Tax dodgers under fire - EUbusiness Week newsletter 804
EUbusiness Week 804 top stories: EU Parliament warns Poland on rule of law; More progress needed on Romania, Bulgaria reform; Green light for new EU anti-dumping rules; New era for European defence cooperation; Brussels mulls action to protect public from fake news; EU bolsters protection against online fraudsters
Luxleaks, the Panama Papers, and now the Paradise Papers. Enough tax
dodging to build quite a few hospitals, schools and other
infrastructure. Yet the speed and enthusiasm with which EU governments
have rushed to tackle tax evasion and avoidance underwhelmed MEPs in an
urgent debate this week.
The Council should not hide behind unanimity rules in the battle against tax avoidance, they said. A telling question from German MEP Bernd Lucke: "How come we need investigative journalists to reveal all this? What are national tax authorities up to?"
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1. EU Parliament warns Poland on rule of law
Poland is at "clear risk of a serious breach" of European values,
including the rule of law, enshrined in the EU Treaty, MEPs said on
Wednesday, warning of possible suspension of Poland's EU voting rights.
2. More progress needed on Romania, Bulgaria reform
Romania and Bulgaria have still more progress to make in judicial reform
and the fight against corruption, according to the latest Cooperation
and Verification Mechanism Reports on the countries.
3. Green light for new EU anti-dumping rules
New EU rules will require trade partners outside the EU to meet
international social and environmental standards, following a vote by
Euro-MPs Wednesday to fight dumped and subsidised imports.
4. New era for European defence cooperation
23 EU Member States - though not the UK - signed an historic pact Monday
to cooperate more closely in future on security and defence in the wake
of Brexit and Russian aggression.
5. Brussels mulls action to protect public from fake news
The Commission has launched a consultation on fake news and online
disinformation, setting up an expert group representing academics,
online platforms, news media and civil society groups.
6. EU bolsters protection against online fraudsters
MEPs approved Tuesday EU-wide rules to protect consumers against scams
and detect and stop rogue traders more swiftly, with a view to
increasing consumers' trust in cross-border e-commerce.
Facebook: Austrian privacy activist Maximilian Schrems can sue Facebook
Ireland before the Austrian Courts with respect to the private use of
his Facebook account, but is not entitled to pursue a class action, an
EU Court advisor said on Wednesday.
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Inside the EU Institutions
COP23 UN Climate Change Conference - EU-Serbia Stabilisation and
Association Council meeting - EU resettlement framework - Banking:
Creditor hierarchy - EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Council
meeting - Synergies and simplification for cohesion policy post-2020 -
European Economic Area Council conclusions - ASEAN-EU commemorative
summit - Security and defence cooperation
Air Quality Index and Atlas - Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth -
EU-China dialogue on State aid control - Eurostat figures: inflation,
residence permits for non-EU citizens, international trade in goods,
GDP, industrial production, personal transfers in the EU - European
Agenda on Migration progress - Evaluation of Ukrainian reforms -
European Antibiotic Awareness Day - Romania, Bulgaria progress - Aid for
Trade - Towards a European Education Area by 2025 - EU and Chile
Association Agreement - fake news
New impetus for development in Africa needed - Human rights: Sudan,
Somalia and Madagascar - Italy: EUR 3.35m to help 1,610 former call
centre workers find new jobs - EP ready to start talks with EU
governments on overhaul of Dublin system - Plenary endorses six members
of the Court of Auditors, rejects one - Malta's rule of law needs close
monitoring - MEPs want to reward reforms made by Eastern partners -
'Sami Blood' wins 2017 LUX Film Prize
20-21 Nov: Annual colloquium on fundamental rights
20-21 Nov: Energy and Managing Authorities Network meeting
20-22 Nov: Startup Nations Summit
20-23 Nov: European Parliament Committee Meetings
20-21 Nov: Broadband days 2017
20-21: Technical training on cybersecurity in aviation
20-24: Invest Week
21 Nov: Financing home renovation in Europe
21 Nov: Sustainable healthcare/Fit for Work EU forum
22 Nov: EIOPA annual conference
22 Nov: SME envoys' meeting
23-24 Nov: Workshop on smart grids
23-24 Nov: EU Strategy for the Alpine region forum
24 Nov: Public hearing on European corporate bond markets
24 Nov: Re-evaluation of food additives workshop
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