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Britain must leave the single market, says May 18 January 2017, 17:31 CET
The United Kingdom must leave the EU's single market, prime minister Theresa May said in a speech Tuesday setting out her Brexit negotiating priorities as part of a Plan for Britain after leaving the EU.

European Parliament elects Tajani as its new president 18 January 2017, 17:31 CET
Euro-MPs elected Antonio Tajani, an Italian member of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), as their new president on Tuesday, to succeed Martin Schulz.

UK needs migrant workers, but will they come? - report 17 January 2017, 23:22 CET
A new report on the impact of Brexit on UK migration shows that job sectors where EU workers are most needed are seeing the biggest immediate dip in interest following the leave vote in June.

U.S. lifts ban on imports of French beef 17 January 2017, 18:56 CET
The United States has lifted a ban on imports of beef from France, representing another step on the reopening of a market which has been closed since the 1990s BSE epidemic.

EU-U.S. (re)insurance deal boost for transatlantic trade 17 January 2017, 18:55 CET
More than 20 years of talks between the EU and the United States ended successfully Friday with a bilateral agreement set to boost transatlantic trade in insurance and re-insurance.

Beehives in the EU on the increase: beekeeping sector report 13 January 2017, 00:17 CET
The European Commission published Thursday a report on the implementation of national beekeeping programmes, which benefit from EUR 33 million annually from the EU budget.

EU Court confirms EUR 60m phosphates cartel fine 12 January 2017, 22:20 CET
The EU Court of Justice confirmed Thursday a European Commission fine of nearly EUR 60 million imposed on the Roullier group for sharing the phosphate market for animal feed for more than 30 years.

Malta's unique role in pivotal year for the EU 12 January 2017, 20:09 CET
European Union leaders visited Malta Wednesday to mark the launch of the first Maltese EU presidency, as it takes on a pivotal role in Europe's political development during a historic time for the EU.

MEPs call for code of ethics for robots 12 January 2017, 20:09 CET
MEPs called Thursday for EU-wide rules for the fast-evolving field of robotics, to settle issues such as compliance with ethical standards and liability for accidents involving driverless cars.

Skype, WhatsApp face tighter EU e-Privacy laws 12 January 2017, 19:15 CET
Services such as Skype and WhatsApp would need to respect similar e-Privacy rules to those for traditional phone and text messaging services under plans to update EU data privacy rules unveiled Tuesday.

EU boost for Europe's services economy 12 January 2017, 18:47 CET
The EU Commission brought out a package of measures Tuesday aimed at making it easier for companies and professionals to provide services to the EU's potential customer base of 500 million people.

Malta takes over EU presidency for the first time 11 January 2017, 00:56 CET
The small island of Malta took over the EU presidency on 1 January, facing the challenges of Brexit and important elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands.

MEPs call for protection for whistleblowers 10 January 2017, 00:10 CET
A committee of the European Parliament called on the Commission Monday to urgently propose an "effective and comprehensive European whistleblower protection programme".

Aarhus and Pafos are 2017 European Capitals of Culture 05 January 2017, 00:16 CET
The Danish and Cypriot cities of Aarhus and Pafos will hold the title of European Capital of Culture - one of the most popular EU projects for the year 2017.

New transparency rules for tax rulings into force 04 January 2017, 23:56 CET
New rules which ensure EU Member States share information on national tax rulings handed out to multinational companies in other EU countries came into force 1 January.

EC toughens measures against terrorist financing 22 December 2016, 00:54 CET
The European Commission adopted a package of measures on Wednesday designed to strengthen the EU's capacity to fight the financing of terrorism and organised crime.

Nestle fingers burnt in EU Kit Kat case 20 December 2016, 11:58 CET
Nestlé's application to register the three-dimensional shape of 'Kit Kat 4 fingers' as an EU trade mark has been declared invalid by the General Court of the European Court of Justice.

MEPs present dieselgate first findings 20 December 2016, 11:57 CET
Evidence from the first draft report from the European Parliament's committee into dieselgate, published Monday, reports shortcomings in Member State enforcement of EU car emissions legislation.

EU reaffirms strong support for Ukraine 20 December 2016, 00:57 CET
The EU reaffirmed its support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity Monday, reiterating its refusal to recognise the "illegal annexation of Crimea and Sebastopol" by the Russian Federation.

EU formally extends sanctions against Russia 20 December 2016, 00:56 CET
The European Union prolonged economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy by a further six months on Monday, continuing its response to the crisis in Ukraine.

Europe's Galileo satnav system goes live 16 December 2016, 17:09 CET
Europe's satellite navigation system Galileo goes live for public authorities and businesses on Thursday, with the promise of accurate, fast and more reliable positioning for end users.

EU summit condemns Russia, Iran over Aleppo 16 December 2016, 17:06 CET
The EU summit strongly condemned the continued assault on Aleppo by the Syrian regime and its Russian and Iranian allies Thursday, after a symbolic address by the mayor of East Aleppo Mr Brita Haj Hassan.

5G mobile internet a step closer with 700 MHz deal 16 December 2016, 15:55 CET
EU Member States will make the 700 MHz band available for wireless broadband by 2020, enabling a shift to 5G mobile internet, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed informally on Wednesday evening.

Euro-MPs back new rules to boost rail travel 15 December 2016, 22:52 CET
Public contracts to supply domestic passenger rail services in EU Member States will normally have to be put out to tender under new rules backed by the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Fairer rules promised in EU benefits shake-up 15 December 2016, 15:50 CET
The EU Commission unveiled an overhaul of social security rules Wednesday, acknowledging a Brexit campaign which highlighted 'benefits tourism' as a major concern of voters.