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#NadiaSavchenko is free, but the rule of law in Russia still has a long way to go says ALDE

#NadiaSavchenko is free, but the rule of law in Russia still has a long way to go says ALDE

The Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko was freed on 25 May by Russian President, Vladimir Putin, as part of a prisoner swap between Moscow and Kiev; two alleged Russian agents have in turn been pardoned by President Petro Poroshenko.   ALDE group leader Guy Verhofstadt welcomed the return home of Nadiya Savchenko, who became a […]

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#EBU: Revision of Audiovisual Media Services Directive heading in right direction, says EBU

#EBU: Revision of Audiovisual Media Services Directive heading in right direction, says EBU

EBU Head of European Affairs Nicola Frank said: “Today’s audiovisual media landscape offers viewers and service providers more than ever before. But there are also certain risks which can and should be attenuated with well-adapted and future-proof rules.” “One risk is that people start missing out on programmes with a public interest angle quite simply […]

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What is #Rosneft doing and who is it working for?

What is #Rosneft doing and who is it working for?

Several days ago, the Russian company Rosneft filed a lawsuit in the Moscow court of arbitration against the Russian Duma deputy Valery Rashkin. The company took issue with an interview Rashkin gave, in which he expressed his discontent with the finance and credit policy of Rosneft’s management.  However, Rashkin isn’t the only person who is […]

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Minimum #VAT rate extended for two years

Minimum #VAT rate extended for two years

On 25 May, the Council adopted a directive maintaining for a further two years the minimum standard VAT rate at 15%.  The minimum standard rate is aimed at preventing an excessive divergence in VAT rates applied by member states, and the structural imbalances or distortions of competition that could arise as a result. A minimum standard […]

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#Tax: Corporate tax avoidance – Council adopts rules on the exchange of tax-related information on multinationals

#Tax: Corporate tax avoidance – Council adopts rules on the exchange of tax-related information on multinationals

On 25 May, the Council adopted rules on the reporting by multinational companies of tax-related information and exchange of that information between member states.  The directive is the first element of a January 2016 package of Commission proposals to strengthen rules against corporate tax avoidance. The directive builds on 2015 OECD recommendations to address tax base […]

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#Natura2000Awards: Commission awards exemplary projects protecting nature across Europe

#Natura2000Awards: Commission awards exemplary projects protecting nature across Europe

On 23 May, Commissioner Vella announced the winners of the 2016 Natura 2000 Awards. The six winners include projects from Bulgaria, Latvia, Spain, the United Kingdom and cross-border projects from Belgium, France, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Finland and Norway. The annual Natura 2000 Awards recognise conservation achievements across the EU and raise awareness about initiatives that […]

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#DigitalSociety: Defending human rights in the digital age

#DigitalSociety: Defending human rights in the digital age

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought embodies Parliament’s support for human rights. Throughout the year the Sakharov Prize network of former laureates meets to highlight issues. On 23 and 24 May nine former Sakharov laureates met in Brussels to discuss, among others, how to adapt to the challenges facing human rights defenders in the […]

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