Circular economy 08-03-2018

EU circular economy’s REACH for the stars

As the EU doubles down on its waste management efforts and sets its sights on tackling plastic waste, the idea of a circular economy and internal market for recycling is gathering momentum. But it will not be an easy task for lawmakers or industry to realise.

Visa to defend tourists’ card fees at EU antitrust hearing

Visa will today (27 March) try to fend off European Union antitrust charges that it subjects foreign tourists to excessive fees when they use their cards in the EU, people familiar with the matter said.

UPS seeks €1.7 billion damages from EU for aborted TNT buyout

US package delivery giant United Parcel Service is seeking €1.7 billion ($2.1 billion) in damages from the European Commission after it stopped the firm's 2013 bid to take over TNT Express.
Elections 21-02-2018

Italy fumes against company relocations in bitter election campaign

European Union rules are helping less wealthy nations swipe jobs from their bigger partners, Italy's industry ministry said yesterday (20 February), as plans by a multinational to shift production to Slovakia took centre stage in the national election campaign.
Agrifood 14-02-2018

DowDuPont boss: Merger will speed up innovation to face farming challenges ‘quickly’

A merger between Dow Chemical and DuPont (DowDuPont) aims to accelerate innovation in agriculture to help all farm sizes, as well as rapidly facing up to future challenges, DowDuPont’s Pierre Flye Sainte Marie told in an interview.
Digital 12-02-2018

Apple’s Shazam acquisition under EU scrutiny

Apple’s Shazam acquisition could affect competition. The company spent  $400 million (€340 million) for the application.

F1 teams withdraw EU anti-trust complaint

Two Formula One motorsport teams have withdrawn a long-gestating anti-trust complaint with the European Commission, after the new commercial rights holder convinced them that changes will be made to the way the sport is run.

Austria to sue EU over Paks-2 nuclear plant, Commission says ‘see you in court’

Austria said on Monday (22 January) it planned to sue the European Commission for allowing Hungary to expand its Paks nuclear power plant, saying it did not view atomic energy as the way to combat climate change or as being in the common European interest.
Electricity 22-12-2017

Political intrigue casts shadow over EU’s latest Energy Council

When EU ministers gathered in Brussels on Monday (18 December) to hammer out an agreement over a set of clean energy laws, the elephant in the room was a proposal from the European Commission to cap subsidies going to coal-fired power plants.

Lufthansa’s Air Berlin buyout secures EU blessing

German carrier Lufthansa clinched EU approval on Thursday (21 December) for its scaled back bid to snap up assets of bankrupt Air Berlin, a European Union statement said.

Commission launches investigation into IKEA’s tax rulings

The European Commission announced on Monday (18 December) that it is investigating Ikea’s tax bills as it suspects that the Swedish furniture maker may have benefited from illegal aid offered by the Netherlands, worth around €1 billion according to some reports.
french language 18-12-2017

French court rules out discriminatory language rule

The French supreme court hasrejected a clause that imposed the use of French on public building sites, a predictable outcome under European public procurement law that forbids discriminating rules unless they are in the interest of workers’ safety. EURACTIV France reports.