Malta takes on EU Presidency - EUbusiness Week newsletter 769
EUbusiness Week 769 top stories: EU boost for Europe's services economy; Skype, WhatsApp face tighter EU e-Privacy laws; MEPs call for code of ethics for robots; MEPs call for protection for whistleblowers; New transparency rules for tax rulings into force; Aarhus, Pafos are 2017 European Capitals of Culture
EU leaders visited Malta this week to launch its first EU presidency.
The country takes on a pivotal role in Europe's political development,
facing unprecedented challenges in a year which marks the sixtieth
anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, and the Brexit procedure is expected
to be launched.
Of Malta, EU president Donald Tusk said: "Few have a better understanding of Italians, who will host the Rome celebrations, and few have a better understanding of the British, who we will begin to divorce. And, as we know, divorces - without mutual understanding of the partners involved - can turn their lives into a nightmare." We wish Malta all the luck.
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1. EU boost for Europe's services economy
The European Commission brought out a package of measures Tuesday aimed
at making it easier for companies and professionals to provide services
to the EU's potential customer base of 500 million people.
2. Skype, WhatsApp face tighter EU e-Privacy laws
Services such as Skype and WhatsApp would need to respect similar
e-Privacy rules to those for traditional phone and text messaging
services under plans to update EU data privacy law unveiled on Tuesday.
3. MEPs call for code of ethics for robots
MEPs have called for EU-wide rules for the fast-evolving field of
robotics, to settle issues such as compliance with ethical standards and
liability for accidents involving driverless cars.
4. MEPs call for protection for whistleblowers
A committee of the European Parliament called on the Commission Monday
to urgently propose an "effective and comprehensive European
whistleblower protection programme".
5. New transparency rules for tax rulings into force
New rules which ensure EU Member States share information on national
tax rulings handed out to multinational companies in other EU countries
came into force on 1 January.
6. Aarhus, Pafos are 2017 European Capitals of Culture
The Danish and Cypriot cities of Aarhus and Pafos will hold the title of
European Capital of Culture - one of the EU's most popular projects -
for the year 2017.
Phosphates cartel: the EU Court of Justice confirmed Thursday a
Commission fine of nearly EUR 60 million imposed on the Roullier group
for sharing the phosphate market for animal feed for more than 30 years.
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Industrial production Nov 2016 - Market Access for Sri Lanka - European
Data Economy - Privacy rules for electronic communications - health and
safety at work - workers' protection from cancer-causing chemicals -
Services economy - Nov unemployment - retail trade figures
Maltese Presidency priorities - Committees satisfied that Oettinger in a
position to assume budget portfolio - Rise of the robots - Mid-term
election of new EP President - Lamassoure: Changing how EU is funded
won't shift power to Brussels - EU-wide protection for whistle-blowers
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18-19 Jan: Energy efficient finance market place
19 Jan: eInfrastructure proposers' day 2017
19-20 Jan: Maltese Presidency Workshop On Climate Change
20 Jan: Cork 2.0 Declaration: from reflection to action
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