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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.

Boost to start-ups in Europe 24 November 2016, 00:50 CET
The EU Commission has launched a new initiative to help start-ups grow and do business across Europe, with a focus on venture capital investment, insolvency law and taxation.

Europeans live longer, but not always in good health 23 November 2016, 23:28 CET
Life expectancy in most EU countries now exceeds 80 years, says a new OECD-EU joint report, but this record life expectancy is not always matched by healthy life years.

New reforms to boost resilience of European banks 24 November 2016, 18:42 CET
The EU Commission unveiled a package of proposals Wednesday to boost the resilience of European banks against potential shocks, and to support smaller businesses and infrastructure investment.

EU imposes due diligence on conflict minerals 23 November 2016, 18:24 CET
The EU agreed a draft regulation on 'conflict minerals' Tuesday with the aim of stopping the financing of armed groups and human rights abuses through trade in minerals from conflict areas.

Commission sets out plan for sustainable Europe 23 November 2016, 18:24 CET
The European Commission set out a framework for development cooperation for the EU and its Member States Tuesday, with plans for implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

MEPs end time-at-sea limits for North Sea fishing 22 November 2016, 19:03 CET
North Sea cod fishermen will be able to land every catch – not just cod – more easily following MEPs' s green light Tuesday to remove limits on the number of days a vessel can spend in a fishing area.

Monetary policy supporting EU growth: ECB's Draghi 22 November 2016, 23:09 CET
The Eurozone economy has shown "remarkable resilience" in the face of adverse developments, as growth continues at a moderate pace, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi told Euro-MPs Monday.

Climate conference: EU promises to deliver 'whatever happens' 22 November 2016, 16:55 CET
The shadow of Donald Trump loomed over the Marrakesh climate conference, which concluded last week with promises to put the Paris climate change agreement into action.

EU states agree visa-free travel for Ukraine in principle 21 November 2016, 18:52 CET
European Union states agreed Thursday the principle of short-term visa-free travel for Ukrainians to the EU, just days before an EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels.

EU settles Budget deal for 2017 21 November 2016, 18:51 CET
EU finance ministers and Euro-MPs reached a provisional deal on the 2017 EU budget in the early hours of Thursday morning, with money focused on tackling the migration crisis and reinforcing security.

French practice on out-of-print books against copyright directive: EU Court 17 November 2016, 00:55 CET
The EU's copyright directive protects the rights of authors against exploitation through the digital reproduction of out-of-print books, the eU's top court ruled on Wednesday.