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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 03 - 09 December 2016

Last week some progress on tax issues was made at EU level, with the Council adopting the Directive on Access to Beneficial Ownership Information, as well as welcoming the Commission’s proposals for a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base. Moreover, the Slovak Presidency reached a deal with the Parliament on the Capital Markets Union. Meanwhile, the European Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps.

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METRO's Position on the Free Trade Agreement / Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan

METRO GROUP appreciates the efforts to facilitate bilateral trade between the EU and Japan through an Free Trade Agreement. Within the scope of the negotiations, METRO GROUP very much hopes that especially requirements for food additives will be relaxed, allowing the export of popular European food to Japan and vice versa.

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News from Brussels / Week 21 – 28 October 2016

THE COMMISSION PRESENTS ITS 2017 AGENDA

Last week saw several important initiatives, with which the groundwork for 2017 was laid. The European Commission presented its agenda for 2017 and outlined its priorities, including a proposal for a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base. Meanwhile, the dispute between the Parliament and the Council delays the passing of the 2017 budget. This week, parliamentarians are devoted to external activities.

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