TAXATION
TAXATION: French companies argue against country-by-country tax transparency

Brussels, 21/04/2017 (Agence Europe)The French employers’ group, Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF), is greatly concerned at the European Commission’s proposal to introduce public country-by-country reporting (CbCR) requirements, but has given up on repeating the well-known comments about jeopardising competitiveness. MEDEF has decided to submit tangible examples to MEPs to demonstrate the scale of the risks run by companies.

In a document submitted to MEPs and seen by this newsletter, MEDEF highlights ‘unfair competition (for industrial and commercial sectors):...

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Europe Diplomacy & Defense No. 979
Turkey denounces EU's call for transparent investigation into potential irregularities during referendum

Brussels, 19/04/2017 (EDD)During the evening of Tuesday 18 April, Turkey’s Minister for European Affairs Ömer Celik described as “unacceptable” the call made by the European Commission earlier that day for a transparent investigation into possible irregularities during the referendum on constitutional review held on 16 April.

Speaking during a press conference, the minister said...

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1953 - 2017

On 12 March 1953, the first issue of the daily news bulletin "Europe" was published, and we are therefore celebrating our sixty-fourth anniversary. This is a ripe old age for a press agency, but is not extraordinary in and of itself: older news agencies exist, some of them much older. What is unusual about us is that we are exactly as old as the first European Community, the forerunner of today's European Union. In July 1952, the Paris Treaty came into force, giving rise to the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), and it was at the beginning of 1953 that the "ECSC levy" started being applied, the first European tax. In February 1953, the coal and steel markets were opened up to the six participating countries. This moment marked the end of prehistory and the beginning of history for the united Europe, and Agence Europe's newsletter took on its role of closely following developments in Europe's history from one day to the next.

Bulletin Quotidien Europe 11772 - 22/4/2017
ECONOMY - FINANCE - BUSINESS
TAXATION: French companies argue against country-by-country tax transparency
GREECE: ELSTAT says Greek primary surplus reached 4% of GDP in 2016
INSTITUTIONAL
EP PLENARY: Viktor Orbán to explain his controversial domestic policy to MEPs
UK: Week of preparations for EU27 Brexit summit on Saturday 29 April
SECTORAL POLICIES
AGRICULTURE: Maltese Council Presidency hoping for revised organic mandate on 24 April
AGRICULTURE: Exchange scheme for young European and Chinese farmers launched
GMO: Andrieu calls for Parliamentary committee of inquiry into Monsanto Papers
COHESION: Ministers to discuss future of cohesion policy at next Council
ENERGY: Cogeneration sector recommendations to release its potential
EXTERNAL ACTION
HAITI: EU increases its support by €63.5 million following Hurricane Matthew
MOROCCO: Support for development of agriculture and agribusiness to help create jobs
MERCOSUR: EU and Argentina confirm objective of sealing bi-regional free trade agreement in 2017
COUNCIL OF EUROPE
DEMOCRACY: Faced with worrying rise in populism, Council of Europe calls on member states to look at themselves in the mirror
NEWS BRIEFS
STATE AID: Green light for reform of British levy scheme on horserace betting
CLIMATE: Commission to organise workshop on innovative technologies in agriculture and forestry on 1 June
CULTURE: Commission reveals EU literature prize-winners
REGIONS: Regions support Valletta Declaration on 'blue' growth
The B-word: Agence Europe’s newsletter on Brexit
THE B-WORD: UK election a sideshow in Brexit talks
CALENDAR
Major events at European institutions: 24/04 - 30/04
Other events: 24/04 - 30/04