EU Parliament approves CETA: the EU-Canada free trade deal sees the light in Trump’s gloomy era

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, and Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, participated in the 16th EU/Canada Summit together with Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Martin Schulz, President of the EP. Greeting between Donald Tusk, Justin Trudeau and Jean-Claude Juncker (from left to right). © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Jennifer Jacquemart.

After seven years of talks and remarkable twists, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) was approved by the European Parliament last week. The EU lawmakers formally backed last Wednesday the landmark free trade deal which aims to eliminate up to 99% of tariffs on exported goods with Canada, by a vote of 408 to […]

Digital Single Market: New EU rules for online subscription services

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, participates at the Startup Europe Week Launch Event in Brussels. © European Union , 2017   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Jennifer Jacquemart.

EU Regulators have found last week an agreement on new rules concerning online content portability, allowing EU citizens to access online subscription services with no restrictions while travelling within the Union. The new rules will practically end the so-called “geo-blocking tactics”, and will enable European consumers to access services such as Netflix, Sky’s Now and Spotify […]

Brussels to tear down the trade wall with Mexico as opposed to Trump’s “walls”

Cecilia Malmstrom, EU Commissioner responsible for Trade at World Economic Forum 2017 in Davis. Date: 19/01/2017   Reference: P-033407/00-63   Location: Davos. © European Union , 2017   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Johanna Leguerre.

The European Union and Mexico have officially decided last week to accelerate negotiations on a new trade agreement and have set two additional rounds of trade talks in the first half of 2017. The European bloc and the Northern American country have long standing economic relations, but they are facing a very delicate moment, amidst […]

Theresa May’s global Britain against Philip Hammond’s Brexit fog

Theresa May at World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos (World Economic Forum, 2017)

The 2017 edition of the World Economic Forum will be remembered for long. This year’s event carried indeed a lot of attractiveness, not only because for the first time a head of state from the People’s Republic of China was invited to the alpine city of Davos, or because the world is preparing to welcome […]

EU’s tougher privacy rules: WhatsApp and Facebook set to be soon aligned with telcos

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, and Vĕra Jourová, Member of the EC in charge of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, gave a joint press conference on Digital Single Market. Date: 10/01/2017   Reference: P-033391/00-11   Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont. © European Union , 2017   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: François Walschaerts.

With an official statement, the European Commission last week published its proposal to reform the existing European online privacy rules. Companies such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Google will face tougher rules on the tracking of users under a wider update of the e-privacy directive, which will also impact cookies regulation. The EU says the new […]

Post-Brexit muddled times: the resignation of UK’s top ambassador and Theresa May’s vague plans

Ms Theresa MAY, UK Prime Minister at European Council, Brussels 15/12/2016. Shoot location: Bruxelles - BELGIUM
Shoot date: 15/12/2016
Copyright: European Union.

Last week,  unexpected news casted more shadows over the already complex Brexit negotiations matter. Sir Ivan Rogers, Britain’s ambassador to the European Union, abruptly resigned and left his cabinet several months before his mandate was due to an end. Officially, Mr. Rogers left his position “to give time” to his successor to take charge of the […]

Trade deals’ pure realism: it may take 10 years for a post-Brexit agreement

EU Heads of State or Government meet on 15 December 2016 in Brussels to discuss migration and security issues. Leaders are also discussing economy and youth, as well as the issue of the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in the Netherlands. Shoot location: Bruxelles - BELGIUM. Shoot date: 15/12/2016. Copyright: European Union.

It was already a well-known fact that the UK had a bumpy road ahead before a post-Brexit deal with the European Union could ever see the light, but last week’s news are now showing that reality could be even more complex than that. Britain’s ambassador to the European Union, Sir Ivan Rogers, warned British ministers last […]

EU agrees on Ukraine – Georgia visa-free travel amid veto risks and populist fears

Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (from left to right) at the EU- Ukraine Summit in Brussels last Month. © European Union , 2016   /  Source: EC - Audiovisual Service   /   Photo: Etienne Ansotte.

Last week was a historic one for the long and delicate debate of the European Union-Ukraine relations. EU officials have indeed come to a deal that could see the citizens of the former Soviet republic travel to the European bloc without a visa. This decision also applies to Georgia. Both the Caucasian country and Kiev have been […]

The EU tells the bare truth to the UK that there is no such thing as easy divorces

President TUSK - tour of EU capitals ahead of the Bratislava Summit. President Tusk meets British Prime Minister Theresa May. From left to right: Ms Theresa MAY, UK Prime Minister; Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council. Shoot location: London - UNITED KINGDOM. Shoot date: 08/09/2016. Copyright: European Union

Post Brexit vote, the British leaders have rather been adamant in saying that there will be no mixed solutions and in-betweens ahead: “Brexit” will mean nothing else than “Brexit”. Last week, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told the world that EU leaders are determined not only to follow that line, but also that the ride could […]

Competing with Apple and leading innovation: Google’s world replies to EU on android charges

From Google's corporate blog.

It was not a surprise or an unexpected twiddle, when last week Google like a fine-tuned clockwork delivered its formal reply to the European Commission, regarding the Android antitrust case. With a blog post on Thursday, the US tech giant has officially dismissed the third set of formal charges by the European Commission, saying that […]