Brussels Daily
18 Jul 2016


Brussels Daily


2015 annual reports: Member States compliance with EU law improving, but more work ahead to unleash full potential of Single Market

The European Commission has reiterated its commitment to ensure the effective application of the whole range of European legislation and, in particular, the world’s biggest single market of 500 million citizens. The 33rd Annual Report on Monitoring the application of EU law provides a clear picture on how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2015 and the Single Market Scoreboard reveals that barriers to the free movement of persons, services, goods and capital in the EU are being eliminated in most areas. For the Annual Report, a full press release and a EU-28 fact sheet are available online, as well as 28 fact sheets by country, and an infograph on infringement procedures in 2015 in here. For the Single Market Scoreboard, see the performance overview and the performance per Member State (28 EU + 3 EEA). Finally, answers on the frequently asked questions on the general EU infringement procedure are available here.

EU and Indonesia launch trade talks

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Indonesian Minister of Trade Tom Lembong have today agreed to launch the negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Indonesia with the aim to deepen and strengthen a key aspect of the bilateral relationship. The announcement follows today’s decision by the EU Council to give the green light to the European Commission to open negotiations based on intense preparatory work in the last couple of months. Commissioner Malmström and Minister Lembong jointly declared: “The EU and Indonesia represent a huge market of 750 million consumers. These negotiations are key to unleash synergies between our economies. Our trade relationship has enormous untapped potential. The EU – the world’s largest trading block – and Indonesia – the largest player in the dynamic region of South-East Asia – have lots to gain from a deeper trade and investment relation. The Agreement holds a promise of new great opportunities for businesses and people in our countries. That is why we engage today with a firm resolve to make these talks succeed.” Both sides agreed to negotiate an ambitious agreement that facilitates trade and investments and covers a broad range of issues, including customs duties and other barriers to trade, services and investment, access to public procurement markets, as well as competition rules and protection of intellectual property rights. The agreement will also include a comprehensive chapter aiming to ensure that closer economic relations between the EU and Indonesia go hand in hand with environmental protection and social development. The first round of negotiations is expected to take place later in 2016


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