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New era in data protection - EUbusiness Week newsletter 822


25-05-2018

EUbusiness Week 822 top stories: Brussels looks to boost EU market for sustainable finance; Green light to trade talks with Australia, New Zealand; Waste and recycling targets pave way for circular economy; Telecoms sites misleading customers, EU sweep shows; Go-ahead for new car type-approval and emissions testing; Free EU rail pass for 18-year-olds: website launched

Publisher's Note

So the day has finally arrived when GDPR comes in force - when one set of rules across the EU sets a global standard that guarantees data certainty for companies and customers. If you've received hundreds of emails from firms you never knew existed, then ignoring them may not be a bad thing. If you're a company still struggling with how much you need or do not need to do, you will find information at the link below. Remember that if you already have a long-standing relationship with a customer, you may not need to do as much as you think.
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Regards,

Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness

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1. Brussels looks to boost EU market for sustainable finance

The Commission put forward a set of proposals on sustainable finance Thursday, hoping more sustainable investments from the EU financial sector lead the way to a greener economy.
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Boost for SME access to EU finance markets

2. Green light to trade talks with Australia, New Zealand

EU trade ministers authorised the opening of talks for free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand Tuesday, which could benefit Europe to the tune of EUR 5 billion.
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3. Waste and recycling targets pave way for circular economy

Ministers have adopted a waste package which sets out new rules for waste management and establishes legally binding targets for recycling, as part of a wider EU policy for a 'circular economy'.
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4. Telecoms sites misleading customers, EU sweep shows

Websites offering telecoms services could be infringing EU consumer law, suggest the results of an EU-wide screening of 207 websites offering fixed/mobile phone, internet, audio and video streaming services.
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5. Go-ahead for new car type-approval and emissions testing

A new regulation to reform the type-approval and market surveillance system for motor vehicles in the EU modernises the current system and improves control tests on car emissions.
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6. Free EU rail pass for 18-year-olds: website launched

DiscoverEU, a pilot project enabling 15,000 young people to travel free around Europe by train this summer, is to be rolled out by the EU Commission, acting on a European Parliament proposal.
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EUROPEAN LAW

Gazprom: the Commission settled its antitrust dispute with Russia's Gazprom Thursday, imposing conditions on the state-controlled energy giant to enable free flow of gas 'at competitive prices' in east European gas markets.
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Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

eu-LISA agreement - restrictive measures against Myanmar - EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting - EEA Council - G7 Leaders' Statement on Venezuela - New rules on data protection for EU institutions - European Defence Industrial Development Programme - Waste management and recycling - Organic farming - New type-approval and market surveillance system for motor vehicles - European Parliament election dates - New approach on negotiating and concluding EU trade agreements
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Commission Watch

Gazprom - Cohesion policy beyond 2020 - Motor Insurance Directive amendments - Sustainable finance - small businesses finance - sovereign bond-backed securities - EU and African Union cooperation - 2019 EU Budget - illicit cash flows - new rules for OLAF - European Semester Spring Package - 2018 Convergence Report - trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand - waste management and recycling
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Parliament Watch

Road use charges reforms - Follow-up answers from Facebook after meeting between EP leaders and Zuckerberg - New EU data protection rules take effect on Friday - First-ever EU defence industry fund - UK support for EU remains stable, despite Brexit backdrop - One year to go to Euro-elections
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EU diary

28 May: Foreign Affairs Council
28-29 May: Competitiveness Council
28-31 May: European Parliament plenary session
29 May: How e-invoicing is connecting Europe
29-30 May: ENISA-EASA training on aviation cybersecurity
30 May: rail passenger transport public service contracts
30 May: Pan-European personal pension product
30-31 May: European Electricity Regulatory Forum
1 Jun: Digitalisation in humanitarian aid
The Week Ahead
Long-term diary

RESOURCES

EU Law Firms
Summaries of EU Legislation
EU Decision-Making
Treaties of the European Union
Key EU Legal Terms

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France off EU deficit list, Romania, Hungary warned 23-May
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Breaking News

GDPR: US news sites blocked to EU users over data protection rules (BBC News)

Press

UEAPME puts forward SME proposals for European plastics strategy
EU finance proposals: first steps towards sustainability
Majority of EU Parliament agriculture committee linked to industry
Last Chance to Register for Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems 2018
U.S. and EU Retailers Release Industry Approach to GDPR
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Jobs

Finance and Grants Manager, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum
Senior Manager Public Affairs, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations
EU Finance and Reporting Analyst, International Organization for Migration
Executive Director, Health Care Without Harm
Advisor - Strategic Communication, WindEurope
Fisheries policy officer, Seas At Risk
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Head of Unit - Economic Analysis and Impact Assessment, European Banking Authority
Experienced Internal Policies Officer, European Stability Mechanism
Policy Officer on Circular Economy and Product Policy, European Environmental Bureau
Procurement Officer, European Institute for Gender Equality
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Guides

Commission proposal to amend the Motor Insurance Directive
EC proposals on financing sustainable growth
Draft EU Budget 2019 - Commission proposals
European Semester 2018 Spring Package
Cannabis use and road safety - frequently asked questions
Screening of telecoms websites
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Events

6 Jun, Luxembourg: EBN Congress 2018 - Future of Innovation
7 Jun, Brussels: European Media Law 2018
2 Jul, Trier: Summer Course on European Antitrust Law
4 Sep, Antwerp: Europe Biobank Week 2018
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Publications

Convergence Report 2018
Pension adequacy report 2018 (Volume 1)
Pension adequacy report 2018 (Volume 2)
How To Stop Brexit (And Make Britain Great Again)
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Links

DiscoverEU travel pass

 

GDPR: data protection rules inside and outside the EU

 

GDPR - what changes after May 2018

 

EU Data Protection Regulation - rules for European businesses

 

Seven steps to get ready for the GDPR

 

2018 reform of EU data protection rules

 

How digital is your country? - progress by country

 

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