* Israel & Columbia Signed FTA 10 June 2013, Jerusalem Israel and Columbia signed a free trade agreement (FTA). Read more here. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * New EU Open Data Rules 13 June 2013, Brussels The EU’s Parliament adopted the updated EU rules on the re-use of public sector information. The aim of the rules is to make it easier for businesses to obtain access and permission to re-use government-held information. Check here for more. Open Data website. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * Investor Education Gateway 4 June 2013, Madrid IOSCO revealed its new website feature – the Investor Education Gateway. This online tool is an education initiative and aims to enhance the sharing of investor education information. Check here the new initiative. ——————————————————————————————————————————————–— * A Common European Asylum System 12 June 2013, Strasbourg EU adopted updated rules on asylum applications; these include common procedures, the creation of a basic set or rights for asylum seekers arriving in the EU and a proposal to stop transfers to member states struggling to cope with the number of asylum seekers and related responsibilities. Kindle read the press release here. DG Home Affairs website.