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The EU/European Union describes a economical and political union of 28 States. With an estimated population of around 510 million the European Union policies aim to allow the free movement of people, goods and services. Within the internal market it aims to maintain common policies on agriculture, trade and more.

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The EU and European citizenship were established in 1933. With the inner original 6 being Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany. Although no member state has ever left, in 2016 the UK announced its intention to leave and has begun negotiating their departure for 2019.
More foreign aid is provided by the EU than any other economic union. Due to its Global influence and reach the Union has been described as an emerging superpower.

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Brexit: Ditch the fear, embrace innovation

The UK is open for business – and it is time to step outside this vicious circle that is driving confidence down to an all-time low and embrace innovation.
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UK access to Erasmus programme after Brexit

The House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee has called on the Government to clarify its plans for future UK access to the EU international exchange programme ‘Erasmus’ in its report Brexit: the Erasmus and Horizon programmes.
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How will Brexit change the game for Human Resources?

In the aftermath of an untidy referendum, Britain’s decision to exit the European Union has been filled with continued uncertainty about how Brexit will change the HR game.
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No deal Brexit means new rules for refrigeration

The UK government has launched a new system to ensure they maintain current restrictions on the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases in the event of a no deal Brexit.
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Fighting for the space race after Brexit breakup

Dividing up video games, fighting over who keeps the Netflix account and arranging joint custody of the dog: Mark Sewell discusses the impending global space race after Brexit.
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Will Iceland protect Scottish trade links after Brexit?

Scottish Secretary David Mundell’s trip aims to protect Scottish trade links with Iceland, including the fishing and biotech industries.
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May visit to Brussels: EU says no Brexit renegotiation

Prime Minister May and President Juncker had dinner today, to discuss the potential of renegotiation of the pre-existing Brexit deal: read on to find out what happened.
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EU-Japan Economic Partnership agreement enters into force

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan enters into force on 1 February 2019, allowing businesses and consumers across Europe and Japan to take advantage of the largest open trade zone.
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UK businesses urged to register for Horizon 2020 research funding

UK businesses benefiting from Horizon 2020 research funding are urged to register their details with the government so they can continue to receive funding if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
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‘No Deal’ Brexit will disrupt UK tech sector

The risks to the UK tech sector from a disorderly ‘No Deal’ Brexit include a hit on funding for innovative start-ups and an inability to service IT contracts.
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Further job protection given to pregnant women and new parents

Pregnant women and new parents returning to work are to be further protected from unfairly losing their jobs under new proposals set out by the government.
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Blockchain interoperability: Sharing data across the care continuum

Paul De Raeve, Secretary General of the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) sheds lights on how blockchain interoperability is enabling sharing data across the care continuum.
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Nightingale Health to receive €20 million EU-financing

Nightingale Health, Finnish innovator of an internationally recognized blood analysis technology for chronic disease prevention, will receive €20 million.
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EU invests a further €800 million in energy infrastructure

EU Member States have voted on a Commission proposal to invest almost €800 million in key European energy infrastructure projects.
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First EU citizens using ePrescriptions in other EU country

EU patients can now use ePrescriptions issued by their home doctor when visiting a pharmacy in another EU country.
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Blockchain: the future of food traceability?

Shan Zhan, global business manager at ABB’s food and beverage business, looks at how blockchain can be used to enhance food traceability.
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Solar energy investment predicted to grow in 2019

The removal of tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels plus a shift in attitude towards renewables are set to give the European Union a 12% share of the global solar module market.
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Blockchain Innovation January 2019

Happy New Year and a very warm welcome to the January 2019 Blockchain Innovation publication.
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Commission welcomes ambitious agreement to reduce marine litter

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have reached a provisional agreement on the new measures proposed to tackle marine litter
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Law and Language: Understanding multilingual EU Law

In the first of a series of five articles exploring the phenomenon of multilingual EU law, Dr Karen McAuliffe, PI on the European Research Council funded project ‘Law and Language at the European Court of Justice’, explains the importance of taking language into account when thinking about law

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