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Europe need not be afraid of data

Posted by Nick Prag at 29 September 2016, 17:15 CET |
Filed under: Data protection, Internet

"Europe should not be afraid of data" said EU Commissioner Andrus Ansip at the Digital Assembly 2016 in Bratislava, Slovakia this week.

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The Case of Eva Michalakova - An Absurd Norwegian Decision

Posted by Tomas Zdechovsky at 07 July 2016, 17:30 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, Norway

If the state takes away your children do not complain - a short summary of the twenty-nine-page decision of the Norwegian court in the case of Eva Michalakova's children. It is an utter impertinence to complain about the Barnevernet publicly.

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Progress not possible without international cooperation

Posted by Nick Prag at 09 June 2016, 23:05 CET |

Looking at the various developments in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg this week, it is clear that the only way to progress in this globalised world is through international cooperation.

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High marks for investment plan creating jobs & growth in Europe

Posted by Nick Prag at 02 June 2016, 23:05 CET |
Filed under: Finance

The European Commission this week announced it would build on the successful first year of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), extending it beyond 2018.

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Single market gaps exposed by geo-blocking plan

Posted by Nick Prag at 26 May 2016, 23:30 CET |
Filed under: SMEs, Consumer

Geo-blocking, refusing to sell to people living in other EU countries, is to be outlawed under plans to boost e-commerce in Europe. But what this proposal does is to expose the many remaining gaps in the Single Market.

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MEPs defend EU industry against China's unfair trade practices

MEPs defend EU industry against China's unfair trade practices

Posted by Nick Prag at 12 May 2016, 22:25 CET |
Filed under: China, Trade

It was perhaps not too surprising that the European Parliament in plenary this week voted against granting Market Economy Status to China.

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Old Member States Would Lose on Shortening of Cohesion the Most

Posted by Tomas Zdechovsky at 09 May 2016, 16:50 CET |
Filed under: Czech Republic, Finance

According to the surveys the Czechs take the most disapproving stand on the European integration in the European Union. However the resistance to the EU is not justified. The figures are more than clear. In ten years of the Czech membership in the EU the Czech Republic gained CZK 333 billion more than paid to the European budget. Moreover, according to the information from the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic, at the end of the last year the overall positive balance increased to CZK 561.2 billion from 2004.

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Greenpeace leaks increase pressure for TTIP transparency

Posted by Nick Prag at 05 May 2016, 16:00 CET |
Filed under: Trade, US, TTIP

The EU is under increasing pressure to be more open about what is being negotiated under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), following leaks by Greenpeace of classified documents from the TTIP trade talks.

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The European Union Should Thank the United Kingdom for the 'Brexit' Threat

Posted by Tomas Zdechovsky at 28 April 2016, 18:10 CET |

The European Union must face another big threat in very short period of time. There is another item on the threats list – Brexit – the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, one of the three biggest member states, from the European Union. This threat is beginning to have very realistic shape when some top British politicians, for example Boris Johnson, very popular mayor of London, or Mick Jagger, the front man of Rolling Stones, take sides with the sympathizers of the withdrawal.

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Turning the Paris agreement on climate change into action

Posted by Nick Prag at 21 April 2016, 19:35 CET |
Filed under: Environment

Following the signing of the Paris agreement on climate change in New York Friday, the hard work begins to ratify and implement it in the EU's 28 Member States.

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Trade secrets directive: protecting companies from theft - and whistleblowers?

Posted by Nick Prag at 14 April 2016, 18:30 CET |

The new 'trade secrets' directive, passed by the European Parliament on Thursday, ensures protection for the work of journalists and whistle-blowers, says rapporteur Constance le Grip MEP. Not all are convinced.

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EUbusiness opportunity

Posted by Nick Prag at 23 March 2016, 17:45 CET |

Re: EUbusiness opportunity for buyout or investment

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Tax grilling for multinationals

Posted by Nick Prag at 17 March 2016, 22:35 CET |
Filed under: Tax, Trade

The issue of tax avoidance and tax havens has caused much public concern for a while now, but actually dealing with it is taking some time. There was some drama this week, however, when representatives of the big bad multinationals finally appeared before the special European Parliament committee on tax rulings.

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EU renews commitment to gender equality

Posted by Nick Prag at 10 March 2016, 17:40 CET |

International Women's Day on 8 March was an opportunity for the EU to assess progress on gender equality in Europe. Bringing out a report on gender equality, the Commission renewed a commitment to integrating equality for women and men into every EU policy across the board.

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Mandatory lobby register on the cards

Posted by Nick Prag at 03 March 2016, 22:10 CET |
Filed under: Commission

About time, some would say, as the European Commission this week launched a public consultation on making the EU lobby transparency regime mandatory.

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Time to speed up EU's Net power

Posted by Nick Prag at 25 February 2016, 22:40 CET |
Filed under: Internet

How digital are we? The European Commission brought out its Digital Economy and Society Index for 2016 (DESI) this week with a favourable report of progress since last year, but warning that a slowdown in the pace of progress threatened Europe's standing at the top table of the most digitalised countries in the world.

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TiSA to open up new markets for EU services

Posted by Nick Prag at 04 February 2016, 22:25 CET |
Filed under: Trade

Compared to other trade deals, the talks on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) have had a pretty smooth ride. TiSA came to the fore this week when Euro-MPs in plenary set out their guidelines for the deal to the Commission, which is negotiating on the EU's behalf.

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Erasmus+ gains good grades, one year on

Erasmus+ gains good grades, one year on

Posted by Nick Prag at 28 January 2016, 16:00 CET |
Filed under: Education

Three reviews of the EU's education funding out this week provided a positive evaluation of the first year of the Erasmus+ programme for education, training, youth and sport between 2014-2020.

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2015 employment review exposes wide disparities in jobs situation in the Member States

Posted by Nick Prag at 21 January 2016, 22:50 CET |
Filed under: Employment

Interesting facts emerge from what is generally a positive outlook on jobs in the EU's 2015 review of employment and social developments.

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Towards a Circular Economy

Posted by Nick Prag at 03 December 2015, 19:20 CET |
Filed under: Environment

While the world's leaders and environmental experts in Paris grapple with trying to agree a global deal on climate change, the European Commission this week set out new proposals for a 'circular economy' which have the potential to fundamentally change the way we live and do business.

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