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The Council agreed its position on rules aimed at closing down 'hybrid mismatches' with the tax systems of third countries. It also set its priorities for the 2018 EU budget, calling for a realistic budget that strikes the right balance between fiscal consolidation and new investments conducive to growth and jobs.
The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The landmark trade deal could apply provisionally from as early as April 2017.
Today the Commission is presenting an ambitious and balanced package of measures that will make it easier for companies and professionals to provide services to a potential customer base of 500 million people in the EU.
The European Commission has unveiled a series of measures to improve the Value Added Tax (VAT) environment for e-commerce businesses in the EU. Our proposals will allow consumers and companies, in particular start-ups and SMEs, to buy and sell goods and services more easily online.
The Council adopted conclusions on measures to support early stage researchers and raise the attractiveness of scientific careers. It also agreed on a general approach to ban unjustified geo-blocking within the internal market and assessed the progress made on the single market strategy one year after its launch.
The EU leaders and Canada met on 30 October in Brussels and signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, also known as CETA.
The Commission has today announced plans to overhaul the way in which companies are taxed in the Single Market, delivering a growth-friendly and fair corporate tax system.
The Commission called upon Member States to support its efforts to provide the European Union with updated, strengthened and more robust trade defence instruments.
Revised EU rules to prevent trade in goods and services that may contribute to torture or execution were approved by MEPs.
Ministers discussed the collaborative economy. The debate showed considerable encouragement for a balanced development of the collaborative economy in Europe to the benefit of consumers and businesses alike.
In line with the initiative "EU budget focused on results" and with the efforts for Better Regulation, today the Commission is taking stock of the work conducted by the High Level Group on Simplification for the beneficiaries of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds).
Customs authorities across the EU seized an estimated five million more counterfeit items in 2015 than the previous year, according to new figures released today by the European Commission.
A staggering €159.5 billion in Value Added Tax (VAT) revenues were lost across the EU in 2014 according to figures released by the European Commission today.
The European Commission published its 2016 Consumer Markets Scoreboard which monitors EU consumers' ratings of how 42 goods and services markets work.
The main findings are that EU innovation is catching up with Japan and the US, Sweden is once again the innovation leader, and Latvia has become the fastest growing innovator.
Firms supplying essential services, e.g. for energy, transport, banking and health, or digital ones, such as search engines and cloud services, will have to improve their ability to withstand cyber-attacks under the first EU-wide rules on cybersecurity, approved by MEPs on Wednesday.