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EU re-imposes EUR 776m fines on air cargo cartel 21 March 2017, 16:55 CET
The EU Commission re-imposed a fine of EUR 776 million on 11 air cargo carriers Friday for operating a price–fixing cartel, re-adopting a decision annulled by the EU's top Court on procedural grounds.

Online platforms partner with EU to remove unsafe products 18 March 2017, 00:42 CET
The Commission is stepping up cooperation with Amazon, Ebay and Alibaba to more actively tackle potentially unsafe products from websites which sell to consumers in the EU, it announced Thursday.

MEPs vote to stop trade in minerals financing armed conflicts 18 March 2017, 00:41 CET
The EU Parliament approved Thursday new rules to ensure that minerals used by European industries are sourced responsibly, diverting revenues away from rebel groups, conflict, and terror.

New whistleblower tool to help EU fight cartels 17 March 2017, 00:19 CET
A new tool launched Thursday by the European Commission will make it easier for individuals to blow the whistle about secret cartels and other antitrust violations while maintaining their anonymity.

Phone subscriber's data consent valid for all member states: EU Court 16 March 2017, 14:09 CET
A telephone subscriber's consent to having their personal data published in one EU Member State makes it valid for another, the European Court of Justice declared in a ruling on Wednesday.

Action of armed forces in conflicts can be terrorist acts: EU Court 16 March 2017, 00:52 CET
The actions by armed forces during periods of armed conflict, within the meaning of international humanitarian law, may constitute 'terrorist acts', rules the European Court of Justice.

Brussels acts against drug use and trafficking 16 March 2017, 00:02 CET
The EU Commission proposed Wednesday a new action plan on drugs to strengthen the EU's response to the newly-emerging health and security challenges in the area of illicit drug use and trafficking.

Tougher EU food inspections on the menu 15 March 2017, 22:27 CET
The EU Parliament adopted plans Wednesday to tighten up official food inspections, aiming to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.

EU - Google News 15 March 2017, 11:44 CET
News from the European Union - by Google

Tougher EU gun law to close security loopholes 15 March 2017, 00:39 CET
An update to the EU's 1991 firearms directive, approved Tuesday by Euro-MPs, include tighter controls on blank-firing and inadequately deactivated weapons, such as those used in the Paris terror attacks.

Boost for European fruit and vegetable producers 15 March 2017, 00:11 CET
New rules adopted Monday by the EU Commission provide simpler rules, reduced administrative burden and greater financial support in times of crisis for Europe's fruit and vegetable producers.

Drinks industry asked to come up with alcohol labelling proposal 15 March 2017, 00:08 CET
The European Commission has given the alcoholic drinks industry a year to develop a self-regulatory proposal that will provide information on ingredients and nutrition of all alcoholic beverages.

Euro-MPs greenlight shareholder 'say on pay' 14 March 2017, 17:45 CET
The European Parliament gave its green light Tuesday to a revised EU shareholders' rights directive, giving shareholders a say on directors’ pay and making it easier for firms to identify their shareholders.

Gazprom reaches provisional gas deal with EU 13 March 2017, 23:33 CET
The provisional deal reached between Russian gas giant Gazprom and the EU Monday will enable the free flow of gas in Central and Eastern Europe at competitive prices, says the Commission.

EU leaders strive for unity as they prepare for Brexit 10 March 2017, 22:26 CET
European leaders left Brussels Friday after a two-day summit ended with a show of unity as they prepare for the EU's 60th birthday celebrations later this month and for a future without Britain.

Gender pay gap persists, women earn 16.3% less than men 09 March 2017, 23:40 CET
A report on gender equality to mark International Women's Day on Wednesday shows that despite women's employment rate reaching an all-time high, women still earn 16.3% less than men across Europe.

Tusk re-elected EU president despite Polish objection 09 March 2017, 23:36 CET
European leaders at a summit in Brussels Thursday re-elected Donald Tusk as European Council president, despite angry objection from the eurosceptic right-wing government of his home country Poland.

'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.