SMEs to build Europe's economy - EUbusiness Week newsletter 801
EUbusiness Week 801 top stories: Migration and Iran head EU summit agenda; EU bolsters defences against terrorism; MEPs propose ban on glyphosate herbicide by 2020; EU-US Privacy Shield review finds room for improvement; MEPs demand fair protection for posted workers; Over half of Britons see EU membership as a benefit
As EU leaders met for their two-day summit Thursday they would do well
to hear the call from Europe's smaller businesses to ensure the Single
Market works for them.
The burden of regulation and national rules falls more heavily on SMEs, who make up the bulk of Europe's companies. "The EU therefore needs to design regulation to avoid standing in the way of the vibrant entrepreneurial initiative which SMEs can bring to the economy," says EuroCommerce's Christian Verschueren. This should be the EU priority now, he says, calling on governments and EU institutions to takes the steps now to make it happen.
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1. No breakthrough on Brexit expected at EU summit
Despite an appeal by the British prime minister, a breakthrough on the
Brexit talks is not expected on the second day of an EU summit that
focused on migration, digital Europe, defence, and external relations.
2. EU bolsters defences against terrorism
A package of anti-terrorism measures announced Wednesday will help
address vulnerabilities exposed by recent terrorist attacks and make a
real difference in enhancing security, says the Commission.
3. MEPs propose ban on glyphosate herbicide by 2020
MEPs on the EP's Environment Committee have backed a full ban on
glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2020 and immediate restrictions
on use of the substance.
4. EU-US Privacy Shield review finds room for improvement
The EU- U.S. Privacy Shield is doing its job in protecting EU personal
data but there is some room for improving its implementation, the
Commission says in its annual review.
MEPs adopted new draft rules Tuesday to ensure that posted workers are
better protected and fair competition for companies, with changes
concerning remuneration, duration of posting and temporary agencies.
55 per cent of British people consider EU membership to have been of
benefit to the country, according to a Parliament survey, with only 26
per cent seeing no benefit.
Police height: a Greek law laying down a minimum height requirement
irrespective of sex as a criterion for admission to a police school, may
discriminate against women, the EU's top court ruled on Wednesday.
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
Inside the EU Institutions
Supporting the Future of Syria - tripartite social summit - restrictive
measures against ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaeda - Extending current
aviation rules in the EU emissions trading system - Climate finance:
contributions up to EUR 20.2 billion in 2016 - Deal on agricultural
aspects of Omnibus regulation confirmed - Iran nuclear deal: EU
European Statistics Day - EC approves acquisition of Bard by BD, subject
to conditions - anti-terrorism package - EU-U.S. Privacy Shield review -
security measures - Eurostat figures: Production in construction, the
life of women and men in Europe, annual inflation, international trade
in goods - EC probes proposed merger of Celanese and Blackstone acetate
tow activities - Turkey: Emergency Social Safety Net - financial
assistance for Jordan
All EU countries must take fair share of asylum seekers - Aviation
emissions deal - Stronger privacy rules for online communications -
Beefing up EU border controls: pre-screening visa-exempted travellers -
EU countries fail to fight money laundering and tax evasion, finds
committee - Public confidence in EU and Parliament continues to grow -
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