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Business, Trade

Commission unveils initiatives for a balanced and progressive trade policyFollowing the State of the Union speech by President Jean-Claude Juncker on 13 September, the Commission has today unveiled a weighty package of trade and investment proposals for a progressive and ambitious trade agenda.In his address, President Jean-Claude Juncker stated: “I want us to strengthen our European trade agenda. Yes, Europe is open for business. But there must be reciprocity. We have to get what we give. Trade is not something abstract. Trade is about jobs, creating new opportunities for Europe’sSEE DETAILS

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Europe, Pacific

There is no airport at Rapa Iti and it takes 50 hours to get there by cargo ship from Tahiti. Boats travelling there are few and far between, making Rapa Iti one of the South Pacific’s most isolated islands, along with Pitcairn and Easter Island. Its dark and wild coast is overlooked by the forts of twelve ancient clans at the top of the sleeping volcano. Humpback whales can be seen from afar. But the people living in this slice of paradise are also EU citizens.Rapa Iti is the southernmostSEE DETAILS

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Business, International Relations

Negotiated for nearly five years and four months, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada is now ready for the final vote by the European Parliament. If MEPs approve it on Wednesday 15 February, the agreement could already provisionally apply from April. In 2015 EU-Canada trade accounted for more than €60 billion and CETA is expected to boost this by 20%. Read on and watch our video to find out more about the difference the trade deal could make.CETA would remove all tariffs between the EU and Canada,SEE DETAILS

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Business, Finance

Geo-blocking consumers’ online access to goods and services on the basis of their IP address, postal address or the country of issue of credit cards is unjustified and it must stop, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday. MEPs want Europe to seize the opportunities opened up by new technologies, such as Big Data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things or 3D-printing, and to have an innovation-friendly policy towards online platforms. The 16 digital single market initiatives announced by the European Commission last May to boost the digital economy andSEE DETAILS

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