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EU and Japan reach agreement on historic free trade deal 09 July 2017, 23:52 CET
On the eve of the G20 summit, EU and Japanese leaders announced Thursday a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade deal and closer political cooperation based on shared values.

Brussels approves Peugeot acquisition of Opel 06 July 2017, 12:35 CET
The European Commission gave its unconditional approval to the acquisition of Opel by Peugeot Wednesday, concluding that the transaction raised no competition concerns in the relevant markets.

MEPs back new tax disclosure rules for multinationals 05 July 2017, 20:56 CET
Members of the European Parliament gave their backing Wednesday to new rules to force large firms to make information about the tax bills they pay on a country-by-country basis publicly available.

MEPs greenlight tougher anti-dumping rules 06 July 2017, 12:35 CET
The European Parliament gave its green light Wednesday to start talks soon with national governments on new EU anti-dumping rules designed to give better protection to EU industry and jobs.

Brussels registers 'Stop TTIP' citizen initiative 05 July 2017, 21:00 CET
A European Citizens' Initiative to stop the EU negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the CETA trade deal with Canada was accepted Wednesday by the EU Commission.

EU Parliament calls for longer lifetime for products 04 July 2017, 23:45 CET
Europe's Parliament called on the Commission, Member States and producers Tuesday to take measures to ensure consumers can enjoy durable, high-quality products that can be repaired and upgraded.

Brussels launches social security information system 04 July 2017, 17:02 CET
The EU Commission launched Monday a new IT platform that will connect electronically around 15,000 social security institutions of EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

EU Court delivers another blow to Uber service 04 July 2017, 16:42 CET
Uber, the taxi app for smartphones, again found itself on the wrong side of the EU's top Court Tuesday when its Advocate-General said France could ban it for "illegal exercise of transport activities".

Tiny Estonia takes over EU presidency 03 July 2017, 23:59 CET
Estonia's first EU presidency began on 1 July with a focus on an innovative European economy, safety and security, digital Europe and free movement of data, and an inclusive and sustainable Europe.

Carcinogens at work: EU Council, Parliament reach agreement 29 June 2017, 22:54 CET
The EU presidency and European Parliament reached a provisional agreement Wednesday on a new directive to help protect workers from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens in the workplace.

EU launches action to tackle antimicrobial resistance 29 June 2017, 22:36 CET
The European Commission launched Thursday a new EU action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance - a growing threat responsible for 25,000 deaths and a loss of EUR 1.5 billion in the EU every year.

Brussels announces portable EU pension plan 29 June 2017, 18:23 CET
The EU Commission announced plans Thursday for a new class of pan-European pension products, allowing European consumers to benefit from more choice when saving for retirement.

Green light for new EU rules on organic farming 29 June 2017, 00:05 CET
After 20 months of discussion, EU Parliament and Council negotiators reached an informal agreement Wednesday on an overhaul of existing EU rules on organic production and labelling of organic products.

EU extends sanctions on Russia for another six months 28 June 2017, 22:53 CET
The EU Council agreed a formal extension of economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy Wednesday, until 31 January 2018.

European Union mulls future finance post-Brexit 29 June 2017, 00:04 CET
In its fifth reflection paper on the future of the European Union, published Wednesday, the Commission looks at options for financing the EU budget following the departure of the United Kingdom.

New EU insolvency rules enter in force 27 June 2017, 22:21 CET
New rules on cross-border insolvency proceedings, first proposed in 2012 and adopted by EU legislators in 2015 to facilitate debt recovery, entered into force throughout the European Union on Monday.

Google fined EUR 2.4 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules 28 June 2017, 18:13 CET
The European Commission fined Google EUR 2.42 billion Tuesday for giving an illegal advantage to the U.S. search giant's own comparison shopping service, thus breaching EU antitrust rules.

Ministers make limited progress on energy efficiency 27 June 2017, 16:58 CET
EU ministers agreed reduced energy efficiency targets Monday, of 30 per cent by 2030, as well as what has been termed an 'unambitious' revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

Brussels adopts guidelines for disclosure of non-financial information 26 June 2017, 23:49 CET
Guidelines on disclosure of environmental and social information were adopted Monday by the Commission to help firms disclose non-financial information in a consistent and comparable manner.

Trade barriers on the increase, says EU 27 June 2017, 13:29 CET
The "scourge of protectionism" is on the rise, the European Commission warned on Monday as it released a report detailing a 10 per cent increase in obstacles currently hindering European exports.

EU agrees revisions on hazardous substances in electrical equipment 23 June 2017, 00:09 CET
The EU Council and Parliament reached provisional agreement Wednesday on a proposal for a revised directive on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

EU agrees deal to better protect consumers 22 June 2017, 22:57 CET
The EU Council and Parliament reached preliminary agreement Wednesday to strengthen cooperation between EU national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws.

Security takes centre stage at EU summit 22 June 2017, 22:37 CET
EU leaders in Brussels for a two-day summit Thursday agreed to cement European cooperation in defence, and called on social media companies to prevent the spread of terrorist material on the Internet.

Non-EU nationals entitled to social benefits: EU Court 21 June 2017, 23:43 CET
A non-EU national holding a single work permit in a Member State enjoys, as a general rule, the social security benefits provided for that state's nationals, the EU's top Court ruled on Wednesday.

EU fines car lighting systems cartel EUR 27m 21 June 2017, 23:11 CET
The European Commission fined Automotive Lighting and Hella a total of EUR 27 million Wednesday for participating in a cartel concerning the supply of vehicle lighting systems in the European Economic Area.