First EIB loan tranche dedicated to female entrepreneurs in the EU

It is expected that the overall loan will benefit some 260 SMEs and mid-caps and  support 6,100 jobs First operation with Garanti Bank increases the number of partner financing institutions in Romania to 16 The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending € 22.3m to Garanti Bank Romania to support businesses in Romania. € 5m of the Read more about First EIB loan tranche dedicated to female entrepreneurs in the EU[…]

Digital activities at work in the EU, 2018

At the beginning of 2018, 87% of people in the European Union (EU), aged between 16 and 74 years, had used internet at least once in the last twelve months. Of those internet users that were employed, 71% reported usingcomputers, laptops, smartphones, tablets or other portable devices at work and 19% used computerised equipment or Read more about Digital activities at work in the EU, 2018[…]

WTO action against Chinese measures on forced technology transfers

The European Union challenged today in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) the systemic practices that force European companies to give up sensitive technology and know-how as a precondition for doing business in China. This legal action builds up on a case launched by the EU in June 2018. With this move, the EU significantly broadens Read more about WTO action against Chinese measures on forced technology transfers[…]

€405 billion invested in Europe’s real economy under the European Structural and Investment Funds

A report published today shows the main results achieved under the five European Structural and Investment Funds, halfway through the 2014-2020 EU budget period. By October 2018, nearly two-thirds of the European Structural and Investment Funds’ budget for 2014-2020 had been committed to concrete projects. By end of 2017, 1 million businesses, including 74.000 start-ups, Read more about €405 billion invested in Europe’s real economy under the European Structural and Investment Funds[…]

The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will boost trade in goods and services as well as create opportunities for investment

The European Commission welcomes today’s approval in the European Parliament of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement. The trade agreement negotiated by the Commission is the first ever to include an explicit reference to the Paris climate agreement. It will create an open trading zone covering 635 million people and Read more about The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will boost trade in goods and services as well as create opportunities for investment[…]

An important step towards access to online TV and radio content across borders

The negotiators of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council, have today reached a political agreement on the proposed copyright legislation on TV and radio programmes. The new rules will make it easier for European broadcasters to make certain programmes available on their live TV or catch-up services online, and will simplify the Read more about An important step towards access to online TV and radio content across borders[…]

Statul Roman are de recuperat 335 de milioane EUR de la Oltchim

Comisia Europeană a constatat că, de la privatizarea eșuată a societății petrochimice Oltchim din România, în septembrie 2012, aceasta a beneficiat de ajutoare incompatibile în valoare aproximativă de 335 de milioane EUR. România trebuie să recupereze în prezent aceste ajutoare de la Oltchim. În același timp, Comisia a concluzionat că, deoarece au achiziționat activele în Read more about Statul Roman are de recuperat 335 de milioane EUR de la Oltchim[…]

The Saudi International Pharma and Medlab Expo 2018 – Retrospective expo statistics

The three – day international exhibition and conference on pharmaceutical and medical laboratories sectors organized by 1st Arabia exhibition and conferences organizers, with an academic cooperation with the two Saudi pharmaceutical Society and the Saudi Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences association, proved to be one of the most successful Exhibition combined with two Conferences in Read more about The Saudi International Pharma and Medlab Expo 2018 – Retrospective expo statistics[…]

Main reason for becoming self-employed

More than 1 in 5 self-employed in the EU had seized a suitable opportunity to run their own businessAround 30% of self-employed reported no difficulties in their work In 2017, in the European Union (EU), there were more than 228 million employed people, and about 33 million of them were self-employed. Self-employed people in the Read more about Main reason for becoming self-employed[…]

ICT usage in enterprises in 2018 – 12% of enterprises reported analysing big data and 4% used 3D printing

In 2018, 26% of EU enterprises with at least 10 persons employed purchased cloud computing services. Cloud computing usage grew rapidly over the last few years, as in 2014 it stood at 19% and in 2016 at 21%. Large enterprises use cloud computing much more (56% of enterprises employing 250 persons or more) than small Read more about ICT usage in enterprises in 2018 – 12% of enterprises reported analysing big data and 4% used 3D printing[…]

New VAT (Value-Added Tax) rules for e-commerce that come into force in January 2021

Today’s rules lay out the steps needed to ensure that online marketplaces can play their part in the fight against tax fraud and to ease administrative burdens for businesses selling goods online. Forming part of the EU’s broader agenda to tackle VAT fraud and to improve VAT collection on internet sales, the new measures presented today Read more about New VAT (Value-Added Tax) rules for e-commerce that come into force in January 2021[…]

European Strategy for Plastics

The European Commission launches an alliance of key industry stakeholders covering the full plastics value chain as part of its persisting efforts to reduce plastics littering, increase the share of recycled plastics and stimulate market innovation. Against the backdrop of the Commission’s efforts to help accelerate Europe’s transition towards a circular economy, the Circular Plastics Alliance will aim Read more about European Strategy for Plastics[…]