Other news - April 2014

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European Union signs Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to books for visually impaired persons


The Treaty will ensure that books in formats such as Braille, large print, e-books and audio books with special navigation tools, produced under copyright exceptions, can be exchanged across borders not only within the EU but also between the EU and third countries.


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Commissioner Barnier takes responsibility for the portfolio of Vice President Tajani


Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of Industry and entrepreneurship, will be on electoral leave from 18 April to 25 May 2014 to participate to the European Parliament elections. During his leave, Commissioner Barnier will assume temporary responsibility for his portfolio.


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European Parliament back Commission’s proposals on completing the banking union


“The EU has delivered. Thanks to the assiduous work of the co-legislators, we have gone from a skeleton Banking Union to the final framework in less than two years”. Statement by Commissioner Barnier after the vote of the European Parliament on Commission’s proposals for completing the banking union (Single Resolution Mechanism, Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, and Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive).


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European Commission proposes to strengthen shareholder engagement and introduce a "say on pay" for Europe’s largest companies


The European Commission has today adopted a package of measures to improve the corporate governance of around 10 000 companies listed on Europe’s stock exchanges. The package includes: a proposal to revise the existing Shareholder Rights Directive which will encourage shareholders to be more involved in the companies they invest in and to take a longer-term perspective into account; a recommendation to improve corporate governance reporting by listed companies; and a proposal for a directive on single-member companies which will help entrepreneurs reduce costs and organise activities abroad.


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Business services crucial for keeping Europe’s industry fit


The importance of business services should be adequately reflected in the Europe 2020 Strategy according to a report which the High Level Group on Business Services delivered today. The group was launched by Vice-President Tajani and Commissioner Barnier in March 2013 to help define a European policy agenda for this important sector.


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Commission welcomes the revised World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA)


The European Commission welcomes the entry into force on 6 April 2014 of the revised GPA concluded in December 2011. Businesses in countries that are party to the agreement will gain better access to each other’s public procurement markets. According to WTO estimates, the revision of the GPA will bring extra procurement opportunities worth around € 80 billion.


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New companies join the fight against illegal online sale of counterfeit goods


The European Commission has today hosted the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Sale of Counterfeit Goods via the Internet by four new stakeholders.