“If we are the ‘main business representative body’ [as Byrne described them] then we are surprised that the Commissioner keeps reporting that there is ‘broad support’ for the plan,” said Chauvin.“That is because, from the very outset, UNICE has expressed high scepticism and has asked, from the very beginning, for clarification. “Maybe it’s time to get that clarification. The reform Byrne is proposing is far-reaching and could have an impact not only on consumers but the whole internal market. But we have not had a satisfactory response and we are not in a position to support it.”Chauvin admitted that industry was encouraged by Byrne’s initial promise to replace some of a patchwork of EU consumer protection laws covering many sectors with a single framework directive that would force companies to trade fairly with their customers.But he said this plan appears to have been scaled back and that the new directive might be an extra layer of red tape that will make life more complicated for companies – particularly small firms. “Now they [Byrne and his officials] are saying the broad framework could co-exist…it is changing, and moving like an amoeba – but the contours are not shaped,” added Chauvin. The linchpin of Byrne’s plan – to be in place when he leaves the Commission in 2004 – is a framework directive that would force businesses from plumbers to e-commerce bookstores to abide by common levels of ‘fairness’ in their dealings with customers. In an interview with European Voice last week, Byrne said a green paper outlining his proposals had received “a very good response” from business groups. However Jérôme Chauvin, head of company affairs at Brussels-based EU employers’ federation UNICE, suggested the Irish Commissioner’s statement was overly positive. The business group said it also has concerns over the way the Byrne blueprint will fit in with other pressing areas of EU policy.These include Commission President Romano Prodi’s proposals on European governance, the Convention on the future of Europe and a separate initiative on sales promotions, launched by Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein.At the same time, UNICE said it was unclear how Byrne’s plans would affect industry’s efforts to police itself.
NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration “As a neophyte councilor, I need to learn a lot. I hope my fellow councilors will guide me. I need patience and understanding when I commit mistakes and shortcomings,” he said.He said he was happy and contented to have served the people as the chief of staff of Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortion“I have only one agenda, and that is to stand with you for what is right,” he said to fellow councilors.The neophyte barangay chairman won against Capitol Site barangay captain Manuel Guanzon during the ABC elections last month. Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Capital One Data Breach Maxino reversed and set aside the anti-graft office’s ruling and ordered that Castro be paid with her “full back salaries and other emoluments that she did not receive by reason of her three-month suspension.”“There is no substantial evidence to hold Castro liable for misconduct in office. Certainly, the decision and order of the Ombudsman with respect to the administrative aspect of the case are invalid,” Maxino said.In a text message sent to Cebu Daily News, Castro said she’s discussing with her lawyer the possibility of filing a criminal case against former Asst. Ombudsman Virginia Palanca-Santiago who ordered her suspension.Castro said she will seek damages from Santiago worth P10 million.The CA said the administrative proceedings before the Ombudsman should have been suspended or deferred until the rendition of final judgment in the case. Also, Maxino said Castro didn’t violate the rule against forum shopping which happens when a plaintiff or defendant pursues their case in two possible courts. Reporter Ador Vincent MayolMass wedding in Carcar City in Feb.UNMARRIED couples in Carcar City are invited to a mass wedding to be officiated by Mayor Nicepuro Apura on Feb. 28.Carcar City Hall information officer Candice Acuña said the city will sponsor the wedding rings, wine, wedding cake, and the reception for 10 guests per couple, a token, an acoustic band and souvenir photos.The exchange of vows will start at 2:00 p.m. at the Saint Catherine de Alexandria parish and the reception will follow in front of Carcar City Hall.Interested couples must comply with the requirements such as birth and baptismal certificates and certificate of no marriage. Either of the couple must be a resident of Carcar City and both must be at least 25 years old. Correspondent Gabriel C. Bonjoc Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos Read Next Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements As ABC president, Zafra, Barangay Captain of Tisa, earned a seat in the council. Correspondent Jose Santino S. BunachitaMORE STORIESnewsinfo‘Corrupt’ Customs workers to face admin raps before Ombudsman – PalacenewsinfoGov’t mental health hospital rocked by corruption casenewsinfoMalacañang staffer files charges vs 3 PCOO execs at OmbudsmanMORE STORIESnewsinfo‘Corrupt’ Customs workers to face admin raps before Ombudsman – PalacenewsinfoGov’t mental health hospital rocked by corruption casenewsinfoMalacañang staffer files charges vs 3 PCOO execs at OmbudsmanCa nixes Ombud ruling against controversial fiscalGood news for controversial prosecutor Mary Ann Castro at the start of the year.The Court of Appeals (CA) reversed an earlier ruling of the Ombudsman Visayas which held Castro administratively liable for purportedly filing a petition for annulment of her marriage in two different courts.In a decision penned by Associate Justice Pamela Maxino, the appellate court said the Ombudsman made a mistake in suspending Castro for three months.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taking shape Notorious Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Quezon City PLAY LIST 02:15Notorious Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Quezon City02:45Duterte wants Sangley Airport operational by November01:44DOF hopes for OK on bill seeking excise tax hike on cigarettes to fund health care03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep LATEST STORIES ACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents Zafra assumes council seatON his first session day, Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) President Philip Zafra asked his colleagues in the Cebu City Council to guide him and help him learn.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments