EU Energy Security 2.0

Taking its first step towards the delivery of the Energy Union, on Tuesday 16th February, the European Commission (EC) presented its Energy Security Package. With the aim of bolstering security of supply, the package sets out a wide range of measures to strengthen the European Union’s (EU’s) resilience to gas supply disruptions and takes yet…

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Market Economy Status for China: Where are we heading?

When China became a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001, the WTO Accession Protocol established a transitional period up to December 2016 with regard to granting ‘Market Economy Status’ (MES) to China. The absence of the MES gives China’s trading partners more flexibility in imposing anti-dumping duties on imports from China. Consequently,…

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2016 – A year of big change for asset managers and the financial community in Europe

2016 will be a busy year for financial services in Brussels thanks to the amount of legislation currently under scrutiny and the number of amendments to regulations affecting the financial services sector that are being considered. With the implementation of MiFID II (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) including the possible postponement by a year of its application, and with…

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A tale of subsidies and regulation: Britain’s farmers and Brexit

Brexit is the hot topic in Brussels, especially since last week’s plan from European Council President Donald Tusk on how to avoid it. While much time and effort has been spent lobbying the British public, one influential group has yet to officially make up its mind: British farmers. While British farmers as an electorate will…

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Strasbourg Diary #4: part 2 – Besides Brexit…

…there were other items on the Strasbourg agenda too! Here are a few quick summaries on the other key discussions that took place in Strasbourg. Anti-Tax Avoidance Package Tuesday: The European Parliament held a lively debate on the long awaited Anti-Tax Avoidance Package (ATAP) that the European Commission presented last week. The package, the Commission’s…

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