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No breakthrough on Brexit at EU summit 20 October 2017, 17:37 CET
Despite an appeal by the British prime minister, a breakthrough on the Brexit talks was not forthcoming on the second day of an EU summit that focused on migration, digital Europe, defence, and external relations.

Migration and Iran head EU summit agenda 19 October 2017, 18:05 CET
On the agenda of EU leaders meeting at a summit on Thursday will be migration, the digital single market, defence and security, relations with Iran, Turkey and North Korea, and the state of the Brexit talks.

MEPs propose ban on glyphosate herbicide by 2020 19 October 2017, 14:06 CET
MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment Committee backed Wednesday a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2020 and immediate restrictions on the use of the substance.

Over half of Britons see EU membership as a benefit: survey 19 October 2017, 13:38 CET
55 per cent of British people consider EU membership to have been of benefit to the country, according to a European Parliament survey published Wednesday, with only 26 per cent seeing no benefit.

Police height limit may discriminate against women: EU Court 18 October 2017, 23:10 CET
A Greek law laying down a minimum height requirement irrespective of sex, as a criterion for admission to a police school, may discriminate against women, the EU's top court ruled on Wednesday.

EU-US Privacy Shield review finds room for improvement 18 October 2017, 21:03 CET
The EU- U.S. Privacy Shield is doing a good job in protecting the personal EU personal data but there is some room for improving its implementation, the Commission says in its first annual review.

MEPs demand fair protection for posted workers 18 October 2017, 18:32 CET
MEPs adopted new draft rules Tuesday to ensure that posted workers are better protected and fair competition for companies, with changes concerning remuneration, duration of posting and temporary agencies.

EU bolsters defences against terrorism 18 October 2017, 18:32 CET
A package of anti-terrorism measures announced Wednesday will help address vulnerabilities exposed by recent terrorist attacks and make a real difference in enhancing security, says the EU Commission.

Sustainable forests: EU agrees general approach for 2021-30 17 October 2017, 23:24 CET
EU environment ministers have come to a general agreement on new rules for more sustainable and climate-friendly use of lands and forests across Europe over the period 2021-2030.

New guidelines to cut EU food waste 16 October 2017, 18:08 CET
Guidelines to lifting barriers to food donation in the EU, just published by the Commission, clarify relevant EU legislation and are seen as a key deliverable of the EU's 'circular economy'.

MEPs tackle unfair food practices 12 October 2017, 21:10 CET
Food companies are alleged to be selling lower quality food products in some EU countries. The European Parliament's internal market committee looked into the issue Wednesday.

Pesticides must be checked for harmful chemicals: MEPs 12 October 2017, 20:45 CET
MEPs at a public hearing Wednesday discussed the EU risk assessment of the herbicide glyphosate, demanding that pesticides be checked for endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Sweden EU's top performer on gender equality 12 October 2017, 20:24 CET
Gender equality in Europe is progressing at a snail's pace, according to an updated Gender Equality Index published Wednesday, showing Sweden as the top-performing country and Greece at the bottom.

Brexit talks at an impasse, says EU's Barnier 12 October 2017, 18:00 CET
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator called for trust and respect from the United Kingdom Thursday, as he confirmed he could not recommend a start on discussions on future relations to next week's EU summit.

EU, UK clarify position to WTO on tariff quotas after Brexit 12 October 2017, 13:45 CET
The EU and Britain sent a joint letter to members of the World Trade Organization Wednesday, setting out their intended approach to certain WTO issues arising from the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

EU states set for talks on new telecoms rules, 5G 12 October 2017, 13:44 CET
EU Member States signalled their readiness Wednesday to begin talks with the European Parliament on new rules for the electronic communications sector that will prepare Europe for the era of 5G.

Brussels pushes ahead with banking risk-reduction package 11 October 2017, 23:53 CET
A financial system more stable and resilient to shocks will benefit citizens and businesses, the EU Commission said Wednesday as it outlined plans to accelerate completion of the EU's Banking Union.

EU green light for new rules to resolve tax disputes 11 October 2017, 15:47 CET
EU finance ministers gave their green light Tuesday to a new system for resolving resolve tax disputes between Member States, including over double taxation, seen as a major obstacle for businesses.

MEPs back law for more energy-efficient buildings 11 October 2017, 15:45 CET
MEPs in committee gave their backing Wednesday to a revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive aiming to ensure that all new buildings in the EU are as energy-efficient as possible by 2050.

EU adopts position on climate finance ahead of COP23 11 October 2017, 15:30 CET
EU finance ministers met in Luxembourg Tuesday to discuss and adopt the EU’s position on climate finance, ahead of the next international climate summit COP23 in Bonn in November.

Ministers agree deal on Baltic fishing quotas 10 October 2017, 17:28 CET
EU fisheries ministers agreed Monday on next year's total allowable catches (TACs) and national quotas for the ten commercially most important fish stocks in the Baltic Sea.

EU, India promise renewed effort on trade talks 06 October 2017, 22:37 CET
The EU and India agreed Friday to intensify efforts towards a Free Trade Agreement at a summit in New Delhi marking 55 years of diplomatic relations between the world's two largest democracies.

Court of Auditors to probe EU animal welfare measures 05 October 2017, 23:51 CET
The European Court of Auditors has announced it is to examine whether the European Commission and the EU Member States have made effective contributions to the EU’s animal welfare objectives.

EU boost for long-term apprenticeships in Europe 05 October 2017, 22:49 CET
The EU Commission adopted Thursday a proposal for a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships, with a view to increasing the employability and personal development of apprentices.

MEPs, Council agree provisional deal on anti-dumping 05 October 2017, 18:40 CET
MEPs and the EU Council have struck an informal deal on measures to strengthen the EU's capacity to protect its producers against unfair trade practices such as dumping and subsidised imports.