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#Brexit reshuffle solves one problem but creates a host of others

#Brexit reshuffle solves one problem but creates a host of others

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jill Rutter, Programme Director for the Institute for Government in the UK, has written a blog on what the Olly Robbins move to No. 10 means? Rutter argues that the team need stability and clear lines of authority. To paraphrase Kissinger – who does Europe call if it wants to speak to the UK on Brexit? […]

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#Catalan assembly calls for peaceful resistance to police raids

#Catalan assembly calls for peaceful resistance to police raids

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

In an effort to prevent the Catalan independence vote proposed for 1 October, Spain’s Guardia Civil have detained a junior economy minister Josep Maria Jové and 14 others this morning. The Guardia Civil also raided several government offices, senior members of the Catalan government call for peaceful resistance, writes Catherine Feore. The action comes a week […]

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#Tax: EU finance ministers agreed to develop new digital taxation rules

#Tax: EU finance ministers agreed to develop new digital taxation rules

| September 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The finance and economic affairs ministers of the EU member states discussed updating international tax rules for companies at their informal meeting in Tallinn today, so that these rules could also be applied to taxing enterprises that use digital technology. The ministers agreed to move forward swiftly and to reach a common understanding at the […]

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#EnergyUnion: ‘Our citizens must never be left without gas’

#EnergyUnion: ‘Our citizens must never be left without gas’

| September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

An EU country facing an urgent gas shortage can trigger cross-border assistance from its neighbours, under new cooperation rules approved by Parliament. The gas supply plays a critical role for some households, district heating and essential social services such as hospitals. The new regulation will mean a member state can activate the ‘solidarity mechanism’ and […]

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#WiFi4EU: MEPs pass EU scheme to support free WIFI in public spaces

#WiFi4EU: MEPs pass EU scheme to support free WIFI in public spaces

| September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Parliament has voted to spend 25 million on local wireless access points in the EU, free of charge and without discriminatory conditions. The amount could also be increased to 50 million with successful implementation. The WIFI4EU proposal is part of the EU’s strategy to create a gigabit society by improving internet connectivity using […]

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#FutureorEurope: As EU emerges from “valley of tears”, there’s hope but also challenges

#FutureorEurope: As EU emerges from “valley of tears”, there’s hope but also challenges

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, in his annual address on the “State of the Union”, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned the EU was “at least in part in an existential crisis” and that too many “unresolved problems” stared us in the face, writes Shada Islam is Director of Europe […]

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#ETS Aviation: British companies must not be allowed to ‘take advantage’ #Brexit

#ETS Aviation: British companies must not be allowed to ‘take advantage’ #Brexit

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Peoples’ Party (EPP) are concerned with the state of negotiations with the UK government. Unsure of whether the UK will opt for a so-called ‘hard brexit’ MEPs are factoring it into the discussions on the inclusion of aviation in the Emission Trading System (ETS). The EPP say that it is necessary to take […]

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