* Science and Technology Advisory Council
The European Commission announced the creation of a Science and Technology Advisory Council.
The Council is an independent and informal group of outstanding science and technology experts from academia, business and civil society from across the European Research Area.
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* Key Enabling Technologies – KETs
The Key Enabling Technologies, or simply KETs – nanotechnology, micro-/nanoelectronics, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics and advanced manufacturing technologies – represent and exceptional importance for the future innovation and competitiveness of the EU.
To assure and improve access to finance for investments in KETs, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
Kindly find additional information here.
The European Union (EU) member countries signed an agreement for establishing a Unified Patent Court (UPC).
The Unitary Patent system will make obtaining a European Patent less complex and cheaper while ensuring legal certainty throughout the entire single jurisdiction.
Read about UPC here and here.
* Japan & South Africa Sign Investment MOU
Japan and South Africa formally signed a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA).
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* Vietnam & San Marino Sign DTA
Vietnam and San Marino signed a double taxation agreement (DTA).
* WIPO – Global Brand Database
After adding six national collections of trademark records, including the entire United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) collection, The United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) now has world’s largest collection of trademark records.
The Global Brand Database now is the world’s largest free, public trademark search facility.
Check the Press Release.
* European Innovation Partnership (EIP)
The European Commission launched the European Innovation Partnership to help make Europe a world leader in raw materials exploration, extraction, processing, recycling and substitution by 2020.
More information on the EIP on Raw Materials.
* Bioeconomy Observatory
The European Commission will establish an observatory to map progress and measure the impact of the development of the European Union’s bioeconomy.
* The EU’s Free Trade Agreements
The European Commission released a memo regarding the EU’s Free Trade Agreements:
– On-going negotiations
– Free Trade Agreements finished but not yet entered into force
– Free Trade Agreements already in force
Please find more here.
Also check, fur further information the EU’s bilateral free trade agreements.
13 February 2013, Brussels and Washington
The European Union and the United States announced that negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the E.U and the U.S. would begin in the near future.
For further details please check the following links:
– EU Press Release
– The White House (Office of the Press Secretary)
– Tax News
* OECD – Energy Policy
OECD published two reports regarding energy policy, public finances and environmental goals:
– Taxing Energy Use– Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013
Please find more here.
* UNCTAD – Global Investment Trends Monitor
The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released the Global Investment Trends Monitor.The report describes the actual global foreign direct investments (FDI) and its trends.
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* Jersey Signs Updated DTA’s
The Jersey government has signed new comprehensive double tax agreements (DTA’s) with the Isle of Man and Guernsey.
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