Weekly digest - EU news for businesses 18/03/2019
Events to look out for
Revitalising and modernising the small retail sector – 4 April, Vienna (AT). In this workshop participants will discuss how to help small retailers meet the changing needs of their customers. Register to participate by 22 March.
Healthcare and medical technologies mission to Singapore and Vietnam – 29 July to 3 August 2019. This week-long business mission will be packed with opportunities to meet local clients and partners. Additionally, in Vietnam, participants will be invited to showcase their solutions in front of 15,000 visitors at Vietnam Medi Pharm Expo 2019. Apply before 12 April 2019.
EU MEDIA funding available now: whether you want to develop video games or you are seeking support for distribution of EU films and TV content, EU funding is ready to back your project.
EU policies for better business
New clearer energy efficiency labels to simplify, bring more choice and savings for EU consumers. To make energy labels more understandable for consumers and help them make better informed purchasing choices, the European Commission adopted new energy efficiency labels. These cover appliances with a direct sales function.
European Commission paves the way for safe, secure and green drone operations. Last week, the Commission adopted common EU-wide rules setting technical requirements for drones. These rules will set features and capabilities that drones must have in order to be flown safely and, at the same time, help foster investment and innovation in this promising sector.
EU agreement on new rules paving the way for better VAT collection on online sales. The new rules agreed among EU Member States will ensure a smooth introduction of the new VAT measures for e-commerce agreed in Brussels in December 2017 (which will officially come into force in January 2021). These rules should also help Member States to recover the EUR 5 billion in tax revenues lost each year.
Submit your social innovation idea to challenge plastic waste and get a chance to win EUR 50,000 to develop it. Apply for the European Social Innovation Competition by 4 April 2019.