UK business asks for transition period
British business leaders last Monday urged PM Theresa May to seek a three-year transitional period after Brexit, warning failure to secure more time would jeopardise “our collective prosperity,” British media reported. In a letter organised by the Confederation of British Industry, executives from 120 businesses with more than one million employees again warned of a so-called “cliff edge” in which Britain leaves the EU in March 2019 without a new trade deal or enough time for companies to adjust.
Recording energy performance contracts in national accounts
The Statistical Office of the European Commission, Eurostat, published last Tuesday an updated guidance note on the recording of energy performance contracts (EPCs) in government accounts, the EU press service reported. The revised guidance clarifies the accounting rules applied to the treatment of energy performance contracts. It follows up on the work already undertaken by Eurostat to clarify the accounting rules for various types of public investment. The full guidance note is available at the Eurostat webpage.
Seeking local gain of clean, smart mobility
Maria Koleva, Brussels
Dedicated to clean, shared and intelligent mobility, this year’s Commission campaign European Mobility Week, a 16th in a row, inspired from 16 to 22 September over 2,000 cities across the EU to stage performances, design vibrant happenings and announce car-free days to encourage its citizens of all ages to take part in developing sustainable urban mobility in their own towns.
Why Sofia should host EMA
The Bulgarian capital city would be a perfect new seat for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was said in Brussels on 19 September during the public presentation of Sofia’s candidacy that took place at the Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the EU.
Privacy Shield moment of truth
The first annual review of the EU-US Privacy Shield was held last week with the aim to establish whether EU citizens' privacy is being adequately protected under the new treaty. Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova, who arrived in the US for the review, described it as the “moment of truth” for the agreement, amid concerns Donald Trump's 'America First' philosophy could derail the deal.
Making non-personal data flow freely across EU
The Commission proposed last Tuesday a new set of rules to govern the free flow of non-personal data in the EU in yet another step to unlock the full potential of European data economy, the EU press service reported.
Britain vies for new security treaty
Britain proposed last Monday signing a new security treaty with the EU after Brexit in order to maintain and intensify cooperation to thwart “ever-growing and increasingly cross-border threats,” news wires reported.
Police arrests spark angry protests in Catalonia
Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Barcelona as well as several Catalan cities last Wednesday after the Spanish police raided regional government offices and arrested officials to halt a banned referendum on independence. Demonstrators waved the red-and-yellow Catalan flag chanting “Occupying forces out” and “Where is Europe?”.
Supporting regions to tear down investment barriers
In attempt to unlock the full economic potential of EU border regions, where more than 150m people live, the Commission launched last Wednesday a new initiative, called the Border Focal Point.
Slovak cities offer free mass transport
Several Slovak cities joined the European Mobility Week (ETM) with offering free public transport, Slovak media reported. Trams, trolley buses and buses in Bratislava and its region were free from 18 to 22 September for everyone who presented a valid driving license from a Member State.
Swiss new cabinet seeks fresh start in EU talks
Switzerland’s putative new foreign minister called on 20 September for a fresh start to tortuous talks on cementing ties with the EU, the neutral country’s most important trading partner, Reuters reports.