Green light for EU-US data deal - EUbusiness Week newsletter 766
EUbusiness Week 766 top stories: Winter package to reform EU's energy system; Simpler VAT rules to boost European e-commerce; EU agrees end to geo-blocking barrier to online business; EU plans EUR 5 billion defence fund; WTO rules in EU's favour over U.S. support for Boeing; MEPs back cross-border portability for films
MEPs have given the final green light to a historic EU-U.S. data
protection agreement, despite concerns over how keen President-elect
Trump will be for its implementation.
The deal, which puts in place a high-level data protection framework for EU-US law enforcement cooperation, provides important safeguards and guarantees of lawfulness for data transfers. It should also help restore some trust in the U.S., which took a big hit following revelations of mass surveillance by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
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1. Winter package to reform EU's energy system
The Commission outlined an extensive set of reforms to the EU's energy
system Wednesday, with a view to maintaining competitivity in a global
transition to clean energy.
2. Simpler VAT rules to boost European e-commerce
New rules covering the VAT environment for e-commerce businesses in the
EU aim to help businesses buy and sell goods and services more easily
3. EU agrees end to geo-blocking barrier to online business
Ministers have agreed to ban 'geo-blocking' barriers to e-commerce which
prevent online customers from buying products or services from a
website based in another Member State.
4. EU plans EUR 5 billion defence fund
The Commission set out proposals Wednesday to strengthen Member States'
joint defence capabilities, defence spending efficiency and a EUR 5
billion European Defence Fund.
5. WTO rules in EU's favour over U.S. support for Boeing
The EU won a major victory Monday in its battle over United States
support for production of the Boeing 777X, as the WTO ruled the aid
breached international trade rules.
6. MEPs back cross-border portability for films
MEPs have backed cross-border portability of online music, games, films
and sporting events, allowing travellers to enjoy content while abroad
in another EU Member State.
German road toll: the Commission and Germany finally reached agreement
Thursday on a solution to end a long-running legal dispute over the
planned introduction of a road charge for passenger cars in Germany.
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