• Centre-right set to win European Parliament vote

      Centre-right set to win European Parliament vote

      The center-right is set to remain the biggest group in the European Parliament after May elections, according to a Parliament survey released on Monday. While traditional parties are set to retain a dominance that would allow a continuation of the broad centrist majority coalition, far right is set to gain about 14% of seats, and to further introduce policy uncertainty.

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    • Commission intensifies “no-deal” customs preparedness

      Commission intensifies “no-deal” customs preparedness

      The European Commission has on Monday stepped up its “no-deal” outreach to EU businesses in the area of customs and indirect taxation such as VAT, given the risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal. The outreach campaign is in line with the European Council (Article 50) conclusions of December 2018, calling for intensified preparedness work for all scenarios.

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    • Facebook knew about data misuse earlier, UK says

      Facebook knew about data misuse earlier, UK says

      British lawmakers have accused Facebook of "intentionally and knowingly" violating data privacy and competition laws, adding that CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed "contempt" toward parliament by not appearing before them. The report by the UK Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee concludes an 18-month investigation into Facebook and is based on an arguable cache of documents, some of which include correspondence between Zuckerberg and company executives, which stem from a lawsuit filed in California against Facebook.

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    • Romania attempts to stop EU from hiring Kovesi

      Romania attempts to stop EU from hiring Kovesi

      Romania's justice minister has sent a letter to his EU colleagues accusing the country's former anti-corruption chief in “all sins” in a bid to stop her leading a new EU prosecutors' office. Tudorel Toader accused Laura Codruta Kovesi of signing “secret and anti-democratic pacts” with Romania's intelligence agencies help in her investigations.

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    • EU to monitor closely key foreign investment

      EU to monitor closely key foreign investment

      The first ever EU mechanism for screening foreign direct investments (FDI), on grounds of protecting strategic sectors, received positive majority at the EP plenary session in Strasbourg on Thursday. The lawmakers endorsed new screening provisions, informally agreed between Parliament negotiators and the Council. EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, who proposed this tool during his State of the Union address in the fall of 2017, welcomed the outcome of the vote.

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    • Common rules set for investing in all EU regions in 2021-2027

      Common rules set for investing in all EU regions in 2021-2027

      During the plenary session in Strasbourg the Chamber backed financial and overarching rules for seven European funds in regional, cohesion and social fields that, in monetary terms, account for a third of the total EU budget for the next seven years. MEPs backed simplified common rules for investing in all EU regions for the 2021-2027 period, but set against suspension of EU regional funding dependent on national economic targets.

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    • EU wipes up big fees for euro payments across border

      EU wipes up big fees for euro payments across border

      A new law that puts an end of excessive fees for cross-border payments in Europe was propped up by MEPs on 14 February with a wide majority of 532 votes in favour, 22 against and 55 abstentions. The rules that foresee the price of wiring euros within the European Union will be no different to that of domestic transactions within an EU Member State and currently apply just for the Eurozone countries, as of 15 December will become a norm for all states across the Union.

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