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Single market gaps exposed - EUbusiness Week newsletter 746


EUbusiness Week 746 top stories: EU targets geo-blocking to boost e-commerce; EU strikes deal for safer medical devices; New EU rules on tobacco target young smokers;EU rail freight policy off-track: Court of Auditors; UK broadband scheme complies with EU state aid rules; Rubik's Cube trade mark invalid: EU Court judge

Publisher's Note

The European Commission is right to address with its geo-blocking plans the hurdles consumers face when they try to take advantage of better offers and deals available from retailers based in other countries.

However, the need for this proposal is a sign of a Single Market still incomplete. An equally strong need is to address the reasons why suppliers choose not to service certain EU markets - such as the differing VAT and national consumer protection regimes, or licensing requirements.
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Nick Prag
Publisher, EUbusiness


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1. EU targets geo-blocking to boost e-commerce

Retailers will no longer be able to refuse to sell goods and services to people living in other EU countries under a three-pronged bid to boost e-commerce in Europe.
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Film and video rules update to promote European film

2. EU strikes deal for safer medical devices

Safer medical devices and fast patient access to innovative devices are the aim of a provisional deal on new rules for medical devices and in vitro diagnostic products reached by the EU Council and Parliament Wednesday.
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3. New EU rules on tobacco target young smokers

New rules for tobacco products sold in the EU have come into force, aiming to reduce the number of smokers, especially among young people, ensuring all are fully aware of the harmful effects of tobacco use.
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4. EU rail freight policy off-track: Court of Auditors

The EU's aim of shifting freight from road to rail is not working, says the European Court of Auditors in a new report showing a decline in rail's share of EU freight since 2011.
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5. UK broadband scheme complies with EU state aid rules

UK plans to support the roll-out of high speed broadband infrastructure over the next four years received the EU green light on Thursday.
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6. Rubik's Cube trade mark invalid: EU Court judge

The EU trade mark representing the shape of a Rubik's Cube must be declared invalid, according to the Opinion of the European Court of Justice' Advocate-General on Wednesday.
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Polish biofuel: Poland is being referred to the Court of Justice for establishing restrictions in Polish law against certain imported biofuels and raw materials for biofuel.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

Digital single market technologies and public services modernisation - Portability of digital content - EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement- Freeing up 700 MHz band for mobile - VAT action plan - Medical devices deal - Country Specific Recommendations - exchange of tax-related information on multinationals - minimum VAT rate extended for two years - Web and app accessibility - Eurogroup statement on Greece
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Commission Watch

HeidelbergCement acquisition of building materials group Italcementi - humanitarian support to Ecuador - Commission refers Poland to Court of Justice on biofuels - May infringements' package - Polish Deposit Guarantee Schemes - Finland adopts SME initiative - UK National Broadband Scheme - G7 Summit - primary health care centres in Ireland - Economic Reform Programmes - e-commerce rules - audiovisual rules - bathing water - Pometon fine - AB InBev acquisition of SABMiller - backing for Beatrice windfarm off Scottish coast - projects protecting nature - criteria for banks to hold easily 'bail-inable' instruments in case of resolution
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Parliament Watch

Equal access to online products - safer medical devices - consumer power in energy market - virtual currencies - EU-US Privacy Shield - aid for redundant workers in France and Greece - dairy farming - Digital Single Market proposals - Tribute to Marco Pannella - guide to the digital age - call for minimum corporate tax rate of 15 pct
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EU diary

30 May-3 Jun: Green Week 2016
30 May-3 Jun: European Space Solutions
30-31 May: European Parliament Committee Meetings
30 May-2 Jun: 10th GEO European projects workshop 2016
30 May: Urban agenda for the EU
31 May: Presentation of the OLAF Report for 2015
31 May: European Union Prize for Literature, Ceremony
1-2 Jun: Security Research Event 2016 (SRE2016)
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