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MEPs call for common EU defence policy 25 October 2016, 11:45 CET
The EU should tackle Europe's deteriorating security by helping its armed forces to work together better, as a first step towards a common defence policy, MEPs on the foreign affairs committee said Monday.

EU summit ends without Canada trade deal 21 October 2016, 18:39 CET
The signing of the EU's comprehensive trade deal with Canada continued to be held up at an EU summit in Brussels Friday by objections from Belgium's tiny region of Wallonia.

Britain will play a full role till it leaves the EU, says May 21 October 2016, 11:23 CET
Britain's new prime minister Theresa May arrived for her first EU summit Thursday, pledging the UK would play a full role until it leaves the EU, and urging a "united European stance in the face of Russian aggression"

EUR 2.5 bn for Erasmus+ education programme in 2017 20 October 2016, 23:51 CET
The Commission published its 2017 Call for Proposals for the EU's education programme Erasmus+, making EUR 2.5bn available - a 13% increase on last year and a record rise since the programme's start.

Car emissions: Fiat Chrysler grilled on 'defeat devices' 20 October 2016, 23:16 CET
MEPs on the European Parliament's car emissions inquiry grilled Fiat Chrysler's Chief Technical Officer on possible 'defeat devices' in Fiat diesel engines Monday and the gap between emission values in the lab and real driving conditions.

EU Court advisor upholds Intel appeal against record EU fine 20 October 2016, 19:18 CET
Intel's appeal against the imposition by the EU of a EUR 1.06 billion fine for abuse of its dominant position should be referred back to the European Court of Justice, its Advocate General said on Thursday.

Websites can store IP Addresses, rules EU Court 20 October 2016, 18:41 CET
A website operator can store certain personal data relating to visitors of the site if it helps to identify the visitor and also to protect itself against cyber attacks, the EU's top court ruled on Thursday.

Steel, market access top China-EU talks agenda 20 October 2016, 00:26 CET
The EU and China held their 6th annual EU-China High-level Economic and Trade Dialogue in Brussels Tuesday with steel over-capacity and market access at the top of their agenda.

Give us the tools to combat unfair trade, says Brussels 20 October 2016, 00:26 CET
The EU Commission called on Member States Wednesday to support its efforts to provide the EU with stronger and more robust defence instruments against unfair trade.

Belgium holds back EU-Canada trade deal 19 October 2016, 22:32 CET
Agreement on a major trade deal between the EU and Canada was held up Tuesday when Belgium prevented unanimous agreement by EU ministers on its ratification.

EU to extend digital partnership to eastern neighbours 19 October 2016, 00:26 CET
The EU Commission hosted a ministerial meeting with Eastern Partnership countries Tuesday with a view to extending the Digital Single Market to its east European neighbours.

EU proposes to curb subsidies causing overfishing in WTO countries 17 October 2016, 23:28 CET
The European Union called for WTO talks on fishery subsidies Monday to combat the depletion of fish stocks and the devastation of natural habitats.

UK's choice is 'hard Brexit' or 'no Brexit', says Tusk 17 October 2016, 23:25 CET
The only real alternative to a 'hard Brexit' is 'no Brexit', EU President Donald Tusk warned Britons in a speech at the European Policy Centre for its 20th anniversary conference in Brussels.

EU needs better spending to regain citizens' trust 17 October 2016, 22:51 CET
The new president of the EU's Court of Auditors has called on the EU to improve its accounts by delivering better value for money and more transparency, and ensure its financial rules are correctly applied.

Stop bombing Aleppo, EU tells Syria and Russia 17 October 2016, 22:49 CET
The EU called on Russia and the Syrian regime to stop bombing Aleppo Monday, and to guarantee an effective ceasefire and avoid further humanitarian catastrophe.

MEPs call for ivory trade ban and EU penalties 13 October 2016, 23:20 CET
The European Parliament's environment committee 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.

Gender employment gap costs Europe EUR 370 bn per year 13 October 2016, 22:36 CET
The total cost of a lower female employment rate in the European Union - more than 10 per cent lower than the male equivalent - is EUR 370 billion, according to a report from Eurofound.

Only original software can be resold, rules top EU court 13 October 2016, 15:13 CET
The owner of a computer program with an unlimited user licence is entitled to resell the original, the EU's top court ruled on Wednesday, but not a back-up copy if the original is not available.

EU on track for climate change talks, say finance ministers 13 October 2016, 15:12 CET
European finance ministers confirmed the EU mandate for the upcoming Marrakesh conference Tuesday, agreeing to provide public finance to tackle the causes and impacts of climate change.

EU unemployment rate lowest since 2009 12 October 2016, 01:06 CET
Employment in the EU has increased in almost all Member States, according to the autumn edition of the European Commission's Employment and Social Development in Europe Quarterly Review.

EU ministers agree Baltic fish quotas 11 October 2016, 23:37 CET
EU fisheries ministers agreed next year's quotas for the ten commercially most important fish stocks in the Baltic Sea Monday, paving the way for talks for the deep sea and North Sea later this year.

'No problem' with Ireland's corporate tax rate - Vestager 11 October 2016, 17:14 CET
"We have no problem with the 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate in Ireland", the EU's Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told Irish Euro-MPs at a committee hearing on Monday.

EU-southern Africa trade partnerships come into effect 11 October 2016, 00:46 CET
EU partnership agreements with five southern African countries - Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland - came into effect Monday, starting a new chapter in their trade relations with the EU.

Brussels imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel products 11 October 2016, 00:16 CET
In a swift reaction to what it claims is unfair competition, the EU Commission imposed Friday provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of hot-rolled flat steel and heavy plates of steel from China.

Global landmark deal to curb aviation emissions 07 October 2016, 18:19 CET
The International Civil Aviation Organisation has agreed a landmark deal to reduce international aviation emission, the first-ever agreement to reduce CO2 emissions in a global sector.