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.
News from Brussels / Week 08-14 May 2017
Last week, Bulgaria nominated MEP Mariya Gabriel as Commissioner. The EU Council discussed the new anti-dumping methodology and took stock of trade relations with Chile, New Zealand and Australia. It also debated the state of play of trade negotiations with Japan, Mexico and Mercosur and discussed about the EU-Myanmar/Burma Investment Protection Agreement. The Commission identified three main action points in the Digital Single Market and published its final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry. The European Parliament held a hearing on the situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK.
Transparency Register / Lobbying Regulation in the EU
On 28th September 2016, the European Commission submitted a proposal for an „Interinstitutional Agreement on a mandatory Transparency Register“ (IIA). The IIA is to be based on the existing voluntary transparency register of the European Parliament and the Commission from 2014 and to create a robust system ensuring transparent lobbying.
“Freedom, Egality, Fraternity? How the French elections impact Europe.”
Daniel Cohn-Bendit at the 30th Berlin Wednesday Social
On 10 May 2017 more than 200 guests attended the 30th Berlin Wednesday Social with Daniel Cohn-Bendit to discuss the topic “Freedom, Egality, Fraternity? How the French elections impact Europe.”
News from Brussels / Week 02-08 May 2017
Last week, Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France. During European Parliament’s Committee week, MEPs voted on a money laundering blacklist and on VAT applied to e-books. Besides, the Commission closed the public consultation on the future of CAP and adopted a package of measures to enhance compliance and practical functioning of the EU Single Market. The Commission also recommended that Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway phase out temporary border controls.
METRO @ Seafood Expo Global in Brussels
METRO experts at several events, 25 April 2017
METRO showed high engagement at the Brussels Seafood Expo, 25 April 2017. METRO experts visited several events and emphasised the importance of seafood for the company.