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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).

U.S. supports a united Europe: Pence 21 February 2017, 23:22 CET
On his first foreign trip since taking office in January, United States vice president Mike Pence said Monday that the U.S. administration's commitment to a united Europe was "steadfast and enduring".

EU set to clamp down on online scams 21 February 2017, 13:47 CET
EU ministers agreed Monday a general approach to strengthen cooperation between national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws in the digital age.

Afghanistan and EU sign cooperation deal 20 February 2017, 22:45 CET
The European Union vowed support for the Afghan people Saturday as it signed a Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

EUR 444m funding for EU energy infrastructure projects 19 February 2017, 21:38 CET
The European Union is to invest EUR 444 million into 18 priority European energy infrastructure projects involved in electricity, smart grids and gas projects.

Tax exemptions for Church run schools do not breach state aid rules: EU Court 16 February 2017, 18:59 CET
As a rule, tax exemptions for Church-run schools do not breach prohibitions on state aid, the EU Court's Advocate General stated Thursday in an Opinion on building work for a Catholic school in Spain.

EU border checks to stop foreign fighters 16 February 2017, 16:38 CET
All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU will be systematically checked against databases, e.g. of lost and stolen documents, under a regulation approved by MEPs Thursday.

MEPs back reform of EU carbon trading scheme 16 February 2017, 00:30 CET
The EU Parliament approved plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions through the EU carbon market Wednesday, aiming to fulfil EU obligations under the Paris climate change agreement.

EU Parliament gives green light to trade deal with Canada 15 February 2017, 18:58 CET
The European Parliament gave its approval to the landmark EU-Canada free trade deal Wednesday, with the possibility that it could apply provisionally from as early as this April.

Brussels proposes changes to EU decision-making process 15 February 2017, 00:40 CET
The EU Commission proposed Tuesday to EU's decision-making process, in a bid to increase transparency and accountability in procedures for implementing EU legislation.

High uncertainty surrounds EU growth forecasts 15 February 2017, 00:27 CET
The economy in Europe will continue a resilient recovery, according to the EU's winter forecast, but uncertainty from the U.S. and from Brexit is likely to muddy choppy waters.

Petition urges EU passports for UK citizens 14 February 2017, 01:09 CET
A campaign to persuade the European Union to issue EU passports to any citizens at risk of losing rights and freedoms, as a result of Brexit, was launched Monday.

German eco cars scheme gets EU green light 13 February 2017, 23:05 CET
A scheme to roll out a user-friendly network for charging electric vehicles across Germany is in line with EU state aid rules, the European Commission announced on Monday.

Dieselgate: MEPs tighten EU car 'type approval' rules 13 February 2017, 17:58 CET
The EU Parliament's Internal Market committee amended EU car 'type approval' rules Thursday, in a drive to prevent a recurrence of the VW emissions scandal and make environmental and safety testing more independent.

Brussels fines car battery recycling cartel EUR 68m 09 February 2017, 23:55 CET
The European Commission fined Campine, Eco-Bat Technologies and Recylex a total of EUR 68 million Thursday for fixing prices for purchasing scrap automotive batteries, in breach of EU antitrust rules.

EU agrees deal to access online films and TV while abroad 09 February 2017, 23:35 CET
EU citizens will be able use their subscriptions to online music, games, films and TV shows while travelling abroad under new rules informally agreed Tuesday by Parliament and Council negotiators.

Comparative advertising must not mislead, rules EU Court 09 February 2017, 23:04 CET
The European Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled against inaccurate and misleading advertising practices which compare prices between shops while using different formats and sizes.

Brussels opens probe into geo-blocking in online sales 06 February 2017, 23:59 CET
The EU Commission launched three separate investigations Thursday to assess if certain online sales practices prevent consumers from enjoying cross-border choice, in breach of EU antitrust rules.

Aviation emissions: EU revises Emission Trading System 06 February 2017, 23:57 CET
Following an agreement by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) the EU is to amend its Emissions Trading System to tackle CO2 emissions from planes.

EU countries fall short in implementing environmental laws 06 February 2017, 23:24 CET
States are falling short in implementing EU environmental laws in areas such as waste management, air quality and water management, the EU Commission said on Monday.

EU leaders united as Trump overshadows summit 03 February 2017, 22:26 CET
EU leaders ended a summit in Malta Friday calling for unity, strength and confidence in facing difficult global challenges including the behaviour of the new U.S. administration.

EU launches public debate on its food and farming policy 03 February 2017, 11:05 CET
The EU Commission opened a 12-week public consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy Thursday, with the CAP facing key challenges of food security and sustainable development.

Migration and future of the EU on summit agenda 03 February 2017, 11:04 CET
EU leaders meet for an informal summit in Malta Friday, with two items on their agenda: how to stem the flow of migrants, particularly from Libya, and to get down to mapping a future for Europe after Brexit.

MEPs approve safeguards for EU banana growers against Ecuador imports 02 February 2017, 21:44 CET
The European Parliament approved Thursday rules to protect EU banana growers against any surge in imports from Ecuador after its accession to the EU-Colombia/Peru trade deal.

End to mobile roaming charges in sight as EU agrees price caps 02 February 2017, 18:38 CET
The EU institutions agreed Tuesday evening on price caps for wholesale mobile roaming markets - the prices operators charge each other when customers use other networks when roaming in the EU.