Reached draft deal on the two pack regulations focus on strengthening Commission surveillance of national budgetary and …

The European Parliament and the Council negotiators reached a draft deal on the two pack regulations focus on strengthening Commission surveillance of national budgetary and economic policy and further economic policy coordination. The so-called “two-pack” also lays down clear rules for countries seeking EU financial help.

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The new Social Investment Package was presented by the European Commission

The Communication on Social Investment for Growth and Cohesion calls on member states to prioritise social investment and to modernise their welfare states. The Social Investment Package includes a Commission Recommendation against child poverty, calling for an integrated approach to child-friendly social investment.

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Legal Affairs Committee backs an optional Common European Sales Law

The European Commission welcomed the draft report issued by the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) with regard to the optional EU-wide rules for businesses and consumers who are concluding contracts in the Single Market. According to the Commission, an optional EU-wide contract law would promote growth by making it cheaper for businesses to access new markets and offering consumers a greater choice of products at more competitive prices.

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EU-wide protection will become a reality to victims of violence

The European Parliament and the Council of Ministers reached a political agreement on a proposal by the European Commission for an EU-wide protection order. The agreement means women who have suffered domestic violence will be able to rely on a restraining order obtained in their home country wherever they are in the EU.

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First step given for establishing a Unified Patent Court in the EU

The international agreement for establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC) was signed on the 19th of February. According to the Council, the new court will avoid the occurrence of multiple court cases with regard to the same patent in different member states. Bulgaria is expected to sign in the coming days once internal procedures have been completed. Poland and Spain did not sign the agreement.

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