Weekly digest - EU news for businesses 04/02/2019
Events to look out for
#EUIndustryDay – 5-6 February, Brussels (BE). Join the debate at this year’s EU Industry Days taking and watch the discussions via web stream.
EU policies for better business
EU-Japan trade agreement enters into force. The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan entered into force on 1 February 2019. Businesses and consumers across Europe and in Japan can now take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world. More information about the agreement and EU-Japan trade relations is available on a dedicated website including thematic factsheets, text of the trade agreement, exporter testimonies, and an interactive map of EU businesses exporting to Japan.
Definitive safeguard measures on imports of steel products. Last week, the European Commission published a regulation imposing definitive safeguard measures on imports of steel products. The measures took effect on 2 February and will replace previous regulations put in place as part of the EU’s response to the decision by the United States to impose tariffs on steel products.
Report on restricting microplastics intentionally added to products. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has assessed the health and environmental risks posed by intentionally added microplastics and has concluded that an EU-wide restriction would be justified.
Apply for the EU Sustainable Energy Awards 2019. Every year, the awards recognise outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewables. If your business helps citizens, industry or the public sector work towards the Energy Union, you can submit your idea. Applications are open until 11 February 2019.
Targeted consultation on the global role of the euro in foreign exchange markets. As part of its work to explore how to increase the international role of the euro, the European Commission launched a new additional targeted consultation. Financial institutions and other stakeholders with an in-depth understanding of foreign exchange markets are invited to have their say.