The application of EU law - EUbusiness Week newsletter 828
EUbusiness Week 828 top stories: Trade tensions with US hitting EU growth; EU steps up monitoring of reforms as Greece normalises; Anti money-laundering rules enter into force; MEPs send copyright reform proposal back for rethink; MEPs back work-life balance reforms; Brussels cracks down on use of plastic toxins
Every year, the Commission draws up a report on monitoring the application of EU law. The 2017 edition reports that 716 infringement cases were launched, with the highest number being in the areas of the environment and transport.
Much law comes out of Brussels. But citizens and businesses fully enjoy the benefits of EU law only when it is effectively applied. When an EU State fails to comply with EU law or a complaint is made, it is the Commission's job to take action. As EC president Juncker puts it, "The law remains our best tool to fight for fairness, to defend our freedoms and to deliver for our citizens."
1. Trade tensions with US hitting EU growth
Growth is set to remain strong in 2018 and 2019, at 2.1 per cent this year and 2 per cent next year, according to the EU's latest economic forecast, but growing trade tensions with the US could hit growth.
2. EU steps up monitoring of reforms as Greece normalises
The Commission has activated an enhanced surveillance framework for Greece to support implementation of reforms following the conclusion of its bailout through the European Stability Mechanism.
3. Anti money-laundering rules enter into force
New EU rules against money laundering, which entered into force Monday, introduce stricter transparency requirements on the real owners of companies and strengthen the fight against terrorist financing.
4. MEPs send copyright reform proposal back for rethink
The Euro-Parliament rejected Thursday a committee proposal to update EU copyright rules, including measures to monitor and filter uploads to the Internet some described as a 'vote for mass internet censorship'.
5. MEPs back work-life balance reforms
Parliament's Employment Committee has given its backing to approved paternity leave, non-transferable parental leave and measures to boost women's chances in the labour market.
6. Brussels cracks down on use of plastic toxins
The EU executive took action Wednesday to restrict the placing on the market of articles containing four phthalates found in a wide variety of everyday plastic products, from toys to sports equipment.
Jehovah's Witnesses and GDPR: the processing of personal data carried out by Jehovah's Witnesses during their door-to-door preaching must respect EU law on the protection of personal data, the EU's top court ruled on Tuesday.
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