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8 February 2017

The European Parliament and the European Council have reached an agreement which makes paid online subscriptions portable to all countries of the European Union. “Flemish Netflix enthusiasts who travel abroad will undoubtedly have noticed that the film or TV series they want to watch isn’t …

7 February 2017

The European Commission has done a 180° and dumped the idea of a free Interrail pass for all European 18-year-olds. The Christian Democrat EPP group has therefore had to accept that its proposal has come to naught. “The Commission estimated the cost at two billion euros a year, even more than first …

7 February 2017

At the invitation of the N-VA, a delegation of the pro-Kurdish Turkish opposition party HDP told its story in the Parliamentary Committee for Foreign Relations. Representatives Eyyup Doru and Ertuğrul Kürkçü informed their colleagues about the intimidation and prosecutions that they experience on a …

2 February 2017

The Romanian government, led by socialists, has dramatically relaxed that country’s anti-corruption legislation. The upshot of this decision has been mass street protests in Romania itself. The European Commission is so far limiting its reaction to merely voicing its concern. “It is not acceptable …

2 February 2017

For the most part, the European Parliament has made a positive evaluation of the Erasmus+ start-up phase. Since 2014, Erasmus+ has been bringing together all EU exchange programmes for education, training and youth under one roof. “Over 678,000 people took part in Erasmus+ last year, which …

31 January 2017

In 2016, the Special Taxation Inspectorate (STI) issued more than EUR 1.7 billion in major tax fraud cases - the highest amount since 2001. The tax inspectors are also processing the largest number of cases since that year: a total of 2,492. That’s a third more than in 2014 and 2015 and more than …