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Health & Safety to the fore - EUbusiness Week newsletter 802


EUbusiness Week 802 top stories: Brussels to probe UK tax scheme for multinationals; Ministers agree position on EU posted workers directive; MEPs demand phasing out of glyphosate weedkiller; EU votes stricter limits for carcinogens at work; MEPs want EU-wide protection for whistleblowers; New rules to protect EU economy from bad loans

Publisher's Note

Each year in October, the European Week for Safety and Health at Work forms the highlight of the EU's Healthy Workplaces Campaign.

The Week has enabled businesses, occupational safety and health experts and workers to come together and exchange best practices on sustainable work and healthy ageing, as part of the 'Healthy Workplaces for All Ages' campaign. It has also served as a timely reminder of the extent and breadth of EU health and safety law, and EU employment law in general, which governs how businesses function in the EU.
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1. Brussels to probe UK tax scheme for multinationals

The Commission has opened an in-depth probe into a UK scheme that exempts certain transactions by multinational groups from the application of UK rules targeting tax avoidance.
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2. Ministers agree position on posted workers directive

EU ministers have agreed a compromise on the posting of workers directive, allowing posted workers to generally benefit from the same rules governing pay and working conditions as local workers.
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3. MEPs demand phasing out of glyphosate weedkiller

Europe's Parliament voted Tuesday for immediate restrictions on the use of controversial glyphosate-based herbicides, leading to a full ban on use of the substance by end 2022.
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4. EU votes stricter limits for carcinogens at work

Stricter EU rules to better protect workers from exposure to carcinogens at work - which could help save up to 100,000 lives in the next 50 years - won final approval Wednesday.
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5. MEPs want Europe-wide protection for whistleblowers

Whistleblowers acting in the public interest deserve proper protection and support, MEPs said as they called for EU-wide legal protection against retaliation.
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6. New rules to protect incvestors, economy from bad loans

The EU has given final approval to rules which mean packaged loans converted into securities will have to be made less complex and more transparent before selling on to investors.
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Freedom of establishment: aU Member State cannot impose mandatory liquidation on firms that transfer their registered office to another state, the EU Court has ruled.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

2018 EU budget: Council cannot accept EP amendments - First e-signing of an EU legislative act - Leaders' Agenda - Posting of workers agreement - Congratulations to Shinzo Abe on reconfirmation as Prime Minister of Japan - Pillar of Social Rights: green light for proclamation by institutions
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Commission Watch

How to tax digital economy - State of children's medicines in EU - UK tax scheme for multinationals - Banking Reform key measures - Entry/Exit System for EU borders - EUR 2.7 bn expected for Erasmus+ in 2018 - Commission approves Hungary's EUR 131m investment aid to MOL petrochemical plant - 2018 Commission Work Programme - EU outermost regions - Better Regulation Agenda - compensation to La Banque Postale - Eurostat figures: government deficit, government debt - European Pillar of Social Rights - inspections in car sector in Germany - Vietnam illegal fishing - EUR 106m support package for crises in Sudan - EUR 30m for Rohingya crisis
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Parliament Watch

High-level conference on clean energy financing - guidelines for trade talks with Australia and New Zealand - EU budget 2018: more funds needed for growth, jobs, security, and climate change - MEPs praise Daphne Caruana Galizia and call for concrete actions - Environment: Parliament exceeds set targets, adopts stricter reduction goals - Boosting use of organic and safer fertilisers in the EU - Drugs: fast EU-wide ban of new dangerous substances
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EU diary

30-31 Oct: Cross-border aspects in alcohol policy
30-31 Oct: CTI-EU Bonding EU cyber threat intelligence
1-3 Nov: Open licences/content/data: digital humanities
3-9 Nov: European Space Week
6-7 Nov: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
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