EP Urges End to Oppression in Nicaragua

MEPs have urged the Nicaraguan government to end the ongoing crackdown on opposition voices and call for dialogue between the country’s political forces to resume. They have urged the Nicaraguan government to end the persistent repression of dissent, torture and sexual violence against the political opposition. They also call on the Nicaraguan authorities to immediately release all…

Wealth Effects of WTO Membership

A new report says that the USA, China and Germany are the countries that benefit the most worldwide from their accession to the WTO. They achieve by far the largest income gains, which are directly attributable to their membership in the trade organization.  For the United States, income gains amount to about 87 billion US…

Digitalisation in the Financial Sector

The Commission has launched two public consultations on digitalisation in the financial sector.  The first consultation seeks views on the suitability of the existing regulatory framework for crypto-assets including “stablecoins”.  The second one asks for feedback on how the existing legislative framework can be improved to ensure that the financial sector can deal with cyber-attacks…

Agreement Reached on Drinking Water Directive

The Commission says it welcomes the provisional agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the recast Drinking Water Directive.  The agreement is based on the proposal adopted by the Commission in February 2018, as a direct follow-up to the Right2Water European Citizens’ Initiative. It aims to improve the quality of drinking water and access…