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Iceland/European Union: Reduction in Import Duties, Increase in Quotas for Agricultural Products

(Oct. 20, 2015) On September 17, 2015, Iceland’s government and the European Union agreed on new terms for agricultural trade. (Press Release, EU and Iceland Strike Deal to Protect Geographical Indications and Enhance Trade for Agricultural and Food Products (Sept. 18, 2015) EUROPA.) Under the new agreement, Iceland will reduce the tariffs on agricultural products […]

European Union/Turkey: Cooperation to Manage the Migrant Crisis

(Oct. 16, 2015) On October 4, 2015, the European Union and Turkey agreed on a Draft Action Plan to increase cooperation and coordinate their actions on the refugee crisis, and to reduce the huge flow of immigrants who enter the EU through Turkey. The Draft Action Plan contains short- and long-term measures to tackle the refugee crisis. Its twin objectives […]

European Union: European Council’s Commitments to Refugee Crisis

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 24, 2015, the European Council, composed of heads of state or of government, convened in Brussels, Belgium to discuss the unfolding migrant crisis in the European Union. (Press Release, European Council, Informal Meeting of EU Heads of State or Government on Migration, 23 September 2015 – Statement (Sept. 24, 2015).) […]

European Union: Commission Adopts New Measures to Respond to Refugee Crisis

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 9, 2015, the European Commission adopted a Communication that contains short- and long-term measures to address the current migrant crisis, to assist countries of entry through the creation of “hotspots,” and to address the root causes of irregular migration. The concrete operational, budgetary, and legal proposals are all annexed to […]

European Union: Adoption of Decision to Relocate Asylum Seekers

(Sept. 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council adopted a proposal, introduced by the European Commission on September 9, 2015, in response to the unprecedented influx of migrants who have sought refuge in the European Union during the last six months and in order to improve the situation of […]

European Union: Parliament Adopts Tough Stand on Russia

(June 25, 2015) On June 11, 2015, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a new resolution by a vote of 494 to 135, with 69 abstentions. The resolution’s main focus is relations between the European Union and Russia in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. (Press Release, European Parliament, Plenary Session, Russia Is No Longer a […]

European Union: Parliament Approves Fourth Money Laundering Directive

(June 18, 2015) On May 22, 2015, the European Parliament adopted its fourth anti-money laundering Directive, designed to contribute more effectively to the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism across the European Union. (Press Release, European Commission, European Parliament Backs Stronger Rules to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (May 20, 2015).) […]

European Union: Member States Disagree over Proposed Cybersecurity Directive

(June 12, 2015) A proposal by the European Commission, adopted in 2013, for a Directive on Network and Information Security (NIS) has recently failed to be endorsed by the Council of the European Union, due to disagreements among the Member States. (European Commission, Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council […]

European Union: EU Signs Agreement with Switzerland to End Banking Secrecy

(June 2, 2015) On May 27, 2015, the European Union and Switzerland signed a new tax transparency agreement. Pierre Moscovici, the EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, and Janis Reirs, Latvian Minister of Finance on behalf of the Latvian Presidency of the Council for the EU, and the Swiss State Secretary […]

European Union; Greece: New Agreement on Financial Assistance

(Feb. 26, 2015) On February 20, 2015, the Eurozone members and the newly elected leftist Government of Greece, after tense negotiations, reached a new accord to extend the existing bailout agreement, formally known as the Master Financial Assistance Facility Agreement (MFAFA), for an additional four months. The extension had been requested by the Greek government […]