Economy & Jobs

17-08-2017

‘You’re not welcome’: Tourismophobia spreads across Europe

From Scotland to Ibiza, critics of mass tourism are growing their ranks. EURACTIV partner Ouest-France reports.

17-08-2017

Germany’s glass ceiling: Firms given one year to appoint women

Germany's family minister has cornered German firms: Either they name women in management positions now, or they will have to comply with gender quotas in one year. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Agrifood 17-08-2017

Commission open to member states’ push to protect quality foods in China

The European Commission will not block member states’ attempts to sue China over its use of counterfeit trademarks and has insisted a future bilateral deal with the Asian superpower will bring “significant benefits” for Europe’s quality food producers.

Digital 17-08-2017

Ireland says EU demand that Apple pay it €13 billion in back taxes unjustified

Ireland's finance minister said the European Commission's demand that Dublin collect up to €13 billion in back taxes from Apple was unjustified, in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) newspaper.

16-08-2017

Italy enjoys best annual economic growth since 2011

Italy posted its best annual economic growth figures since 2011 on Wednesday (16 August) with its gross domestic product outdoing official forecasts to grow 1.5% on an annual basis.

16-08-2017

UK links trade to post-Brexit Irish border plans

The UK will set out its proposals for the Irish border after Brexit today (16 August), seeking to use the issue to pressure the European Union into starting early trade negotiations.

15-08-2017

German court passes ECB buck to European judges

Germany's constitutional court said on Tuesday (15 August) it had declined to hear a challenge to the European Central Bank's €2.3 trillion asset purchase scheme, referring the case instead to the European Court of Justice.

Brexit 15-08-2017

UK floats post-Brexit interim customs deal idea

The United Kingdom has said it wants an interim customs agreement with the European Union after Brexit to allow the freest possible trade of goods, but that it will also seek the right to negotiate other trade deals - a possible sticking point in the talks.

14-08-2017

EU ambassadors hold extraordinary meeting over North Korea

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has called an extraordinary meeting at EU ambassadorial level over the current tensions over North Korea, to be held today (14 August).

Brexit 14-08-2017

Estonia ‘e-residency’ offers Brexit Brits EU loophole

As British citizens brace for the upheaval that Brexit will bring, some are turning to Estonia's e-residency digital ID programme to keep doing business across the European Union.

10-08-2017

EU imposes import duties on some Chinese steel to counter subsidies

The European Union has imposed provisional import duties of as much as 28.5% on certain Chinese corrosion-resistant steels after an eight-month investigation found that the products benefited from unfair subsidies.

10-08-2017

France says to target Airbnb ‘unacceptable’ tax regime

France said on Wednesday (9 August) it would team up with Germany to address an "unacceptable" tax situation for homesharing website Airbnb and other digital platforms like Google and Amazon.

09-08-2017

Bank of England says Brexit transition desirable as banks set out contingency plans

The Bank of England said a transition period after the Britain leaves the European Union would give banks more time to make orderly changes as Brexit poses risks to financial stability.

08-08-2017

Madrid will push for a eurozone budget and eurobonds

The Spanish government is expected to put pressure on France, Germany and Italy to move to a deeper economic and monetary union by establishing a eurozone budget as well as a finance minister.

08-08-2017

Time to bust a few myths about innovation in the internet of things era

Small European tech companies might be about to lose out if the European Commission's new patent guidelines favour giants like Qualcomm and Ericsson, writes Morgan Reed.

Agrifood 07-08-2017

Balkan trade war brews over huge Croatian import fee rise

The Balkans have become embroiled in a trade war over agricultural health checks after Croatia raised import fees on some farm products by around 220%, triggering countermeasures by Serbia and threats from others.

07-08-2017

Strong euro worries Europe’s exporters, but little risk to growth

Some European exporters are beginning to worry about the strengthening euro which has rebounded from near parity with the dollar after Donald Trump's election, though analysts see little immediate risk to growth.

Competition 04-08-2017

Football union wants EU to ban high transfer fees after Neymar deal

World football players' union FIFPro is lobbying the European Union to ban transfer fees, which it says concentrates power in the hands of a few mega-rich clubs, to the detriment of most players and to the sport itself.

Agrifood 04-08-2017

Greece seizes more than 700kg of illegal pesticides from Turkey

Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food announced on Friday (4 August) that the customs office seized more than 700 kilos of illegal pesticides originating from Turkey.

Brexit 04-08-2017

EU fishing boats can operate in UK waters after Brexit, says Gove

The UK's environment minister has told the Danish fishing industry that boats from EU countries will still be able to operate in British waters after Brexit, as the UK does not have enough capacity to catch and process all its fish alone. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

04-08-2017

Anti-monopolies economist: ‘Innovation breeds inequality’

Inequality is an inevitable side effect of innovation and many monopolies could be broken by simply eliminating patents, insists Italian economist Michele Boldrin. EURACTIV’s partner El País – Planeta Futuro reports.

Broadband 04-08-2017

Rural areas have bad internet access in most member states

Many rural parts of the EU have poor or no broadband internet, even as lawmakers in Brussels discuss new rules to speed up connectivity.

Brexit 03-08-2017

UK’s pursuit of post-Brexit US trade prompts Scottish whisky worries

Scotland’s economic minister has written to the UK government urging Westminster to duplicate EU legislation that protects its world-renowned Scotch whisky, after Brexit. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.

Polish government adviser: Commission position is ‘grotesque’

The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against Poland and has threatened to strip Warsaw of voting rights if it does not respect the rule of law. But a government adviser insists Brussels is being hypocritical and has little legal reason to get involved.