Published on January 24th, 2019

#EUNews - Let’s talk about what the EU actually does 🔊 Committees did not kid around: no chemical weapons, no “no-deal”, no marketing fraud and no loopholes

📌Council imposes sanctions to punish the use and proliferation of chemical weapons🥼💥
📌Preparing for “no-deal”: European Commission adopts two contingency proposals to help mitigate impact on EU fisheries 🇬🇧🚪🐟
📌Consumer protection: Updates to tackle misleading rankings in online marketplaces and dual quality of products in the EU 🤔💻🏆
📌Drive safe: MEPs close legal loopholes to protect victims of road accidents 🏎️💥🤕


Council imposes sanctions to punish the use and proliferation of chemical weapons🥼💥
➡️The Council imposed sanctions on nine persons and one entity under the new regime of restrictive measures against the use and proliferation of chemical weapons. Sanctions consist of a travel ban to the EU and an asset freeze for persons, and an asset freeze for entities. In addition, EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds available to those listed. This decision contributes to the EU's efforts to counter the proliferation and use of chemical weapons which poses a serious threat to international security.

Preparing for “no-deal”: European Commission adopts two contingency proposals to help mitigate impact on EU fisheries 🇬🇧🚪🐟
➡️Given the continued uncertainty in the UK surrounding the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, the Commission has today adopted two legislative proposals to help mitigate the significant impact that a “no-deal” Brexit would have on EU fisheries. The first proposal is to allow fishermen and operators from EU Members States to receive compensation under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund for the temporary cessation of fishing activities, to help off-set some of the impact of a sudden closure of UK waters. The second proposal aims to ensure that the EU is in a position to grant UK vessels access to EU waters until the end of 2019, on the condition that EU vessels are also granted reciprocal access to UK waters. This is part of the Commission's ongoing preparedness and contingency work and will help ensure a coordinated EU-wide approach in a No-deal scenario.

Consumer protection: Updates to tackle misleading rankings in online marketplaces and dual quality of products in the EU 🤔💻🏆
➡️ Online marketplaces and comparison services will have to disclose the main parameters determining how offers resulting from a search query are ranked and whether the authenticity of products’ reviews is checked. Also, creating the impression, by its appearance or description, that a good is seemingly identical to another good marketed in another member state when it is not is now considered to be a misleading practice, and thus added it to the unfair commercial practices’ blacklist.
🔜 The text will need to be green-lighted by the full House in an upcoming plenary session before negotiations with Council can start.

Drive safe: MEPs close legal loopholes to protect victims of road accidents 🏎️💥🤕
➡️ Internal Market Committee MEPs adopted changes to motor insurance rules to better protect road accident victims and tackle uninsured driving in the EU. The proposal aims to close loopholes and to improve the current Motor Insurance Directive in compensating victims of accidents where an insurer goes bankrupt, minimum amounts of cover and member states’ checks on vehicle insurance.
🔜The amended proposal is due to be voted on by the full House during the February plenary session. The text would then still need to be agreed with the Council before becoming law.

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