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

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

Auditors welcome greater protection for whistleblowers in the EU

A proposed system to protect persons reporting breaches of EU law – known as whistleblowers – could increase their legal rights in all Member States and give citizens a central role in ensuring EU rules are applied in the context of their work, according to a new Opinion from the European Court of Auditors. The … Continue reading Auditors welcome greater protection for whistleblowers in the EU

EU adopts tougher rules on money laundering

On Thursday 11 October, the Council adopted a new anti money laundering directive. This directive introduces new criminal law provisions which will disrupt and block access by criminals to financial resources, including those used for terrorist activities. The new rules include: establishing minimum rules on the definition of criminal offences and sanctions relating to money laundering. Money laundering … Continue reading EU adopts tougher rules on money laundering

European Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation

The EU's approach to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reform outlined in a document published today will be presented to EU partners in Geneva on 20 September during a meeting on that subject convened by Canada. The European Commission has today put forward a first set of ideas to modernise the WTO and to make … Continue reading European Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation

Security Union: Commission welcomes agreement on stronger rules criminalising money laundering

The Commission welcomes the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the EU Member States on strengthened criminal law measures to counter money laundering. The new rules, proposed by the Commission in December 2016, will harmonise offences and sanctions for money laundering, ensuring that dangerous criminals and terrorists face equally severe penalties for their crimes across … Continue reading Security Union: Commission welcomes agreement on stronger rules criminalising money laundering

EU’s cities and regions share European Commission concerns over Polish government’s changes to laws on the judiciary

The European Committee of the Region has voiced its support for a decision by the European Commission to invoke Article 7 of the EU treaty against Poland, as there is "a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law”. In a resolution adopted on 1 February, the EU's assembly of local and … Continue reading EU’s cities and regions share European Commission concerns over Polish government’s changes to laws on the judiciary