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In-Depth Analysis – The consequences of Brexit on Services and Establishment. Different Scenarios for Exit and Future Cooperation – 15-06-2017

This paper addresses the challenges Brexit will pose to the future of trade in services between the EU and the UK. It discusses the specific barriers to cross-border establishment and trade in services and possible solutions for a future EU-UK trade agreement. Hereby, it takes existing EU Free Trade Agreements with other states into consideration. This research paper has been commissioned by Policy Department at the request of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. Source : © European Union, 2017 –...

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At a Glance – Double taxation dispute resolution mechanisms in the European Union – 27-06-2017

Double taxation is a consequence of countries’ individual rights to impose taxes. It arises when a taxpayer’s situation crosses borders, and constitutes a tax obstacle generating costs and administrative burdens. The Commission’s corporate tax reform package includes a proposal aimed at remedying the shortcomings of the current mechanism. A draft legislative resolution on the proposal is on the agenda of the Parliament’s July plenary session. Source : © European Union, 2017 –...

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At a Glance – EU-Cuba Agreement – 27-06-2017

Until recently, Cuba was the only Latin American country to have no bilateral agreement with the EU. Since 1996, EU relations with Cuba had been governed by an EU Common Position, which made cooperation, and conclusion of any bilateral agreement, conditional on visible progress in terms of democracy and respect for human rights. The EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA), signed in 2016, provides a first legal and institutional framework to normalise EU-Cuba ties. The European Parliament is due to vote on giving its consent to the PDCA in the July plenary session. Source : © European Union,...

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Briefing – Creating opportunities: The EU and students – 27-06-2017

Over one third of the European Union (EU) population – some 170 million citizens – are aged under 30, with half that number under the age of 15 years. Although education policies in the EU are essentially decided and implemented by the individual EU countries, the EU provides sound evidence and analysis to help national governments make informed policy decisions and drive reforms to improve educational outcomes and the employability of young people. For this purpose, in 2009, the EU set a series of common objectives to address the most pressing concerns in EU education systems by 2020. In...

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At a Glance – Limitation periods for traffic accidents – 27-06-2017

The Committee on Legal Affairs wants Parliament to call on the Commission to put forward a proposal for a directive to lay down common rules on limitation periods for civil claims arising from cross-border traffic accidents. Its report stresses the differences between Member States’ rules, and the legal difficulties faced by victims of cross-border accidents. Source : © European Union, 2017 –...

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Briefing – International Agreements in Progress: EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement – 26-06-2017

Cuba is the only Latin American country to have no bilateral agreement with the EU. Between 1996 and December 2016, relations between the EU and Cuba were governed by the 1996 Common Position, which subordinated cooperation and the conclusion of any bilateral agreement to the achievement of visible progress in the field of democracy and human rights on the island. Nevertheless, political dialogue and cooperation were re-launched in 2008, following a leadership change in the country, and in February 2014 negotiating directives for a bilateral EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement were adopted by the Council. After seven rounds...

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Study – Skills development and employment: Apprenticeships, internships and volunteering – 14-04-2017

This study discusses participation, outcomes, quality and challenges of apprenticeships, internships/traineeships and volunteering schemes. Though important, all three forms face challenges that need attention in the related existing and planned EU-level initiatives (such as the planned Quality Framework for Apprenticeships). Issues concern, for example, providing clarity on the employment status (mainly for apprenticeships) and on fair remuneration, thus limiting the risk of being sources for cheap labour. The note was prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) to support the Committee’s work on the New Skills Agenda. Source :...

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