Legal action to support single market - EUbusiness Week newsletter 841
EUbusiness Week 841 top stories: Brussels adopts negotiating mandates for US trade deal; EU-Japan data sharing agreement comes into effect; No backstop, no consent to UK Withdrawal Agreement: MEPs; EU fines Mastercard EUR 570m for breaking antitrust rules; EU highlights investors' residence scheme risks; Erasmus+ pivotal role in building a more inclusive Europe
Notices to Cyprus and Portugal over access to activities of engineers and architects; Croatia over restrictions for lawyers; France, Poland and Ireland regarding restrictions on advertising in the services sector: these are some of the infringements decisions in the Commission's January package.
Effective enforcement of EU rules allows professionals and businesses to
provide their services around Europe. And eliminating current obstacles
boosts the single market for services to allow it to approach full
economic potential. More is needed though, says Commissioner Bienkowska,
and states must step up efforts "to adopt legislative proposals tabled
by the Commission as part of its Services Package".
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1. Brussels adopts negotiating mandates for US trade deal
The Commission has adopted negotiating directives for the trade talks
with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the
elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.
2. EU-Japan data sharing agreement comes into effect
The adequacy decision adopted Wednesday by the Commission allows
personal data to flow freely between the EU and Japan on the basis of
strong protection guarantees.
3. No backstop, no consent to UK Withdrawal Agreement: MEPs
MEPs made clear Thursday that Parliament will not give its consent to a
UK Withdrawal Agreement which does not include the backstop-insurance
against a hard border in Ireland.
4. EU fines Mastercard EUR 570m for breaking antitrust rules
The EU fined Mastercard EUR 570 million Tuesday for breaching EU
antitrust rules, by preventing merchants finding better conditions with
by banks established elsewhere in the Single Market.
5. EU highlights investors' residence scheme risks
Investor citizenship and residence schemes operated by some European
states imply a number of risks for the EU, including money laundering,
tax evasion and corruption, says an EU report.
6. Erasmus+ pivotal role in building a more inclusive Europe
More people than ever before are taking part in the Erasmus+ student
exchange programme, the number of projects supported continues to grow,
and the programme is becoming more inclusive, says a report.
Good Friday: Austria's granting of a paid public holiday on Good Friday
only to employees who are members of certain churches constitutes
religious discrimination prohibited under EU law, the EU's top Court
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
Inside the EU Institutions
Better work-life balance for EU citizens - EU-League of Arab States
relations - Wider reuse of public-sector data - African Union
ministerial meeting - EU-ASEAN ministerial meeting - Syria sanctions
list - Chemical weapons sanctions - Nicaragua conclusions - electricity
State aid 2018 Scoreboard - skimmed milk powder public stocks sold -
Erasmus+ report - EU-Ethiopia cooperation - January infringements
package: ECB documents, VAT, property registration tax, asylum, energy
efficiency in buildings, family benefits - impact of 'no-deal' Brexit on
EU fisheries - energy infrastructure - Mastercard fine - new rules for
sharing of public sector data - Antisemitism in Europe - digital
Measures to reconcile career and private life - Welfare of transported
animals - EU-Singapore free trade deal - Consumers' rights against
defective digital content - 2021-2027 EU Budget - Romanian Presidency
priorities - plans to promote water reuse for agricultural irrigation -
Consumer protection against misleading and unfair practices - Hostile
propaganda: EU must develop a firm response
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28 Jan: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
28-29 Jan: European Parliament Committee Meetings
29 Jan: Civil protection work programme information day
29 Jan: Conference on countering online disinformation
30-31 Jan: European Parliament plenary session
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