• Switzerland given until June to agree new treaty

      Switzerland given until June to agree new treaty

      The Commission decided last Tuesday to offer Switzerland six additional months to agree on a new treaty that will govern the country's future relations with the EU, Reuters reported citing two EU sources. The political decision, to be formalised at the leaders talks in Brussels, would allow Swiss stock exchanges to maintain access to EU clients until the end of June under a temporary extension of the “equivalence” regime.

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    • New VAT rules to help fight against tax fraud

      New VAT rules to help fight against tax fraud

      The Commission announced last Wednesday new detailed measures that will pave the way for a smooth transition to new VAT rules for e-commerce that come into force in January 2021, the EU press service reported. “The EU is gearing up for a brand new VAT system in 2021 to make it easier for companies to sell goods online and for Member States to recoup lost VAT revenues,” Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said.

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    • EU agrees on measures to prevent cyberthreats

      EU agrees on measures to prevent cyberthreats

      Representatives from the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission have reached on 10 December a joint political agreement, which establishes a framework for cybersecurity in the bloc. It is aimed at strengthening EU's efforts in countering large-scale malware attacks such as Wannacry and NotPetya more effectively, the Commission reported.

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    • Over 1bn EU air passengers carried in 2017

      Over 1bn EU air passengers carried in 2017

      In 2017, air passenger transport has steadily risen in the EU, figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the bloc show. According to the statistics more than 1bn passengers travelled by air in the European Union (EU), which represents a rise by 7% compared with 2016 and by 39% compared with 2009. 

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    • EU agree on new rules for the .eu domain

      EU agree on new rules for the .eu domain

      On Wednesday the European Parliament, the Council and the EU Commission reached a political agreement on the revision of the Regulation concerning the .eu top-level domain, which is part of the Digital Single Market strategy. The new measures are aimed at simplifying the existing legal framework on the .eu top-level domain and, among other changes, enable European/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) citizens to register for a .eu domain also outside of the EU, regardless of their country of residence. 

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    • Fighting back against disinformation online

      Fighting back against disinformation online

      At its College meeting on 5 December the Commission and the High Representative tabled an Action Plan with specific proposals for a coordinated response to the challenge of disinformation, in view of next year's European elections and more than 50 national and local elections that will be held in Member States by 2020. The plan was presented at a news conference in the Commission's press room by VP Andrus Ansip and the EU commissioners Mariya Gabriel, Vera Jourova and Julian King.

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    • Making euro true global currency

      Making euro true global currency

      In light of the upcoming European Council and Euro Summit in December, the Commission presented last Wednesday actions to strengthen the role of the euro in a changing world, the EU press service reported. Supported by upcoming decisions to strengthen Economic and Monetary Union, complete the Banking Union and advance on the Capital Markets Union, the euro needs to develop its global role and fully reflect the euro area's political, economic and financial weight.

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    • Managing migration to further lessen irregular arrivals number

      Managing migration to further lessen irregular arrivals number

      Ahead of December European Council, the Commission last Tuesday called on Member States and the European Parliament to consolidate the significant progress made by adopting the outstanding reform proposals, the EU press service reported. The EU's comprehensive approach on migration is delivering on all fronts: deeper cooperation with partner countries; better-protected external borders; and more effective tools to manage migration inside the EU.

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