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Business services

Business services cover many varied sectors. They range from technical services such as engineering, architecture and IT, to other professional services such as legal services, employment services and facility management. As one of the largest service sectors, business services contribute to 11% of EU GDP.

Business services are particularly important to European competitiveness as they are essential to manufacturing and other service sectors. They are also increasingly being used to enhance the value of products through new combinations of goods and services and play a central role in the ‘servitisation’ of the European economy.

There is significant untapped growth potential for business services in the EU today. While they currently face relatively low average productivity and persisting legal barriers, EU internal market legislation and policy actions aim at removing these obstacles and stimulating competitiveness in the sector.

EU legislation

There are two EU Directives that support the business services sector in particular:

  • The Services Directive allows business service providers to more easily establish in another EU country or provide services across borders. This Directive covers a large number of business services but there are exceptions such as private security services, temporary work agency services and notarial services.
  • The Professional Qualifications Directive facilitates the recognition of professional qualifications for those wishing to work in another EU country. This Directive covers regulated professions that largely offer their services to businesses such as accountants, lawyers, consultants and engineers.

High Level Group on Business Services

To analyse the untapped potential of this important sector and provide a new impetus to policy development, the European Commission set up a High Level Group on Business Services. This initiative was announced in two flagship communications: An Integrated Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era and A Single Market Act I .


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EFB appoints its new Chairman

On the 16th of November 2015, Alfonso Líbano was elected Chairman by the General Assembly of EFB. Alfonso Líbano comes from a family with a long history in the Family Business since the 19th Century and for the last 60 years, mostly in the Coca-Cola business. He is currently the CEO of COBEGA, S.A. familiar holding owing, among other businesses, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners, S.A. Coca-Cola Bottler for the Iberian Division; Spain, Portugal and Andorra were he serves as Director of the Board & Member of the Executive Committee. Read more

He is also Chairman of Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, S.L. the Coca-Cola Bottler franchise for 12 African countries in North and West Africa, as well as Member of the Board of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt and Vice Chairman of MECC SOFT DRINKS, DMCC, Coca-Cola franchise for the territory of South Sudan. Moreover, he has been Trustee of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation since 2004. He also belongs to the Board of VIFILFELL HF, Coca-Cola Bottler for Iceland.

Alfonso sits on numerous boards of private companies such as Cacaolat and Nespresso. In addition, he also sits on public organizations including the AMCHAM (American Chamber of Commerce in Spain) and the MACBA Foundation (Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona).

He has been involved with the Family Business Institute of Spain (IEF) since 1991 as Founding Member and Secretary of the Board of Directors from 2000 to 2004. Currently he is Member of the International Commission. Alfonso has been a Board Member of European Family Business (EFB) since 2007. Moreover, he is Board Member & Treasurer of the Family Business Network (FBN). He carried out his studies of Economics at the Public University of Barcelona. He is married, has one son and one daughter.

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Reform of EU data protection rules – European Commission #justice,european #union,eu,framework,legal,data #protection,commission


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Reform of EU data protection rules

The European Commission put forward its EU Data Protection Reform in January 2012 to make Europe fit for the digital age. More than 90% of Europeans say they want the same data protection rights across the EU and regardless of where their data is processed.

The Regulation is an essential step to strengthen citizens’ fundamental rights in the digital age and facilitate business by simplifying rules for companies in the Digital Single Market. A single law will also do away with the current fragmentation and costly administrative burdens, leading to savings for businesses of around 2.3 billion a year. The Directive for the police and criminal justice sector protects citizens’ fundamental right to data protection whenever personal data is used by criminal law enforcement authorities. It will in particular ensure that the personal data of victims, witnesses, and suspects of crime are duly protected and will facilitate cross-border cooperation in the fight against crime and terrorism.

On 15 December 2015, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached agreement on the new data protection rules, establishing a modern and harmonised data protection framework across the EU. The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee and the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) of the Council then approved the agreements with very large majorities. The agreements were also welcomed by the European Council of 17-18 December as a major step forward in the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy .

On 8 April 2016 the Council adopted the Regulation and the Directive. And on 14 April 2016 the Regulation and the Directive were adopted by the European Parliament.

On 4 May 2016, the official texts of the Regulation and the Directive have been published in the EU Official Journal in all the official languages. While the Regulation will enter into force on 24 May 2016, it shall apply from 25 May 2018. The Directive enters into force on 5 May 2016 and EU Member States have to transpose it into their national law by 6 May 2018 .

Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation)

Directive (EU) 2016/680 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Council Framework Decision 2008/977/JHA

Agreement on Commission’s EU data protection reform

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Commission Proposals on the data protection reform: legislative texts

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Edwards Coaches Ltd: UK and European Coach tours and Worldwide Air Travel from South

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TRAVEL INSURANCE – IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Edwards Coaches Ltd t/as Edwards Holidays is an appointed representative of CCV Cardiff Insurance Brokers, a trading name of CCV Risk Solutions Limited. Registered in England No. 05879041. Registered office: Towergate House, Eclipse Park, Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3EN. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. CCV Risk Solutions Limited is proud to be part of Cullum Capital Ventures Limited a Chartered Insurance Broker.

We only offer travel insurance from a single insurer ETI International Travel Protection (ERV). This travel insurance is suitable for those who wish to insure themselves when travelling against the specified financial loss of unforeseen circumstances and events relating to your trip. A list of the covers and corresponding levels, as well as the main policy exclusions, can be found below. Further details will be in your policy document, a copy of which is available on request. We have not provided you with any recommendation or advice about whether this product meets your specific insurance requirements. It is your responsibility to decide whether this policy suits your requirements. Should you require any further information, please contact Edwards Holidays.

Travel Insurance Indemnity

If you have declined to take out insurance cover offered by Edwards Coaches Ltd. t/a Edwards Holidays you are agreeing to undertake on behalf of yourself and all members of your party:

To arrange holiday insurance which provides comparable cover to that offered by Edwards Holidays.

Not to hold Edwards Holidays or the travel agent, responsible for any costs incurred by your party due to your failure to take out adequate insurance.

To indemnify Edwards Holidays and the travel agent for any costs incurred by them due to your failure to take out adequate insurance cover.

Nothing in this agreement shall limit or exclude your statutory rights

You are not required to declare your medical conditions. However, you must comply with the following conditions AT THE TIME OF TAKING OUT THIS POLICY to have full protection of your policy:

1. You are not aware of any medical condition or set of circumstances that could be reasonably expected to give rise to a claim (for example the state of health of a close relative, Business Associate or any person on whom your travel plans depend)

2. You are not receiving, or on a waiting list for, surgery, day case or in-patient treatment or investigations in a hospital, clinic or nursing home

3. You are not (a) travelling against any health requirements stipulated by the carrier, their handling agents or any other public transport provider or (b) travelling against the advice of a Medical Practitioner or for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment abroad

4. You been given a terminal prognosis If your medical condition cannot comply with these conditions then any claim relating to that medical condition will not be covered.

The policy includes some general exclusions relating to a variety of illnesses which are not covered. Although not a full list these include Alcoholism, drugs or drug addition, stress, anxiety or depressive conditions, psychiatric illness, terminal illness, AIDS, HIV, sexually transmitted disease, suicide or attempt threat, deliberate exposure of danger or criminal act. Full Exclusions are listed in the policy document.

Cancellation Up to 3,500 Medical Expenses Repatriation – Up to 2,000,000 Curtailment Hospital Benefit – Up to 3,500) Luggage Personal effects Money – Up to 1,500 in all – 200 money, valuables

Luggage Delay Up to 100 Personal Liability Up to 2,000,000 Personal Accident Up to 15,000

Up to 200 Delayed Departure (not UK) Up to 60 Missed Departure (not UK) – Up to 600 (due to public transport only) Legal Expenses Up to 10,000

Deposits ( 10 excess). All sections, except Personal Accident, Hospital Benefit, Loss of Passport, Missed Departure, Legal Expenses and Personal Liability are subject to a 75 excess, per person, per claim.

Infants under the age of 2 years FREE if named on Adult Insurance.

2-15 year olds 25% discount on departure if travelling with an insured adult.

Please contact Edwards Holidays for travel insurance prices.

Your insurance is arranged on the basis of what you have told us and your insurer. Therefore, you must provide answers to all questions raised honestly, completely and to the best of your knowledge. If you re in any doubt as to whether to provide any information please do so, to ensure that your policy is set up on the correct basis because if not it could mean that part or all of a claim may be unpaid. If any circumstances change throughout the policy term please advise us immediately so that we can ensure cover is still appropriate. If you fail to report claims promptly, or any circumstances which may lead to a claim, it may affect your ability to obtain a settlement.

If your cover doesn t meet your requirements, please let Edwards Holidays know within 14 days of receiving your policy document and return all your documents for a refund of your premium. Any premium already paid will be refunded to You providing you have not travelled, no claim has been made or is intended to be made and no incident likely to give rise to a claim has occurred.

Full details of how to make a claim and how to appeal should your claim not be successful can be found in the policy document. Updated January 2017.

Should you have a complaint about the sale of your travel insurance policy, please contact The Branch Manager, CCV Insurance Brokers Ltd, Unit 4 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.
Should you remain unhappy with our final reply, you may have the right to refer your complaint to The Financial Ombudsman Service, Exchange Tower, London E14 9SR. Opening times are Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Their telephone number 0800 023 4 567 and calls to this number are normally free for people ringing from a fixed line phone but charges may apply if you call from a mobile phone. 0300 123 9 123 calls to this number are charged at the same rate as 01 or 02 numbers on mobile phone tariffs. These numbers may not be available from outside the UK so please call us from abroad on +44 20 7964 0500.

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). You may be entitled to compensation from the scheme if we cannot meet our obligations. This depends on the type of business and the circumstances of the claim. Insurance advising and arranging is covered for 90% of the claim, with no upper limit. Further information is available from the FSCS.


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Compulsory motor insurance for lawnmowers, golf buggies and mini quad bikes? Thank god we

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Compulsory motor insurance for lawnmowers, golf buggies and mini quad bikes? Thank god we voted to leave the EU

A few years ago, I bought one of those irresistible Christmas presents that you pretend are for the kids, but which you really want to try out yourself.

It was a quad bike. To be accurate, it was a mini quad bike. It was superb. In length and breadth it was no bigger than an armchair, but it was full of grunt.

We would all pile on it in a pyramid of humanity and careen around the garden: up the bank, into the ditch, slap bang into the tree. It had fat round tyres with deep grass-chewing treads. It roared with a proper trail bike roar, and sent out pleasing clouds of aromatic white smoke.

We gave it some welly, I can tell you; and after a while our tyres began to feel the strain. One day the technical demands became too much. I gave it away to the next door neighbour, who is more mechanically minded than I am, and whose kids are younger and certainly less heavy.

The author poses on another kind of bike Credit: Tony O Brien/Action Images

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Trudy s Flowers: Stunning arrangements and same day delivery #flowers, #flower #shop, #florist, #seattle,

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Trudy’s Floral Design

Contact Trudy’s Floral Design for all your same day deiivery requests. We carry the most fresh flowers for All Occasions, including Valentines, Anniversary, Sympathy, Funeral Flowers, Holiday, Birthday, Wedding or other special events. Order your flowers today with our Florist Shop in Seattle, WA. Your Local Florist Shop.

For the perfect floral arrangement, look no further! Trudy’s Floral Design offers elegant bouquets and arrangements for every occasion or just because. Trust in your local Seattle, Washington florist to fill your flower needs. We offer flower delivery to Seattle, WA and all of King county. Same day delivery is also offered at no additional cost!

Our customers are like family. The staff here at Trudy’s Floral Design are professional flower experts and will not let you settle for anything less than the best. Let us cater to your floral needs – you will not be disappointed! We listen to our clients and make sure that every order is handled with genuine care. Satisfaction is guarenteed when shopping at Trudy’s Floral Design.

Delight your friends and family with a beautiful, fresh arrangement from Trudy’s Floral Design in Seattle, Washinton
Local and trust florist

Other shops buy their flowers in bulk and without care – not Trudy’s Floral design . We use only the freshest flowers to fill your floral needs. If you want your friends and family to marvel at beautiful buds, place an order today. Our gorgeous arrangements will surely surprise and delight!

Trudy’s Floral Design in Seattle, WA provides flower delivery service to the following areas and zip codes in Washington:

98004, 98005, 98006, 98007, 98011, 98012, 98020, 98021, 98026, 98028, 98033, 98034, 98036, 98037,

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EFB appoints its new Chairman

On the 16th of November 2015, Alfonso Líbano was elected Chairman by the General Assembly of EFB. Alfonso Líbano comes from a family with a long history in the Family Business since the 19th Century and for the last 60 years, mostly in the Coca-Cola business. He is currently the CEO of COBEGA, S.A. familiar holding owing, among other businesses, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners, S.A. Coca-Cola Bottler for the Iberian Division; Spain, Portugal and Andorra were he serves as Director of the Board & Member of the Executive Committee. Read more

He is also Chairman of Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, S.L. the Coca-Cola Bottler franchise for 12 African countries in North and West Africa, as well as Member of the Board of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt and Vice Chairman of MECC SOFT DRINKS, DMCC, Coca-Cola franchise for the territory of South Sudan. Moreover, he has been Trustee of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation since 2004. He also belongs to the Board of VIFILFELL HF, Coca-Cola Bottler for Iceland.

Alfonso sits on numerous boards of private companies such as Cacaolat and Nespresso. In addition, he also sits on public organizations including the AMCHAM (American Chamber of Commerce in Spain) and the MACBA Foundation (Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona).

He has been involved with the Family Business Institute of Spain (IEF) since 1991 as Founding Member and Secretary of the Board of Directors from 2000 to 2004. Currently he is Member of the International Commission. Alfonso has been a Board Member of European Family Business (EFB) since 2007. Moreover, he is Board Member & Treasurer of the Family Business Network (FBN). He carried out his studies of Economics at the Public University of Barcelona. He is married, has one son and one daughter.

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Business services – European Commission #business #courses #online


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Business services

Business services cover many varied sectors. They range from technical services such as engineering, architecture and IT, to other professional services such as legal services, employment services and facility management. As one of the largest service sectors, business services contribute to 11% of EU GDP.

Business services are particularly important to European competitiveness as they are essential to manufacturing and other service sectors. They are also increasingly being used to enhance the value of products through new combinations of goods and services and play a central role in the ‘servitisation’ of the European economy.

There is significant untapped growth potential for business services in the EU today. While they currently face relatively low average productivity and persisting legal barriers, EU internal market legislation and policy actions aim at removing these obstacles and stimulating competitiveness in the sector.

EU legislation

There are two EU Directives that support the business services sector in particular:

  • The Services Directive allows business service providers to more easily establish in another EU country or provide services across borders. This Directive covers a large number of business services but there are exceptions such as private security services, temporary work agency services and notarial services.
  • The Professional Qualifications Directive facilitates the recognition of professional qualifications for those wishing to work in another EU country. This Directive covers regulated professions that largely offer their services to businesses such as accountants, lawyers, consultants and engineers.

High Level Group on Business Services

To analyse the untapped potential of this important sector and provide a new impetus to policy development, the European Commission set up a High Level Group on Business Services. This initiative was announced in two flagship communications: An Integrated Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era and A Single Market Act I .


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Business services – European Commission #business #quotes


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Business services

Business services cover many varied sectors. They range from technical services such as engineering, architecture and IT, to other professional services such as legal services, employment services and facility management. As one of the largest service sectors, business services contribute to 11% of EU GDP.

Business services are particularly important to European competitiveness as they are essential to manufacturing and other service sectors. They are also increasingly being used to enhance the value of products through new combinations of goods and services and play a central role in the ‘servitisation’ of the European economy.

There is significant untapped growth potential for business services in the EU today. While they currently face relatively low average productivity and persisting legal barriers, EU internal market legislation and policy actions aim at removing these obstacles and stimulating competitiveness in the sector.

EU legislation

There are two EU Directives that support the business services sector in particular:

  • The Services Directive allows business service providers to more easily establish in another EU country or provide services across borders. This Directive covers a large number of business services but there are exceptions such as private security services, temporary work agency services and notarial services.
  • The Professional Qualifications Directive facilitates the recognition of professional qualifications for those wishing to work in another EU country. This Directive covers regulated professions that largely offer their services to businesses such as accountants, lawyers, consultants and engineers.

High Level Group on Business Services

To analyse the untapped potential of this important sector and provide a new impetus to policy development, the European Commission set up a High Level Group on Business Services. This initiative was announced in two flagship communications: An Integrated Industrial Policy for the Globalisation Era and A Single Market Act I .


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