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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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News from Brussels / Week 11 - 17 September 2017

News from Brussels / Week 11 - 17 September 2017

Last Wednesday, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union Speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where he presented his priorities for the year ahead and outlined his vision for how the European Union could evolve until 2025. Concrete initiatives on trade, investment screening, cybersecurity and industry were mentioned. Moreover, President Juncker announced that the Commission will present guidance on dual quality of products in the upcoming weeks. On Thursday, MEPs approved Sven Giegold's Report calling for more transparency in EU decision-making processes and approved new rules to mobilise investments for SMEs.

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News from Brussels / Week 04-10 September 2017

During the last week, Frans Timmermanns, first Vice-President of the Commission, called for a binding transparency register for all EU institutions. In an informal meeting in Tallinn, Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Agriculture, talked about the illegal abuse of the insecticide Fipronil and invited the ministers to a high-level ministerial meeting on 26 September in Brussels to discuss how to improve the way EU networks are dealing with food safety and food fraud. They also debated the risk management measures in the future Common Agricultural Policy. Besides, the Commission presented its principles on the relationship between Ireland and Northern Ireland in the Brexit negotiations on Thursday. The European Parliament's Committee on the Environment criticized the Commission's plan to mitigate controls on Japanese food and feed imports. In addition, the MEPs, especially Guy Verhofstadt and President Antonio Tajani, remain skeptical that there will be great progress in the Brexit negotiations until October. There were moreover discussions about reducing the number of parliamentarians after Brexit. The Council decided that the EU budget for 2018 should cover growth, employment, security and migration.

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News from Brussels / Week 28 August - 03 September 2017

Last week on Wednesday, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker met with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to discuss a number of current EU policies. During the Brexit negotiations, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier perceived only little progress in the key issues. In addition, the feedback period for the evaluation of the feed additives directive started and MEPs called for an improvement of the information exchange system on food safety risks in response to the Fipronil scandal. On 1 September, the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine entered fully into force and since Friday, new car models need to pass new and more reliable emissions tests in real driving conditions.

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News from Brussels / Week 21-27 August 2017


Last week, the victims of totalitarian regimes were remembered by the European Commission. The Commission has opened an investigation to assess the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer. In addition, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the improvement of post-trade services in the financial markets on Wednesday. In addition, the European Economic and Social Committee discussed the role of social economy in EU’s external and trade policy.

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