Third time lucky for the PM’s deal?

Third time lucky for the PM’s deal?

Posted on 15 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        In what was another dramatic week in the House of Commons MPs decisively rejected the Prime Minister’s deal and on Wednesday moved to rule out a No Deal scenario in all eventualities. However, the latter was non-binding as the legal default remains that a No Deal outcome can only be removed […] Read more...

EU Scraps Common Digital Tax Proposal

EU Scraps Common Digital Tax Proposal

Posted on 15 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

      Efforts by the EU to introduce a common digital tax have been scrapped due to resistance from Ireland and a number of Nordic countries. The proposal, initially introduced by the European Commission last year, aimed to tax digital firms such as Google and Facebook based not on the current practice of profits, […] Read more...

Better protection for whistle-blowers in Europe

Better protection for whistle-blowers in Europe

Posted on 15 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

         After tense negotiations, the European Parliament and member states reached a provisional agreement on creating an EU wide legal basis for the protection of whistle-blowers. Currently regulatory frameworks are implemented on a national basis, which oftentimes hinders whistle-blowers from reporting breaches in areas governed by EU law such as anti-money laundering […] Read more...

EU takes steps to address cybersecurity concerns

EU takes steps to address cybersecurity concerns

Posted on 15 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        This week the EU Parliament adopted a Cybersecurity Act, which will create an EU wide certification scheme for products, processes and services to ensure they meet  European cybersecurity standards. Additionally, critical infrastructure such as energy grids, water energy supply services and banking systems will fall under the scheme. The act, which […] Read more...

A Regulation for disinformation?

A Regulation for disinformation?

Posted on 08 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

      Disinformation is a hot topic at the moment with fears of outside electoral interference building ahead of the European Elections. On 20 February, Microsoft announced that it had discovered cyberattacks against several institutions, think-tanks, and non-profit organisations in Europe. The affected institutions included the German Council on Foreign Relations and European offices of The […] Read more...

ECB delays interest rate hike

ECB delays interest rate hike

Posted on 08 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        The ECB announced on Thursday that it will not raise interest rates before 2020, as it had previously indicated.  The widely anticipated moves comes in reaction to continued economic sluggishness across the Eurozone which saw the ECB slash its growth forecast from 1.7% to 1.1%. ECB President Mario Draghi cited a […] Read more...

President Macron launches “renaissance plan”

President Macron launches “renaissance plan”

Posted on 08 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        In an op-ed published this week in all 28 EU countries the French president attempted to rally support behind his ‘Project Europe’ leading up to the elections in May. This roadmap, which would see changes to the current European Union, is aimed at addressing the core reasons behind the crisis that […] Read more...

Brexit – last ditch efforts before key Westminster votes

Brexit – last ditch efforts before key Westminster votes

Posted on 08 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        In order to persuade Labour MPs to support Tuesday’s vote on the draft Withdrawal Agreement, the government is unveiling plans to boost workers’ rights by announcing an additional clause to be inserted into the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. The new provision would allow the House of  Commons to vote on whether […] Read more...

Policy discussion on financial services post Brexit

Policy discussion on financial services post Brexit

Posted on 01 Mar 2019

        The European Parliament and the European Council have reached a deal concerning the access rules for investment firms wanting to operate in the EU post Brexit. The European institutions will ensure that the UK financial services industry will have to abide by the standards of the European Union in exchange for […] Read more...

The Electrification of the German Car Industry

The Electrification of the German Car Industry

Posted on 01 Mar 2019 in Vulcan Insight

        Germany will most likely miss the target of having 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2020. It is expected that there will be a delay of two years to this ambitious policy. “Considering the current market dynamics, the 1 million target will likely shift to 2022.” Germany has been […] Read more...

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