News from Brussels / Week 18 – 24 February 2017
Last week the European Commission published the annual review of the economic and social situation in the Member States within the framework of the European Semester. Meanwhile, the Council agreed on further measures to tackle tax avoidance at international level and discussed new ways to strengthen consumer protection cooperation in the digital age.
The European Single Market - the future or passé?
Trade Letter February 2017
The European Single Market has been in existence since 1992. In practice, however, numerous barriers limit the actual freedom of movement of EU citizens, goods, services and capital.
This article is part of our Trade Letter February 2017.
This article includes several parts:
News from Brussels / Week 3 - 10 February 2017
Last week the Commission, the Council and the Parliament have reached an informal agreement on the portability of online content services, making it possible for all consumers to have access to their streaming services across the EU. They also found an agreement on the Structural Reform Support Programme. The Commission, meanwhile, has published the Environmental Implementation Review, showing that existing EU environmental legislation is not fully implemented, leaving a lot of potential unused.
News from Brussels / Week 28 January - 3 February 2017
Last week the Council and the European Parliament reached an agreement to cut wholesale roaming charges. From this summer on, calling home from our European holiday destination will be cheaper than ever! Moreover, the European Commission keeps gathering ideas on how to modernize the Common Agricultural Policy and launched a public consultation to encourage stakeholders’ participation. Meanwhile, the Heads of State and Government gathered in Malta to discuss the migration challenge.
News from Brussels / Week 7 – 13 January 2017
Last week the European Commissioners travelled to Malta to discuss the direction in which the EU will be heading in the next six months. Also, the Commission introduced legislative measures to update data privacy and to boost the single market of services, while the candidates for the European Parliament Presidency presented themselves in a TV debate.
A never ending story: Poland and the Retail Tax
On 19 September 2016, the European Commission urged the Polish Government to suspend the proposed retail tax until the adoption of the final decision by the Commission. It examines whether the levy is compatible with EU state aid rules.
The Polish government suspended the entry into force of the tax until 1 January 2018. But the government doesn’t give up its plan to impose the tax on big retailers.