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The Innovation Principle – a new deregulatory tool?

Tuesday 31 May 2016

This week, the Council adopted their conclusions on Better Regulation and Competitiveness. In essence, the issue at stake is a renewed focus on the effects regulation has on companies’ innovation potential. As innocent, and even sensible, as this sounds, the Council conclusions also raise a number of warning signs. Firstly, innovation is spoken of as…

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Urgent call to governments for a democratic debate on TiSA

Friday 27 May 2016

Philip Jennings, UNI Global Union General Secretary said:  “The newly leaked documents on TiSA reveal once more that the trade rules are being written to benefit the top 1%. If adopted, TiSA would reduce the ability of governments to regulate to protect financial stability, labour rights and the environment. The TiSA talks strike at the…

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Governments across the world avoiding responsibility for refugees – Unions say refugees welcome

Friday 27 May 2016

UNI Europa strongly supports Sharan Burrow and Luca Visentini’s article Governments across the world avoiding responsibility for refugees – Unions say refugees welcome, published today. ‘Europe must do better’ said Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary of UNI Europa in light of the recent deal between the European Union and Turkey. ‘We denounce the failure of the…

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Joint press release: Beware the “innovation principle”

Thursday 26 May 2016

Brussels, 26 May 2016 The Competitiveness Council on 26-27 May 2016 will discuss adopting an “innovation principle” for EU law-making. This would require the Commission to investigate the potential effect of legislation on research and innovation, during the “impact assessment” phase of the legislative process, before it is submitted to the Parliament and Council for…

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