EU-China summit focuses on trade

Thursday, 18 April 2019 08:55
Last week’s EU-China summit in Brussels provided a forum at the highest political level for discussing several bilateral and multilateral issues and resulted in a joint statement with a focus on developing trade relations. Human rights issues were delegated to a Human Rights Dialogue between officials from both sides.

New copyright rules to be adopted by EU

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:13
The Council of the European Union gave this week its green light to the new Copyright Directive which is expected to bring benefits to citizens, the creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, and cultural heritage institutions.

Car sales in the EU fall 3.3% in 1st quarter

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 11:21
Sales of new cars have fallen by 3.3% to 4.03 million units in the European Union in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period of 2018, the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association) announced on Wednesday.
New vehicles in Europe will need to be equipped with a range of new safety features from May 2022, under a proposal passed on Tuesday at a plenary session of the European Parliament.
European Union members on Monday agreed to resume trade talks with the United States despite opposition from France, AFP indicated, quoting several European sources.
France, Hungary, the Netherlands and Sweden are to conduct a first assessment of the controversial herbicide glyphosate ahead of expected applications for the renewal of its EU license.
The agriculture committee of the European Parliament voted in the beginning of April on reforms of EU’s common agricultural policy (CAP) in opposition to the environment committee that wanted to make EU farm subsidies conditional on minimal animal welfare standards.
Social security regimes in the different EU member states will not be coordinated this term, a spokesman told the Belga agency on Friday.
The general public will be able to explore the inside of the various European institutions on Saturday 4 May, as part of the 27th ‘EU Open Day’.
The European leaders invited by Prime Minister Charles Michel to a Brexit coordination meeting on Wednesday decided to cooperate more intensely in the exchange of information, one of Michel’s spokespersons said after the meeting.