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31/08/2016

ECJ issues opinion against German gambling law

Location: Luxembourg


Euro & Finance 02-08-2016

Luxembourg appeals verdicts in Luxleaks tax scandal

Luxembourg has lodged an appeal against the verdicts handed down to three LuxLeaks whistleblowers who exposed the small duchy's huge tax breaks for giant multinationals, the justice department said Tuesday (2 August).
Euro & Finance 25-07-2016

LuxLeaks highlights need for whistleblower protection and incentives

The time has come for EU member states to decide how they will treat whistleblowers. Erika Kelton asks, will they embrace and encourage them, or will they perpetuate a culture of fear?
Trade & Society 18-07-2016

Kerry to embark on EU roadshow to promote TTIP

US Secretary of State John Kerry said today (18 July) that concluding the TTIP agreement before the end of President Barack Obama's term in office remains his country’s priority, and that he was going to tour EU countries to make this happen.
Euro & Finance 13-07-2016

Panama Papers parliament committee keen to avoid LuxLeaks mistakes

The initial outrage provoked by the Panama Papers is over. Now that the dust has settled, a European Parliament committee will examine the case in detail. EurActiv Germany reports.
Trade & Society 11-07-2016

Virginie Rozière: 'We need whistleblowers'

The conviction of the three whistleblowers that broke the LuxLeaks scandal should serve as a trigger for the EU to establish a European system of whistleblower protection, Virginie Rozière told EurActiv France.
UK & Europe 07-07-2016

France, Luxembourg roll out red carpet for post-Brexit business

British Prime Minister David Cameron once gleefully offered to "roll out the red carpet" for French executives wanting to escape staggering wealth taxes.
Future EU 27-06-2016

Diplomats mock the ‘founding countries’ ministerial gatherings

Diplomats outside the group of the six founding members of the Union who have had meetings to discuss the future of the EU spoke ironically about the initiative.
UK & Europe 23-06-2016

Won 18, lost 11: The EU’s referendum record so far…

Whichever way Britain votes today, the referendum will be —according to a EurActiv.com tally—  the 29th such EU plebiscite in the 43 years since the UK joined the EU.
Global Europe 20-06-2016

Luxembourg warns of Brexit 'domino effect' in Eastern Europe

A British exit from the European Union could trigger similar moves by other member states in Eastern Europe, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said in a German newspaper interview published yesterday (19 June).
UK & Europe 10-06-2016

Ireland, Malta and Cyprus most concerned about Brexit

European countries relying on finance as a source of revenue are becoming increasingly concerned about Brexit, according to search data from Google. And with good reason: rating agency S&P has highlighted just how sensitive their economies are to the UK. EurActiv France reports.
Sustainable Dev. 03-06-2016

Circular economy way of thinking embraced across EU

According to a new survey, 70% of EU companies are implementing a circular economy strategy, but there is still work to be done on renewable energy and water consumption. EurActiv's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Global Europe 31-05-2016

At EPP anniversary summit, Tusk slams ‘utopian’ illusions of united Europe

EU leaders promoting utopian "illusions" of a united Europe have lost touch with its peoples and risk losing out to Eurosceptic populists bent on breaking up the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk said yesterday (30 May).
Euro & Finance 10-05-2016

Whistleblowers: Between a rock and a hard place

Catching one's boss breaking the law currently seems like a lose-lose situation for all involved. There is support in the European Parliament for more protection to be given to whistleblowers, but it faces an uphill struggle. EurActiv Germany reports.
UK & Europe 28-04-2016

Brexit a threat to London's FinTech dominance, industry says

82% of British financial technology companies want the United Kingdom to stay in the European Union, according to recent a poll by the industry association. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.

Commission calls for closer cooperation to combat foreign fighters

Poor information sharing between security services is one of the great shortcomings of European cooperation. About 5,000 Europeans are thought to have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, but only 1,615 appear on Europe’s official list.  EurActiv Spain reports.
Euro & Finance 26-04-2016

LuxLeaks whistleblowers go on trial

Three people go on trial in Luxembourg today (26 April) over the so-called LuxLeaks scandal that exposed the country's huge tax breaks for major international companies, with the issue riding high after the recent Panama Papers revelations.
EU Priorities 2020 21-04-2016

Under Martin Schulz, the Parliament has become the '29th member state'

The president of the European Parliament will not say whether he plans to stay in his position in 2017. The German Chancellor may prefer to keep him in Brussels, at arm’s length. EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.

ECJ makes landmark ruling on prisoner extradition

The European Court of Justice has ruled that German authorities should not extradite suspected criminals to other countries, if their fundamental rights are put in jeopardy in the receiving country. EurActiv Germany reports.

Doubling EU judges is ‘useless spending’, warns EU justice

Doubling the number of judges in the EU’s General Court was “useless spending”, a scathing report which blamed both member states and the dishonesty of the European Court of Justice for the decision.
Euro & Finance 18-03-2016

NGOs reveal extensive use of tax havens by French banks

The public country-by-country reporting imposed by Paris on France’s big banks has revealed that they channel more than a third of their profits through countries with advantageous tax laws, a group of  NGOs have found. EurActiv France reports.
Future EU 16-03-2016

Elmar Brok: 'The idea that the EU will not advance any further is false'

EU treaty changes are laborious and come with a great deal of uncertainty. As a result, the European Parliament is assessing an own-initiative report that intends to assess what reforms of the functioning of the EU are possible without treaty changes. EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 15-03-2016

Jersey and Guernsey struggle to justify zero business tax rate

Representatives from the Channel Islands appeared before the European Parliament’s TAXE committee to defend their jurisdiction’s 0% business tax rate. EurActiv France reports.
Europe's East 01-03-2016

Make Turkish an official EU language, Cyprus tells EU

Greek-Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has asked the Dutch EU Presidency to add Turkish to the bloc’s 24 official languages, in order to boost attempts to reach a reunification agreement on the Mediterranean island.
Digital 12-02-2016

ECJ issues opinion against German gambling law

Establishments that permit gambling, but do so with a licence granted outside of Germany, should not be prosecuted. This follows an opinion issued by the European Court of Justice. EurActiv Germany reports.