Weekly digest - EU news for businesses 03/07/2017
Events to look out for
Webinar: Maximising the impact of Horizon 2020 project results – 19 July, 10:30 CET. This webinar gives an overall view of the creation and the development of intellectual property rights during and after an H2020 project. The webinar will analyse the most common planning mistakes and give practical tips to achieve the best possible results your project.
Webinar: Protecting your brand abroad: understanding the IP landscape of Latin America – 20 July, 15:00 CET. This webinar aims to give an overview to European companies on how they can best protect their brand when trading in Latin American markets. The speakers will provide practical information on how to register, protect and enforce trade mark rights in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and other regions.
EU policies for better business
European Commission takes further steps to enhance business transparency on social and environmental matters. The Commission has adopted guidelines on the disclosure of environmental and social information. These guidelines will help companies to disclose relevant non-financial information in a consistent and more comparable manner.
New EU rules to strengthen the fight against money laundering, tax avoidance and terrorism financing enter into force. Last week, the Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive entered into force in the European Union. It strengthens the existing rules and will make the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing more effective. It also improves transparency to prevent tax avoidance.
New rules facilitating cross-border insolvency proceedings entered into force on 26 June. The new rules aim at facilitating debt recovery in cross-border insolvency proceedings. They will make it easier for businesses to restructure and for creditors to get their money back. The Regulation also ensures the recognition of insolvency-related judgments across the EU.
Antitrust: Commission fines Google €2.42 billion for abusing dominance. The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.
New EuroMed Trade Helpdesk to facilitate trade and investment. Having problems finding the information you need to do business in the EuroMed region? With the new EuroMed Trade Helpdesk, small businesses can benefit from information on import and export requirements, post a question and browse market opportunities in Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Turkey.
European Commission launches public consultation on EU consumer law. The consultation aims to gather opinions from consumers, businesses and associations on how to improve EU consumer law. Reply to the public consultation by 8 October.