Phase Two negotiations on a Transition Deal officially kicked off, with the UK’s position remaining as elusive as ever.
EU27 governments currently expect the framework for the future relationship with the UK to be based on a free trade agreement (FTA). This expectation is based on the UK government’s publicly stated red lines, leading to the assumption that any model including closer political cooperation would not be acceptable.
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.
As the Brexit talks enter a critical phase, we are still no nearer to knowing what the exact future of EU-UK relations will look like.
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.