The EU Commission has determined that the 20.8 million small to midsize enterprises (SMEs) in the European Union employ two-thirds of the workforce and are responsible for 85 percent of new jobs that are created. Yet EU legislative acts often place a burden on them in particular. On 20 March 2013, the EU Commission took a first step to provide relief for SMEs by lowering fees for chemicals.
On 12 March 2013 the European Commission in Brussels agreed on a draft mandate for negotiations with the USA about the planned transatlantic free trade agreement. Now the EU member states have to approve the draft in the European Council. Then the negotiations can begin. EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht explained the subsequent schedule: "I am very pleased that the European Commission has already prepared a draft mandate for future negotiations, just one month after the EU and the USA announced the decision to pursue this revolutionary trade agreement. I hope that the approval of the member states is going to follow quickly, so that working with the United States can begin even before the summer break."
Eleven EU Member States have asked the European Commission to introduce a financial transaction tax (FTT) within the framework referred to as enhanced cooperation. The Commission gave the green light on February 14, 2013, since all legal requirements for the project were met. The eleven participating countries expect tax income of 30 to 35 billion euros per year. In addition, the financial transaction tax should ensure a fairer contribution by the financial sector to the national budgets.
By Rodolfo Sánchez-Arellano, New Corporate Approach, S.C.
According to information from the Mexican Geological Survey, Mexico has 23 sites classified as giant (world class) and six labelled super giants. Backed by the strong price of metals, mining investment in Mexico offers an excellent opportunity.
The EU Commission is insisting on increased security when it comes to imported goods. Furthermore, the risk management procedures at the EU's external borders should be standardized. In particular, the relevant customs information should be made quickly and reliably available to all of the participating authorities in each member state.
The standard form of foreign trade balance is facing criticism. The allegation is that the actual added value will no longer be mapped if the flow of goods and services is viewed as a whole each time it crosses a border. A method that takes the criticism into account will be applied in a database shared by the "club of the industrialized nations", the OECD and the World Trade Organization, WTO. This will compile only the added value that a country adds to an export product or to a particular service aimed at the external market.
By Gareth Winstone, Haines Watts
Despite the economic issues around the world, it has never been a better time to set up business in the UK. Many global companies have a presence or headquarters in the UK because of the well established legal and regulatory framework and the highly skilled workforce.
By Sergio Guerrero Rosas, Guerrero y Santana, S.C.
With the arrival of the new President, Enrique Peña Nieto, on December 1st, there are great expectations with many anticipating a wave of excellent opportunities for investment. Of the 260 commitments signed as part of Peña Nieto's election campaign, 90 were related to infrastructure and public transport; a clear show of his strategy for economic improvement and growth in Mexico. In fact, by the end of his 6-year term, Peña Nieto aims to have doubled investment in this area.
The local integration of immigrants in the OECD countries has improved over the last ten years. The first OECD study on local integration of immigrants (this is also the title of the study) which was presented on December 3, 2012 researched the treatment of immigrants and their children in the individual OECD countries. Indicators were education, health as well as living conditions, income conditions and working conditions.
For increase in competitiveness of companies, Government saving and wage reductions at the same time have become the strategy for overcoming the economic crisis for many countries. The experts of the International Labor Organization (ILO) consider this course of action as a wrong approach. This is shown in the Global Wage Report of the ILO, which was presented in Geneva on December 7, 2012.
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