Locked content EU agrees to ban plastic cutlery and straws

Ambassadors of the EU countries approved the agreement of the European Parliament and EU countries on new regulations to reduce the amount of plastic litter reaching the seas.  Plastic plates, straws or hygienic sticks, among others, will be banned in the EU. In May, the European Commission proposed...

Locked content Baltic States have highest share of expenses on alcohol in 2017

In 2017, EU residents spent over € 130 billion on alcoholic beverages. This is about 1.6 percent of their total consumption expenses and 0.9 percent of European Union GDP.  The share of expenses on alcohol was the highest in the three Baltic States: Estonia (5.2 percent), Latvia (4.9 percent) and Li...

Poland gets closer to rich EU countries, but slowly – WEI

Poland is gradually reducing the distance between the richest countries of the European Union. The country is close to reaching the average European level, but a number of actions should be taken to exceed it by 2030, Warsaw Enterprise Institute (WEI) reported. The research explores three key areas:...

Locked content EU bans geo-blocking in e-commerce as of Dec. 3

On Monday, new regulations concerning the ban on geo-blocking in e-commerce enter into force in the European Union. As a result, online resellers will not be able to refuse to sell their products to customers from other countries. Geo-blocking, that is restricting consumer access to goods and servic...

Locked content EU invests €320 mln in road infrastructure in Poland

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) invested over €255 million in the construction of the S5 expressway section between Nowe Marzy, Świecie, and Bydgoszcz. Further €64.6 million (from the Cohesion Fund) were allocated for the construction of the section of the S17 expressway between the in...

Locked content Trump threatens to impose 20% duty on cars from EU

US President Donald Trump threatened on Friday to impose a 20-percent duty on cars imported from the European Union – according to Trump’s entry on Twitter. “Based on the Tariffs and Trade Barriers long placed on the U.S. & its great companies and workers by the European Union,...

Locked content EU and Canada sign CETA trade deal

The European Union and Canada signed the comprehensive CETA free trade deal on Sunday. It removes around 99 percent of duties on trade between the two parties, along with most non-tariff barriers, as well as liberalizing trade in services. The document was signed by Canada’s Prime Minister Jus...

Agreement reached on CETA: Belgian PM

Representatives of the Belgian federal government and the regions have agreed on the contentious points that prevented Belgium’s approval of the CETA free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel announced on Thursday.

Locked content Venice Commission: Poland still hindering Constitutional Tribunal

Poland has failed to ensure the independence of the Constitutional Tribunal (TK), European law experts said on Friday as an EU deadline approaches for the government to respond to charges that it has made the country less democratic. The EU has given Poland’s government until the end of this month t...