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Peers reject "flawed" EU transaction tax

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain must veto European Union plans to tax financial transactions as they are flawed and would likely prompt banks to relocate, a House of Lords' report said on Friday.
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A report from Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) released on Thursday said the financial industry had been successful in mounting a "full scale scaremongering lobby" against the tax.
"With the proposals now to be decided by the EU Council, which requires unanimity on taxation issues, Europe's financial transaction tax looks destined for the dustbin," said CEO, which tracks EU-focused lobbying.
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Splits occur within European Commission, as European Parliament, Ombudsman and NGOs increase the pressure for implementing UN rules for contacts with tobacco industry lobbyists.

It's make or break for the European Commission's advisory groups, known formally as Expert Groups. First Vice President Frans Timmermans, the man in charge of transparency, plans to bring out new horizontal rules to make the groups more balanced and more accountable in a matter of weeks, but will he listen to the concerns of the public?

The draft directive on the protection of trade secrets is set to be adopted by member states on May 17.

Dangerous attacks against regulations protecting the public interest & the environment would not be prevented by the Commission’s investment protection proposals for future trade agreements.

Corporate Europe Observatory is looking for an experienced campaigner to join our team and strengthen our work on exposing and challenging corporate lobbying capture of EU decision-making. Please respond before Wednesday May 18th 2016. The position is based in Brussels, in our office in the Mundo-B building in Brussels. Starting date July 1st 2016 (a later start date can be discussed).

You would be part of the 'lobbyocracy' team within CEO, covering issues including the corporate capture of advisory groups, lobbying secrecy, etc.

Splits occur within European Commission, as European Parliament, Ombudsman and NGOs increase the pressure for implementing UN rules for contacts with tobacco industry lobbyists.

The European Commission has shelved a legal opinion confirming that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) produced through gene-editing and other new techniques fall under EU GMO law, following pressure from the US government. A series of internal Commission documents obtained under freedom of information rules reveal intense lobbying by US representatives for the EU to disregard its GMO rules, which require safety testing and labelling.

It's make or break for the European Commission's advisory groups, known formally as Expert Groups. First Vice President Frans Timmermans, the man in charge of transparency, plans to bring out new horizontal rules to make the groups more balanced and more accountable in a matter of weeks, but will he listen to the concerns of the public?

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