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'Right to be forgotten' in companies register limited: EU Court 09 March 2017, 17:58 CET
There is no right to be forgotten in respect of personal data in the companies register, although restricted access is possible after a company's dissolution, the EU's top court ruled on Thursday.

Reduction in EU milk supply edges prices up 09 March 2017, 14:17 CET
A reduction in the EU milk supply at the end of 2016 contributed to a significant recovery in EU milk prices, says a report on the short-term outlook for arable crops, olive oil, meat and dairy markets in the EU.

Brussels fines six car suppliers EUR 155m over cartels 09 March 2017, 12:51 CET
The EU Commission fined six car suppliers a total of EUR 155m Wednesday for taking part in cartels supplying air conditioning and engine cooling components to manufacturers in Europe.

Gina Miller threatens second court case against UK government 09 March 2017, 12:51 CET
Gina Miller came to the European Parliament Wednesday, threatening to take the British government to court for a second time if it tried to bypass Parliament following its Brexit negotiations with the EU.

Europe needs to close digital gap: report 08 March 2017, 15:47 CET
The gap between top digital players and lower-performing countries is still too wide, according to the 2017 Digital Economy and Society Index, published Friday by the European Commission.

EU green light for Paks II nuclear power plant in Hungary 08 March 2017, 14:20 CET
Amid criticism from environmental groups, the European Commission gave its green light Monday to state subsidies for the construction by a Russian company of two new nuclear reactors in Paks (Paks II) in Hungary.

EU bolsters defence against new forms of terrorism 08 March 2017, 13:41 CET
The EU bolstered its defence against terrorist attacks Tuesday by criminalising acts such as undertaking training or travelling for terrorist purposes, as well as organising or facilitating such travel.

EU defence ministers agree joint military HQ 07 March 2017, 11:49 CET
EU foreign affairs and defence ministers agreed Monday to establish joint military headquarters for the planning and conduct of non-executive military missions initially in Somalia, Central Africa and Mali.

EU mulls better protection for whistleblowers 06 March 2017, 00:09 CET
The European Commission launched a public consultation on strengthening protection for whistleblowers on Friday.

UK must obey free movement laws till Brexit, say MEPs 03 March 2017, 00:47 CET
Until the United Kingdom leaves the EU, it will have to obey EU laws on free movement, the European Parliament made clear in a plenary debate with the European Commission on Wednesday.

Euro-MPs urge better use of trade tools to combat wildlife trafficking 03 March 2017, 00:46 CET
MEPs call on the EU and its Member States Thursday to consider a full ban on trade in elephant ivory within and outside the EU, as well as making better use of its own legal framework to protect nature.

After-sales calls should not be excessive: EU Court 03 March 2017, 00:22 CET
The cost of making a call to an after-sales telephone number must not exceed the cost of a standard call, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.

EU agrees position on emissions trading reform 02 March 2017, 12:52 CET
EU environment ministers reached an agreement Tuesday on the revision of the Emission Trading System, opting for more ambitious policy changes than agreed by the European Parliament.

EU debates options for the future of Europe 02 March 2017, 12:52 CET
President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker presented a White Paper to the European Parliament Wednesday outlining five possible paths for the EU to take in the coming years post-Brexit.

EU imposes new anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel 01 March 2017, 15:26 CET
The EU Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of heavy steel plates from China Tuesday, the latest in an unprecedented number of trade defence measures against unfair steel imports.

Court backs EU anti-dumping measures against Chinese solar panels 28 February 2017, 18:41 CET
The EU's top court gave its backing Tuesday to anti-dumping duties imposed by the EU in respect of imports of solar panels and key components originating in and consigned from China.

EU states back visa-free travel for Georgians 28 February 2017, 18:41 CET
Georgian citizens with a biometric passport who travel to the EU for up to 90 days for business, tourist or family purposes will no longer need a visa after EU states agreed a regulation on visa liberalisation.

New EU app to track invasive alien animals and plants 28 February 2017, 17:03 CET
An online application to help citizens identify and share information about 37 Invasive Alien Species in Europe, such as the American grey squirrel, has been developed by the EU's Joint Research Centre.

Russian pork ban illegal, WTO confirms 27 February 2017, 22:25 CET
Russia's 2014 import ban on live pigs, pork and other pig products from the European Union violates international trade rules, the World Trade organization's Appellate Body confirmed on Friday.

Record high for EU agri-food exports in 2016 27 February 2017, 13:51 CET
The European Union had an agri-food trade surplus of EUR 18.8 billion in 2016, according to a Commission report, with the annual value of agri-food exports reaching a new record level at EUR 130.7 billion.

Germany can do more to help eurozone, says EU 23 February 2017, 22:35 CET
With its persistently high current account surplus, Germany could do more to help the eurozone economy, the European Commission said Wednesday in its annual analysis of EU Member States' economies.

Child obesity: healthy food for schools guidance 23 February 2017, 00:32 CET
The European Commission and Maltese Presidency presented Wednesday a valuable new resource to help public procurement authorities implement healthy food standards in schools.

New WTO trade deal enters into force 22 February 2017, 23:29 CET
The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) – the most significant multilateral trade deal concluded since the establishment of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 1995 - entered into force Wednesday.

EU tightens screw on corporate tax dodgers 22 February 2017, 23:18 CET
The EU continued its fight to close tax avoidance loopholes Tuesday, as finance ministers agreed their position on rules to close down 'hybrid mismatches' with the tax systems of third countries.

Protected status for Welsh coracle-caught salmon 22 February 2017, 14:34 CET
Salmon caught using the ancient Welsh traditional method of coracle fishing was awarded protected EU status Tuesday when it was added to the EU's quality register of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).