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Weekly digest - EU news for businesses 06/11

Events to look out for

What role for social economy in the future of work? – 16 November 2017, Gothenburg (SE). In this high level conference organised by the European Economic and Social Committee, you will have the opportunity to learn about the role of the social economy in the future of work.

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The EIB Group signs the first guarantee agreements in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine under the EU4Business initiative. The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) – jointly the EIB Group – signed the first guarantee agreements with ProCredit Holding and its subsidiaries in order to support EUR 100 million of lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine under the EU4Business initiative. These agreements will enable the ProCredit banks in these countries to facilitate access to finance for local SMEs by providing a 70% guarantee.

EU policies for better business

Digital contract rules: amended proposal on sales of goods across the EU. The European Commission adopted last week an amended proposal to extend the scope of the proposed Directive on online and other distance sales of goods to cover sales of goods offline. Its aim is to break down the barriers due to differences in contract law which hinder cross-border online trade.

Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Mongolia enters into force. Replacing the 1993 Agreement on trade and economic cooperation, the new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement strengthens the existing relationship between the EU and Mongolia, consolidates existing areas of cooperation and engagement, and deepens and diversifies relations further in areas of mutual interest.

EU-Cuba: new landmark agreement entering into force. On 1 November 2017, the first ever agreement between the European Union and Cuba – the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA) provisionally enters into force. The agreement comprises three main chapters on political dialogue, cooperation and sector policy dialogue as well trade cooperation.

How do EU space programmes work for the benefit of businesses? See the new factsheet by the European Commission.

Get involved

We are at the #WebSummit! This week we will be in Lisbon with 5 highly innovative companies to showcase the best of European innovation and tech. Come meet our companies and talk to our advisers at the #InvestEU stand. Follow us at #EENCanHelp.  

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Updated on 9 November 2017