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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union speech at the European Parliament on 14 September 2016.

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22/02/2017 - Business / External relations and foreign affairs
Valdis Dombrovskis and Edward Scicluna © EU
21/02/2017 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

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. 

Canadian and European flag © EU
15/02/2017 - Business / External relations and foreign affairs

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.

EU map with illustration of services © EU
10/01/2017 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health

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. 

14/12/2016 - Business / Energy and natural resources / Science and technology
Bild über E-Commerce © EU
01/12/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

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. 

Ms Elzbieta BIENKOWSKA, Member of the European Commission © EU
29/11/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Science and technology

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.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Justin Trudeau, Donald Tusk and Robert Fico © EU
30/10/2016 - Business / Environment, consumers and health / External relations and foreign affairs / Institutional affairs

The EU leaders and Canada met on 30 October in Brussels and signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, also known as CETA.

Pierre Moscovic © EU
25/10/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

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. 

Jyrki Katainen © EU
19/10/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Commission called upon Member States to support its efforts to provide the European Union with updated, strengthened and more robust trade defence instruments. 

Elzbieta Bienkowska and Peter Ziga © EU
29/09/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

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. 

Slim Kallas and Corina Creţu © EU
27/09/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

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).

Counterfeit goods seized in Genoa, Italy © EU
23/09/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

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.

Calculator and 50 euro note © EU
06/09/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

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.

Vĕra Jourová © EU
05/09/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health

The European Commission published its 2016 Consumer Markets Scoreboard which monitors EU consumers' ratings of how 42 goods and services markets work.

19/07/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Transport and travel
Graph showing European Innovation Scoreboard 2016 country ranking © EU
14/07/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Science and technology

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.

Padlock on laptop and hand on keyboard © EU
06/07/2016 - Business / Justice and citizens rights / Science and technology

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.

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