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EU-US data transfer accord enters into force 13 July 2016, 00:31 CET
The European Union approved Tuesday the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a special arrangement that replaces the former 'Safe Harbor' agreement to allow transfer of personal data from the EU to the United States.

Round 14 of EU - US trade talks under way 12 July 2016, 16:27 CET
The 14th round of EU talks to agree the huge Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade accord with the United States got under way in Brussels Monday.

McDonald's wins Mac trade mark dispute at EU Court 07 July 2016, 23:50 CET
The EU Court ruled Monday that the repute of McDonald’s trade marks makes it possible to prevent registration of trade marks which combine the prefix 'Mac' or 'Mc' with the name of a food or drink.

Commission confirms Spain, Portugal missed budgetary targets 12 July 2016, 00:09 CET
The European Commission confirmed Thursday that Spain and Portugal will not correct their excessive deficit by recommended deadlines, and that they risk financial sanctions.

Europe increases its 'resource productivity' - Eurostat report 07 July 2016, 17:22 CET
Resource productivity increased to 2.00 EUR/kg in 2015 from 1.48 EUR/kg in 2000, an increase of 35.4% in real terms, according to new figures from Eurostat, the EU's statistics agency.

MEPs veto alertness claims for energy drinks 12 July 2016, 00:09 CET
Euro-MPs voted on Thursday to veto European Commission plans to allow claims that sugary drinks and energy drinks containing caffeine boost 'alertness' or 'concentration'.

Euro-Parliament gives green light to emission curbs for off-road machinery 07 July 2016, 12:22 CET
Euro-MPs backed Wednesday plans to update EU type approval rules and emission limits for internal combustion engines in non-road mobile machinery such as lawn mowers, bulldozers and diesel locomotives.

MEPs call for more ambitious A-G scale for energy labels 07 July 2016, 12:24 CET
The EU Parliament voted Wednesday for a simpler and more stringent A to G scale for energy labels showing the energy efficiency of household appliances to keep pace with technological progress.

Brussels sends Canada trade deal to EU states for ratification 06 July 2016, 23:53 CET
The European Commission gave in to political pressure Tuesday and sent the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada to EU governments for signature.

'Rats fleeing a sinking ship' - MEPs denounce Brexit campaigners 06 July 2016, 12:22 CET
Brexit campaigners in the UK referendum came in for strong criticism in a European Parliament debate on last week's summit. However, many MEPs said the people should be listened to and reform was needed.

EU outlines next steps in fight against tax avoidance 07 July 2016, 00:17 CET
In the light of the recent Panama Papers media leaks, the EU Commission outlined Tuesday its next steps in efforts boost tax transparency in order to fight tax evasion and avoidance in the EU.

EU clamps down on terrorism financing 05 July 2016, 23:45 CET
The European Commission proposed Tuesday to strengthen EU rules on anti-money laundering in a bid to counter terrorist financing and increase transparency about who really owns companies and trusts.

EU cybersecurity deal could trigger EUR 1.8bn investment 05 July 2016, 19:34 CET
An EU deal to strengthen Europe's cybersecurity sector and provide stronger protection against cyber-attacks could trigger investment of EUR 1.8 billion by 2020, the Commission said on Tuesday.

Barcelona, Real Madrid 'in breach of EU state aid rules' 05 July 2016, 16:55 CET
Barcelona and Real Madrid were among seven Spanish football clubs deemed by the European Commission Monday to have been granted unfair advantage under EU state aid rules.

Brexit to overshadow Slovakia's EU presidency 05 July 2016, 19:32 CET
The result of the UK referendum overshadowed the launch of Slovakia's first-ever EU presidency on 1 July, as the College of Commissioners met the Slovak Government in Bratislava.

Cross-border family disputes: new proposals to protect children 01 July 2016, 00:59 CET
New proposals covering cross-border parental responsibility disputes were set out by the European Commission Thursday, relating to custody, access rights and child abduction.

EU approves new rules on occupational pensions 01 July 2016, 00:05 CET
The EU agreed new rules for work pension funds Thursday, in a bid to improve the way they are governed and to enhance clarity in the information that is provided to pension savers.

EU opens new chapter in Turkey membership talks 30 June 2016, 23:38 CET
The EU opened a new chapter on financial and budgetary provisions in accession talks with Turkey Thursday - the twelfth meeting of the country's accession conference at ministerial level.

Deep-sea fishing below 800 metres to be banned under outline deal 30 June 2016, 23:40 CET
MEPs and ministers struck a deal Thursday to ban fishing in the North-East Atlantic below a depth of 800 meters. The ban applies to bottom trawling and restricts deep-sea fishing to where it took place between 2009 and 2011.

2017 EU Budget prioritises growth, jobs and migrant crisis 04 July 2016, 00:20 CET
A draft EU Budget for 2017 of EUR 134.9 bn, proposed by the EU Commission, focuses on supporting recovery of the economy and addressing Europe's border and immigration challenges.

EU spending needs closer link between education and employment: EU auditors 30 June 2016, 13:23 CET
EU funding on education, while in line with EU objectives, does not always establish a clear link with its impact on employability, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors.

No 'a la carte' single market for the UK 30 June 2016, 16:10 CET
There will be no single market 'a la carte', EU Council president Donald Tusk told Britain following an informal meeting of the leaders of the European Union in Brussels Wednesday.

More effort needed on Roma integration: EU report 01 July 2016, 16:09 CET
The European Commission has called for renewed commitment to ensuring equal opportunities and Roma inclusion, after adopting its annual report on Roma integration on Tuesday.

EU agrees outline position on external fishing fleets 01 July 2016, 12:24 CET
EU states reached a compromise deal Tuesday on the sustainable management of external fishing fleets, aiming to modernise the management of authorisations granted to EU vessels to fish outside EU waters.

EU Parliament calls for swift UK exit 28 June 2016, 17:20 CET
In a heated debate over the result of the UK's referendum on EU membership, MEPs called for a swift exit for the UK, by officially withdrawing from the EU before any new relationship arrangements can be made.