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EU more flexibility to set VAT for SMEs

The European Commission has today proposed new rules to give Member States more flexibility to set Value Added Tax (VAT) rates and to create a better tax environment to help SMEs flourish.

Today’s proposals are the final steps of the Commission’s overhaul of VAT rules, with the creation of a single EU VAT area to dramatically reduce the €50 billion lost to VAT fraud each year in the EU, while supporting business and securing government revenues. The EU’s common VAT rules, agreed by all Member States in 1992, are out of date and too restrictive. They allow Member States to apply reduced VAT rates to only a handful of sectors and products. At the same time, EU countries consider VAT rates as a useful instrument to pursue some of their political objectives. The Commission is now making good on its pledge to give Member States more autonomy on rates. Countries will be on a more equal footing when it comes to some existing exceptions to the rules, known as VAT derogations. The Commission is today also addressing the problem of smaller companies suffering from disproportionate VAT compliance costs.

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Eu enforce intellectual property rights

Today we boost our collective ability to catch the ‘big fish’ behind fake goods and pirated content which harm our companies, our jobs, our health and safety. We are also placing Europe as a global leader with a patent licensing system conducive to the roll-out of the Internet of Things from smartphones to connected cars.” Said Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

The Commission today presents measures to ensure that intellectual property rights (IPR) are well protected, thereby encouraging European companies, in particular SMEs and start-ups, to invest in innovation and creativity. Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth Investment and Competitiveness, added: “Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness largely depends on our many entrepreneurs investing in new ideas and knowledge. This package improves the application and enforcement of intellectual property rights and encourages investment in technology and product development in Europe.” Today’s initiatives will make it easier to act efficiently against breaches of IPR, facilitate cross-border litigation, and tackle the fact that 5% of goods imported into the EU (worth €85 billion) are counterfeited or pirated. When it comes to Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), the Commission encourages fair and balanced licensing negotiations which ensure that companies are rewarded for their innovation while allowing also others to build on this technology to generate new innovative products and services.

Allseeds: An example of safety and quality

Operating a highly modern and technologically advanced Оil extraction plant and Vegetable oil terminal, Allseeds Group has got the capacity to produce and supply sunflower oil of the highest quality to the world market.

On February 26, 2017, Allseeds sent a vessel Wine Trader carrying 5900 Mt of sunflower oil from Yuzhny port to Italy. It was unloaded at the destination port on March 7-9. The supply operation, until the very unloading in the port of Ravenna, was, as usual, under control of the surveyors NofaLab and Dr.Buschmeyer.

The cargo quality was examined to ensure adherence to the EU and Codex Alimentarius 210 standards, including in the content of mineral oils, pesticides, heavy metals, sterols, fatty acids and benzopyrene.

Quality certificates issued by European inspection services confirm the highest quality of the sunflower oil and its adherence to all EU standards, including in cholesterol content (at less than 0.1%, while the norm is 0.5%).

It is impressive how this sunflower oil shipment to the European Union, one of the many by Allseeds Group, was carried out right at the moment when the hysterical campaign on sunflower oil allegedly adulterated by ‘chicken fat’ was unleashed in the Ukrainian media.

ALLseeds develops Black sea port Yuzhny

The Group Allseeds started to implement the second stage of its global development in Yuzhny port, the construction of a multifunctional soybean crushing plant, with a daily production capacity of 5,000 tons. This plant will be unique in capacity among the European oil extraction plants.

According to the estimates of the company, the plant’s construction and the upgrade of the infrastructure necessary for the plant’s operation will take about three years.

Launching such a plant will require the company to increase its reception and shipping by about 1,7 million tons of raw materials and processed goods – soybean meal and oil.  The development the plant will include additional funds for the infrastructure capacity increase in Yuzhny port – a complex that includes elevators, tanks and railway facilities.

Scaling up the production will allow Allseeds to realize consequent synergies and to raise the company’s efficiency through significant savings on the fixed costs.

As a result, this development will allow the company to remain competitive.

Allseeds will become the No.2 company in the oilseeds market of Ukraine with a total crash capacity of  2.5 million tons per year. The amount of investments of Allseeds in Ukraine will reach $ 500 million.

“Major engineering companies of the world’s oil extraction industry –  such as Andreotti Impianti, Europa Crown, Desmet Ballestra, Jiangsu Muyang and others – are taking part in the tender for the supply of the equipment and technology for this new plant,” indicates Viacheslav Petryshche, head of Allseeds Board.

La bière du mois est la Princess Jasmine #BrusselsBeerProject #Brasserie

 

Le Brussels Beer Project a présenté sa bière du mois : la Princess Jasmine. Cette bière est la gagnante d’un concours collaboratif, elle a été choisie parmi environ 400 créations. Cette witbier vient tout droit du pays d’Aladin.

Située au cœur de Bruxelles, cette brasserie collaborative est basée sur l’idée de la co-création. Financée par le crowdfunding et partenaire de Bier Anders, elle offre régulièrement de nouvelles idées gustatives. La communauté prend également part à la sélection des créations de la brasserie.

Fujitsu to invest over 50 Million Euros to support Digital Transformation in France

Fujitsu announced that it is making a five-year investment of over 50 million euros (about 6 billion yen) to support digital innovation in France. The goal of the initiative, which is based on collaboration with the French government, is the development of new services and the acquisition of novel technologies.

Bernard Cazeneuve, Prime Minister in France, says: “I welcome the engagement of Fujitsu, a world-class actor, which is further proof of France’s economic attractiveness, the excellence of French research and the dynamism of French Tech.”

Tatsuya Tanaka, President of Fujitsu Limited, says: “Fujitsu’s vision is to create a Human Centric Intelligent Society by co-creating solutions with customers and partners. To achieve this, Fujitsu aims to grow the number of its partnerships with leading technology companies, research institutions and startups in France, to strengthen its digital business, to significantly increase the scale of its business and to expand its presence in the country.”

François Fleutiaux, Senior Vice President and Head of Sales at Fujitsu in EMEIA, says: “France is a strategically important market for Fujitsu. This is not just because of the high percentage of businesses that see digitalization as a priority, but also for its extensive pool of highly talented mathematicians, digital engineers and its vibrant community of startup companies. We look forward to continuing to advance Artificial Intelligence, by co-creating technologies that will help enterprises embrace the benefits of digital transformation.”

France is Europe’s second largest economy and home to its greatest number of Fortune Global 500 companies, many of which have placed a priority on digital transformation. For this reason Fujitsu views France as a strategically important market as it expands its “connected services” globally. The company will apply its extensive knowledge in solutions, systems integration, and infrastructure services, to a wide variety of software that includes cloud and middleware. Fujitsu will then provide its customers with an integrated, end-to-end service. France also has a robust AI ecosystem including skills such as with machine learning and deep learning. Therefore Fujitsu plans for the country to be a key location to develop and expand its digital business.

Objective

Fujitsu and the French government, including Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, have since July 2016 been in talks aimed at combining Japanese know-how and local French expertise, and to contribute to accelerating innovation in France.

Toward Continual Development of Japanese-French Innovation

Fujitsu is keen to further strengthen the links between France and Japanese businesses and innovation, and is planning to join some of those events for innovation in France and Japan initiatively.

Fujitsu plans to maintain its ongoing collaboration with the French government. The company will invite the French government to the Fujitsu World Tour 2017, planned for the summer of 2017, where it will explain the progress of the plans.

 

Milano Unica presents the 24th edition

The 24th edition of Milano Unica opened to the world, targeting high-end production, focused on fashion, interested in young talents, looking to the future. This year the exhibition is more technological and modern, after the New Beginning of last September 2016.

“I believe that the world will increasingly focus on the need for dialogue options that enable the use of multifunctional channels. For this reason, Milano Unica, anticipating time on the textiles market, presents MU365, an interactive platform dedicated to selected clients. This platform can create one-to-one contacts with exhibitors on a daily basis, at any time, from any time zone.  This represents a great opportunity for businesses to learn how to promote themselves efficiently and in a multifunctional way, by using this platform in collaboration with Sundar. This is an asset that Milano Unica offers to the industry to enable a multichannel opening, while increasing the efficiency of traditional commercial channels,” said Ercole Botto Poala, President of Milano Unica.

The Italian Textiles and Accessories Trade Show is – more than ever – an example of trade show innovation in the sector.  The system of relationships between producers and clients fostered by the Trends, both in the roadshow phase and at the show itself, also empathetically involves the audience of reference and accompanies it through creative explorations that are never banal.

Trade show innovation extending also to the most prestigious international brands with stores in the famous Milan fashion district. In accordance with the Associazione MonteNapoleone.

Therefore, Milano Unica is the hub for inspiration and updating. The hub for young ideas and styles.  The hub where fashion is born. This is the new international fashion observatory, where the key asset – in an environment that is by definition collective – is individuality and the peculiarity of the individual. The result of the work accomplished by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs with an in-depth knowledge of their customers, Milano Unica is alien to interests regarding space and numbers, but it is democratically oriented to promoting deluxe collections produced by small, medium and large textile and accessory companies, “because we don’t  want to minimize, but to emphasize differences. All this in a quality context of international standing. All this – also – in a glamorous context!” confirms Ercole Botto Poala.

 

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