Protection for trade secrets - EUbusiness Week newsletter 740
EUbusiness Week 740 top stories: EU votes in new rules for personal data protection; Brussels proposes tax transparency for multinationals; MEPs back restrictions on glyphosate herbicide; Commission unveils upgrade for EU VAT system; Use of Passenger Name Records gets go-ahead; EU mulls next move on U.S. visa reciprocity
The aim of the new 'trade secrets' directive, passed by Euro-MPs this
week, is to help firms win legal redress against theft or misuse of
their trade secrets, furthering European innovation and competitiveness.
Others, however, fear it could put journalists at risk, limiting their
ability to investigate and report about businesses.
What is certain is that, at a time when the 'Panama Papers' revelations reaffirmed the essential role of journalists and whistleblowers in informing about issues of public interest, investigative journalism must be guaranteed.
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1. EU votes in new data protection rules
MEPs have given the green light to new EU data protection rules, giving
citizens back control of their personal data with a high, uniform level
of data protection across the EU. The vote also sets minimum standards
on use of data for policing and judicial purposes.
2. Brussels proposes tax transparency for multinationals
Multi-national companies operating in Europe will be required to publish
country-by-country information on the tax they pay, according to new
proposals announced by the Commission in the wake of the 'Panama Papers'
3. MEPs back restrictions on glyphosate herbicide
Members of the European Parliament called Wednesday for a ban on all use
of glyphosate-based herbicides in private and public green areas,
including spraying in and around public parks, playgrounds and gardens.
4. Commission unveils upgrade for EU VAT system
Europe's VAT rules are to be made simpler, more fraud-proof and
business-friendly as a result of Commission plans to reboot the current
EU VAT system.
5. Use of Passenger Name Records gets go-ahead
Airlines will have to hand national authorities passengers' data for all
flights from third countries to the EU and vice versa following EU
Parliament approval of a directive regulating the use of Passenger Name
Record data in the EU.
6. EU mulls next move on U.S. visa reciprocity
As the U.S., Canada and Brunei continue to requires visas for citizens
of some EU Member States, Brussels is assessing consequences of a
possible temporary suspension of the visa waiver with these countries.
Justice Scoreboard: the independence of the judicial systems of EU
Member States came under scrutiny on Monday with the 2016 Justice
Scoreboard showing persistently low levels of public trust in some
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
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Remarks by President Donald Tusk to the European Parliament plenary
session - Report by Donald Tusk to the European Parliament on the March
Council meeting - Iran: Council extends restrictive measures by one year
on human rights concerns - School scheme for milk, fruits and
EU-Iran relations - 2015 Official Development Assistance - electricity
capacity mechanisms - EU Commissioners to visit Iran - tax transparency
rules for multinationals - EU visa reciprocity mechanism - new
Directors-General - EU Justice Scoreboard 2016
Reform in Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina - EP inquiry into Panama
Papers - data protection - Human rights - Passenger Name Records - Data
protection reform - Glyphosate - support for former truck industry
workers in Sweden - democratic principles and rule of law in Poland -
extra funds to help refugees and fight terrorism - EU-Turkey deal on
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