Israel Rafalovich (Brussels) | A rise in Unfair Trade Practices in the EU detailing 46 ongoing investigations for unfair commercial practices in 2017 the EU Commission reported in its annual report.
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Israel Rafalovich | During a meeting on Friday in Brussels between the European Commission and the Spanish government both sides decided to continue the dialogue and cooperation on migration and especially in regard to the challenges Spain face because of the increased migration pressure along the Western Mediterranean route.
Israel Rafalovich | French President Emanuel Macron met with two southern allies, Spain and Portugal in his attempt to overhaul the European Union while Spain and Portugal are trying to get French help to connect the countries energy grids to Europe.
Israel Rafalovich | A remarkable summit between the EU and China in Beijing was marked by a turning point in Chinese views of the European Union. The summit unblocked talks about further opening of Chinese and EU market access and investment and speed up negotiations over geographical indications.
Israel Rafalovich | As the European Union embarks on a new round of trade talks voice are heard in the European Commission for the EU to enforce environmental and social clauses in commercial agreements. The French government presented at this year Environmental Council a proposal to add compliance with the Paris Climate Agreement as an essential element of the region trade agreements.
In June 2018 the European Union agreed a 32% EU renewable energy target for 2030.Several member states tried to push for an even higher target of 35%. Spain was among them.
Israel Rafalovich (Brussels) | After talks that lasted until the early morning hours on Friday, EU leaders reached a deal but the differences remained while heads of states issued victory statements that the summit was a “success”.
The leaders of sixteen EU countries survived a mini summit with no results but with”frank talk” during an emergency meeting on immigration on Sunday and emerged with a veneer of common purpose.
Israel Rafalovich | The turmoil in Italy and Spain as well as the transatlantic tensions served as a wake-up call for the European Union. On the upcoming EU summit’s agenda will find all the EU challenges : Migration, Eurozone and Defence. EU officials said that the summit will need to re-energise the European Union and call on EU leaders to overcome divisions and implement reforms.
Israel Rafalovich | In the last few days a saying has frequently been heard in the corridors of the European Commission: “Spain is not Italy. With the new Spanish government it is now a Spanish spring.”