EU-Japan trade agreement on track to enter into force in February 2019

The European Commission welcomes today's approval in the European Parliament of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement. The trade agreement negotiated by the Commission is the first ever to include an explicit reference to the Paris climate agreement. It will create an open trading zone covering 635 million people and … Continue reading EU-Japan trade agreement on track to enter into force in February 2019

Digital Single Market: New EU rules allow Europeans to shop online without borders

On 3rd of December 2018 the new regulation proposed by the European Commission in May 2016 to end unjustified geo-blocking online will enter into force. Europeans will not have to worry about a website blocking or re-routing them just because they, or their credit card, come from a different country. Wherever they are in the … Continue reading Digital Single Market: New EU rules allow Europeans to shop online without borders

WTO reform: EU proposes way forward on the functioning of the Appellate Body

Today, the EU together with other members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) - Australia, Canada, China, Iceland, India, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland – unveiled a proposal for concrete changes to overcome the current deadlock in the WTO Appellate Body. The proposal will be presented at the meeting of the WTO … Continue reading WTO reform: EU proposes way forward on the functioning of the Appellate Body

EU Anti-fraud proposals not going far enough, say Auditors

The proposed changes of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) will not be sufficient to make its investigations significantly more effective, according to an Opinion published today by the European Court of Auditors. In addition, while the proposal reflects well the principles of co-operation between OLAF and the future European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO), certain issues could … Continue reading EU Anti-fraud proposals not going far enough, say Auditors

Brexit Negotiations: What is in the Withdrawal Agreement

The European Commission and the United Kingdom's negotiators have reached an agreement on the entirety of the Withdrawal Agreement of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, as provided for under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. The Withdrawal Agreement establishes the … Continue reading Brexit Negotiations: What is in the Withdrawal Agreement

Free flow of data: EU adopts new rules

The Council today signed off on the reform that will bring down barriers to the free movement of non-personal data within the EU. The new rules are designed to boost the data economy and the development of emerging technologies such as cross-border autonomous systems and artificial intelligence. A provisional deal was concluded with the European Parliament on 19 … Continue reading Free flow of data: EU adopts new rules

Less red tape in EU research, say Auditors

The administrative burden on those applying for and managing research grants under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme has been reduced, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Most of the simplification measures introduced by the European Commission have been effective, say the auditors, although there is still room for improvement. Horizon … Continue reading Less red tape in EU research, say Auditors