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EU drives new impetus for Europe-Africa partnership 04 May 2017, 18:23 CET
The European Commission and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini set out Thursday the EU's political priorities and concrete proposals for a stronger strategic partnership with Africa.

MEPs again reject blacklist of states at risk of money laundering 04 May 2017, 15:29 CET
The EU should have an autonomous process for judging whether countries are at high risk of money laundering, MEPs said after again rejecting in committee a country blacklist drawn up by the Commission.

German law on worker participation compatible with EU law: EU Court 04 May 2017, 13:39 CET
Advocate-general Saugmandsgaard Øe confirmed in an Opinion from the European Court of Justice Thursday that German law on employee participation is compatible with EU law.

Brussels signals end to temporary border controls 03 May 2017, 23:59 CET
The EU Commission recommended Wednesday that Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway phase out the temporary controls at some of their internal Schengen borders over the next six months.

Compliance package to boost functioning of EU Single Market 03 May 2017, 23:58 CET
The EU Commission set out Tuesday a Single Market Compliance package, to make the European market work better for citizens and businesses, and help them make full use of its opportunities.

Quick, painless Brexit talks an illusion: Barnier 03 May 2017, 14:51 CET
Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, said Wednesday it was an illusion that Brexit would have no material impact on people's lives or that talks could be concluded quickly and painlessly.

Brussels issues guidelines on green justice 02 May 2017, 22:36 CET
The EU Commission issued a guidance document on access to green justice Friday, outlining how the public can hold authorities to account on environmental matters.

New EU nature plan focuses on boosting nature economy 30 April 2017, 00:02 CET
An action plan to improve the protection of nature and biodiversity in the EU, unveiled by the Commission Thursday, is aimed at helping European regions reap economic benefits from nature protection.

EU 27 united in adopting guidelines for Brexit talks 30 April 2017, 00:00 CET
A special European Council of 27 EU member states showed a united stance Saturday in adopting the guidelines for the upcoming Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom.

'Solidarity principle' to prevent future EU gas supply crises 27 April 2017, 23:20 CET
Negotiators of the Council and the European Parliament reached an agreement late Wednesday on a new security of gas supply regulation with the aim of preventing future gas supply crises in Europe.

EU Court of Justice rejects banana cartel appeal 27 April 2017, 23:19 CET
The European Court of Justice confirmed Thursday that in proving a cartel the Commission can rely on and use as evidence documents from national authorities other than competition authorities.

MEPs call for EU rules on textile imports to curb worker exploitation 27 April 2017, 22:30 CET
EU rules are needed to force textile and clothing suppliers to respect the rights of workers around the world, who often suffer long working hours, low wages and hazardous conditions,’ MEPs said Thursday.

EU sets out principles for a social dimension 27 April 2017, 15:50 CET
The EU Commission set out its 'Pillar of Social Rights' Wednesday, setting out principles relating to labour markets and welfare systems and aiming at improving working and living conditions in Europe.

EU green light for tougher controls on firearms 26 April 2017, 23:09 CET
EU ministers gave the green light Tuesday to a revision of the firearms directive, which provides for more rigorous controls on the acquisition and possession of firearms.

EU spectrum boost for connectivity in run-up to 5G 26 April 2017, 18:38 CET
The EU adopted a decision on opening the 700 MHz frequency band for wireless broadband services Tuesday, in order to boost mobile connectivity and drive the roll-out of 5G technology.

Internet rules to protect children should be same as TV 25 April 2017, 20:27 CET
Children should have the same protection whether they are watching television, a web-shared video or a web-streamed film on the Internet, a European Parliament committee urged on Tuesday.

Blue economy boost for Western Mediterranean 20 April 2017, 22:45 CET
An EU initiative launched Wednesday aims to promote sustainable blue growth and jobs, preserve ecosystems and biodiversity and boost maritime safety in the Western Mediterranean region.

New cars fall behind EU's fuel efficiency target 20 April 2017, 22:44 CET
The fuel efficiency of new cars sold in the EU improved last year but at the smallest annual improvement recorded over the last decade, according to provisional data from the European Environment Agency.

Brussels mulls revision of excise duty rules 20 April 2017, 18:06 CET
The EU Commission launched a consultation Wednesday on how excise duties are applied to alcohol and alcoholic beverages, as it eyes a revision of tax rules to support small drinks producers.

44 pct food has some pesticide residues, not harmful: EU report 20 April 2017, 18:05 CET
Food consumed in the European Union continues to be largely free of pesticide residues or to contain residues that fall within legal limits, new figures show.

New EU e-certificates for organic imports into force 19 April 2017, 23:08 CET
A new system of electronic certification for monitoring imports of organic products into the EU came into force Wednesday, improving the products' traceability and collection of reliable data on its trade.

EU clears Rolls-Royce acquisition of ITP, subject to conditions 19 April 2017, 23:08 CET
The EU Commission cleared Rolls-Royce's proposed acquisition of Spanish aircraft engine components maker ITP Wednesday, so long as it eliminates a conflict of interest concerning the EPI engine consortium.

Euro-MPs address new online privacy rules 19 April 2017, 15:51 CET
A European Parliament committee is working on new privacy rules which would take account of new practices such as internet-based messaging and allow users better control of their privacy settings.

EU plans better protection for migrant children 18 April 2017, 19:07 CET
With a growing number of children in migration arriving in the EU over the past two years, many without their families, the EU has set out actions to reinforce the protection of migrant children at all stages of the process.

EU development aid EUR 75.5 billion in 2016 18 April 2017, 11:38 CET
The European Union and its Member States have consolidated their place as the world's leading aid donor, with official aid reaching EUR 75 bn in 2016, according to new figures.