Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union address two weeks ago when he declared: For me, Europe is more than just a single market. More than money, more than the euro. It was always about values”, was the rallying cry for which many integrationists longed.
As news breaks that a former colleague in the Better Regulation Executive had been summoned to the front line as part of a ragtag US trade talks team, the International Trade Minister can at least console himself that his team is willing.
The Fine Gael-Independent Minority Government presented the second budget of its term, laying out a series of taxation and expenditure measures reflective of both the recovering economy and the tentative, conditional support of Fianna Fáil through the ‘Confidence and Supply’ arrangement.
Emmanuel Macron has outlined his vision of a new progressive Europe underpinned by closer national cooperation across a wide range of sectors.
The EU Workplan for Sport 2017-2020 has now been adopted by EU Sport Ministers. It includes initiatives on match-fixing, anti-doping, good governance, the Digital Single Market and much more. It sets out the key topics which EU Member States and the Commission will prioritise for the sport sector over the next three years.
Emmanuel Macron and his Minister of the Economy and Finance have initiated a broad tax offensive against on-line giants, Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, the so called GAFA.
Brexit is not the future of Europe. At a time when all eyes in Brussels are pointed at the Brexit negotiation process, when decision-makers, business representatives, NGOs and trade unions constantly speculate over the future relationship between the EU and the UK, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker spent only a few sentences on Brexit in his recent State of the Union address.
Data protection is an issue which affects nearly all businesses. Any organisation that handles, processes, or stores the personal data of an EU resident is covered by the EU Data Protection rules.
Mariya Gabriel’s appointment as the new Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society has been endorsed by the European Parliament.
There is no easy answer to the question of how the EU agriculture sector will look after 2020.