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UK referendum one year on - EUbusiness Week newsletter 790


EUbusiness Week 790 top stories: Security takes centre stage at EU summit; EU transparency rules target tax avoidance planners; EU agrees deal to better protect consumers; Europe still playing catch-up on innovation: report; Brexit talks kick off in 'positive tone'; Hazardous substances in electrical equipment revision

Publisher's Note

It is difficult to pass the 23 June without thinking back to the day exactly one year ago when the political landscape changed so dramatically in the UK and beyond.

'One year after referendum', a report from the University of Kent, shows the UK now far more exposed to Brexit trade related risks than any other EU state except Ireland; points to profound implications for the UK's environment (a third of EU policy cannot be copied into UK law as it references EU institutions; and sees the UK as 'a bystander' on defence, with minimal influence on European decisions that directly impact on national security. One year on, it remains difficult to find any positive aspect of Brexit.
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Nick Prag
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1. Security takes centre stage at EU summit

EU leaders in Brussels for a two-day summit Thursday agreed to cement European cooperation in defence, and called on social media companies to prevent the spread of terrorist material on the Internet.
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2. EU transparency rules target tax avoidance planners

The Commission has proposed tough new transparency rules for intermediaries - tax advisers, accountants, banks and lawyers - who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients.
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3. EU agrees deal to better protect consumers

Council and Parliament reached a preliminary deal Wednesday to strengthen cooperation between EU national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws.
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4. Europe still playing catch-up on innovation: report

The EU is catching up with Canada and the US in terms of innovation performance, but the picture among Member States is more mixed, with innovation improving in 15 out of 28 states last year.
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5. Brexit talks kick off in 'positive tone'

Brussels and the UK launched formal talks on Britain's exit from the Union Monday, with the UK expressing a desire to build "a new, deep and special partnership with the European Union".
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6. Hazardous substances in electrical equipment revision

Council and Parliament have reached provisional agreement on a proposal for a revised directive on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
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Inside the EU Institutions

Council Watch

European Council conclusions on security and defence - Consumer protection in the digital age - Ceremony of Honour for former Chancellor Kohl - Hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment - Stabilisation and Association Council meeting with Montenegro - ETS aviation emission reductions - Mali and the Sahel: EU security support - New EU rules on sustainable and transparent external fishing activities
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Commission Watch

Uganda refugee crisis EUR 85m aid - Italy earthquakes - Commission approves acquisition of Huber Silica by Evonik, conditionally - tax transparency rules for intermediaries - car lighting system producers cartel fined EUR 27m - launch of EU Skills Profile Tool for non-EU citizens - Innovation Scoreboard - Eurostat: government debt in 2016, job vacancies, production in construction - World Refugee Day - EU Syria Trust Fund assistance - Future of Europe - EC approves EUR 377m French, German aid to develop innovative Airbus X6 helicopter - support for Portugal to help with forest fires
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Parliament Watch

ACP-EU: High time to tackle the common causes of terrorism, impunity and famine - ceremony of honour for former Chancellor Kohl - Hearing for Commissioner-designate Gabriel for Digital Economy and Society - Turkey accession talks - More robust anti-dumping rules to defend EU industry and jobs - Conference on migration management - MEPs back first ever EU-Cuba deal - Brexit negotiations kick off - Parliament reactions - Two Irish winners of European Citizen's Prize from European Parliament
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