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News from Brussels / Week 18 - 24 September 2017

News from Brussels / Week 18 - 24 September 2017

Last week, the European Commission presented a far-reaching package on cybersecurity and a renewed European industrial policy strategy. With the new industrial strategy, the Commission wants to make the EU fit for the megatrends of the future, namely digitisation and decarbonisation. Also, building on several public consultations and an intense dialogue with all relevant stakeholders, the Commission proposed an overhaul of financial supervision in the EU. Last Wednesday, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, addressed the UN General Assembly on behalf of the EU to stress the importance of strengthening the UN as the backbone of the rules-based global order and guaranteed the EU's commitment to the Paris Agreement. On Thursday, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada entered provisionally into force and the European Commission adopted a Communication regarding fair taxation of the digital economy with the goal to ensure a coherent EU approach, which guarantees fair and effective taxation for all companies. On Friday, Theresa May proposed in her speech in Florence a post-Brexit 'implementation period' of 2 years during which the United Kingdom would pay its EU budget commitments and allow freedom of movement to continue.

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News from Brussels / Week 25 September - 01 October 2017

Last Week, the French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech at the Sorbonne University on the Future of Europe on Tuesday. The Commission issued a set of guidelines on the application of EU food and consumer laws to dual quality products. On Thursday, the fourth round of the Brexit negotiations were concluded. And on Friday, the Digital Summit took place in Tallinn.

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Edible Science: Thoughts on Future of Food

Utopia or vision?

The change in the food sector through new technologies, innovations and concepts is mainly driven by global megatrends such as digitalization, urbanization, sustainability (climate change), overpopulation, individualization, health and "demographic change". In the future, it will be no longer possible to speak of vertical supply-chains, since mechanisms of the circular economy, for e.g. the use of biomass streams, are transforming the food system into an "ecosystem". In addition, all market players will be connected and interrelated.

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Tomorrow is today: Digitalisation in the hospitality sector

Interview: HOTREC, Hospitality Europe Business Newsletter July 2017

Digitalisation becomes more and more important in the hospitality sector and therefore the new METRO expands these services for our customers. For this purpose we established the company HoReCa digital.
The CEO of HoReCa digital, Kay Schwabedal, held the following interview with HOTREC in July 2017.

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News from Brussels / Week 19-25 June 2017

Last week, the European Commission proposed new transparency rules for tax advisors, accountants, banks and lawyers. The European Parliament auditioned the Bulgarian commissioner-designate in charge of the digital portfolio Maria Gabriel. The Council extended its sanctions on Russia and reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris Agreement as a response to Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier held his first talks with U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis. The Maltese presidency reached an agreement with the European Parliament to strengthen consumer protection law.

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News from Brussels / Week 12-18 June 2017


Last week, the College of Commissioners met in Strasbourg to discuss a proposal to amend the so-called European Market Infrastructure Regulation and President Juncker addressed the plenary of the European Parliament on the Commission's preparations ahead of the European Council. Also, EU institutions welcomed the end of roaming charges in the EU and MEPs discussed EU cohesion policy for the next funding period from 2020 onwards. Besides, the Commission welcomed the agreement reached at the Eurogroup between Greece and the institutions.

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