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Brussels proposes more flexibility over VAT rates

Brussels proposes more flexibility over VAT rates

by EUbusiness — 23 January 2018, 13:28 CET

The European Commission proposed Thursday new rules which would give EU Member States more flexibility to set Value Added Tax (VAT) rates and to create a better tax environment to help SMEs flourish.

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MEPs raise targets for energy efficiency and renewables

MEPs raise targets for energy efficiency and renewables

by EUbusiness — 18 January 2018, 16:10 CET

The EU Parliament signalled its readiness Wednesday to negotiate with ministers on binding targets to boost energy efficiency by 35% and the share of renewables in the total energy mix by 35%, by 2030.

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New initiative seeks to boost Europe's digital skills

New initiative seeks to boost Europe's digital skills

by EUbusiness — 18 January 2018, 00:14 CET

The EU Commission adopted Wednesday new initiatives to improve key and digital competences of European citizens and to promote common values and pupils' awareness of the functioning of the EU.

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MEPs demand controls on cyber-surveillance tools

MEPs demand controls on cyber-surveillance tools

by EUbusiness — 17 January 2018, 23:47 CET

EU export controls should be extended to cyber-surveillance tools to avoid human rights violations, MEPs said in a vote Wednesday, setting the Parliament's position for negotiations with EU ministers.

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EU sets out strategy to tackle scourge of plastic waste

EU sets out strategy to tackle scourge of plastic waste

by EUbusiness — 17 January 2018, 23:02 CET

The EU made a bid for leadership in the global battle against plastic waste Tuesday by setting out a bold strategy to get rid of the single-use plastics that pollute Europe's seas, rivers and countryside.

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EDF must repay EUR 1.37 bn state aid: EU Court

EDF must repay EUR 1.37 bn state aid: EU Court

by EUbusiness — 16 January 2018, 23:47 CET

The EU Court of Justice upheld Tuesday a decision by the European Commission which ordered France to recover EUR 1.37 billion in the context of state aid granted to French energy giant EDF.

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MEPs demand ban on pulse fishing

MEPs demand ban on pulse fishing

by EUbusiness — 16 January 2018, 23:12 CET

Members of the European Parliament voting Tuesday on new EU rules on how, where and when fish can be caught, demanded in an amendment a ban on the use of pulsed electric current for fishing.

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Revised rules to revolutionise EU payment services

Revised rules to revolutionise EU payment services

by EUbusiness — 16 January 2018, 18:23 CET

Cheaper, easier and safer electronic payments should result from the revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), which applies as of 13 January, and aims to modernise Europe's online payment services.

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EU mulls action to halt decline of pollinators

EU mulls action to halt decline of pollinators

by EUbusiness — 12 January 2018, 17:56 CET

The EU Commission launched a consultation Thursday on a European initiative to halt the decline of bees and other pollinators, warning that future generations would pay a heavy price if the EU fails to act.

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EU looks to spend EUR 1bn on supercomputer plan

EU looks to spend EUR 1bn on supercomputer plan

by EUbusiness — 12 January 2018, 17:55 CET

The European Commission unveiled Thursday its plans to invest jointly with the EU's Member States up to EUR 1 billion in building a world-class European supercomputers infrastructure.

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EU offers Iraq support towards more stable future

EU offers Iraq support towards more stable future

by EUbusiness — 09 January 2018, 23:20 CET

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the European Commission proposed Monday a strategy for Iraq to address the challenges the country faces following the territorial defeat of Da'esh.

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Bulgaria EU presidency promises unity in face of Brexit

Bulgaria EU presidency promises unity in face of Brexit

by EUbusiness — 09 January 2018, 23:20 CET

"United We Stay Strong" is the motto of Bulgaria's presidency of the EU Council, which began 1 January 2018, and underlined the EU's focus on solidarity as pivotal to the EU's future in the face of Brexit.

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EU Novel Food regulation applies from 1 January

EU Novel Food regulation applies from 1 January

by EUbusiness — 04 January 2018, 00:06 CET

Significant improvements and changes to the novel food authorisation procedure are promised from the European Union's new Regulation on Novel Food which is applicable from 1 January 2018.

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New EU rules against tax evasion, money laundering enter into force

New EU rules against tax evasion, money laundering enter into force

by EUbusiness — 03 January 2018, 23:37 CET

New rules which oblige EU Member States to give tax authorities access to data collected under anti-money laundering legislation entered into force on 1 January 2018.

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EU begins action against Poland over independence of judiciary

EU begins action against Poland over independence of judiciary

by EUbusiness — 24 December 2017, 12:57 CET

Despite repeated efforts to engage with Polish authorities over judicial independence, the European Commission concluded Wednesday that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland.

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EU moves to protect worker conditions

EU moves to protect worker conditions

by EUbusiness — 24 December 2017, 12:56 CET

With a renewed focus on social rights, the European Commission adopted on 22 December a proposal for a new Directive for more transparent and predictable working conditions across the EU.

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Uber is a transport company, rules EU's top Court

Uber is a transport company, rules EU's top Court

by EUbusiness — 20 December 2017, 23:09 CET

Uber's taxi service to connect customers with non-professional drivers is covered by services in the field of transport, and is liable to national regulation, the European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday.

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Talks set to remove barriers to free flow of data in Europe

Talks set to remove barriers to free flow of data in Europe

by EUbusiness — 20 December 2017, 23:07 CET

A draft proposal to allow non-personal data to move freely across borders, removing unjustified restrictions on the geographical location for storing and processing data, was agreed Wednesday by EU states.

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Commission moves to strengthen product safety

Commission moves to strengthen product safety

by EUbusiness — 20 December 2017, 17:59 CET

Legislative proposals tabled Tuesday by the EU Commission would make it easier for smaller companies to sell products across Europe, and strengthen national controls against the sale of unsafe products.

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EU energy reforms disappoint critics

EU energy reforms disappoint critics

by EUbusiness — 20 December 2017, 12:07 CET

Member States agreed four legislative proposals under the EU's Clean Energy Package Monday, mapping Europe's energy transition over the coming decade, but disappointing environmental groups.

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