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Reform of EU family law

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There are more than 16 million international couples in the EU, according to the European Commission. From January 2019, their rights and obligations will be secured by a European regulation for matrimonial property regimes and so-called "registered partnerships".

Enhanced cooperation to make life easier for international couples in the EU

International couples will find it easier to break up from 2019. After years of negotiation, 18 European Union member states will introduce an EU legislation to rule the property regimes for marriages and registered partners in the Union, thanks to enhanced cooperation.
EU Priorities 2020 20-11-2017

Bulgarian President: I may be a general, but I don’t like warlike rhetoric

In a wide-ranging interview, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, whose country takes over the EU's  rotating six-month Presidency in January, discussed European policies, the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency, and  his contradictions with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
Future EU 18-10-2017

Tusk proposes two-year EU reform blitz, new working methods at summits

EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday (17 October) proposed an ambitious timeline of 13 summits over the next two years to reboot the European Union after the shock of Brexit and other setbacks.
Central Europe 16-10-2017

Bulgarian MEPs discuss EU’s future, dissect Juncker, Macron speeches

The European Movement and the Union of European Federalists held a discussion on Friday (13 October) in Sofia on the EU’s future with three prominent Bulgarian MEPs from three different political forces.
Economy & Jobs 29-09-2017

Tax fight draws divisions at EU digital summit

Supporters of a controversial new push to tax tech giants insist they will overcome fierce opposition from a group of around 10 member states.
Future EU 27-09-2017

Macron relaunches financial transaction tax project, including the UK

French President Emmanuel Macron promised to allocate all future earnings of a financial transaction tax to European solidarity. But with Brexit in mind, it may be too ambitious to relaunch the project with all 28 member states. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2017

Commission hails downsized EU public prosecutor as victory for ‘multi-speed Europe’

EU leaders agreed to slice up a controversial bill to open the first EU public prosecutor's office, with some backers calling it a victory of “multi-speed Europe” because it will free countries that opposed the new set-up to drop out.
Pierre Moscovici
Euro & Finance 12-09-2016

FTT to be pushed through ‘by the end of the year’

Plans for a European Financial Transaction Tax have not advanced since 2012. Now the Commission wants to have the project wrapped up by the end of the year, setting a precedent for an EU-wide corporation tax. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 23-01-2015

EU private and public banks unite against FTT

EXCLUSIVE / Four European banking federations are launching a counter-offensive on the financial transaction tax, after France and Austria tried to table a compromise for rolling out the tax in 2016.
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Development Policy 22-01-2015

France and Austria table compromise for launching FTT in 2016

France and Austria sought on Thursday (22 January) to break deadlocked talks with nine other European countries for a financial transaction tax, by proposing that it be applied to cover a wide range of transactions, at low rates, starting next year.
Euro & Finance 29-10-2014

Diplomats seek FTT compromise as December deadline looms

European Union ambassadors are being urged to inject momentum into stalled plans for a tax on financial transactions as a December deadline looms, an EU document seen by Reuters shows.

Commission to press ahead with European Prosecutor’s Office, without France and Britain

The European Commission is confident it can establish a European Prosecutor’s Office among a small group of EU member states since only eleven countries have stated their opposition to the plans, including France and Britain.
Euro & Finance 11-09-2013

EU institutions in legal spat over financial transaction tax

Lawyers for the European Commission and EU member states have become embroiled in a public disagreement over the legality of the financial transaction tax.
Digital & Media 05-06-2013

Debunking the myths about the Tobin tax

Those opposed to a financial transaction tax, or Tobin tax, have been pushing myths about in an attempt to discredit the tax, argues Suleika Reiners. One of these myths is that businesses oppose the tax.

Single European patent officially signed

After 40 years, one of the longest negotiations in the trading bloc’s history, the European Union yesterday (19 February) formally signed on a new unitary patent for 24 participating member states.
Brexit 15-02-2013

Britain wary as EU Commission launches financial transaction tax

The European Commission formally proposed a tax on financial trading in 11 countries yesterday (14 February), saying the levy could raise up to €35 billion each year and make banks more accountable following the 2008 banking crisis.
Euro & Finance 09-10-2012

One country still needed to launch FTT

As EU finance ministers meet in Luxembourg today (9 October), Germany and France will step up a diplomatic drive to convince more EU countries, even outside the eurozone, to join them in setting up a financial transactions tax (FTT).
Euro & Finance 25-06-2012

Germany spearheads ‘Robin Hood’ tax group of EU nations

At least nine countries led by Germany are expected to ask the European Commission to draw up plans for a so-called "enhanced co-operation" on the financial transactions tax (FTT) following a meeting of EU finance minister in Luxembourg on Friday (22 June).
Euro & Finance 19-06-2012

Ministers mull ‘enhanced co-operation’ on finance tax

Faced with fierce opposition from Britain and Sweden, France and Germany could formally request plans for a smaller group of countries to move forward on a financial transactions tax (FTT) when finance ministers meet in Luxembourg on Friday (22 June).

Spain, Italy step up fight over patent

Spain and Italy are threatening more legal action if ministers steam ahead with proposals for an EU patent in Luxembourg on Monday (27 June), on top of the case they have already brought at the European Court of Justice.

Parliament to fast-track vote on EU patent

The European Parliament will tomorrow (27 January) give its first green light to 23-country enhanced cooperation for the European patent, confirming a fast-track approach chosen by the European Commission despite a number of unresolved controversial issues.

Cross-border EU divorce rules given go-ahead by MEPs

Divorce might become easier for international couples as MEPs yesterday (1 June) backed an arrangement that would allow international couples in 12 member states to choose which law applies.
Med & South 17-09-2007

EU presses Ukraine on upcoming elections

At a bilateral summit in Kiev, the EU has reiterated its call for Ukraine to uphold democratic standards and form a government swiftly following its parliamentary elections on 30 September, in a move that is anticipated to end the ongoing political crisis.