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Publicado em 29-05-2017

CJEU Opinion on the EU-Singapore Agreement

29-05-2017

In 2015, the European Commission requested the opinion of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) on the competence for conclusion of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA). The CJEU issued its opinion on 16 May 2017, holding that the EUSFTA covers shared competences with respect to: (i) non-direct foreign investment, (ii) investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), and (iii) state-to-state dispute settlement relating to provisions regarding portfolio investment and ISDS. In its current form, ...

In 2015, the European Commission requested the opinion of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) on the competence for conclusion of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA). The CJEU issued its opinion on 16 May 2017, holding that the EUSFTA covers shared competences with respect to: (i) non-direct foreign investment, (ii) investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), and (iii) state-to-state dispute settlement relating to provisions regarding portfolio investment and ISDS. In its current form, therefore, the agreement would need to be concluded as a ‘mixed agreement’.

WIFI4EU – Promotion of internet connectivity in local communities

29-05-2017

On 14 September 2016, the Commission published a proposal for the promotion of very fast wireless internet access in local communities. This service would be provided free of charge to the public at large. The areas covered would encompass public administrations, libraries and hospitals, as well as outdoor spaces accessible to all. The aim is to increase accessibility to high-performance mobile internet, and to raise awareness of the benefits of such connectivity. It is planned to simplify administrative ...

On 14 September 2016, the Commission published a proposal for the promotion of very fast wireless internet access in local communities. This service would be provided free of charge to the public at large. The areas covered would encompass public administrations, libraries and hospitals, as well as outdoor spaces accessible to all. The aim is to increase accessibility to high-performance mobile internet, and to raise awareness of the benefits of such connectivity. It is planned to simplify administrative procedures and to use EU funds to provide financial support to the establishment of such networks. This action comes within the framework of the digital single market, and is one of several legislative proposals announced by the Commission with its communication, 'Connectivity for a competitive digital single market – Towards a European gigabit society'. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure.

Clean Vehicles Directive

29-05-2017

According to a recent evaluation of the Clean Vehicles Directive performed by the European Commission, the directive seems to raise concerns about whether the incentives included in it actually reach their intended aim, notably to increase the demand for and deployment of cleaner vehicles. Indeed, performing the evaluation was a complicated task, due to the significant data gaps that were found. This was particularly true when evaluating the implementation of the directive and its associated impacts ...

According to a recent evaluation of the Clean Vehicles Directive performed by the European Commission, the directive seems to raise concerns about whether the incentives included in it actually reach their intended aim, notably to increase the demand for and deployment of cleaner vehicles. Indeed, performing the evaluation was a complicated task, due to the significant data gaps that were found. This was particularly true when evaluating the implementation of the directive and its associated impacts, notably due to the lack of structural monitoring at EU or Member State level and the limited amount of published research and stakeholder positions available. Yet, regardless of the insufficient data, the directive appears to have had little impact with regard to incentivising a market uptake of clean vehicles and has therefore had a very limited impact on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants emitted from publicly procured vehicles. Ultimately, the Commission decided to revise rather than withdraw the directive, In this review process, the Commission would ensure that some appropriate reporting requirements are included in the directive. In addition, as there appear to be some barriers to the use of the monetisation methodology, the Commission would be able to consider to further develop the information available on the Clean Vehicle Portal and to provide contracting authorities with further guidance. Finally, the scope could be improved for making the directive more effective and efficient.

Reduced VAT rate for e-publications

29-05-2017

The fact that print and digital publications are currently subject to separate value added tax (VAT) rates essentially means that products that are considered to be comparable and substitutable are being treated differently to one another. This situation results from rules which, on the one hand, allow Member States to apply reduced rates to printed publications, but on the other exclude this possibility for digital publications. In addition, the recent evolution in the VAT framework means that VAT ...

The fact that print and digital publications are currently subject to separate value added tax (VAT) rates essentially means that products that are considered to be comparable and substitutable are being treated differently to one another. This situation results from rules which, on the one hand, allow Member States to apply reduced rates to printed publications, but on the other exclude this possibility for digital publications. In addition, the recent evolution in the VAT framework means that VAT on digital services should be levied in the Member State where the consumer is based (thus protecting the single market from application of different rates within a Member State because of the different location of providers). The question of broadening the possibility to apply reduced rates to all publications, be they print or digital, is addressed in the proposal presented as part of the VAT digital single market package, and adopted by the European Commission on 1 December 2016.

Limits on exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work: Second proposal

29-05-2017

The European Commission has proposed to amend Directive 2004/37/EC by expanding its scope and by including and/or revising occupational exposure limit values for a number of cancer- or mutation-causing chemical agents. The initiative is proceeding in steps. The first proposal, submitted in May 2016, covered 13 priority chemical agents. The current (second) proposal addresses a further seven agents. Broad discussions with scientists and the social partners fed into both proposals. While welcoming ...

The European Commission has proposed to amend Directive 2004/37/EC by expanding its scope and by including and/or revising occupational exposure limit values for a number of cancer- or mutation-causing chemical agents. The initiative is proceeding in steps. The first proposal, submitted in May 2016, covered 13 priority chemical agents. The current (second) proposal addresses a further seven agents. Broad discussions with scientists and the social partners fed into both proposals. While welcoming the current proposal, trade unions nonetheless deplore its lack of ambition and notably criticise the fact that diesel-engine exhaust emissions have not been included in it. Some actors on the employers' side, reacting to the Commission's set of measures as a whole, welcome the specific guidance to help enterprises implement rules. The legislative process is still in its initial stages.

Economic Dialogue with the European Commission on the European Semester Spring 2017 Package - ECON and EMPL on 30 May 2017

29-05-2017

Vice-President Dombrovskis, Commissioner Moscovici and Commissioner Thyssen have been invited to an Economic Dialogue in line with the relevant EU law on the European Semester Spring 2017package. This briefing note covers the draft 2017 CSRs, the implementation of CSRs over the period 2012-2016 and recent decisions related to the implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact and the Macro-economic Imbalance Procedure.

Vice-President Dombrovskis, Commissioner Moscovici and Commissioner Thyssen have been invited to an Economic Dialogue in line with the relevant EU law on the European Semester Spring 2017package. This briefing note covers the draft 2017 CSRs, the implementation of CSRs over the period 2012-2016 and recent decisions related to the implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact and the Macro-economic Imbalance Procedure.

The Impact of Schemes revealed by the Panama Papers on the Economy and Finances of a Sample of Member States

03-04-2017

Upon request by the European Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (PANA Committee), this study assesses the impacts of the schemes revealed by the Panama Papers, a set of documents leaked from the law firm Mossack Fonseca detailing tax evasion and avoidance practices, and published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ ...

Upon request by the European Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry to investigate alleged contraventions and maladministration in the application of Union law in relation to money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion (PANA Committee), this study assesses the impacts of the schemes revealed by the Panama Papers, a set of documents leaked from the law firm Mossack Fonseca detailing tax evasion and avoidance practices, and published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in April 2016. The study explores the concepts and roles of tax havens and offshore financial centres, their budgetary, and the economic and financial impacts in a sample of EU Member States. The research combined previous estimates of tax revenue loss with a microeconomic assessment based on data on companies that are thought to be linked to the Panama Papers schemes. The most significant impacts identified are the negative effects on Member States’ budgets, with wider knock-on effects on economic growth and financial markets. It is recommended that further steps are taken at the national, EU and international levels to increase transparency of corporate and individual taxation and to limit the scope for tax evasion and tax avoidance.

Autor externo

Jack Malan, Roland Blomeyer, Jan Smit, Dr William Vlcek, Dr. Petr Jansky, Danuše Nerudová’s, Anna Maria Krarup, Mike Beke, Mark Whittle, Carolin Moeller, Elsa Perreau, Stephan Kreutzer, David Buck

Publicado em 24-05-2017

Internet for growth competitiveness and cohesion: European gigabit society and 5G

24-05-2017

In response to the Commission’s European gigabit society communication, the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament has adopted an own-initiative report, due to be discussed in plenary in May. It calls for European global leadership in 5G, the next generation of wireless communication. Due to be available in 2020, 5G is expected to enable an array of new innovative services that will transform sectors such as manufacturing, energy, automotive, and health, bringing ...

In response to the Commission’s European gigabit society communication, the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament has adopted an own-initiative report, due to be discussed in plenary in May. It calls for European global leadership in 5G, the next generation of wireless communication. Due to be available in 2020, 5G is expected to enable an array of new innovative services that will transform sectors such as manufacturing, energy, automotive, and health, bringing them into the era of the internet of things.

Ukraine: Temporary autonomous trade measures

24-05-2017

In view of the difficult economic situation and on-going reform process in Ukraine, the European Commission proposes to improve access for Ukraine to the EU market for some industrial and agricultural products. The European Parliament (EP) plenary vote is scheduled for May.

In view of the difficult economic situation and on-going reform process in Ukraine, the European Commission proposes to improve access for Ukraine to the EU market for some industrial and agricultural products. The European Parliament (EP) plenary vote is scheduled for May.

The same VAT rate for print and e-publications

24-05-2017

On 1 December 2016, the European Commission adopted a proposal on value added tax (VAT) on books, newspapers and periodicals, which would amend the VAT Directive and broaden the possibility to apply reduced rates to all publications, be they print or digital. For this consultation procedure, the report is scheduled to be voted in plenary in May.

On 1 December 2016, the European Commission adopted a proposal on value added tax (VAT) on books, newspapers and periodicals, which would amend the VAT Directive and broaden the possibility to apply reduced rates to all publications, be they print or digital. For this consultation procedure, the report is scheduled to be voted in plenary in May.

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