News from Brussels / Week 4 - 10 March 2017
Last week the European Council re-elected Donald Tusk in an “almost” unanimous decision, as he did not receive the support of his home country, Poland. The Council of the European Union approved last week an agreement with Chile to facilitate the trade in organic products. In the European Parliament the Committee for the Environment adopted a report that calls for a more responsible use and more sustainable production of palm oil.
Cash registers: safe systems
Protection from data manipulation
Electronic cash registers in the retail sector are closed systems. This protects them from data manipulation. But why?
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.
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.