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6th EJSF plenary 2022 – Climate & Mandatory Due Diligence

Today, much of EU policy and law making is focused on recovery, resilience, sustainability and tackling climate change. COP26 is likely to spur even more regulation and policies with impacts for all kinds of assets and global supply chains. Among the many relevant EU initiatives, the European Commission has promised draft legislation on Sustainable Corporate [...]

By |2022-04-09T14:25:19+00:00October 21st, 2021|Climate, EJSF Plenary, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on 6th EJSF plenary 2022 – Climate & Mandatory Due Diligence

EU priorities 2022

On 19th October, the European Commission published its ambitious work programme for 2022. This includes 42 new policy initiatives across 6 key priorities outlined by Commission President von der Leyen in her State of the European Union  address on 15th September. Among these initiatives, strengthening pandemic preparedness, closing the climate finance gap, leading the digital transformation and enhancing strategic global partnerships [...]

By |2022-04-09T14:25:17+00:00October 21st, 2021|COVID-19, European Commission, Rule of law, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on EU priorities 2022

Rule of law

Safeguarding the rule of law, democracy and EU values such as media freedom were among the priorities highlighted by Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen on 19th October in response to the recent decision of the Polish constitutional court challenging the supremacy of EU law. The President issued a strong statement condemning the decision and outlining the [...]

By |2022-04-09T14:26:05+00:00October 21st, 2021|European Parliament, Rule of law, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Rule of law

EU Global Gateway Strategy – Strengthening Global Partnerships

As a key feature of its external focus, the EU is stepping up global engagement with partners who share its values. Commission President von der Leyen identified the recently agreed EU Indo-Pacific strategy as a template for Europe’s connectivity with the rest of the world. Called ‘Global Gateway’, this new strategy aims to build partnerships with [...]

By |2021-11-05T11:02:19+00:00October 21st, 2021|Technology, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on EU Global Gateway Strategy – Strengthening Global Partnerships

New EU Chips Act

"Creating links, not dependencies" said Commission President von der Leyen during her SOTEU speech, emphasizing the EU’s ambition to reduce reliance on external supplies of core products and parts. The Commission plans to propose a new European Chips Act, aiming to create a state-of-art European ecosystem for the design and production of semiconductor chips. [...]

By |2021-11-05T11:02:25+00:00October 21st, 2021|Technology, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on New EU Chips Act

Inaugural EU-US Trade & Technology Council

Semiconductor (chip) supply chains were one of the key points discussed at the first meeting of the new EU-US Trade & Technology Council meeting in Pittsburgh on 29th September. The TTC broadly aims to boost EU/US cooperation and align EU and US approaches on technology, economic and trade issues based on share democratic values. Key outcomes of [...]

By |2021-11-05T11:02:34+00:00October 21st, 2021|Technology, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Inaugural EU-US Trade & Technology Council

Rule of law

As part of its continued efforts to strengthen the rule of law in Europe, the Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council will host the first annual high-level conference on the rule of law in Coimbra on 17th and 18th May 2021. In parallel, the European Commission (EC) is preparing its 2nd annual report on [...]

By |2021-11-05T10:26:00+00:00April 20th, 2021|Rule of law, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Rule of law

Democracy and press freedom

The EP has also been vocal on rising challenges to press freedom in Europe. MEPs condemned attacks on the media in Poland, Hungary and Slovenia and called on the EC to do more to protect journalists in the EU. In her keynote address to an EP debate in March 2021 on the subject, EC [...]

By |2021-11-05T10:26:06+00:00April 20th, 2021|Democracy, Press Freedom, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Democracy and press freedom

Sustainability

In March 2021, the EP adopted an Own Initiative Report calling for a binding EU law to ensure companies are held accountable and liable for human rights and environment abuses throughout their supply chains. The report, authored by MEP Lara Wolters, also calls for access to legal remedies for victims of such abuses. The [...]

By |2021-11-05T10:26:10+00:00April 20th, 2021|Sustainability, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Sustainability

Consumer financial services

The EC has launched a public consultation on instant payments. The broad aims of the consultation are to identify obstacles to the availability and use of instant payments and to inform the EC on possible future action to ensure that a critical mass of EU public service providers (PSPs) can offer instant credit transfers. [...]

By |2021-11-05T10:26:16+00:00April 20th, 2021|Financial, Top News, Top Stories|Comments Off on Consumer financial services
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