What does the EU actually do? - EUbusiness Week newsletter 778
EUbusiness Week 778 top stories: Euro-MPs greenlight shareholder 'say on pay'; New whistleblower tool to help EU fight cartels; Gazprom reaches provisional gas deal with EU; Tougher EU gun law to close security loopholes; MEPs vote to stop trade in conflict minerals; Drinks industry asked for alcohol labelling proposal
This week, the EU tackled issues such as sanctions against Russia,
revising EU gun law, conflict minerals, fighting cartels, tackling
dangerous products and internet safety.
Last year, the EU took measures to boost jobs, growth and investment, a trade deal with Canada, migration and more - all reported in the 2016 General Report on EU activities out this week. Not the most thrilling bedtime reading maybe, but a perhaps surprising eye-opener for some. A bit late for voters in the Brexit referendum, or indeed for President Trump, unfortunately.
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1. Euro-MPs greenlight shareholder 'say on pay'
The European Parliament gave its green light Tuesday to a revised EU
shareholders' rights directive, giving shareholders a say on directors'
pay and making it easier for firms to identify their shareholders.
2. New whistleblower tool to help EU fight cartels
A new tool launched Thursday by the Commission will make it easier for
individuals to blow the whistle about secret cartels and other antitrust
violations while maintaining their anonymity.
3. Gazprom reaches provisional gas deal with EU
The provisional deal reached between Russian gas giant Gazprom and the
EU Monday will enable the free flow of gas in Central and Eastern Europe
at competitive prices, says the Commission.
4. Tougher EU gun law to close security loopholes
An update to the EU's 1991 firearms directive, approved by Euro-MPs,
includes tighter controls on blank-firing and inadequately deactivated
weapons, such as those used in the Paris terror attacks.
5. MEPs vote to stop trade in conflict minerals
The EU Parliament approved Thursday new rules to ensure that minerals
used by European industries are sourced responsibly, diverting revenues
away from rebel groups, conflict, and terror.
6. Drinks industry asked for alcohol labelling proposal
Brussels has given the alcoholic drinks industry a year to develop a
self-regulatory proposal that will provide information on ingredients
and nutrition of all alcoholic beverages.
Phone data: a telephone subscriber's consent to having their personal
data published in one EU Member State makes it valid for another, the
European Court of Justice has ruled.
Action of armed forces in conflicts can be terrorist acts
Latest news from the European Court of Justice
EU law firms
Inside the EU Institutions
EUR 600m assistance to Ukraine - milk support scheme - Turkey refugee
education programme - anonymous whistleblower tool - 2016 Rapid Alert
System - Eurostat: February inflation; Q4 Employment; Jan industrial
production; renewable energy - agri-food chain rules - better lawmaking
2017 priority files - EU Action Plan on Drugs - EUR 475m support in
French outermost regions - State aid: 2016 Scoreboard - EU role for
Syria - Alcohol labelling - EU-Algeria relations - Moldova report -
fruit and vegetable rules - Gazprom commitments
Arctic strategy - Montenegro reform efforts - defence - conflict
minerals - Human rights: Zimbabwe, Ukrainian political prisoners in
Russia, and Philippines - EU security policy - 2018 budget priorities -
German road toll scheme - summit conclusions and future of the EU -
tougher food inspections - US 'global gag' anti-abortion rule - mercury
pollution curbs - gun law - shareholder rights
20 Mar: Regulatory scrutiny in the EU
20 Mar: Eurogroup
20-23 Mar: European Parliament Committee Meetings
21 Mar: Economic and Financial Affairs Council
23 Mar: Digital day in Rome
23 Mar: FinTechEU - Is EU regulation fit for new financial technologies?
23 Mar: North seas energy forum
25 Mar: 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome
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Boost for European fruit and vegetable producers 15-Mar
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