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
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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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
Inside the EU Institutions
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
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
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
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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