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Copyright: summary report of the public consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules

23/07/2014

The summary report published today provides a qualitative overview of the input received from a wide range of stakeholders, including consumers, rights holders, business and institutional users of copyright works, collective rights management organisations and governments.

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The right to a basic bank account for all European citizens: Commission welcomes Council adoption

23/07/2014

The Directive will foster the creation of a real single market for retail financial services bringing numerous benefits to EU citizens by providing them with a right to a basic payment account irrespective of their place of residence or financial situation.

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Langfristige Finanzierung für Infrastrukturvorhaben [Long-term investment for infrastructure] – Article

22/07/2014

“We need new instruments that are better suited for long-term financing and especially for infrastructure projects”. Vice-President Barnier explains what the EU has done in this respect. Article by Michel Barnier, Börsen-Zeitung.

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Single Market Scoreboard: EU countries are dismantling barriers to the European single market

17/07/2014

The Scoreboard provides country-specific information and analyses in detail how certain governance tools function and policies are applied in each country. The scope of the Single Market Scoreboard has been extended to two specific policy areas: public procurement and postal services.

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Financial crime and cyber security handbook – Foreword

16/07/2014

“Strengthening sanctioning regimes against market abuse is one of the key elements of the EU’s financial sector reform”. Foreword by Commissioners Viviane Reding and Michel Barnier

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Commission wants to tackle unfair practices in the food supply chain

15/07/2014

The Communication on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the food supply chain is addressed to stakeholders and Member States.

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Green Paper on Geographical Indication protection at EU level for non-agricultural products

15/07/2014

The Commission launches public consultation on a possible extension of geographical indication protection to non-agricultural products. Names such as champagne or prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham) that identify agricultural products with specific characteristics attributable to their place of origin are protected at EU level.

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Commission recommends principles to ensure effective protection of consumers in the online gambling services sector

14/07/2014

The European Commission adopted the Recommendation on principles for the protection of consumers and players of online gambling services and the prevention of minors from gambling.

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The Commission launched a public consultation on the potential economic consequences of country-by-country reporting under Directive 2013/36/EU (Capital Requirements Directive or CRD)

11/07/2014

The purpose of this consultation is to collect information and obtain input from all interested stakeholders on the potential economic consequences of public disclosure by banks and investment firms on a country-by-country basis of their profit and loss before tax, tax on profit or loss and public subsidies received.

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Directive on interconnection of business registers: first set of obligations transposed by Member States

07/07/2014

As of today, business registers will also have to make available information on the rules in their national law, according to which third parties can rely on certain company documents.

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Vice-President Barnier welcomes Court of Auditors’ special report: “European banking supervision taking shape – EBA and its changing context”

02/07/2014

“I believe the European Banking Authority’s role in the overall supervisory architecture is crucial. (...) While the establishment of the Banking Union (...) will affect the functioning of the EBA, it does not call into question its existence.” Statement by Vice-President Barnier.

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