EESC supports Commission proposal on a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted a favourable opinion on a proposed Council Directive on a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) because, according to its members reduces tax obstacles and costs associated with cross-border activities, promoting fair, sustainable competition.

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The European Commission asks for increasing efforts in digitisation of EU culture

The European Commission adopted a Recommendation in which asks EU Member States to step up their efforts, pool their resources and involve the private sector in digitising cultural material. Commission also asks for a major involvement of private sector in this task. It challenges Member States to develop solid plans and build partnerships to place 30 million objects in Europeana by 2015.

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The Council encourages Member States to boost the European Judicial Training

The Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting conclusions stressed the need to strongly encourage that training on Union acquis will be made available for legal practitioners through initial and continuous training, reflecting how national and Union legislation interact and influence their everyday practice.

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Council paves the way to adopt the first radio spectrum policy programme

The text which contains the political agreement on the draft decision establishing the first radio spectrum policy programme 2012-2015 has been endorsed by the Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council. The document has been negotiated in trialogue meetings between the Polish presidency, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

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The EU is closer to join the Offshore Protocol

The European Commission has proposed that the EU accede to a Protocol of the Barcelona Convention that protects the Mediterranean against pollution from offshore exploration and exploitation activities, the "Offshore Protocol". EU ratification of the Protocol is likely to stimulate ratification by other Parties to the Barcelona Convention, bringing the waters of the Mediterranean closer to good environmental status, the ultimate goal of the EU Marine Framework Directive.

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