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On 23 June 2016 citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU).

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Cecilia Malmström © EU
18/09/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission has today put forward a first set of ideas to modernise the WTO and to make international trade rules fit for the challenges of the global economy. 

12/09/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights
Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
12/09/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

President Juncker stresses the need for Europe to become more sovereign so as to be able to play a role in shaping global affairs. 

19/07/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro
Margrethe Vestager © EU
18/07/2018 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search.

ean-Claude Juncker,Werner Hoyer © EU
18/07/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) has mobilised €335 billion in additional investment across the EU since July 2015. The Juncker Plan has made a clear impact on the EU economy and revolutionised the way innovation is financed in Europe.

17/07/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health
16/07/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health
05/07/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights
Vĕra Jourová © EU
25/06/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

Four major online marketplaces, Alibaba (for AliExpress), Amazon, eBay and Rakuten - France have signed a commitment for faster removal of dangerous products sold on their online marketplaces. 

22/06/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Statistics
Margrethe Vestager © EU
20/06/2018 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has found that Luxembourg allowed two Engie group companies to avoid paying taxes on almost all their profits for about a decade. This is illegal under EU State aid rules because it gives Engie an undue advantage.

Drone helicopter with camera © EU
12/06/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

MEPs approved an agreement reached between Council and Parliament negotiators in November 2017 on EU-wide principles for drones and drone operators to ensure a common level of safety and give operators and manufacturers the predictability to develop products and services.

Olivier Bailly © EU
08/06/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing measures to make tax and customs cooperation between Member States better and more efficient.

Container ship in port © EU
30/05/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The EU could protect itself better against unfairly cheap imports and combat environmental or social dumping more effectively, under a law backed by MEPs.

Elzbieta Bienkowska, Emil Karanikolov © EU
29/05/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Research and innovation

The Council agreed on a general approach on a regulation aimed at improving the mutual recognition of goods marketed in another member state. Ministers also held a policy debate on research and innovation within the context of the next EU financial framework for the years 2021 to 2027. 

29/05/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Employment and social rights

Workers posted temporarily to another EU country must get equal pay for equal work in the same place, under revised rules voted by Parliament. The revised rules, approved by 456 votes to 147, with 49 abstentions, aim to ensure better protection for posted workers and fair competition for companies. 

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