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22 May 2014, 18:09 CET

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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Paris attacks: Europe's new reality

Posted by Nick Prag at 19 November 2015, 18:25 CET |
Filed under: Living & Working in EU

The attacks in Paris were an attack on our freedoms, an attack against our European values and our way of life, an attack against all of us, said president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz this week. "In our grief, we Europeans stand side to side with the French people."

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EU offers investment court for TTIP

Posted by EUbusiness at 12 November 2015, 22:45 CET |
Filed under: Finance, USA, Trade

One issue in particular has been a thorn in the side of the ongoing talks between the EU and US over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - the subject of investment protection and resolution of investment disputes.

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Connecting Europe aims for better use of public money

Posted by Nick Prag at 05 November 2015, 22:00 CET |
Filed under: Finance, Transport

The second year of the Juncker Commission continued this week with the investment theme, with the launch of a second call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). This will provide more than EUR 7.6 bn for key transport projects, with EUR 6.5 bn earmarked for countries with Cohesion Fund eligibility.

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No time for 'business as usual' as Commission presents its second work programme

Posted by Nick Prag at 29 October 2015, 18:40 CET |
Filed under: Commission

This is no time for business as usual, said the Commission's First Vice-President Frans Timmermans as he presented the second work programme of the Juncker Commission to Euro-MPs this week.

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Europe's farmers look for help

Europe's farmers look for help

Posted by Nick Prag at 22 October 2015, 22:10 CET |
Filed under: Agriculture

There was no great outpouring of support for European farmers last month, when around 5,000 of them spent a day in Brussels protesting about falling dairy and meat prices.

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New, safe 'Safe Harbour' agreement needed urgently

Posted by Nick Prag at 15 October 2015, 16:55 CET |

MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee have called on the European Commission to come up with safe alternatives to the EU-US Safe Harbour agreement, in the wake of the European Court of Justice ruling that the arrangement - used by companies like Facebook to send citizens' personal data to the US - was invalid.

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Update for Payment Services Directive opens way for safer and more innovative European payments

Posted by Nick Prag at 08 October 2015, 17:05 CET |
Filed under: SMEs, Consumer, Finance

The final hurdle to an upgraded EU payment services law was cleared on Thursday, when MEPs voted in the revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2). This aims to make payment transactions safer and terminate card surcharges.

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