Category Archives: Europe

EU Trade Determinations

The EU has tough data protection standards and is ensuring that everyone in the bloc upholds those standards. This is a victory for those who have feared that privacy could be undermined with information. The EU has approved of new language that they expect everyone to incorporate into future trade pacts to create a priority…

Pact Between Japan and Three Former Soviet Republics

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday that he has entered into an agreement with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This agreement is intended to boost the economic and political ties with the three former Soviet republics. Japan sees the most trade potential with information technology, transportation and medicine. Abe has been on a six-nation…

Blacklist of 17 Countries Serving as Tax Havens

The EU has recently released a blacklist of 17 countries that they say are tax havens. This comes after a ten month investigation where they identified places that are not doing enough, the EU says, to crack down on offshore avoidance plans. The 17 places include: American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Grenada, Guam, South Korea, Macau,…

Elgin Energy Plans Solar Farm

Elgin Energy is making plans for a 100-acre solar photvoltaic (PV) farm in Kilkenny. This is the latest in a list of proposals by solar farm developers which follows the fall in the cost of solar PV technology. They have applied to build this on a 39.6 hectare site that is close to the village…

Should Ireland Make an Exit Soon Too?

This article is worth reading, as it argues that Ireland should exit, as England has done. As the author states, “Behind the charade of a “unified stance” on Brexit is a deeply divided EU with competing national agendas which have been whipped into a facile unanimity. The pressure not to break ranks is huge. In…

Cash Influx for MHL Civil

The Glasgow civil engineering firm MHL Civil has recently been awarded a £300k working capital facility to improve its cash flow. The funding was delivered by IGF, the SME commercial finance provider. They will now be able to complete large scale installations and commit to important projects. MHL Civil constructs utility projects including electricity and…

Could Luxembourg Be the Next European Financial Center?

With the UK making plans to leave the EU trade bloc, many European countries are vying for the chance to be the financial center of choice for the EU. Here, Luxembourg’s finance minister Pierre Gramegna discussed why his country is ready to take on this role.  

Swedes Moving to Portugal

It’s always fascinating to see where people flock to for fun and relaxation. Swedish baby boomers and retirees are heading to Spain, where at the moment there are almost 100,000 permanent residents from Sweden. But beyond Spain, Swedes are setting their sights somewhere else surprising – and that’s Portugal. The number of Swedes in Portugal…

The Rediscovery Centre in Ireland: A Place Worth Seeing

The Rediscovery Centre in Dublin is the place to be. In addition to their many other items, they have a café being launched by Green Kitchen, the Walkinstown social enterprise that employs people who have learning disabilities. They also have an eco-shop that sells restored and reconditioned bikes, eco-fashion and more. They have renewable technologies…

Staples Selling Its European Stakes

Staples has announced that it will be selling a controlling stake in its European business to the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP. They will sell it for 50 million euros ($53.65 million). The European unit for Staples includes retail, contract and online businesses that are in 16 countries. They generate an annual sale…