European Institutions

  • ECJ Official: France Had Authority to Prosecute Uber Service

    August 10, 2017

    An Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) has found that France was not required to notify EU officials in advance of adopting a law criminalizing the UberPop service for connecting passengers with drivers who are unlicensed under French law because UberPop is a transportation service subject to regulation at the national level.

  • UK Officials Consider New Customs Union Deal with EU

    August 10, 2017

    The Guardian reports that officials in the UK government have expressed a willingness to consider a new customs union arrangement with the EU after Brexit that would apply to goods but would allow Britain to strike free trade deals respecting services with other countries around the world.

  • EU Develops Centralized Pension System

    August 10, 2017

    The Guardian reports that the European Commission is developing plans for an "EU pension" that would provide for a centralized scheme through which EU workers who move from country to country could save for retirement.

  • EU Negotiators Agree to "Sustainability" Fund

    August 10, 2017

    The Council of the EU announced in June an agreement between negotiators of EU member states and institutions on the establishment of a fund of 3.35 billion euros to help finance the global "sustainable development" agenda in developing countries outside the EU and fulfill the bloc's commitments under the UN's Paris climate deal agreed in 2015.

  • EU Vice-President: Centralization Is "Foregone Conclusion"

    August 10, 2017

    In an interview with Reuters, European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans predicted that the governments of France and Germany will lead efforts toward an accelerated transfer of power to EU institutions, stating that such integration in the wake of Brexit "is a foregone conclusion."

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