Other news - December 2010

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Pay-TV services: Commission proposes to ratify the Council of Europe "Conditional Access" Convention to strengthen protection against piracy


In its efforts to further step up the EU's fight against piracy, the European Commission has proposed today to the Member States of the European Union to sign and ratify the Council of Europe's Convention on conditional access systems...


Patents: Commission opens the way for some Member States to move forward on a unitary patent


Today the European Commission presented a proposal opening the way for “enhanced cooperation” to create unitary patent protection in the EU. Such unitary patent protection would allow those Member States that so desired to agree to establish a patent, valid in all participating countries, that could be obtained with a single application.


Michel Barnier
Single Market Act, EU patent and gambling: results of the Competitiveness Council


During the Competitiveness Council of 10 December ministers discussed on the way forward for the establishment of a unified EU patent system. A large majority of delegations considered that an enhanced cooperation is the only option for moving ahead on this issue. The Council also adopted conclusions on the ‘Single Market Act’ and on gambling.


Financial services
Financial reform: the European Commission sets out ways to strenghten sanctions for violation of EU rules and consults stakeholders on the review of MiFID


The European Commission adopted today a Communication setting out possible ways to reinforce sanctioning regimes in the EU’s financial services sector. It also launched a consultation on the review of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID).


European Commission wants broad-scale adoption of e-invoicing by 2020


Currently, exchanging electronic invoices (e-invoicing) is often complex and costly, in particular across borders and for SMEs. In its Communication 'Reaping the benefits of electronic invoicing for Europe', presented by Vice-President Tajani and Commissioner Barnier today, the European Commission identifies a set of tangible actions to make the uptake of e-invoices in Europe easier. This will allow businesses to benefit from shorter payment delays, fewer errors, reduced printing and postage costs.