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Values first, Europe tells President Trump 25 May 2017, 23:48 CET
"The greatest task today is to consolidate the free world around Western values, not just interests," EU Council President Tusk told US President Donald Trump when he met European leaders Thursday.

Improved water quality at Europe's beaches 25 May 2017, 23:49 CET
More than 85 per cent of bathing water sites monitored across Europe in 2016 met the most stringent ‘excellent' quality standards, according to the EU environment agency's latest bathing water quality report.

EU agrees system to resolve double taxation disputes 25 May 2017, 23:49 CET
EU finance ministers agreed Tuesday on a new system intended to help resolve disputes which arise between Member States from the interpretation of agreements on the elimination of double taxation.

EU Council authorises start of Brexit talks 22 May 2017, 23:27 CET
The EU Council of 27 Member States formally authorised the beginning of talks with the UK Monday, following the notification of its intention to leave the EU. The Commission was nominated as the EU negotiator.

New European crime investigation tool comes into force 22 May 2017, 22:48 CET
A new tool to help European authorities fight crime and terrorism came into force Monday, simplifying the work of judicial authorities when they request evidence located in another EU country.

Spring cheer for Portugal as EU issues country recommendations 22 May 2017, 18:33 CET
The European Commission recommended Monday that the EU's Excessive Deficit Procedures be closed for Portugal and Croatia, as it issued its spring package of country-specific recommendations.

EU reports on application of fundamental rights charter 18 May 2017, 23:14 CET
The European Commission published its annual Report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights Thursday, outlining EU initiatives taken in 2016 to strengthen fundamental rights.

MEPs greenlight online films and TV while abroad 18 May 2017, 22:29 CET
The European Parliament gave the green light Thursday to new rules enabling EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV series to access this content while temporarily in another EU country.

EU-ACP defend Paris climate deal despite U.S. uncertainty 18 May 2017, 19:08 CET
The EU and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific developing countries reaffirmed their commitment to full implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, urging all partners to do the same.

Facebook fined for misleading EU over WhatsApp 18 May 2017, 22:31 CET
The European Commission fined Facebook EUR 110m Thursday for providing misleading information during the Commission's 2014 investigation of Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp.

Barnier urges transparency and trust in Brexit talks 17 May 2017, 23:43 CET
Speaking to a European Parliament plenary session which underlined the EU's united approach, chief negotiator Michel Barnier called for transparency and trust in the upcoming Brexit talks with the UK.

Brussels relaxes state aid rules for regional airports 17 May 2017, 22:44 CET
The EU Commission approved Wednesday new state aid rules that exempt certain public support measures for ports, airports, culture and outermost EU regions from prior Commission scrutiny.

MEPs demand EU sanctions against Hungary 17 May 2017, 23:40 CET
The human rights situation in Hungary justifies the triggering of an 'Article 7' procedure which may result in sanctions for Hungary, the European Parliament said in a resolution adopted on Wednesday.

EU probes Aspen price hikes for cancer drugs 17 May 2017, 17:38 CET
The European Commission opened Monday a formal investigation into concerns that Aspen Pharma has engaged in excessive pricing concerning five life-saving cancer medicines.

Brussels issues guidance on raw ivory export ban 17 May 2017, 00:59 CET
The EU Commission moved Tuesday to end the export of old raw ivory as of 1 July, with the adoption of new guidance on the European Union's rules governing ivory trade.

MEPs call for blitz on EU food waste mountain 17 May 2017, 00:38 CET
MEPs called Tuesday for a halving of food waste in the EU by 2030, by lifting existing restrictions on food donations and eliminating confusion about 'best before' and 'use by' labels.

Free trade deals cannot be agreed by EU alone: EU Court 16 May 2017, 15:33 CET
The EU Commission cannot conclude trade deals without the approval of national parliaments,when they contain investment dispute systems that supersede national courts, the EU's top court ruled on Tuesday.

Brussels mulls EU company law upgrade 11 May 2017, 22:10 CET
The European Commission launched a public consultation Thursday with a view to assessing the scope and the content of a possible future initiative to modernise EU company law.

Uber still needs licences: EU Court advisor 11 May 2017, 18:47 CET
The innovative Uber electronic taxi platform is required to obtain necessary transport licences under national law, a European Court advocate general made clear in an opinion Thursday.

EU to ratify treaty for better access to books for blind people 11 May 2017, 17:56 CET
The EU Council and European Parliament agreed informally Wednesday legislation to make more books available in formats designed for blind and visually impaired people.

EU raises growth forecast for uneven recovery 11 May 2017, 17:30 CET
The EU Commission raised growth prospects for the European economy in its Spring Forecast Thursday, but warned that in its fifth year of growth, recovery in jobs and investment remained uneven.

Slow progress on Digital Single Market: review 11 May 2017, 14:26 CET
A review of the state of play of the EU's Digital Single Market strategy, published Wednesday, picks out the data economy, cybersecurity and online platforms as three areas where a further push is needed.

Brussels looks to address public concerns over globalisation 11 May 2017, 14:24 CET
The European Commission published Wednesday a reflection paper on how the EU should deal with globalisation in the future, launching a debate on its benefits and downsides for the lives of Europeans.

EU antitrust investigations to target e-commerce sites 10 May 2017, 15:47 CET
EU competition authorities are looking to target their enforcement of EU antitrust rules at e-commerce markets, following publication of the Commission's final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry.

MEPs back lower VAT for e-books 10 May 2017, 15:46 CET
EU citizens could pay less for e-books after plans to allow EU Member States to reduce VAT on e-publications were backed by a European Parliament committee on Wednesday.