Published on November 8th, 2018

committee and group meetings - it’s all about the money

πŸ“ŒEU-Japan: INTA-MEP recommends to close the trade deal πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΊπŸ€πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅
πŸ“ŒCrowdfunding: MEPs adopt text for new EU rules to boost platforms and protect investors πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨πŸ€‘πŸ”
πŸ“ŒWiFi4EU: call for municipalities to apply for free Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces now openπŸ“‘πŸ•΄οΈπŸ“£
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EU-Japan: INTA-MEP recommends to close the trade deal πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΊπŸ€πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅
➑️The International Trade Committee proposed that Parliament should give its consent to finalise the trade deal between EU and Japan. This is the single biggest bilateral trade deal that the EU has ever entered into, covering a third of world GDP. It will eventually remove almost all tariffs on goods. It opens up services, including e-commerce, maritime transport, postal services, energy and telecommunications. It also creates common rules for bilateral trade, and common standards for the two trading blocs.
πŸ”œ The European Parliament, which has to give its consent before the deal can enter into force, is expected to vote its consent to the agreement at its December plenary session.

Crowdfunding: MEPs adopt text for new EU rules to boost platforms and protect investors πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨πŸ€‘πŸ”
➑️ The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee adopted a text which aims to help crowdfunding services to function smoothly in the internal market and to foster cross-border business funding in the EU, by providing for a single set of rules on the provision of crowdfunding services. Crowdfunding service providers should give clients clear information about financial risks and charges related to their investment. In addition, MEPs recommend that crowdfunding service providers should disclose the default rates of the projects offered on their platform every year. Crowdfunding platforms will have to ensure that clients are able to file complaints against them free of charge.
πŸ”œ The adopted text allows the Committee to enter into negotiations with the European Commission and the Council.

WiFi4EU: call for municipalities to apply for free Wi-Fi hotspots in public spaces now openπŸ“‘πŸ•΄οΈπŸ“£
➑️ The Commission launched a call for applications for the scheme 'WiFi4EU'. The call, which is open to municipalities in the EU, will be open until 17:00 (CET) on 9 November 2018. The application procedure is simple and fully online. So far over one in five municipalities all over Europe has registered their details. With the voucher, the municipality will be able to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot in public spaces, including town halls, public libraries, museums, public parks or squares. The Commission is selecting projects on a β€œfirst-come, first-served” basis. In the upcoming call, the first 2,800 municipalities will get a WiFi4EU voucher, with each EU Member State being guaranteed to receive at least 15 vouchers.The networks will be free of charge, free of advertising and free of personal data harvesting. Funding will be provided for networks that do not duplicate existing free private or public offers of a similar quality.
πŸ”œIn the coming two years, three more calls will be launched, approximately one every 6 months.

πŸ”₯ If you want to be updated, too, we suggest the European Parliament's press service http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room and the European Commission's news room https://europa.eu/newsroom/home_en

Written by Katharina KrΓΌll

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Katharina is a 25-year old European Studies student. She joined AEGEE in 2012 and has been an active member of the association on both the local and European level. As a member of the Y Vote team, she now gets to participate in the project that, with its 2014 edition, made her understand the importance of Youth participation.