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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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News from Brussels / Week 10-18 April 2017

Last week the EU took note about the referendum results in Turkey pointing to the alleged irregularities. The business investment in the euro area is on the rise, amounting to 23,5% . EFSA reported that pesticide residues constitute little risk for consumers in the European Union. MEPs adopted a report on food waste unanimously in the ENVI Commiittee. Copa-Cocega and other stakeholders welcomed the Commission’s protein balance sheet.

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News from Brussels / Week 18 - 24 March 2017

Last week the Heads of State and Government gathered in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. On this occasion, they presented a declaration, in which they emphasised the unity of the Union and their intention to increase cooperation in the areas of defence policy, social policy and the rights of citizens.

The European Parliament demands more consumer protection cooperation, as well as a mandatory transparency register for all lobbyists wishing to enter the Parliament. Together with the Council, an informal agreement was reached to set up a new labelling scheme for energy efficiency.

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