Insight Brussels December 2013

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In this month's edition of Insight Brussels, our newsletter on key policy developments in the European Union, we discuss policy and regulatory changes, notably those related to energy, healthcare and taxation.

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Insight Brussels December 2013

  1. 1. .INSIGHTS BRUSSELS. .December 2013. INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  2. 2. SECTORAL POLICIES................................................................................................. 4 Agriculture And Fisheries ................................................................................................................. 4 Defence and Security Policy............................................................................................................... 5 Energy and Environment ................................................................................................................... 6 Financial Services .............................................................................................................................. 8 Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals ...................................................................................................... 8 Information and Communication Technology .................................................................................. 9 Media and Audiovisual works ......................................................................................................... 10 Transport ........................................................................................................................................... 11 INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  3. 3. CROSS-SECTORAL POLICIES .................................................................................. 13 Competition ...................................................................................................................................... 13 Consumers ........................................................................................................................................ 13 Intellectual Property Rights ............................................................................................................ 14 International Trade.......................................................................................................................... 15 Research and Development .............................................................................................................. 16 Taxation ........................................................................................................................................... 17 Others................................................................................................................................................ 18 INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  4. 4. SECTORAL POLICIES Agriculture And Fisheries EP fisheries committee authorises deep-sea trawling, under conditions  Commission’s report on organic farming INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  5. 5.  Defence and Security Policy Parliament in favor of a strong EU defense policy ahead of December EU Summit  INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  6. 6. Energy and Environment Commission issues guidelines to further reduce state aid to renewable energy  Review of the Biofuel directives: no compromise on Land use impacts INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  7. 7.  EU agreement on the ETS “back-loading” proposal  INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  8. 8. Financial Services Adoption of rules for the portability of supplementary pension rights  Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Member States permanent representatives endorses compromise on new health programme 2014-2020 INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  9. 9.  Two reports released on antibiotic resistance Information and Communication Technology Adoption of the regulation on Trans-European Telecommunication Networks INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  10. 10.  Member States discussed cooperation on digital learning Media and Audiovisual works Commission unveils revised rules on aid to cinema INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  11. 11.  Transport Commission launches investigations into shipping companies European Parliament divided on mega trucks  INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  12. 12. Commission allows airlines to offer 3G and 4G services on board  INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  13. 13. CROSS-SECTORAL POLICIES Competition Commission consults on modernising state aid trough better evaluation  Consumers Commission to update low-value claims regulation     INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  14. 14. Member States divided on “made in” labelling  Intellectual Property Rights EU agreement on collective management of copyright and licencing online  INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  15. 15. International Trade EP’s committee adopts the reciprocity mechanism for global public bids  2nd Round of EU-US negotiations for a transatlantic trade agreement  INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  16. 16. Start of the EU-China negotiations for an investment agreement Research and Development Parliament approves EU’s Horizon 2020 research program  Adoption of a strategic plan for Smart cities INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  17. 17.  Taxation Tackling tax issues for multinationals  INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  18. 18. Others Improving gender equality in companies’ boardrooms  INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013
  19. 19. INSIGHTS BRUSSELS December 2013

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