New EU rules to eliminate the main loopholes used in corporate tax avoidance come into force on 1 January

The Commission welcomes the entry into force of new rules to eliminate the most common corporate tax avoidance practices. As of 1 January 2019, all Member States shall apply new legally binding anti-abuse measures that target the main forms of tax avoidance practiced by large multinationals. Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and … Continue reading New EU rules to eliminate the main loopholes used in corporate tax avoidance come into force on 1 January

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

Brexit: European Commission recommends sufficient progress to the European Council (Article 50)

The European Commission has today recommended to the European Council (Article 50) to conclude that sufficient progress has been made in the first phase of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. It is now for the European Council (Article 50) on 15 December 2017 to decide if sufficient progress has been made, allowing … Continue reading Brexit: European Commission recommends sufficient progress to the European Council (Article 50)

Intellectual property: Protecting Europe’s know-how and innovation leadership

The Commission today presents measures to ensure that intellectual property rights are well protected, thereby encouraging European companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to invest in innovation and creativity. Today's initiatives will make it easier to act efficiently against breaches of intellectual property rights, facilitate cross-border litigation, and tackle the fact that 5% of goods … Continue reading Intellectual property: Protecting Europe’s know-how and innovation leadership

Brexit: European Commission welcomes decision by EU27 Member States to relocate UK-based Agencies

The European Commission welcomed yesterday's agreement at the General Affairs Council (Article 50 format) to move the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) to Amsterdam and Paris, respectively. Both Agencies are currently located in London. The relocation of these two Agencies is a direct consequence – and the first visible result … Continue reading Brexit: European Commission welcomes decision by EU27 Member States to relocate UK-based Agencies

EU-Canada trade agreement enters into force

On Thursday, 21 September, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada enters into force provisionally.   Welcoming this milestone in the EU's trade policy, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said: "This agreement encapsulates what we want our trade policy to be - an instrument for growth that benefits European companies … Continue reading EU-Canada trade agreement enters into force

The State of the Union 2017: Catching the wind in our sails

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today delivered his 2017 State of the Union Address, before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, presenting his priorities for the year ahead and outlining his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025. He presented a Roadmap for a More United, Stronger and More Democratic … Continue reading The State of the Union 2017: Catching the wind in our sails