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Dutch want their own referendum - and UK to remain IN

February 23, 2016 12:39 PM
By Peter Morris, European Movement

The TTIP negotiations entered a decisive phase on 15 October 2015. That's when US and EU negotiators laid their cards on the table, exchanging offers for tariff reductions. Up until then, the US had only broached hypothetical reductions; now they were openly offering to reduce 87.5 percent of all tariffs to zero. EUobserver reports, drawing on the website Correctiv: https://euobserver.com/economic/132376

As negotiators prepare for the 12th round of TTIP talks on Monday (22 February), the challenge remains for both parties to get out of their comfort zones, and make compromises to reach a substantive political agreement by the end of the year, said Hendrik Bourgeois, the chair of AMCHAM EU's TTIP Taskforce, reports EurActiv: http://www.euractiv.com/section/euro-finance/video/bourgeois-time-for-eu-us-to-speed-up-ttip/

Fifty-three percent of Dutch want an EU membership referendum similar to the British vote, according to a poll by De Hond. Forty-four percent would vote to stay in the EU, with 43 percent voting to leave and 13 percent undecided. Forty-eight percent would like the UK to stay. EUobserver reports: https://euobserver.com/tickers/132401

European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip supports Apple's decision to refuse unblocking the iPhone of a terrorist, as requested by US authorities, according to a EurActiv exclusive: http://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/interview/ansip-i-am-strongly-against-any-backdoor-to-encrypted-systems/

EU institutions are getting ready to move data to cloud services as part of the first broad, European Commission-backed push for government cloud computing, reports EurActiv: http://www.euractiv.com/section/digital/news/eu-institutions-start-large-scale-move-towards-cloud-services/

The Greek Parliament has passed a much-needed health-care program, according to a blog in EurActiv.The government introduced a part of its "parallel program" aimed to give access to healthcare services for 2,5 million Greeks, not covered by any social security scheme: http://rapidis.blogactiv.eu/2016/02/20/25-million-greeks-have-now-access-to-healthcare/

With thanks to Peter Morris, European Movement