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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 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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News from Brussels / Week 03-12 June 2017

Last week, the first meeting of the EU Animal Protection Platform took place in Brussels. Also, general elections were held in the UK, leading to uncertainty for the start of Brexit talks. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker opened this year's European Development Days, at which EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner Federica Mogherini, First Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, EU Consumer Protection Commissioner Neven Mimica and Vytentis Andiukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety attended. Furthermore, 20 Member States reached a political agreement on the establishment of the new European Public Prosecutor's Office under enhanced cooperation and the Commission presented a number of important new initiatives for the completition of the Capital Markets Union. Besides, French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party is on course to win a massive majority after the first round of parliamentary elections.

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News from Brussels / Week 15-21 May 2017


Last week, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker allocated the digital dossier to the Bulgarian MEP Mariya Gabriel, who was nominated by the Bulgarian government. MEPs took the final vote on new rules enabling EU citizens with subscriptions for online films, TV series, games and sport events to access this content while temporarily in another EU country. Besides, they advocated a halving of food waste in the EU and debated Brexit. As a follow-up on proposals made by the EU Commission, MEPs also discussed how the EU can tackle the negative effects of globalisation.

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