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EU takes action against UK and Germany over dieselgate 09 December 2016, 00:24 CET
The European Commission announced Thursday that it is to open infringement procedures against the 7 EU Member States for their handling of the dieselgate scandal.

One in four Europeans over 15 is a smoker 07 December 2016, 23:50 CET
Nearly 1 in every 4 persons aged 15 or over in the EU was a current smoker in 2014, according to figures published Wednesday by Eurostat, the EU's the statistical office.

HSBC, JP Morgan, Crédit Agricole fined EUR 485m for rate rigging 07 December 2016, 23:04 CET
Crédit Agricole, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase were fined a total of EUR 485m by the EU Commission Wednesday for their participation in the Euribor cartel in euro interest rate derivatives.

Reprieve for EU nature protection laws 08 December 2016, 00:03 CET
The EU ended uncertainty over the future of its flagship nature laws - the Birds and Habitats Directives - Wednesday by confirming these would be saved, and neither rewritten nor weakened.

Social media sites slow to act on hate speech 07 December 2016, 12:41 CET
U.S. social media such as Facebook and Twitter are taking too long to act on hate speech, the EU said Tuesday as it published an evaluation of a code of conduct signed in May.

EU set for new chapter in relations with Cuba 07 December 2016, 12:36 CET
The European Union agreed Tuesday to sign a Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Cuba, representing a turning point in Cuba-EU relations.

EU clears Microsoft buy of LinkedIn 06 December 2016, 23:29 CET
The EU Commission approved the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft Tuesday, subject to conditions aimed at preserving competition between professional social networks in Europe.

Brexit talks could be over by October 2018 06 December 2016, 13:57 CET
Negotiations with the United kingdom over withdrawal from the European Union could be over in 18 months, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday.

New counter-terrorism law backed by MEPs 05 December 2016, 22:51 CET
Travelling abroad for terrorist purposes, inciting terrorism and financing terrorist activities will be made a crime following a vote in the European Parliament on Monday.

EU reels from Italy vote as Renzi resigns 05 December 2016, 13:19 CET
Italy was left facing economic and political uncertainty Monday as prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned after voters rejected his plans to reform the constitution.

Commission, Germany agree road toll compromise 01 December 2016, 23:28 CET
The European Commission and Germany finally reached agreement Thursday on a solution to end a long-running legal dispute over the planned introduction of a road charge for passenger cars in Germany.

Simpler VAT rules to boost European e-commerce 01 December 2016, 17:42 CET
New rules covering the VAT environment for e-commerce businesses in the EU, unveiled Thursday by the European Commission, aim to help businesses buy and sell goods and services more easily online.

Euro-MPs greenlight EU-US data protection agreement 01 December 2016, 15:16 CET
The European Parliament gave the green light Thursday to the EU-US 'Umbrella Agreement' on the protection of personal data exchanged across the Atlantic for the purposes of law enforcement.

EU plans EUR 5 billion defence fund 01 December 2016, 00:53 CET
The EU Commission set out proposals Wednesday to strengthen Member States' joint defence capabilities, defence spending efficiency and a EUR 5 bn European Defence Fund.

Winter package to reform EU's energy system 01 December 2016, 17:44 CET
The European Commission outlined Wednesday an extensive set of reforms to the EU's energy system, with a view to maintaining competitivity in a global transition to clean energy.

MEPs back cross-border portability for films 01 December 2016, 11:49 CET
MEPs gave their backing Tuesday to cross-border portability of online music, games, films and sporting events, allowing travellers to enjoy subscriber content while abroad in another EU Member State.

Roaming: MEPs vote to cap network wholesale prices 30 November 2016, 13:46 CET
The end to mobile roaming charges came a step closer Tuesday when Members of the European Parliament voted to cap the wholesale prices telecoms operators charge each other for using their networks.

Brussels refocuses investment plan following evaluation 29 November 2016, 23:58 CET
The EU Commission is to extend its European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the core of its flagship Investment Plan for Europe, following evaluation reports published Tuesday.

CAP returns EUR 435m to European farmers 29 November 2016, 23:16 CET
European farmers eligible for direct payments are as from 1 December set to receive an additional EUR 435 million from the EU's Common Agricultural Policy budget amounting to unused crisis reserve.

WTO rules in EU's favour over U.S. support for Boeing 30 November 2016, 00:00 CET
The EU won a major victory Monday in its battle over United States support for production of the Boeing 777X, as the WTO ruled the aid breached international trade rules.

EU agrees end to geo-blocking barriers to e-commerce 28 November 2016, 23:29 CET
EU ministers agreed Monday to ban barriers to e-commerce known as 'geo-blocking' which prevent online customers from buying products or services from a website based in another Member State.

EU pledges support to Ukraine at summit 24 November 2016, 22:48 CET
EU leaders gave Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko full support at a summit Thursday at which they cemented a deal on visa-free travel and praised the country's reform effort.

Euro-MPs urge bolder action to end illegal wildlife trade 24 November 2016, 20:28 CET
The European Parliament called Thursday for a full and immediate EU-wide ban on ivory and rhinoceros horn trade, and common sanctions at EU level against wildlife trafficking.

EU Parliament calls for freeze on Turkey membership talks 24 November 2016, 18:40 CET
The European Parliament called Thursday for a temporary freeze on EU accession talks with Turkey until "disproportionate repressive measures" under the country's state of emergency are lifted.

Public has a right to information on pesticide dangers, rules EU Court 24 November 2016, 20:27 CET
Safety tests conducted by the chemical industry and used by regulators to assess the dangers of pesticides must be disclosed, the EU's top court ruled on Wednesday.