Prime Minister Charles Michel on Friday welcomed the progress made in the negotiations on Brexit.
Important weaknesses and loopholes indicate that EU customs controls are not being applied effectively, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The losses to the EU budget are not even known according to the auditors.
A record 350 smugglers have been held this year on the border between France and Italy, near the French town of Menton, the Prefect of Alpes-Maritimes Department, Georges-François Leclerc, announced on Monday.

EU publishes black list of tax havens

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:20
The first ever EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions was agreed Tuesday by the Finance Ministers of EU Member States during their meeting in Brussels.
Deposed Catalan Prime Minister Carles Puigdemont will remain in Belgium despite the withdrawal of the European arrest warrant that had been issued against him, his lawyer, Paul Bekaert, said on Tuesday.
Israel has accused the European Union of “spitting in the faces” of Israelis, and is denouncing the imminent participation of the EU Ambassador in a photo exhibition marking 50 years of occupation.
Brussels Council Chamber’s decision concerning the Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former Ministers will be rendered on 14 December, the defendants’ lawyers announced at the end of the hearing Monday morning.
Many associations that assist refugees plan to stage a late-afternoon demonstration on December 13 in Rue de la Loi, Brussels, to press for “a European migration policy worthy of the name”, the CNCD-11.11.11 NGO umbrella announced in a press release on Monday.
Europe will hand out free train tickets to young Europeans aged 18 from next year.

Brexit: an inevitable border in Ireland

Friday, 01 December 2017 22:03
Britain’s exit from the European Union, Brexit, will inevitably lead to the re-establishment of customs checks at the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, according to a report by a British parliamentary commission.