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    • Honda closes its only British factory as Brexit looms

      Honda closes its only British factory as Brexit looms

      The Japanese automaker Honda has become the latest business to announce plans to leave Britain as global forces reshape the car industry and the country prepares to exit the European Union. On Tuesday the carmaker confirmed it will shut down its only manufacturing plant in the EU, which lies in the English town of Swindon and currently employs 3,500 people. Thousands more jobs will be also put at risk at suppliers and other businesses.

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    • EU to act swiftly if Trump hits it with car tariffs

      EU to act swiftly if Trump hits it with car tariffs

      The European Union said on Monday it will act in a “swift and adequate” manner if President Trump decides to slap tariffs on imported vehicles to the US. The announcement was made by EU Spokesman Margaritis Schinas, who warned that in case Trump went ahead with “actions detrimental to European exports, the European Commission would react in a swift and adequate manner.”

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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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    • Venezuela denies MEPs entry

      Venezuela denies MEPs entry

      Venezuela denied a group of European Parliament deputies entry into the country on Sunday, arguing they had 'conspiratorial motives' for flying to Caracas in the throes of a political crisis.  According to a statement from the group, which consisted of members of the conservative European People's Party (PPE), all of their passports had been "seized" and they were being "expelled" in a rude matter without any explanation given. 

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    • EU agrees on copyright reforms

      EU agrees on copyright reforms

      The European Union's effort to rewrite two-decade old copyright rules and take into account online platforms such as Google's owned YouTube moved a step forward on Friday after the majority of Member States agreed on a common position for talks with lawmakers this week. This happened mostly because France and Germany managed to resolve in time a dispute over whether the reforms should apply to small technology companies, or not.

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    • EU to cooperate with 25 African countries

      EU to cooperate with 25 African countries

      EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, signed on 9 February in Addis Ababa additional support to regional programmes for 25 countries in Africa. The additional cooperation funding will support economic integration and job creation, as well as strengthen the nexus between development and security since recent developments in the region have generated a need for stronger support in these areas to overcome the growing challenges.

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    • EC with new directors-generals for communication and for internal market

      EC with new directors-generals for communication and for internal market

      Yesterday and with effect of 16 March 2019, the EU Commission announced that current Deputy Secretary-General Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen is appointed as director-general of its Communication department. Meanwhile, Timo Pesonen, the current director-general of DG Communication, will be heading the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs department as of 1 March 2019. He will succeed Lowri Evans in that position, who will retire in the beginning of next month.

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    •  EU opens a humanitarian office in Caracas

       EU opens a humanitarian office in Caracas

      As many people continue to suffer from the severe socio-economic crisis in Venezuela, the EU Commission announced on Tuesday that it has allocated additional humanitarian assistance of €5m to help those most in need in the country. The amount is in addition to the humanitarian assistance totalling €34m for the crisis in 2018 alone.

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    • About 60,000 EU data breaches filed under GDPR

      About 60,000 EU data breaches filed under GDPR

      The EU’s GDPR regulation and its attached fines appears to be encouraging data breach reports, fundamentally changing the risk profile for organisations suffering a cyber attack, a new study shows. According to the research from DLA Piper over 59,000 data breach notifications have been reported to regulators throughout the EU since GDPR went into effect on 25th May 2018 - far more than figures previously released by the European Commission show. And even though data breaches are showing no signs of slowing, the number of fines imposed lag far behind.

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