|Professional services involve providing specialist business support to businesses of all sizes and in all sectors.||EXPORTTRADE.EU|
|The Arts & Entertainment Industry: a very potential industrial activity in the EU, larger than wholesale and retail trade of motor vehicles||ExporTTrade.EU|
|VentureEU: €2.1 billion to boost venture capital investment in Europe's innovative start-ups. http://europa.eu/rapid/press-||ExporTTrade.EU
| Downing Street to express ANGER at May's Brexit blueprint.
European Council president Donald Tusk has warned that without new "concrete proposals" from the British to break the logjam over the so-called Irish border "backstop", further progress may be impossible.
| Theresa May has confirmed that she is considering asking the EU for an extended Brexit transition period in a bid to break the deadlock in talks.
The Prime Minister is understood to have raised the possibility of a longer period in meetings with EU leaders yesterday, but Downing Street was previously tight-lipped about the exchanges – which are likely to enrage Tory eurosceptics.
| A smooth Brexit that offers frictionless trade with the European Union will give the Treasury a double bonus in the budget, the chancellor has said, allowing him to boost public spending and consider cutting taxes.
Philip Hammond said a deal with Brussels offering open trade with the EU would free up much of the £15.4bn he had saved this year to act as a buffer against a no-deal Brexit.
It would also allow the Office for Budget Responsibility to revise its predictions for GDP growth over the next five years, which it cut in the aftermath of the referendum result. The OBR, which is the Treasury’s independent forecaster, could give back up to £15bn of revenues that it said would be lost following a basic agreement to leave the EU.
| European and Asian leaders pledged their support for free trade at a meeting Friday that underscored global trade tensions with US President Donald Trump.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels would send a signal that ``countries are coming together here from Europe and Asia that all want rules-based global trade and are committed to multilateralism.''
The meeting brought together 30 European leaders with their counterparts from 21 Asian nations.
| Theresa May is being warned by the head of the CBI that time is running out to make progress on Brexit and remaining in a customs union with Brussels is the best option for British business.
Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the business organisation, will stress that urgent progress is needed on agreeing a transitional deal with the EU by the end of March and the framework for the future trading relationship with Brussels must be set out by October.
Businesses are “deeply apprehensive” about the current uncertainty and there has been “too much ideology, too little urgency” in the negotiations, she will say in a speech on Monday.
|The European Commission will probable execute an Excessive Deficit Procedure on Italy to put additional pressure on Italy and a way to have much stricter monitoring on future developments. an Excessive Deficit Procedure or EDP requires the country in question to provide a plan of the corrective action and policies it will follow, as well as deadlines for their achievement.||ExporTTrade.Eu|
| EU and Australia launch talks for a broad trade agreement
Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström together with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Trade Minister of Australia Steven Ciobo officially launched negotiations for a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement between the EU and Australia in the Australian capital of Canberra.