A mechanism allowing the suspension of visa-free travel for third countries was adopted by the European Parliament last week, but controversial legal issues remain over the increasing problem of 'fake' asylum-seekers, often Roma from the Western Balkan countries.
SPECIAL REPORT / EU plans to introduce new trade reciprocity rules that could block foreign companies from European contracts will prove a key battleground as member states prepare to debate a new industrial policy initiative next month.
Nicolas Sarkozy’s “letter to the French”, unveiled yesterday (5 April), contained no major new ideas on European matters, limiting itself largely to repeating already-announced proposals on Schengen and ‘reciprocity’ in trade. EurActiv France reports.
The European Union could block non-EU companies from bidding for government contracts if European firms continue to struggle to win public tenders abroad, the European Commission said today (21 March), in a move that could sharply escalate trade tensions.