Free News : 15th – 16th December 2014

Free News 15th-16th December


Juncker tells Britain to ease up on migrants (Euractiv reports)
“…European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned Britain not to discriminate against workers from fellow EU countries and said any moves to restrict the free movement of people could ultimately harm capital flows into London’s financial centre…”
“…”This fundamental right of free movement of workers cannot be questioned existentially because if you question the free movement of workers, Great Britain has to know that one day the free movement of capital will also have to be called into question,” Juncker said…”
“Most Europeans back migrant curbs, poll finds”, EU observer reports
” Most Europeans believe that the number of migrant workers from other EU countries has been bad for their country and would like to restrict freedom of movement, a new opinion poll suggests ….”

Campaigners warn against diluting the Anti-Money Laundering Directive (Euarctiv reports)
“…As representatives of the EU institutions will meet tomorrow (16 December) to strike a deal on the EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive, a pressure group has warned that the stakes are high, as member states could be tempted to drop a mandatory public register of who controls anonymous trusts and companies…”
“…The legislative resolution on the AMLD was passed on 11 March by 643 votes to 30 with 12 abstentions…”

States keen to protect identity of Europe’s shadow rich (EU Observer reports)
…EU states are trying to stop the general public from finding out who really owns what in Europe’s offshore firms, trusts, foundations, and other opaque structures…”
“…The anti-money laundering directive (AMLD) is entering the final stage of negotiations on Tuesday (16 December) in Brussels in so-called trialogue talks between MEPs, diplomats, and European Commission officials…”


Frans Timmermans, the vice-president of the Commission,  presented the 2015 Work Programm, with the aim to go on enhancing mutual trust in the Area of Justice and developing a new policy on migration as presented by the Commissionner in charged of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos to the LIBE commitee on the 3rd December 2014.

Emily O’Reilly re-elected as European Ombudsman
(website of the European Ombudsman)

Emily O’Reilly: “Being an ombudsman can seem more like an art than a science”

You have to be able to persuade, coax and cajole sometimes reluctant institutions to change long-standing mind-sets or to be more open in their decision making,” said European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, “Being an ombudsman can seem more like an art than a science”…
Extract from an interview originally published on 16 September 2014 on EUobserver which has been republished because Emily O´Reilly was re-elected as ombudsman on 16 December.


Internet usage by individuals in 2014, (Eurostat)

Internet usage has become very widespread amongst the EU population, and not only are more and more people using the internet, but they also use it more and more often, with almost two-thirds (65%) of individuals aged 16 to 74 in the EU28 using the internet daily in 2014, compared with less than a third (31%) in 2006...”

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