Free movement of services: Commission takes further action to ensure a well-functioning Single Market for professionals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is referring the Czech Republic and Poland to the Court for not remedying breaches of EU law on professional qualifications following reasoned opinions sent by the Commission in November 2019. The Commission considers that their national rules breach EU legislation, specifically linked […]

Commission adopts White Paper on foreign subsidies in the Single Market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted a White Paper dealing with the distortive effects caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market. The Commission now seeks views and input from all stakeholders on the options set out in the White Paper. The public consultation, which will […]

COVID-19: Single market must emerge stronger from the crisis, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee MEPs voiced concerns about the internal market during a debate with Commission Executive Vice-President Vestager on Monday. The majority of MEPs perceive the timely state aid schemes as a lifeline for companies during the COVID-19 crisis. However, they stress […]

Delivering masks across borders: EU Single Market protecting citizens’ health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The continuous supply of essential goods and vital medical and protective equipment within the Single Market is key to addressing the COVID-19 crisis. The chairs of Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, Petra De Sutter (Greens/EFA, BE), and Transport Committee, Karima Delli (Greens/EFA, […]

Africa is creating one of the world’s largest single markets. What does this mean for entrepreneurs?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Gerald Chirinda, Executive Director, Tapiwa Capital The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is set to launch on 30th May. If every African country joins, it’s expected to be one of the world’s largest single markets, accounting for $4 […]

Commission takes further action to ensure professionals can fully benefit from the Single Market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has taken further steps in infringement procedures against 26 Member States to ensure the full implementation of EU rules on the recognition of professional qualifications. Only a well-functioning Single Market can deliver its full potential for citizens and businesses around Europe. […]

To Brexit, or not to Brexit…rather not: 10 Downing Street, London

Almost exactly two years have elapsed after the Brits voted to leave the European Union. Tomorrow, Tuesday 12 June, the elected lower House of the Parliament, the Commons, is expected to open the way for Britain to remain in EU’s customs union and the single market for an extended period of time. Most probably, Prime […]

UK keeps its Brexit plan secret or there is no strategy at all whatsoever?

The 27 EU leaders will convene on Friday to discuss about Brexit while Theresa May and the British government are still trying to prepare a plan to get the most out of UK’s exit from the EU. The British Prime Minister has made it clear in the parliament that the agreement will include control of the […]

Theresa May in search of a magic plan to invoke Article 50 and start Brexit negotiations now

The British government convenes today after its summer break in order to discuss about the imminent negotiations with the EU. All the ministers of the Cabinet are expected to bring concrete proposals on the table in order to be prepared for the Brexit talks. It seems that Theresa May looks for favorable ideas in view of the […]

Digital business is Europe’s best hope to get back to growth

Digital market has received a lot of interest lately in Europe. Not only by the market players that have always lobbied more favourable or less regulation in general, but most importantly by the EU leadership. New Commissioner, new priorities Jean Claude Juncker, new President of the European Commission, seems to have ‘bet all his money’ […]

EU Summit consumed by the banks

The Spring European Council made yesterday a timid step towards the introduction of more social content in the austerity programmes currently applied in the EU and a giant leap forward in constituting the EU banking union. The relevance and the practical implications of the texts on each one of those two issues included in the final […]

European financial values on the rise

No doubt the screams, mainly coming from English language media, economists and commentators about the possible dissolution of Eurozone have now subsided and only some late comers in the league of those who have bet on Eurozone’s destruction still try to salvage their wrecks, by predicting catastrophe. On the other side of the fence those […]