Phase Two negotiations on a Transition Deal officially kicked off, with the UK’s position remaining as elusive as ever.
The European Commission is feeling the pressure as negotiations on the so-called satellite and cable directive enter their final phase. It is reported to be angry at the manner in which its plans to create a single digital market have been watered down by the European Parliament and Council.
The negotiation of Open Skies agreements is a key pillar of the European Union’s external aviation policy. Such agreements are a way to improve market access for European airlines, but also to facilitate the harmonisation of safety, security and environmental standards.
Europe is to have a new Battery Alliance. It emerged last month from a high-level meeting on battery development and production in Europe organised by European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovic.
The European Commission’s Strategy on Plastics has attracted a lot of attention over the last couple of months. Expected to be released in December, it will put forward the Commission’s vision for improving the sustainability of the plastics industry in Europe, as a key element of its Circular Economy Strategy.
The popularity of competitive video gaming or “e-sport” has grown to such an extent in the past few years that policymakers have been caught unawares. From communities of mainly teenage boys meeting at multiplayer game conventions, the sector now commands an estimated $700 million in total forecast revenues for 2017 along with an international live audience of 260 million.
The European Commission has published its long awaited Action Plan on Retail Financial Services. The paper sets out 12 policy actions that the Commission is tackling over the next two years in the area of retail financial services, with the objective of increasing transparency in cross-border relations, removing regulatory obstacles for businesses and enhancing digital innovation.
The European Commission has published its long awaited proposal on the revision of EU comitology rules. But what has prompted the Commission to propose the changes and what impact will they have on EU decision making?
Dieselgate, the controversy surrounding the falsification of emission measurements of diesel vehicles with the use of defeat software, continues to make waves on both sides of the Atlantic.