusk after meeting with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May - Council greenlights setup of European fund for sustainable development - Greece's finances stabilised, the excessive deficit procedure is closed
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Commission Watch

EU kick-starts new EU External Investment Plan - Security Union: Commission steps up efforts to tackle illegal content online - European Court of Auditors signs off EU accounts for 10th time in a row - Preserving and strengthening Schengen to improve security and safeguard Europe's freedoms - Dual quality food products: Commission guides Member States to better tackle unfair practices
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Parliament Watch

Brexit: lack of sufficient progress on divorce terms - Relocating and resettling refugees strategy - Endocrine disrupters in pesticides: Calls to veto Commission proposal - EU-wide minimum income - EU Public Prosecutor to fight financial fraud - EU Budget 2018: MEPs reject Council cuts - UEFA and FIFA officials accused of being "enablers" of a corrupt system - Democracy in a changing world conference - MEPs quizz Mario Draghi on bond buying, crypto currencies and interest rates - Youth unemployment: spending more and wiser for better results - Ireland must not pay the price for Brexit: Guy Verhofstadt
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EU diary

2-5 Oct: European Parliament Plenary Session
3-4 Oct: Industrial innovation information days 2017
3 Oct: European Social Fund financial instruments
3-5 Oct: URBACT City Festival
4 Oct: E-Taxation Conference 'SmartEST Taxation'
4 Oct: e-Partnership conference: Trust in e-governance
4-6 Oct: Soil for sustainable food production and ecosystem services
5-6 Oct: Our ocean, an ocean for life
5-6 Oct: Ministerial e-government conference
6-7 Oct: Accessibility conference
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