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‘Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan.It will be built through concrete achievementswhich first create a de facto solidarity.’ Robert Schuman 9 May 1950

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Margrethe Vestager © EU
29/03/2017 - Business, taxation and competition

The Commission's investigation concluded the merger would have created a de facto monopoly in the markets for clearing fixed income instruments. 

Brokers at Frankfurt stock exchange © EU
14/03/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights

New tools to sharpen big EU firms’ focus on their long-run performance, by fostering their shareholders’ commitment to it, were approved by Parliament. They will include giving shareholders a say on directors’ pay and making it easier for firms to identify their shareholders.

Phil Hogan © EU
27/02/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries / Business, taxation and competition

Trade agreements can help increase sales and support jobs in the EU agri-food sector, a new study shows. 

22/02/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade
Valdis Dombrovskis and Edward Scicluna © EU
21/02/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

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, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

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, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public 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, taxation and competition / Energy, environment and climate / Research and innovation
Bild über E-Commerce © EU
01/12/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

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, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Research and innovation

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, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Enlargement, external relations and trade / 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, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

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, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

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, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

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, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

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, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

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.

23/09/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health
Calculator and 50 euro note © EU
06/09/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

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.

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