IFAW - International Fund for Animal Welfare

We need flexibility around VAT rate setting, to take into account lower revenues in periods of recession, and to benefit small businesses, says ACCA

The global accountancy body commends the European Commission’s work on VAT rates, acknowledging the sensitivity of the issue.

ACCA (The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) acknowledges the publication of the Directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC as regards rates of value added tax, and commends the work of the European Commission in this difficult and complex area.

Global economic confidence remains high at year end, finds Global Economic Conditions Survey

Global economic confidence remained relatively high at the end of 2017 despite a slight dip from the previous quarter, with an improved economic outlook in the US and South Asia off-setting a more cautious mood in China.

According to the latest Global Economic Conditions Survey (GECS), produced by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and IMA (the Institute of Management Accountants), economic confidence remains high relative to the last couple of years and should continue into 2018.

Narayanan Vaidyanathan, Head of Business Insights at ACCA says,

Marrakesh treaty will help bring new works to blind and visually impaired people

Strasbourg, 18 January 2018

The European Parliament today backed the signing of the Marrakesh treaty that will help improve the availability and cross-border exchange of published works for blind and visually impaired people.

S&D Group spokesperson for the treaty, Jytte Guteland said:

A special committee on glyphosate will be set up at the request of the S&Ds

Strasbourg, 18 January 2018

Following the scandal of the Monsanto Papers and how the pesticide company tried to influence EU legislation, Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament requested that a special committee investigates what happened and puts in place measures to avoid any further scandals. 

Today the Conference of Group Presidents officially backed the creation of this special committee on glyphosate and other pesticides. It will have to be approved by the Parliament’s plenary in February. 

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Report shows life sciences industry alliance is taking action to curb antimicrobial resistance, with more to come

Geneva, 18 January 2018

Quality professional services are crucial for preserving the European economic and social model, say S&Ds

Strasbourg, 18 January 2018

Today the European Parliament is set to approve an S&D report on professional qualifications. Regulated professions represent one fifth of the labour force in the EU and cover many crucial sectors such as health and social services, transport, tourism and education.

Pittella: Dăncilă appointed new PM is the right way forward for EU and Romania

Following the confirmation of the Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, to appoint Viorica Dăncilă as new Prime Minister, the S&D Group leader, Gianni Pittella, stated:
“The S&D Group congratulates Viorica Dăncilă for having been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Romania. We are certain that the nomination of a highly professional, reliable and competent woman, with a great attachment to European and progressive values, is the right way forward for Romania and for Europe.


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