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N.C. congressional candidate sought out aide, despite warnings over tactics

People familiar with the campaign said Republican Mark Harris had been told the operative’s mail-in ballot success was suspicious.
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N.C. congressional candidate sought out aide, despite warnings over tactics

People familiar with the campaign said Republican Mark Harris had been told the operative’s mail-in ballot success was suspicious.

Trump’s falsehoods on hush-money payments are ‘coming home to roost’

The president and his allies have repeatedly changed their stories on who was responsible for buying the silence of women alleging sexual encounters with Trump.
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Trump’s falsehoods on hush-money payments are ‘coming home to roost’

The president and his allies have repeatedly changed their stories on who was responsible for buying the silence of women alleging sexual encounters with Trump.

Briefing - Guarantee Fund for External Actions - 13-12-2018

The Guarantee Fund for External Actions (GFEA) backs loans and loan guarantees granted to non-EU countries, or to finance projects in non-EU countries. Its objectives are to help protect the EU budget against the risks associated with such loans. The main obj
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Briefing - Guarantee Fund for External Actions - 13-12-2018

The Guarantee Fund for External Actions (GFEA) backs loans and loan guarantees granted to non-EU countries, or to finance projects in non-EU countries. Its objectives are to help protect the EU budget against the risks associated with such loans. The main objective of the actions backed by the GFEA is to support the increase of growth and jobs, and to improve the business environment in developing countries by strengthening the involvement of the private sector. The GFEA also contributes to the European External Investment Plan, which addresses the root causes of migration, the ongoing refugee crisis and security-related issues. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles - 13-12-2018

In May 2018, the Commission proposed a regulation setting the first-ever CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles in the EU, as part of the third mobility package. It would require the average CO2 emissions from new trucks in 2025 to be
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Briefing - CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles - 13-12-2018

In May 2018, the Commission proposed a regulation setting the first-ever CO2 emission performance standards for new heavy-duty vehicles in the EU, as part of the third mobility package. It would require the average CO2 emissions from new trucks in 2025 to be 15 % lower than in 2019. For 2030, the proposal sets an indicative reduction target of at least 30 % compared to 2019. Special incentives are provided for zero- and low-emission vehicles. The proposed regulation applies to four categories of large trucks, which together account for 65 %-70 % of CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. The Commission proposes to review the legislation in 2022 in order to set a binding target for 2030, and to extend its application to smaller trucks, buses, coaches and trailers. Heavy-duty vehicles are responsible for around a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU. Without further action, their emissions are expected to grow due to increasing road transport volumes. In the European Parliament, the proposal was referred to the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, which adopted its report on 18 October 2018. Parliament voted on the report on 14 November 2018 and gave a mandate for trilogue negotiations, which can start as soon as the Council has adopted its position. Second edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - Modernisation of EU consumer protection rules: A new deal for consumers - 13-12-2018

On 11 April 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive on better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection, as part of its 'new deal for consumers' package of measures. The proposal comes after a fitness check of consumer l
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Briefing - Modernisation of EU consumer protection rules: A new deal for consumers - 13-12-2018

On 11 April 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive on better enforcement and modernisation of EU consumer protection, as part of its 'new deal for consumers' package of measures. The proposal comes after a fitness check of consumer legislation and an evaluation of the Consumer Rights Directive showed that the EU consumer legislation is fit for purpose, but could benefit from certain aspects being clarified and brought into line with the reality of the digital economy. The proposal, which would amend four consumer protection directives, focuses on various consumer issues, including penalties for infringements, transparency on online marketplaces, protection for consumers of 'free' digital services, the right of withdrawal and dual quality of products. The rapporteur’s draft report would reject those proposed changes that would weaken the right of withdrawal. It would also clarify details for transparency in search results on online marketplaces, propose further harmonisation of the maximum fines for infringements, and require the Commission to develop a mobile app that would help EU consumers to file complaints with the European Consumer Centres and the Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platform. Second edition. The 'EU Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Study - Financial Supervision and Regulation in the US - Dodd-Frank Reform - 13-12-2018

The paper provides a concise overview of the Dodd-Frank Act, the challenges of its implementation, and efforts to roll back the Act, in large part due to what are viewed to be vague and impractical provisions. This document was provided by Policy Department
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Study - Financial Supervision and Regulation in the US - Dodd-Frank Reform - 13-12-2018

The paper provides a concise overview of the Dodd-Frank Act, the challenges of its implementation, and efforts to roll back the Act, in large part due to what are viewed to be vague and impractical provisions. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the ECON Committee. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Study - Research for PECH Committee - Seafood Industry Integration in the EU: all 22 Member States with a coastline - 12-12-2018

This study researched the drivers and mechanisms of both structural and non-structural horizontal and vertical integration in the seafood industry in all 22 Member States with a coastline. The objective of the study was to identify trends among the Member Sta
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Study - Research for PECH Committee - Seafood Industry Integration in the EU: all 22 Member States with a coastline - 12-12-2018

This study researched the drivers and mechanisms of both structural and non-structural horizontal and vertical integration in the seafood industry in all 22 Member States with a coastline. The objective of the study was to identify trends among the Member States. The observed trends generally fall into three broad, inter-linked categories: regulatory environment, natural resources and firm performance. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Study - Artificial Intelligence and civil law; liability rules for drones - 13-12-2018

This study – commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the JURI Committee – analyses existing European and national legislation on the regulation of drones for civil u
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Study - Artificial Intelligence and civil law; liability rules for drones - 13-12-2018

This study – commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the JURI Committee – analyses existing European and national legislation on the regulation of drones for civil use, discussing how they are defined and classified, whether certification and registration is required, how liability is apportioned between the subjects involved, and if compulsory insurance is provided for. Finally, on the basis of a risk-management approach, the study elaborates recommendations for future policy formulation. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - FEMM Mission to Italy - 17-19 December 2018 - 13-12-2018

The FEMM Committee requested the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs to provide a briefing for a mission to Italy (17-19 December 2018). The focus of this FEMM mission is on conscientious objection to abortion in Italy and the
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Briefing - FEMM Mission to Italy - 17-19 December 2018 - 13-12-2018

The FEMM Committee requested the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs to provide a briefing for a mission to Italy (17-19 December 2018). The focus of this FEMM mission is on conscientious objection to abortion in Italy and the trafficking of migrant women for prostitution in Italy. This briefing provides background information on both subjects. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - Customs 2020 and Fiscalis 2020 (2014-2020) - 13-12-2018

The Customs 2020 programme was established by Regulation No 1294/2013 and is aimed at supporting the functioning of the customs union. The Fiscalis 2020 programme was established by Regulation No 1286/2013 and is aimed at improving the operation of the taxati
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Briefing - Customs 2020 and Fiscalis 2020 (2014-2020) - 13-12-2018

The Customs 2020 programme was established by Regulation No 1294/2013 and is aimed at supporting the functioning of the customs union. The Fiscalis 2020 programme was established by Regulation No 1286/2013 and is aimed at improving the operation of the taxation systems in the internal market and supporting cooperation between the EU Member States. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Federal judge seeks documents related to Michael Flynn’s January 2017 interview with FBI agents

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s request for more information could delay Flynn’s sentencing, which had been scheduled for Tuesday.
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Federal judge seeks documents related to Michael Flynn’s January 2017 interview with FBI agents

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s request for more information could delay Flynn’s sentencing, which had been scheduled for Tuesday.

Rep.-elect Mark Green walks back claim that vaccines cause autism

Green had said that “there is some concern” that autism was linked to “the preservatives that are in our vaccines.” He later said in a statement that his remarks had been “misconstrued.”
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Rep.-elect Mark Green walks back claim that vaccines cause autism

Green had said that “there is some concern” that autism was linked to “the preservatives that are in our vaccines.” He later said in a statement that his remarks had been “misconstrued.”

Trump’s ultimatum on border wall boxes in fellow Republicans

A day after the president said he would take ownership of a partial government shutdown if he doesn’t get the wall money he wants, GOP lawmakers were forced to find a way out of a dilemma: They don’t want a shutdown, and they don’t have the votes for th
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Trump’s ultimatum on border wall boxes in fellow Republicans

A day after the president said he would take ownership of a partial government shutdown if he doesn’t get the wall money he wants, GOP lawmakers were forced to find a way out of a dilemma: They don’t want a shutdown, and they don’t have the votes for the wall.

Study - EU-funded large-scale infrastructure: deficient project preparation and procurement processes? - 28-09-2018

This study aims to develop a better understanding of the regulatory framework and experience with the preparation and procurement of large-scale infrastructure projects (over EUR 50 million) under the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund, th
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Study - EU-funded large-scale infrastructure: deficient project preparation and procurement processes? - 28-09-2018

This study aims to develop a better understanding of the regulatory framework and experience with the preparation and procurement of large-scale infrastructure projects (over EUR 50 million) under the European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund, the European Fund for Strategic Investments, and the Connecting Europe Facility. The study recommends (i) collecting data on Member State capacities for preparing projects and conducting public procurement; (ii) collecting data on the performance of the recent European Commission initiatives - voluntary ex-ante assessment of large-scale infrastructure (2017) the professionalisation of public procurement (2017) and additional guidance on procurement of European Union-funded large-scale infrastructure (2018); (iii) enhancing the consistency of data in the procurement database ‘Tenders Electronic Daily’; (iv) and strengthening the involvement of relevant stakeholders in the preparation and procurement of large-scale infrastructure projects. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - A new neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument: Proposal for a new regulation - 12-12-2018

In the context of the Commission's proposal for a multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the 2021-2027 period, the Commission published a proposal for a regulation establishing the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI
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Briefing - A new neighbourhood, development and international cooperation instrument: Proposal for a new regulation - 12-12-2018

In the context of the Commission's proposal for a multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the 2021-2027 period, the Commission published a proposal for a regulation establishing the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) on 14 June 2018. It is part of Heading 6 'Neighbourhood and the World' of the proposed MFF, which sets out the main priorities and overall budgetary framework for the EU's external action. The Commission proposes to allocate €89.2 billion (in current prices) to the NDICI for the 2021-2027 period. This represents an increase of 11 % compared to the resources allocated to the instruments and funds under the current MFF that the NDICI would replace. These include the European Development Fund (EDF), which is currently outside the MFF. Parliament has expressed concern about the proposed governance structure of the new instrument. Second edition. The 'Legislation in Progress' briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - Mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders - 12-12-2018

In order to respond more effectively to the challenge of criminals and terrorists hiding assets in other Member States, in 2016 the European Commission proposed a regulation on the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders in criminal matters. Th
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Briefing - Mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders - 12-12-2018

In order to respond more effectively to the challenge of criminals and terrorists hiding assets in other Member States, in 2016 the European Commission proposed a regulation on the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders in criminal matters. The directly applicable instrument removes the need for national transposition, broadens the scope of the current rules to cover new types of confiscation and includes provisions on victims' rights to restitution and compensation. In June 2018, provisional agreement was reached in interinstitutional negotiations and the European Parliament voted the agreed text on 4 October 2018. The Council followed suit on 6 November 2018. The final act was signed on 14 November and published in the Official Journal of the EU on 28 November 2018. The regulation will apply 24 months after its entry into force, namely from 19 December 2020. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Report shows sharp drop in federal employee morale under Trump

The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government report for 2018, the first full year examined under the Trump administration, shows a significant decline in employee engagement under the president's leadership.
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Report shows sharp drop in federal employee morale under Trump

The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government report for 2018, the first full year examined under the Trump administration, shows a significant decline in employee engagement under the president's leadership.

‘This has spiraled downward’: Democrats introduce Trump to divided government

During 17 extraordinary minutes of raised voices, pointed fingers and boorish interruptions in the Oval Office, Pelosi and Schumer introduced Trump to Washington’s new dynamic.
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‘This has spiraled downward’: Democrats introduce Trump to divided government

During 17 extraordinary minutes of raised voices, pointed fingers and boorish interruptions in the Oval Office, Pelosi and Schumer introduced Trump to Washington’s new dynamic.

Study - Rule of law and human rights in Cuba and Venezuela and EU engagement - 11-12-2018

The European Parliament (EP) has consistently followed the situation in Cuba and Venezuela. It has expressed its support for defenders of human rights and democracy with the award of the Sakharov prize to Cuban activists on three occasions (2002, 2005, 2010)
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Study - Rule of law and human rights in Cuba and Venezuela and EU engagement - 11-12-2018

The European Parliament (EP) has consistently followed the situation in Cuba and Venezuela. It has expressed its support for defenders of human rights and democracy with the award of the Sakharov prize to Cuban activists on three occasions (2002, 2005, 2010), and to Venezuela’s Democratic Opposition in 2017. In line with this engagement, a workshop on human rights and rule of law in both countries was held on 6 September 2018, in Brussels, at the request of the EP’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI). Dr. Par Engstrom (University College London) presented the first draft of an independent study analysing the main human rights developments in Cuba and Venezuela since 2014 and the EU’s response. The paper, which focused specifically on the Sakharov laureates, was discussed with Members and other experts, including from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European External Action Service and the European Commission. During the lively discussion, there was broad agreement with the description of major trends in the human rights situation in the two countries. Critical comments and controversial issues related to the impact of the government’s repression of the Venezuelan opposition, the need to consider not only civil and political but also economic and social rights, the effectiveness of sanctions against Venezuela and the potential role of the Sakharov Prize. Observations and comments made during the workshop fed into the final version of the study, which is also included in this report. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - Agreement on EU general budget for 2019 - 11-12-2018

After the failure of budgetary conciliation, the European Commission put forward a new draft budget for 2019. Based on the second draft budget and subsequent negotiations, the European Parliament and Council have agreed the General Budget for the European Uni
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At a Glance - Agreement on EU general budget for 2019 - 11-12-2018

After the failure of budgetary conciliation, the European Commission put forward a new draft budget for 2019. Based on the second draft budget and subsequent negotiations, the European Parliament and Council have agreed the General Budget for the European Union for 2019, at a level of €165 795.6 million in commitments and €148 198.9 million in payment appropriations. This means an increase of 3.2 % in commitments and 2.4 % in payments as compared to 2018 budget. The Parliament has scheduled the adoption of the agreement for the December 2018 plenary. Adoption of this agreement means, once signed by the Parliament’s President, that the EU will be equipped with a budget as from 1 January 2019. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - Mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund: Payment of advances in the 2019 budget - 11-12-2018

The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) supports EU Member States struck by natural disasters, through providing financial assistance to contribute to a rapid return to normal conditions. A budgetary proposal to mobilise the EUSF in order to have advance pa
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At a Glance - Mobilisation of the EU Solidarity Fund: Payment of advances in the 2019 budget - 11-12-2018

The European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) supports EU Member States struck by natural disasters, through providing financial assistance to contribute to a rapid return to normal conditions. A budgetary proposal to mobilise the EUSF in order to have advance payments available for affected countries in the 2019 budget, is scheduled to be voted during the December plenary session, together with the 2019 EU general budget. The proposed amount to be mobilised is €50 million. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Senators to try formally condemning Saudi crown prince for journalist’s killing

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said the measure, while nonbinding, would still send a strong statement — especially for Republicans — that despite Trump’s denials, they hold Mohammed bin Salman responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s death.
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Senators to try formally condemning Saudi crown prince for journalist’s killing

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said the measure, while nonbinding, would still send a strong statement — especially for Republicans — that despite Trump’s denials, they hold Mohammed bin Salman responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

‘There was no Plan B’: Trump scrambles to find chief of staff after top candidate turns him down

The position has proved to be a particularly thankless task in this White House, and the two people to hold the job have been left with their reputations diminished.
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‘There was no Plan B’: Trump scrambles to find chief of staff after top candidate turns him down

The position has proved to be a particularly thankless task in this White House, and the two people to hold the job have been left with their reputations diminished.

Briefing - Non-formal learning: Access and validation - 10-12-2018

Learning happens in different contexts, over the course of a lifetime, following various possible educational paths, as shown in Figure 1. In adult life, learning ranges from programmes that impart basic skills, learning groups engaged in raising awareness o
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Briefing - Non-formal learning: Access and validation - 10-12-2018

Learning happens in different contexts, over the course of a lifetime, following various possible educational paths, as shown in Figure 1. In adult life, learning ranges from programmes that impart basic skills, learning groups engaged in raising awareness on various issues, mature students at university, open and distance learning, on-the-job training, courses that combine theory with practice, and classes or other learning activities taken in pursuit of a special interest. This infographic explains the modalities that non-formal learning takes across Member States. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

At a Glance - Policy Departments' Monthly Highlights - December 2018 - 10-12-2018

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP
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At a Glance - Policy Departments' Monthly Highlights - December 2018 - 10-12-2018

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Supreme Court declines to review rulings that blocked efforts to end Planned Parenthood funding

The decision leaves in place lower court rulings that Medicaid recipients who receive services from Planned Parenthood can challenge a state’s decision to cut off public funding.
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Supreme Court declines to review rulings that blocked efforts to end Planned Parenthood funding

The decision leaves in place lower court rulings that Medicaid recipients who receive services from Planned Parenthood can challenge a state’s decision to cut off public funding.

Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina poised to plead guilty in case involving Kremlin attempts to influence NRA

Butina was accused of working to push the Kremlin’s agenda by forming bonds with National Rifle Association officials and other conservative leaders and making outreach to 2016 presidential candidates.
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Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina poised to plead guilty in case involving Kremlin attempts to influence NRA

Butina was accused of working to push the Kremlin’s agenda by forming bonds with National Rifle Association officials and other conservative leaders and making outreach to 2016 presidential candidates.

Nick Ayers, Trump’s once-likely replacement for chief of staff John Kelly, won’t take the job

Ayers, who is currently Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, announced in a tweet Sunday evening that he will leave the White House at the end of the year.
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Nick Ayers, Trump’s once-likely replacement for chief of staff John Kelly, won’t take the job

Ayers, who is currently Vice President Pence’s chief of staff, announced in a tweet Sunday evening that he will leave the White House at the end of the year.

Kudlow: Trump didn’t know about Huawei executive’s arrest before dining with Chinese leader

The White House economic adviser also denied that Trump was livid on learning that Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada on a U.S. extradition warrant.
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Kudlow: Trump didn’t know about Huawei executive’s arrest before dining with Chinese leader

The White House economic adviser also denied that Trump was livid on learning that Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada on a U.S. extradition warrant.

‘Siege warfare’: Republican anxiety spikes as Trump faces growing legal and political perils

The White House is adopting a ‘shrugged shoulders’ strategy to Mueller’s Russia probe, calculating that GOP base voters will believe whatever the president tells them to believe.
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‘Siege warfare’: Republican anxiety spikes as Trump faces growing legal and political perils

The White House is adopting a ‘shrugged shoulders’ strategy to Mueller’s Russia probe, calculating that GOP base voters will believe whatever the president tells them to believe.

Briefing - Brexit: The endgame? [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 07-12-2018

Prime Minister Theresa May faces an uphill struggle to convince the British House of Commons to back the agreement she has reached with the EU-27 on UK withdrawal from the European Union, in a crucial vote set for 11 December. Although the deal was approved b
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Briefing - Brexit: The endgame? [What Think Tanks are thinking] - 07-12-2018

Prime Minister Theresa May faces an uphill struggle to convince the British House of Commons to back the agreement she has reached with the EU-27 on UK withdrawal from the European Union, in a crucial vote set for 11 December. Although the deal was approved by her Cabinet and all EU leaders, the divorce terms have been criticised by many Members of Parliament, both advocates of a no-deal departure from the Union and those who would like the United Kingdom to remain within th Union or have the closest possible ties with it from outside. In a parallel development, an Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union has issued an opinion that the UK may unilateraly withdraw its notification of intent to leave the EU, although its departure date is currently set for 29 March 2019. The Court is due to issue its ruling on 10 December; in the past, the Court has followed its advocate-generals’ opinions in most cases. This note offers links to reports and commentaries from some major international think-tanks and research institutes on Brexit negotiations and related issues. More reports on the topic can be found in a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are thinking’, published in October 2018. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - Interim digital services tax on revenues from certain digital services - 07-12-2018

According to the European Commission the digital economy is relatively under-taxed when compared with traditional businesses. Certain inherent characteristics such as reliance on cross-border provision of services without physical presence, easy transfers of
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Briefing - Interim digital services tax on revenues from certain digital services - 07-12-2018

According to the European Commission the digital economy is relatively under-taxed when compared with traditional businesses. Certain inherent characteristics such as reliance on cross-border provision of services without physical presence, easy transfers of intangible assets, and novel ways to create value make it particularly easy for enterprises to limit their tax liabilities. In order to provide a solution to this problem, in March 2018 the Commission adopted the 'fair taxation of the digital economy' package, comprised of two proposals. One concerns a permanent reform of corporate tax regime while the second is a proposal for a directive on the common system of a digital services tax on revenues resulting from the provision of certain digital services, which would apply as an interim measure until the permanent reform has been implemented. The tax is to cover businesses above two thresholds: total annual worldwide revenues exceeding €750 million and annual revenues in the EU exceeding €50 million. The proposed single rate is at 3 %, levied on gross revenues resulting from the provision of certain digital services where user value creation is essential. Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) adopted a report proposing to widen the scope and reach of the tax. The plenary vote is expected during the December session. Second edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP