EU-U.S. Trade Talks: European Commission presents draft negotiating mandates

Friday, January 18th, 2019

The European Commission has today adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods. These negotiations follow the Joint Statement agreed by President Juncker and President Trump last July.  As part of its commitment to transparency, the European Commission […]

The Weekly Vulcan View For The 14th Of January To The 18th Of January Featuring Analysis Of The Latest EU Developments

Friday, January 18th, 2019

VULCAN VIEW- KEY EVENTS THIS WEEK: AfD decides on party strategy for EU electionsDuring a special AfD party convention last weekend in which the party decided on its campaign and strategic goals for the upcoming EU election in May of this year, hardliners demanded the immediate exit of Germany from the EU. Calling for “Dexit” did […]

What bad choices are left for Theresa May after the devastating Brexit defeat?

Friday, January 18th, 2019

By Sam Natapoff, President of Empire Global Ventures LLC  Confused by what just happened with Brexit and what happens next? You’re not alone. Here’s the way forward At 7pm Tuesday night in London, UK Prime Minister Theresa May lost a 432-202 vote in the House of Commons, on the Brexit deal she had personally negotiated. 118 MPs from her Conservative […]

Brexit: EU officials ask the UK to clarify its position

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

In the debate following the UK House of Commons’ meaningful vote, MEPs underlined that Europeans will remain united and that citizens’ rights are still the EP’s priority. Following the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration in the UK’s House of Commons yesterday evening, it is now up to the UK government and […]

2019 IPT changes in Denmark, Ireland, Slovakia, Spain, France, Italy

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

The new year has brought changes that affect insurers writing cross-border business across the EU. Some territories have introduced new requirements, or amendments to existing obligations that necessitate the amendment of reporting procedures for insurers. Here’s a summary of some of the changes that have recently come into force, or are scheduled for 2019. Denmark […]

EU tax policy and Competition; EU-US trade relations and update on Brexit

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Commission launches debate on a gradual transition to more efficient and democratic decision-making in EU tax policy EU tax policy The Commission has today kick-started the debate on reforming decision-making for areas of EU taxation policy, which currently requires unanimity among Member States. This unanimity often cannot be achieved on crucial tax initiatives, and can […]

Speeches by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier on behalf of President Juncker at the Plenary session of the European Parliament on the occasion of the debate on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Strasbourg, 16 January 2019 By Frans Timmermans & Michel Barnier First Vice-President Frans Timmermans Thank you very much, Mr President. The vote last night in the House of Commons was crystal clear. The Withdrawal Agreement has been rejected. And now we will have to look for a way forward. The Commission regrets the rejection of the Withdrawal […]

Flash Report on Today’s Brexit Vote

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

By Lucinda Creighton, CEO & Robert O’Reilly, Strategic Counsel | Vulcan Consulting  Situation Analysis Today’s vote presents yet another “crunch moment” in the long running Brexit saga.  For those who have not been following in any great detail, this is Prime Minister Theresa May’s big moment in the House of Commons, when she will attempt to get […]

Banks need a culture shock

Monday, January 14th, 2019

By William Rhodes | President & CEO | William R. Rhodes Global Advisors  A decade after the financial crisis, banks haven’t lost their capacity to shock. From Wells Fargo’s fake accounts to Goldman Sachs’ involvement in Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal to allegations of money laundering at Danske Bank, failures of conduct and culture have damaged trust in […]

Coming up in 2019: European elections, EU budget, Brexit

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Elections, future of Europe, Brexit… the New Year starts with a busy agenda for the European Parliament. European elections  The next European elections – and the first after Brexit – will take place on 23-26 May. People in the EU will elect 705 MEPsto form the new European Parliament, which will then elect a new  president of the […]